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Oh, firm skin. It's one of those overarching skin care goals that many of us pursue, but not everyone is completely clear about how it can be achieved. With all of the products promoting the ability to fill, tone, and otherwise increase elasticity, it's easy to get into an ingredient madness. However, if you are serious about achieving firmer and firmer skin, stimulating the collagen in the skin is paramount. One of the best ways to do this is with lasers.
Now we've learned that there are indeed many topical skin care solutions, such as home scrubs and certain serums, that can aid in this process. However, experts agree that skin-tightening lasers can get the job done faster and faster with even better results. But what types of lasers are best for this purpose? Do they hurt Is there any downtime? These are all questions that we need answers to. That's why we contacted Dr. Corey Hartman, FAAD, a Birmingham-based board-certified dermatologist, to give us an A to Z breakdown of skin-tightening lasers and to make sense of it to be a beneficial treatment option to explore. As an expert specializing in laser treatments, he had
a lot of say. Keep scrolling for the master class. Skin-tightening lasers may sound like magic, but they actually work very well. They stimulate the collagen producers in our skin, so-called fibroblasts, by releasing energy deep into the skin to increase the collagen production that is already taking place. Makes sense right? Skincare professionals and enthusiasts know that protein collagen – the vital building block in the skin that gives it its thickness and makes it look plump and voluminous – is one of the pillars of firm, youthful-looking skin. The not so great news? Collagen production decreases fairly early on. "These fibroblasts get lazy and collagen production is just not what it used to be. Our production starts to decrease by 1% every year after the age of 22," explains Hartman. While this statistic may be a little scary, it's important to remember that this loss is completely natural, even if not ideal if maintaining toned, toned-looking skin is high on your list of priorities. Lasers also come into play here, and they can really make a difference. According to Hartman, there are several modalities that can be used to tighten the skin. Over time, technology just got better and better at serving different skin types. Below is a breakdown of some of the top lasers Hartman works with, as well as some key factors to consider when deciding which laser is best for you. CO2 laser: "There are devices on the market that have been able to tighten certain skin from a surface renewal standpoint for many years," explains Hartman. CO2 lasers, which he calls the gold standard for surface resurfacing lasers, do their thing from a position where they really affect the outermost layer of skin called the epidermis. This means that CO2 lasers start on the surface of the skin and move deeper and deeper, so they can make big changes on all the layers of skin they hit as their energy goes into the deeper layers where collagen production takes place. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well it is … unless you are a melanated skin person. "Since our melanocytes live in the epidermis – this is where our pigment-producing cells are located – these are not lasers that anyone can use safely and that have the certainty that the skin will not lose any pigment as a result," says Hartman.Due due to its generally higher level Oil content and the built-in sun protection against melanin (imagine an automatic sun protection factor of around eight to ten), black and tan skin do not normally age the way these types of lasers would anyway, Hartman emphasizes. (Price: $ 250- $ 5000 depending on your location, the type of laser used, the number of treatments required, and the size of the treatment area. Speak to a qualified professional for a quote.) Fractional Lasers: In the last decade or so. According to Hartman, fractionated lasers (Fraxel is a popular laser) have emerged as the first color-blind resurfacing lasers suitable for melanated and unmelaned skin without the risk of negatively affecting melanin production in the skin. Aside from renewing the pigment and firming the skin, these lasers can treat intense scars on the face and elsewhere, according to Hartman, and are the first choice for stretch marks. "It helps with acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, and we also use it for hypertrophic, thick scars and keloids. Once the keloid is no longer active, [the laser] can seal it to improve its appearance and stop the cycle in which it keeps flaring up, "explains Hartman. (Price: $ 500 to $ 2,500, depending on your location, the type of laser used, and the number of treatments required, and the size of the treatment area. Speak to a qualified professional for a quote.) Radio Frequency and Radio Frequency Microneedling: The most exciting breakthrough in skin tightening laser technology, according to Hartman, has been the development of radio frequency microneedling over the past five to six years. " It really changed the game because instead of delivering the energy from the surface of the skin where you need to contact the epidermis and there is a risk of discoloration or depigmentation, these devices deliver heat through titanium-coated needles that bypass and into the epidermis Getting to the dermis where it is most effective at truly tightening the skin. When the first high frequency devices came out the needles weren't affected and we saw the same problem where we had this heat that we needed to get to the dermis where the fibroblasts reside so we could stimulate collagen production. However, if you heat brown skin above 44 ° C, you will cause burns and hyperpigmentation, which is no fun. So technology has taken a leap forward where instead of just resting on the surface it is now giving off the heat through these titanium coated needles which is so much safer and completely