Skin Tightening Therapy
You can't stop the hands of time, but you can take steps to reduce many of the unwanted signs of aging. Until recently, cosmetic plastic surgery was the only effective treatment for improving one's overall facial appearance. But, major surgery is cost prohibitive and today's active lifestyles leave little time for post-operative recovery. At our Orlando dermatology practice, we offer non-invasive solutions that can help to eliminate or reduce the telltale signs of growing older.
Pulsed Light Technology with AFT
Sagging skin accents aging but there is a simple, quick and non-invasive alternative that is safe and much less painful. Using cutting-edge technology, our healthcare providers can tighten the excess facial skin under your eyes and neck as well as along the arms where loose skin is often the most noticeable.
Without causing damage to the skin's surface, pulsed light can be used to heat the dermis or inner layer of skin. The impact of the emitted energy tightens, tones and textures the outer surface while inducing the formation of new collagen. In most cases, this results in a re-alignment of the skin's existing structure for an improved overall appearance without invasive surgery.
Generally speaking, there is little to no discomfort involved with pulsed light therapy as the skin's outer layers are not injured. This optimal use of energy greatly reduces the risks and recovery time when compared to major surgery. Clinical trials conducted by leading authorities on pulsed light have also documented AFT's (Advanced Fluorescence Technology) overall safety and effectiveness.
Skin Treatments Using Pulsed Light
If your physician determines pulsed light therapy is best for you, we will outline a treatment plan that is based on the location of the areas to be targeted and the severity of your skin's laxity. Some patients will notice an improvement soon after treatment, while others will see the results unfold more gradually. Most treatments take less than half an hour, and for best results, repeated treatments may be required.*
While pain is tolerated differently by each individual, a majority of patients tolerate an AFT pulsed light treatment well. Many have described the discomfort as similar to the sensation of a rubber band snap to the skin. Patients generally do not require anesthesia, though a topical anesthetic is an option for sensitive areas being treated. Pulsed light therapy requires no downtime. So, you can return to your normal activities immediately.
Our dermatologist will target light pulses to heat specific areas of your face, neck and/or arms. Typically, a treatment will take less than 30 minutes, depending on the area(s) being treated. Your exact regimen will depend on needs and your cosmetic goals. But, based on your expectations, you may want to consider a multiple treatment plan.
Does Insurance Pay for Pulsed Light Therapy?
Insurance companies regard most cosmetic treatments as "non-covered" procedures, however our practice offers many different payment options. The cost of pulsed light therapy varies based on the areas being treated and individual results can vary as well. So for best results, repeated treatments may be required. Preferable prices are available for multiple treatments. You will be given pricing information during your initial consultation with an provider.
Currently, pulsed light treatments are only performed at our Dr. Phillips medical center. To learn how this treatment can specifically help you, call us today at 800-827-SKIN (7546) and set up a consultation to get you started.
*Source: Alma Lasers®
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