Laser Skin Tightening

What can I expect during the treatment?  Laser skin tightening is performed in the office. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes.  Each laser pulse may be preceded and followed by a short puff of cooling spray.  A treatment can take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area and condition being treated.  

Does it hurt?  Patients will have a topical numbing cream applied approximately 30 minutes before their treatment.  Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin.  Should this discomfort occur, it resolves in several seconds.  

How many treatment sessions will I need?  Usually 3 to 5 treatments at monthly intervals.  

How do I prepare for the treatment?  If you have a history of cold sores, prophylactic treatment with antiviral therapy (Valtrex, Famvir, or Acyclovir pills) may be started before your laser treatment.  The intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth light for 14 days prior to treatment.

What can I expect after the treatment?  A cool compress or gel pack may be applied for comfort following your treatment.  Any redness or swelling should resolve within a few hours.

What precautions should I take after the treatment?  After laser treatment, prevent sun exposure and apply sunblock (SPF 30 or greater).  Avoid scrubs or abrasive skin cleansers the first few days after your treatment.

Are there side effects?  Your risks are minimal.  Side effects may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering and a bruise in the treated area--if they do occur, it does not usually last more than a few days.  Permanent side effects are rare.