Skin Tightening Laser Treatment in NYC
By a Specialist Physician
Skin tightening laser treatments are amongst the most popular procedures in our New York City office. These lasers address aging signs such as wrinkles and sagging skin while enhancing your skin's elasticity and radiance. The Dermatology and Laser Group offers technologically advanced, safe, and effective treatments for skin tightening.
Laser skin tightening treatments result in tighter skin, which can drastically improve a person's appearance. The Dermatology and Laser Group provides advanced laser technologies as part of our non-invasive procedures.
At The Dermatology and Laser Group, our approach to skincare doesn't stop at laser skin tightening. We recommend combining this treatment with other cosmetic procedures and skin care. With these combinations patients can expect long-term results and improved rejuvenation of the treated area.
Understanding Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening is a non-surgical method that utilizes specific laser wavelengths to heat the skin, causing it to activate a specific part of the immune system called the wound healing pathway. This process induces our bodies natural pathway to generate more collagen and elastin. This innovative technique is typically categorized into two primary types - ablative and non-ablative. In our office we offer the most technologically advanced non-ablative and ablative lasers available in NYC. We choose the best laser treatment for each individual patient depending on factors such as age, degree of skin laxity, and skin tone. For example, certain laser skin tightening treatments may be more suitable for individuals with darker skin tones, according to some research.
In general, the benefits of laser skin tightening treatments include that they are non-surgical procedures, and therefore do not have the risks, side effects, and downtime of surgical procedures. Laser skin tightening can also be used on almost all skin surfaces including the face, neck, chest, arms, thighs, and even the vagina and labia majora and labia minora.
As with all cosmetic procedures, laser procedures that help to tighten skin carry potential risks. It is vitally important to only have these laser procedures performed by a board-certified dermatologist.
This treatment is generally most successful for patients aged between 30 to 70 years old. It can help to treat loose skin, but may not be as effective for excessively sagging skin. For patients with excessive laxity, surgery may be the only effective option.
With appropriate maintenance, the results of skin tightening laser treatment can be sustained for up to 3 years.
Fractional CO2 Laser
Fractional CO2 laser is known to be the most powerful resurfacing and skin tightening laser technology available on the market. The AcuPulse fractional CO2 laser device is also known to be the most powerful office based CO2 device in the United States. The CO2 laser emits a beam of laser energy to the skin in a fractionated pattern, creating tiny columns of heat and vaporization, which encourages the production of collagen and elastin, enhancing skin texture, diminishing wrinkles, and tightening the skin.
The Acupulse fractional CO2 laser has many diverse benefits beyond skin tightening as well. The laser creates micro-injuries that trigger the skin’s innate healing process, producing collagen. Benefits include:
- Tightening lax and crepey skin
- Treating fine lines and wrinkles
- Improving skin texture and tone
- addressing acne scars and surgical scars
- Improving stretch marks
The AcuPulse even has key medical uses such as mole removal, and vaginal rejuvenation.
ResurFx Fractional Laser Resrufacing
Another noteworthy fractional laser resurfacing technique is ResurFx. Unlike the fractional CO2 laser which is ablative, ResurFx utilizes a non-ablative laser. This difference results in typically shorter downtime and fewer side effects compared to the fractional CO2 laser. ResurFx is also safer for more darkly pigmented skin, whereas the use of CO2 lasers should be limited to lighter skin tones.
The indications for ResurFx are similar, and include:
- Fine lines
- Acne scars and scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Stretch Marks
It stimulates collagen and elastic fibers, reduces the visibility of scarring and fine lines, enhances the skin’s texture and tone, and offers long-term results. It does all fo this with minimal downtime.
While lasers have proven effective in skin tightening, other non-laser alternatives also offer significant, and sometimes greater benefits. The Dermatology and Laser Group offers radiofrequency procedures, Ultherapy, and biostimulatory filler injections as non-laser alternatives for non surgical skin tightening.
Radiofrequency procedures for skin tightening involve the utilization of radiofrequency energy to generate heat in the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production. This non-invasive treatment is administered by a physician in our office. The heat generated by the radiofrequency energy penetrates the skin, causing the collagen fibers to contract and tighten, and also activates the wound healing pathway stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin, resulting in a firmer and tighter skin.
Ultherapy, induces collagen production by using ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production, thereby assisting in the tightening and lifting of the skin. Ultherapy is hotter and more powerful than any radiofrequency device, making it an amazing skin tightening technology. The downside to Ultherapy is that it is a more uncomfortable procedure, and also far more costly than radiofrequency procedures.
