Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Tightening?

When you live a full life, your body starts to show signs of wear-and-tear. Joints stiffen, muscles ache, and skin sags. Fortunately, there are ways to ease the aging process through the advances of medical technology.

When it comes to your loose and thinning skin, your best option is laser skin tightening, and if you live in or around San Francisco, California, you have access to one of the country’s most skilled skin tightening experts, Dr. Michael Macdonald. He brings years of experience as a cosmetic and facial plastic surgery specialist and is double-board certified.

At Aesthetic Surgery Center, Dr. Macdonald helps hundreds of women and men look and feel their best through advanced surgical and nonsurgical techniques. To noticeably tighten skin, he trusts the SkinTyte™ laser treatment to shore up lax skin and improve its overall appearance. Is it right for you? Here’s what you need to know.

What is SkinTyte?

SkinTyte is a treatment that uses pulsed light technology to heat the tissues deep within your skin. Infrared light energy stimulates collagen, an essential protein that gives your skin its structure, strength, and resilience. As you age, your body produces less collagen, which contributes to your sagging skin problem.

Not only does SkinTyte trigger more collagen production, it also coagulates and contracts the existing collagen and triggers a natural healing process. The result is tighter, firmer, younger-looking skin.

Who should consider SkinTyte?

The list of criteria for SkinTyte candidates is short: You should be in good general health and have loose skin. Beyond that, some specific scenarios make you an ideal candidate:

Aging face

Even the healthiest people who’ve pampered their skin for years can’t stop the persistent tug of gravity. Eventually, cheeks, eyelids, and jowls droop down. Laser skin tightening is the perfect solution for an aging face.

Turkey neck

The delicate skin under your chin and on your neck are highly susceptible to sagging. Loose, crepey skin in this area even has its own nickname: the turkey wattle. If your neck skin wobbles and sways, SkinTyte can fix it.

Post-facelift lift

Sometimes, after a facelift, there are few areas that still hang a little loosely. In this case, a session or two with SkinTyte can polish off your procedure and complete your new look.

Postpartum blues

Depending on your age, your skin, and how many children you’ve had, pregnancy can leave your abdominal skin stretched out and loose. SkinTyte works on your belly to tighten up the skin over your abs.

After liposuction

Liposuction is a great way to rid your body of excess fat and reveal your contours, but if your skin is past its prime, it may not have the elastic capabilities to snap back into place. That’s where SkinTyte comes in.

Who shouldn’t consider SkinTyte?

Most people can receive a SkinTyte treatment with no problem. It’s a nonsurgical, noninvasive procedure that’s safe and effective for all skin types and most skin tones. However, a few conditions might make SkinTyte a procedure you should postpone or avoid:

  • Pregnancy
  • Skin cancer
  • Herpes breakouts
  • Use of certain acne medications
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Active rosacea
  • Blisters or sores
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Very dark skin
  • Skin that scars easily

If any of these apply to you, talk to Dr. Macdonald about your options. Chances are you can still reap the firming benefits of SkinTyte by waiting for skin conditions to clear, adjusting medications, or delaying until you’ve had your last child.

To learn more about SkinTyte and Dr. Macdonald’s full line of laser-based skin rejuvenating treatments, call us at 415-956-3223 or request an appointment online today.

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