color blind. "(Price: $ 300-2000 depending on your location, the type of laser used, the number of treatments required, and the size of the treatment area. Speak to a qualified professional for a quote.) Now that you've learned about the different lasers available, you may be curious about who are the best candidates for these high-tech treatments. Given the above limitations on skin tone and the various lasers available to compensate for them, Hartman believes that everyone can benefit from skin tightening lasers. There is a catch, however. "When you have more collagen and more fibroblasts available, you'll be a better candidate because we make these things work harder," he says. He gave me an interesting analogy that illustrates this point. "Who's a better candidate for hair replacement treatments – someone who has good, healthy follicles, or someone who has scar tissue and no healthy follicles? You want something to work with. The more your skin suffers from collagen and blood, if." If you have fewer collagen producing cells that are actually functioning, you may not get as many responses as someone else who these soldiers are already operating on. "Makes total sense! So keep in mind that lasers are unable to replace or replenish depleted collagen cells in the skin, but they can work on the healthy cells that are left. I don't know who needs to hear this, but sunscreen deserves a top spot in any skin care routine. However, this is especially important after your skin has been exposed to lasers. "Whenever you warm your skin, it becomes more vulnerable because it is in a state of recovery and healing," explains Hartman. "You don't want to expose it to unnecessary UV light as this is the time when you are more prone to hyperpigmentation and unwanted effects. Does it happen all the time? No. But I wouldn't." one of those lasers and then out to the beach and just hanging out with no protection. "He recommends using physical sunscreens with an SPF of 30 to 50 to be on the safe side. Another tip Hartman mentioned was to be conservative of other treatments in the weeks following laser treatment:" I wouldn't for a couple of weeks either Do injections just to make sure everything calms down. "Take that away? Let's just keep it as quiet as possible and always give us about 14 days to recover from any procedure before you settle down." dedicate to another. While lasers are great, it is very clear to Hartman that they are not essential to maintaining beautiful skin. "There's a lot to be said for good skin care and equipment," he tells us. "Lasers are a nice addition if you can afford them." Regarding the must-haves for promoting collagen production, he recommends using the following products. Retinoid helps revitalize the skin by promoting healthy skin turnover to keep these collagen-producing cells in tip-top condition. When you can't get your hands on an extremely strong prescription (or just aren't ready to do it), an effective OTC option like this is still going to work wonders. Since antioxidants prevent collagen in the skin from breaking down, they are perfect for keeping the face correct and toned, according to Hartman. This Vitamin C option from SkinCeuticals is a cult favorite for precisely this reason. You probably think that HA is the moisturizing element in many of your favorite products, but Hartman reminds us that it's also a crucial building block for healthy collagen. If you're currently unable to get in-office treatments, Hartman believes that microcurrent devices are a great home replacement. "I think some of those microcurrent devices used at home, like the NuFace, are pretty good," he says. "It takes more work as they usually have to be used every day and there are some mild ailments to get used to, but if that's the best you can do I say go for it." He says that careful use of such a device will make an absolute difference in the long run. Hartman also says that occasional microneedling at home can help boost collagen to mimic the effects of laser treatments. "I think they can be safe, but the more effective they get, the less safe they become," he warns. "You have to reach a certain depth of penetration to really have an effect, but when you reach that depth you run the risk of introducing an infection." As a rule of thumb, he recommends sticking to the tools marketed for home use and not being tempted to order the professional-level sketchy gadgets that may be available on Amazon or eBay. “You would be surprised at the sophistication and level of equipment that you can get yourself on Amazon and that can cause harm in the wrong hands. We feel that what is available over the counter or online is not powerful enough will be enough or tough enough to really make a difference and cause problems, but I was shocked by some things that people can find on their own, "he explains. This LED light mask stimulates collagen from receptors other than those that can be stimulated by antioxidants, retinols, scrubs, and other topical substances. This makes it a great device to top off your collagen production endeavors. This drug store retinol cream is widely known as one of the best you can get. This HA serum is blown up on TikTok as it gives the skin a satiated glow. Here is another device that uses LEDs to stimulate collagen. This cream is filled with retinol and vitamin C, two of the most effective topical collagen boosters you can get. This serum also combines retinol with antioxidants for serious collagen stimulation. Jennifer Aniston's trusted facial practitioner designed this tool to provide the same collagen boosting benefits as an electric nanocurrent facial in the office. The OG First Aid Beauty Creme is a moisturizer for countless followers, but this new option contains peptides and niacinamide to promote plump, firm skin. This vitamin C serum is very popular on Amazon. Over 60,000 reviews prove its effectiveness despite the reduced price. We love a deal! According to reviews, these are the best body creams that will help you get firmer and firmer