Skin Tightening: What to Expect Before, During, and After
Would you like your eyes to appear more
open and youthful? Do you want to diminish early signs of jowls? If
so, your dermatologist may recommend a non-invasive tightening
procedure that sends heat deep into your skin. The following
explains what happens before, during, and after such a procedure.
What to Expect Before
Non-Invasive Skin Tightening
A consultation is essential. During the
consultation, your dermatologist will take your medical history and
closely examine your skin to determine if non-invasive skin
tightening can be effective. This procedure will not be effective if
loose fat or muscle is involved.
This consultation is the time to ask
what results can be expected. It is important to know that this
non-invasive procedure cannot produce the same results as a facelift
or other surgical procedure. Knowing beforehand what results can be
expected will help avoid disappointment.
During the consultation also be sure to
ask who will perform the procedure and how much experience the
person has with the device to be used.
What to Expect During Non-Invasive
If the device is one that causes discomfort, pain
medication will be given. About 1 hour before the procedure, a
topical anesthetic may be applied to the skin.
Once the skin is ready, a device that sends heat deep into the skin
will be passed over the skin to be treated. Usually, multiple passes
are made. The skin typically is cooled during the procedure to
reduce associated discomfort. The procedure lasts anywhere from a
few minutes to 1 hour depending upon the area to be treated.
What to Expect After Non-Invasive
After the procedure, the treated area is generally red and may
be swollen. This should not cause any downtime. Patients can usually
apply makeup immediately after the procedure to hide the redness.
While care is not required after the procedure, sunscreen should
also be applied to protect the skin.
Some devices require 1 to 2 treatments
to see results. Others may require 4 to 6 treatment sessions. Your
dermatologist will tell you how many treatments are recommended.
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