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Laser & Device Showdown: A Comprehensive Comparison of Every Skin Tightening Laser & Device

by | Mar 10, 2024 | Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser Treatment

Laser skin tightening is a cosmetic procedure for individuals looking to improve sagging skin. Lasers are non-invasive treatments that use energy to stimulate collagen production, resulting in firmer and tighter skin. With innovations in laser technology, various types of lasers are available for skin tightening that can also improve tone, texture, and signs of aging like wrinkles. Choosing the right laser for your specific needs can be overwhelming, as each laser has its own benefits and considerations.

Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York is a leading cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery center with more than 100 lasers and devices. Patients can learn about innovative laser procedures and get a custom treatment plan to combat all their skin concerns.

Types of Lasers & Devices for Skin Tightening

Laser skin tightening treatments have evolved significantly, offering many options for skin concerns. With many types of skin tightening devices available, from fractional lasers to micro-coring technologies, you can enjoy firmer, tighter skin without the downtime of cosmetic surgery.

Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York is a leading cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery center with more than 100 lasers and devices. Patients can learn about innovative laser procedures and get a custom treatment plan to combat all their skin concerns.

Comparison of Laser & Device Types for Facial Skin Tightening

The best way to understand the different types of laser treatments for your face is to meet with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can customize a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and helps achieve your skin tightening goals.

The most popular and effective facial skin tightening lasers and devices at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York include:

 

 

Genius RF Microneedling

The Genius RF microneedling device is an excellent treatment for early signs of aging, like wrinkles and loose skin, by triggering the body’s innate healing response.

How It Works

Radiofrequency (RF) energy is delivered into the tiny wounds, reaching deep into the dermal layers of skin to increase collagen production.

Targeted Skin Concerns

Genius RF microneedling treats many concerns, including:

  • Skin laxity
  • Scarring
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Suitable Skin Types

This treatment is suitable for all skin types and tones, including tanned and dark skin.

Results

Some patients may see initial improvements, but noticeable results will occur in 3-6 months as collagen and elastin increase. Genius treatments require minimal downtime, and patients can return to regular activities after treatment.

Erbium YAG

The Erbium YAG has a 2940 nm wavelength laser that can be used for skin resurfacing treatments.

How It Works

The laser targets water in the skin cells and vaporizes micro-layers of skin without damaging the skin.

Targeted Skin Concerns

Along with skin tightening, the Erbium YAG can treat acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and birthmarks.

Suitable Skin Types

This device can treat light and dark skin tones, but it may be more effective in lighter skin types.

Results

The Erbium YAG can cause some flaking and peeling skin, with recovery taking anywhere from 1-2 weeks, based on the intensity of the laser facial treatment. Patients can see results within one week, with increased results over time.

ThermiRF

ThermiRF is an excellent non-surgical procedure for skin tightening on the face and body.

How It Works

ThermiRF delivers RF energy into the subdermal layers of skin to treat skin laxity. The small probe is inserted under the skin, and calibrated heat increases collagen production. The precision heat allows for faster skin tightening results with fewer sessions.

Targeted Skin Concerns

This treatment is highly effectly for skin tightening and can also target unwanted fat for more sculpted facial contours.

Suitable Skin Types

The device is safe for all skin types and does not require surgery or extensive downtime.

Results

Most patients notice initial improvements within days of their first treatment, but full results can take up to 3-6 months.

Ultherapy

Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to firm skin around the face and neck for a more youthful appearance.

How It Works

The advanced device emits precision heating into the dermal layers without damaging the top layer of the skin or penetrating the skin. The heat constricts the tissue and increases collagen production, tightening sagging skin and providing long-lasting results.

Targeted Skin Concerns

Ultherapy can lift and tighten the skin on the face, neck, chin, jowls, and chest.

Suitable Skin Types

Ultherapy doesn’t target melanin (the skin’s pigment), so it’s suitable for all skin types and tones.

Results

Patients can return to normal activities after treatment and may experience mild redness or swelling. Complete results are visible within 3-6 months as collagen increases.

sofwave treatment before and after

Active/Deep FX

Active/Deep FX are CO2 resurfacing lasers that target sagging skin and other aging concerns.

