During the ageing process, our skin loses elasticity due to the production of collagen and elastin declining. This leads to sagging skin around the face, neck and body areas. Loose skin can also be caused by weight fluctuations over time and genetics. Loose skin can appear on a number of areas of the body, with the most common complaint about sagging on the face. Jowls, which are the loose skin and flesh under the jawline are a common result of the ageing process and can be treated with the CO2 laser. Hooded eyes are where excess skin folds down from the brow line. They can also be treated as our laser is safe for delicate areas. Of course, we also help to tighten skin on the body too, including back of the thighs, lower abdomen and “bingo wings” on the upper arms. We can also improve the skin laxity above the knees.
Many report that these imperfections contribute towards a tired look, especially on the face. By undergoing a skin tightening treatment at our Leamington Spa clinic, we can restore a youthful appearance with very natural looking results.
We use the medical grade device, Smartxide Touch CO2 laser to perform skin tightening treatments. It works primarily be stimulating the production of collagen. Collagen is the natural protein found in our body that helps to strengthen skin, keeping it elastic and wrinkle free. Unfortunately, this declines as we age. By stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin fibres, skin quality is improved, resulting in a reduction of fine lines & wrinkles too. It repairs damaged skin whilst leaving the healthy skin tissue unharmed. Following your treatment course, you’ll be able to enjoy a lifted appearance with a noticeable reduction in loose skin. You’ll also notice smoother skin with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is suitable for all skin types.
There are many skin tightening devices and treatments on the market, however we believe that the Smartxide Touch CO2 laser is most suitable and gives some of the best results. Produced by DEKA, the medical laser company is backed by decades of research and clinical studies. They are very well known for enhanced patient safety and satisfaction.
Prior to your treatment, all patients must attend a face to face medica
l consultation with our laser specialist or Doctor. We’ll first take your full medical history and carry out a patch test to ensure you are suitable for treatment. During your consultation we will also assess your problem areas and put together a treatment plan, advising you how many sessions will be needed for optimal results. You’ll also be able to ask any questions about the treatment and voice any concerns you may have. It’s important that you get to know your practitioner during this time and feel comfortable.
Once you have decided that you’d like to proceed with treatment and the patch test result is positive, we can begin treatment. For this treatment, we will first apply a lidocaine numbing cream to make you feel more comfortable. The treatment can sometimes be a little uncomfortable and many patients report the feeling of elastic bands on the skin. Of course, everybody’s pain threshold is different. We need to also wait for the numbing cream to come into effect.
The procedure will take around 20-30 minutes and the laser works in pulses whilst gliding over the skin. During treatment, the Smartxide Touch CO2 laser will remove the top layer of the skin, to make way for fresh skin to be produced. The risks of complications are very low due to the decades of research and clinical studies. The risk of hypo/hyperpigmentation is low; however we need to apply a special protocol for skin types 4-6 or we can use an alternative laser for darker skin types.
Please be assured that because the laser sterilises the skin, you will not bleed.
After the treatment, your skin will appear a little red and sore, similar to the sensation of sunburn. However, this will subside and you’ll soon be left with tighter, resurfaced skin. Normally, as the skin heals patients will experience little brown dots at the treatment site. These will disappear within a week of treatment but may feel itchy towards the end of the recovery process. We’ll provide you with all of the aftercare instructions to ensure the best results.
Patients are advised to use the appropriate skincare to speed up the recovery process and improve the results. Our laser practitioner can advise you of this during your consultation.
Those with darker skin types (4-6) may not be the best candidates for Co2 laser because of the increased risk of post inflammatory pigmentation. For this reason, we would advise the Candela Nd-Yag medical grade vascular laser. This treatment is much safer in skin type 4-6, has a quicker recovery time, fewer risks involved and is ideal for all skin types starting with 30+ male and female patients.
Because there is no down time, treatment can be done in your lunch break and you would need 4-6 sessions every 2-4 weeks.
Treatment cannot be carried out around the eyes, so we would advise you to combine it with the Madonna Eye Lifting.
The treatment is ideal for the lower part of the face and neck.