Can Fraxel be used to tighten neck skin?
Kirk Churukian (Los Gatos, CA) on Sep 22, 2011
The short answer is "yes", the Fraxel re:store laser can be used to tighten the neck IF (notice the big IF!) you are a good candidate. This is a great example of why it is best to see a board certified plastic surgeon and not get care at the medispa in the mall. Neck laxity can be treated in a variety of ways using chemical peels, lasers, and surgery. The method that provides the best results depends on how much laxity is present, your skin type, amount of sun damage/loss of elasticity, and most importantly your expectations. The best outcome for you MUST include a discussion of ALL the options, which is a conversation that can only come from your plastic surgeon. So be smart, be safe, and find out all the options so that you can make the right decision for you! Best Regards, KC
Nelson Novick (New York, NY) on Sep 22, 2011
Non-ablative Fraxel has been used for tightening neck skin, and it certainly has its proponents. Results tend to be quite individual and may vary widely from individual to individual. In my experience, to achieve even subtle results with this approach requires a series of treatments, rather than just one. The same may be said of the several kinds of radiowave-based skin tightening devices currently marketed for this purpose that work by placing a probe on the surface of the skin and simply heat the tissue from above. The Ten Minute Necklift, however, utilizes radiowave energy that, under local anesthesia, is delivered by a needle probe directed within the needed layer of the skin in a fraxellated (grid-like) columnar pattern leaving islands of untreated tissue in between from which healing may occur. Since the degree of collagen contraction is much greater with this method, the ultimate tightening is more gratifying. In addition, additional tightening typically occurs several weeks later, when new collagen is synthesized to replace the contracted collagen bundles. For more details, I invite you check out the Ten Minute Necklift in the patient education library of YoungerLookingWithoutSurgery.com.
Robert Strimling (Las Vegas, NV) on Oct 23, 2011
I do not use Fraxel, but I do not believe it is a good tightening device. It is a resurfacing device - one that gets rid of wrinkles, brown spots, etc. (i.e. surface issues). Better tightening devices include Sciton's SkinTyte or Exilis. We employ both of these devices for tightening.