Everything You Need to Know About Laser Skin Tightening

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Anne Marie Ponce de Leon

If you’re looking for a way to tighten and lift your skin without the risks of surgery, then laser skin tightening may be something that could benefit you. This minimally invasive procedure can help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, and acne scars while also giving your skin an overall more youthful appearance. 

As with any cosmetic treatment, there are always risks involved, but if done correctly at an experienced clinic like ours, it is completely safe. So you may be wondering, is it really a non-invasive alternative to surgery? Read on to find out everything else you need to know about laser skin tightening!

What Is Laser Skin Tightening

Laser skin tightening is a procedure that uses lasers to heat up and tighten the skin, removing wrinkles and fine lines. The laser works by emitting light waves into the dermis of your skin, where collagen is located. This heats up these fibers, which then contract, stimulating new collagen production in order to remove wrinkles and fine lines in the process. 

It does not require anesthesia and takes only about an hour. The procedure has been shown to improve fine lines and wrinkles as well as rejuvenate facial contours. Some patients also report improved elasticity in the neck area after having laser treatments on their faces.

Laser skin tightening can be done alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as facelifts, eyelid surgery, lip enhancement, etc. Patients who have had laser skin tightening say they love how it gives them natural-looking results without any downtime (unlike some invasive procedures) and how effective it is for treating mild wrinkles.

This kind of treatment is best between people ages 30 and 65, and even younger people, as a preventative approach.

Is Laser Skin Tightening Cost Covered by Insurance

Laser Skin Treatment is an elective cosmetic procedure. This means that it will not be covered by any insurance. In case of time, it would only take you about an hour and a half for the whole treatment aside from the actual appointment time.

What Does Laser Skin Tightening Usually Treat

Laser skin rejuvenation is a facial resurfacing procedure that can be done anywhere on the body but usually on the face, stomach, neck, and jawline. This procedure is used to treat the following skin conditions:

  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Loss of elasticity and sagging skin
  • Melasma (pigmentation and brown spots)
  • Loss of skin tone and irregularities

What Are the Benefits of Laser Skin Tightening

There are many benefits of laser skin tightening. Some of the benefits include:

  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and cheeks.
  • Reduction of scars on both face and body.
  • Removal of skin imperfections such as pigmented lesions, melasma, and even freckles.
  • Tightening of the skin.

How Many Treatments Are Needed

Depending on your skin’s condition, you may be required to have an average of 3 to 6 treatments within a month apart to achieve the best results. The expert professionals will recommend the number of sessions needed based on your skin condition. 

Take note the result will be subtle, especially in the first session. But the overall effect after the necessary sessions will be more visible and consistent. You can achieve the benefits of laser skin treatments as you go along with your sessions. This is because the treatment stimulates the natural healing process of the body to produce more elastin and collagen. So the collagen will be produced long after each treatment and the result will appear after all the sessions have been completed.

What Happens After Treatment

Most patients who have undergone laser skin tightening were able to return to their daily activities and some had a few side effects. Usually, people who had this treatment had redness that disappeared a few hours after the session. In general, the treatment causes mild discomfort, which can be immediately relieved via a cooling air system.

The results will take its whole effect after the sessions as the laser continues to stimulate collagen months after the treatment. Take note that it’s unlikely to peel as this treatment is very different from peels.

What Are the Risks and Side Effects

Generally, laser skin tightening is considered safe and has fewer risks as compared to surgical treatments like a facelift or other cosmetic surgeries. This procedure can only be done by a certified cosmetic dermatologist or a highly trained skincare professional.

Pregnant women are not advised to have a skin laser tightening. The side effects are rare and may include the following: 

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling sensation
  • Scarring
  • Changes in skin color


Laser skin tightening is one of the best non-invasive treatments that can make your skin look years younger, firmer and blemish-free. People from ages 30 to 65 may benefit from this treatment but those who have unnoticeable symptoms may use this as a preventative treatment. This treatment can be your best choice as it has fewer risks and side effects as compared to the invasive surgical treatments out there.

Z Med Clinic is a family healthcare and medical weight loss clinic in Houston, TX. We offer a wide range of services depending on your specific needs. Book a consultation today so you can start having younger and firmer skin!

Anne Marie Ponce de Leon

Medical Director

About Anne Marie Ponce de Leon

Anne Marie Ponce de Leon MD is a proud native Houstonian. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Houston Baptist University with a double major in Biology and History. For medical school, she attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (recently renamed McGovern Medical School). She began her family practice training at Tufts University Medical School in Boston, MA, but subsequently returned to Houston where she completed her residency at the Memorial Southwest Family Practice Program.

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