The Dermatology and Laser Group Advantage
The Dermatology and Laser Group, under the leadership of Dr. Arash Akhavan, provides cutting-edge treatments, specialized knowledge in non-invasive procedures, and a dedication to patient satisfaction.
Dr. Akhavan is an educator and consultant for many laser technology companies and enjoys early access to many of the latest and greatest devices, ensuring that our patients have the safest and most effective treatments possible.
The Dermatology and Laser Group’s commitment to patient satisfaction is reflected in the positive testimonials they receive. Patients have expressed satisfaction with the group’s professional services, effective treatments, and the noticeable improvements in their patient’s skin condition.
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Dr. Akhavan's Background and Accolades
At the helm of The Dermatology and Laser Group is Dr. Arash Akhavan, a board-certified dermatologist with well over a decade of expertise in cosmetic dermatology. His proficiency in cosmetic dermatology, along with his meticulous attention to detail and exceptional patient relationships, has led The Dermatology and Laser Group rise to one of the top cosmetic practices in New York City.
Dr. Akhavan’s expertise and contributions to dermatology have earned him several awards, including New York Magazine’s Best Dermatologist, New York Times’ featured Super Doctor, and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor. His reputation as a key opinion leader in the cosmetic industry is further established by his active involvement in the dermatology community, his published research articles, and his presentations at conferences.
Signature Treatments Offered
The Dermatology and Laser Group specializes in offering modern laser treatments and devices to improve the appearance of the face and neck, as well as non-invasive procedures to slim, contour, and tighten the body.
These signature treatments are designed to address a variety of skin-related issues, including conditions as varied as skin laxity, sun damage, melasma, and body contouring.
Acupulse and ResurFx: Top Laser Resurfacing Brands
For laser resurfacing, The Dermatology and Laser Group employs a few different devices, including Acupulse and ResurFx, which are both used for skin tightening. Acupulse is an abaltive fractional CO2 laser used for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. It works by transmitting a powerful beam of light that is taken up by the water in the skin cells, creating minute channels in the skin. This stimulates the body’s natural healing process, resulting in the production of new collagen and elastin, leading to smoother, tighter, and more youthful-looking skin.
On the other hand, ResurFx is a non-ablative laser resurfacing procedures. ResurFx is a 1565 nm fiber laser with one of the most advanced aesthetic laser scanners on the market.This laser type and the fractional CO2 laser are both widely used for skin resurfacing, with each having varying features and technologies that can be tailored to the needs of individual patients.
Radiofrequency Procedures, Ultherapy, and Biostimulatory Fillers
Beyond laser treatments, effective skin tightening can also be achieved through non-laser alternatives. These include radiofrequency procedures, Ultherapy, and biostimulatory filler injections.
Radiofrequency procedures in skin tightening use thermal energy to heat the various layers of the skin. This encourages collagen production, elastin production, and even increased production of hyaluronic acid, resulting in tighter and firmer skin. The skin feels and looks healthier. In our office we have a variety of RF devices but our favorite is TempSure RF.
Ultherapy, applies ultrasound energy deeply into the skin, stimulating collagen production and leading to skin rejuvenation. The depth of the ultrasound energy can be customized to each treatment area.
Interestingly, biostimulatory fillers are a newer generation of injectables that stimulate your own collagen production over time, resulting in improved appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hollow areas for a more youthful and rejuvenated look. Different fillers are selected depending on if a patient also wants a volume increase, or if they just want the benefits of skin tightening.
The combined application of these treatments can lead to increased efficacy and superior results.
Treatment Areas and Expected Results
Laser skin tightening treatments can be utilized to improve skin firmness on all areas of the body, including:
- the face and neck
- the chest and abdomen
- the thighs
- the arms
- the labia majora and labia minora and the internal vaginal tract
Following laser skin tightening on the face and neck, you can anticipate gradual results over time. Generally, the optimal results are observed after just one session of AcuPulse CO2 or 3-10 sessions of ResurFx. This treatment can reduce wrinkles, firm the skin, balance out skin tone, and improve the overall look of the face. Added benefits for the face and neck can be had by adding technmologies such as Ultherapy or RF. The addition of biostimulatory filler injections can both boost results and bring them on sooner.