How It Works

Active FX is a high-energy laser that treats the top layer of skin, causing it to peel off and reveal healthier skin.

Deep FX is a laser resurfacing device with deep heating to increase collagen production and is ideal for loose skin around the mouth and eyes.

Targeted Skin Concerns

  • Sagging skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Sun damage
  • Blotchiness

Suitable Skin Types

Active and Deep FX are suitable for most skin types and tones, but a comprehensive evaluation is essential to customize your treatment and ensure safe, effective results.

Results

Patients can see results within a few days that increase over time. The treatment requires several days of downtime, depending on the intensity of the laser.

Sofwave

Sofwave is a skin-tightening device that utilizes ultrasound technology that heats the mid-dermis while protecting the outer layer of skin.

How It Works

The sound waves create heat and stimulate collagen and elastin production while also cooling the skin with an integrated cooling system.

Targeted Skin Concerns

Sofwave can lift and tighten sagging skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and contour the jawline.

Suitable Skin Types

This device is safe and effective for all skin types and tones, including darker skin.

Results

Results can take up to 12 weeks, but downtime is minimal, and most patients can return to activities after a session.

Fraxel Re:pair

Fraxel Re:pair is a CO2 FDA-approved laser that works on a cellular level to tighten and rejuvenate the skin.

How It Works

The laser makes micro-channels in the skin to stimulate cell renewal and collagen production. As the skin heals and collagen increases, the skin tightens and smooths, creating younger-looking skin.

Suitable Skin Types

Fraxel Re:pair is suitable for most skin types, but darker tones may be at risk of hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation.

Results

Patients can expect some redness and peeling that can last up to two weeks, but as the skin heals, more results are visible.

fraxel laser for facial wrinkles before and after

Morpheus8

Morpheus8 is an RF microneedling device that penetrates deep into the skin to tighten, sculpt, and firm the dermal layers.

How It Works

RF energy penetrates the dermis to remodel the skin’s underlying tissue and fat, promoting tighter skin and a slimmer appearance.

Targeted Skin Concerns

Morpheus8 treats several aging concerns, including:

  • Sagging skin
  • Droopy jowls
  • Uneven skin texture or tone
  • Active acne or shallow acne scarring
  • Deeper lines and facial creases
  • Stretch marks
  • Enlarged pores

Suitable Skin Types

This treatment is safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Results

You may see initial improvements soon after the procedure, but full results can take up to six months to develop.

Ellacor

Ellacor rejuvenates the skin with novel micro-coring technology that doesn’t require thermal energy.

How It Works

Hollow needles remove micro-cores of the skin, causing the tissue to contract into a tighter, firmer position without scarring.

Ellacor primarily tightens skin in the lower face, but it can also effectively treat wrinkles and scars.

Suitable Skin Types

This treatment is approved to treat Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV. A consultation from a board-certified dermatologist is essential to determine whether it’s suitable for darker skin types.

Results

Visible improvements in skin laxity may appear within a few weeks, but full results can take up to six months.

ellacor laser in new york before and after

Factors that Affect the Results of Laser & Device Skin Tightening

Factors affecting laser skin tightening results include:

  • Age
  • Skin type and tone
  • Severity of skin concerns
  • Treatment area(s)
  • Post-treatment care
  • Number of treatments
  • Sun damage

    Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Laser or Device Treatment

    When considering laser skin tightening treatment, it is critical to consult with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. They will assess your skin concerns and determine the most appropriate laser treatment for your face or body. Before choosing a device, assess your goals, such as how much recovery time you are willing to spend, the number of treatments necessary to achieve your goals, and the cost of the procedure.

    Facial Laser Resurfacing in New York

    Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York is a world-class dermatology center with board-certified dermatologists trained in laser technology and involved with expert research. Our experts work closely with patients to understand their beauty goals, creating unique treatment plans to meet their needs. Contact us to learn more about our lasers and devices for skin tightening and schedule a consultation.

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