Skin Tightening

As we age our skin naturally loosens. Common areas include the abdomen, thighs, upper arms and jowls on the face. The reasons for this include lifestyle, diet, exposure to sun, pregnancy or other significant weight loss. Combined with a loss of elasticity over time, a loss of fat underneath the skin can cause the skin to loosen significantly.

Whilst a good lifestyle and diet can minimise the effects of age and weight loss, this may not be enough. Advancements in laser and light technology mean that this need no longer be a problem. Silk Skin Laser Care Clinic can provide an effective and safe solution to loose and sagging skin.

Our results driven treatment works by gently stimulating the body's natural collagen production, the results of which are a contraction, tightening and restructuring of the tissue area so your skin looks and feels tighter, firmer and rejuvenated.

Before skin tightening at Silk Skin Laser Care Clinic on Harley Street
After skin tightening at Silk Skin Laser Care Clinic on Harley Street

Frequently asked questions about skin tightening

How does the treatment work?

Precisely controlled short pulses of light are released that target colour discolouration to create a more youthful and even complexion. This light results in the stimulation of fibroblast cells, leading to increased production of new collagen and elastin. It also affects the permeability of fat cells, allowing fat to be metabolised, broken down and escape. This improves the texture so the skin, evening out lumps and bumps whilst reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

How is the treatment carried out?

A light applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The hand piece is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Most people are suitable for treatment. We recommend a full consultation with one of our qualified nurses to ascertain your suitability and tailor the treatment to your needs.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment can be mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required and most people describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable.

What can I expect after the treatment?

Redness and a slight warming sensation are normal after treatment. A cooling pack is applied after treatment to calm the skin. You may see a darkening of any pigmented spots before they flake off, leading to a more even skin tone. Tightening of the skin should increase over the following months as new collagen is produced within the dermis.

How long does each treatment take?

Depending on the area being treated, treatment times can vary but typically take between 45 to 60 minutes.

How many treatments are necessary?

Generally 8 to 10 treatments are recommended for best results. Thereafter, top-up sessions are performed as required, but typically once or twice a year.

Are there any side effects?

The skin may be quite red and swollen after treatment but this usually subsides quickly. Most people experience no side effects and any skin reaction usually disappears within a few hours. As a result of some of the metabolism of fat passing into the urinary system it is also quite normal to experience an increased need to go to the toilet. In fact, it is recommended that patients drink increased quantities of water for a short period of time after the treatments to encourage and enhance this particular removal process for the fat cells.

Consultation procedure

Prior to treatment, one of our qualified nurses will conduct a consultation and take your medical history in confidence to confirm whether you are suitable for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide your written consent.