Laser skin tightening is also an effective method to tighten sagging skin on the body, particularly for rejuvenating the condition of the skin and firming up loose skin on the abdomen, décolleté, thighs, and posterior arms . The lasers stimulate collagen contraction, thus tightening the skin and diminishing signs of aging, resulting in a more toned aesthetic. Ultherapy and biostiumlator injections can increase collagen production and skin tightening in these areas. Multiple sessions would be needed with all technologies for skin tightening on the body.
For vaginal tightening we recommend starting the process of tightening with either laser vaginal rejuvenation with the CO2 FemTouch laser and/or with ThermiVa which uses radiofrequency energy. Collagen stimulator injections and/or PRP can also be used for vaginal or labial plumping.
Preparing for Your Laser Skin Tightening Procedure
Prior to a laser skin tightening procedure, a consultation with Dr. Akhavan aids in outlining the most suitable treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, encompassing the suitable laser technology, required pre-treatment skincare routines, and discussing various laser skin tightening procedures.
While laser skin tightening offers significant benefits, it is still a medical procedure and carries potential risks. These may include side effects such as swelling, discomfort, hyperpigmentation, and the chance of inducing breakouts. Additionally, there is a risk of burns, blisters, and scarring if the procedure is not performed correctly. It is imperative that these procedures are performed by a qualified and well trained physician, ideally a dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology.
Recovery and Aftercare
The recuperation period for most laser skin tightening is brief, allowing most patients to resume work in a day or two. CO2 laser of the face has the longest recovery period and we ask that patients stay indoors and keep the area clean for at least a week. It is recommended that patients maintain a protective skincare routine post-treatment, including applying sunscreen or high-SPF lotions to preserve the treatment results and prevent sun damage.
The downtime associated with a laser skin tightening procedure is generally minimal to none. It is typically possible to resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. This renders it a suitable option for those seeking a non-surgical approach to skin tightening. All of these procedures have a much better safety profile and much quicker recovery time compared to surgical procedures such as facelift, neck lift surgerym, and body lifting and tightening surgeries.
Combining Laser Skin Tightening with Other Cosmetic Treatments
Skin tightening treatments can serve as an adjunct to other cosmetic procedures. These include Botox injections, injectable fillers, chemical peels, and body contouring procedures such as Emsculpt NEO. Moreover, combining these treatments can amplify and enhance the results, thus providing long-term benefits and improved skin rejuvenation.
In the quest for a more youthful appearance, laser skin tightening has emerged as a non-invasive, effective solution. Whether through the use of Acupulse or ResurFx, or even non-laser alternatives like radiofrequency procedures, ultherapy, and biostimulatory filler injections, the potential for skin rejuvenation and tightening is immense. Under the expert care of Dr. Arash Akhavan and The Dermatology and Laser Group, patients can expect tailored treatments that address their unique needs and deliver noticeable improvements in their skin condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does skin tightening laser really work?
Laser skin tightening has been known to work on most skin tones and patients aged 30-65, although results may vary. It is best to consult a dermatologist before undergoing any tightening procedures or preventative treatments.
What is the best laser for tightening skin?
For skin tightening, there is no one single best laser. At a large cosmetic practice, like The Dermatology and Laser Group, we have access to many different laser technologies and can offer treatments that are tailored for each person's individual needs.
How much does laser skin tightening cost?
Given the variety of technologies and procedures that are used for laser skin tightening it is difficult to give an accurate estimate of cost. As an estimate, you should plans on spending several thousands of dollars per area being treated. The larger the surface area of skin being tightened and the greater the laxity, the higher the costs would be.
What is the best skin tightening treatment for 2024?
For those looking for the best skin tightening treatment in 2024, I would urge patients to have treatments that combine an energy based device such as laser skin tightening treatments, Ultherapy, or radiofrequency, with biostimulatory injections that boost collagen production.
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Arash Akhavan, MD is founder and owner of The Dermatology and Laser Group, one of the top centers for cosmetic procedures in New York City for over a decade. Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD is a Board Certified Dermatologist and an Associate Professor at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Akhavan is a Castle Connolly Top Doc, New York Magazine Best Doctor, and Super Doctor featured in The New York Times. Dr. Akhavan is a key opinion leader that has been featured on hundreds of media publications including The New York Times, Allure, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, ABC News, Fox News, Fox 5, NY1, WPIX, and more. He has been featured on nationally syndicated television programs such as The Doctors.
Dr. Akhavan serves as an educator and lecturer for multiple aesthetic device and injectable companies. This allows his office access to newer technologies at an earlier date than other offices, as well as a higher level of expertise in the use of these devices. This, in turn, translates to more effective and safer treatments for our patients.