Skin tightening (ironing) is rapidly establishing itself as a very popular cosmetic procedure at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other effects of skin laxity. ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening also known as skin ironing is increasing in popularity because it is less invasive than other rejuvenating procedures, such as face lift and body lift procedures, it produces dramatically firmer skin, and it can be used on any area of the body. Added benefits of skin tightening are the reduced risk of side effects and the lack of downtime following treatment.
Combined Infrared laser and Radiofrequency energies (ANTILAX™) is a unique skin rejuvenation and skin ironing system that produces dramatic results. The skin tightening effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin for a smoother and more youthful appearance. ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening offers many of the same results as plastic surgery without scars or the lengthy recovery time. While the procedure cannot remove excess skin, patients experience tightening of loose skin immediately, with less wrinkles in the treated area and a firmer, healthier-looking complexion. ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening requires no recovery after treatment because it is a non-surgical procedure that involves no incisions.
ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening
One of the greatest benefits of ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening is the minimal amount of risk associated with the procedure. Patients experience firmer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and there is no downtime. Skin tightening occurs immediately, and results continue to improve over the next several weeks. The normal side effects of a laser skin tightening procedure may include redness and swelling, and should recede within a couple of days. In rare cases, patients experience bruising and blistering, and some patients experience transient changes in pigmentation of treated areas. Again, these side effects are very rare. The average skin tightening patient can expect only moderate redness and possible swelling during laser skin tightening recovery, and will be able to resume his or her lifestyle immediately.
What sets ANTILAX™ apart from other laser skin tightening technology is that it uses a combination of laser energy and radiofrequency (RF) energy. These two energies work together to provide more effective treatment and increased patient comfort. ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening is a minimally invasive, non-surgical process that uses a combination infrared light source (a laser) and alternating radio-frequency (electromagnetic energy) to tighten skin by heating the collagen under the skin’s surface, causing the skin to contract (tighten). ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening uses a combination of infrared laser and electromagnetic energies to heat the lower levels of the skin, known as the mid and deep dermis.
The computer controlled heat causes the soft tissues of the dermis to coagulate, and firm which lends a more plump and youthful appearance to the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. While the deeper layers of the skin are heated, the outer layer of skin, or the epidermis, is simultaneously cooled, ensuring that the skin is not burned and that the patient remains comfortable for the duration of his or her skin tightening treatment.
Skin tightening treatment also encourages the growth of new collagen in the treated areas. With the regeneration of natural collagen, you immediately begin to notice smoother, softer skin and a more youthful appearance. The effects continue to improve over the next few months following ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening treatment, as the skin’s natural stores of collagen are gradually replenished.
Laser and radiofrequency skin tightening are FDA approved methods for the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. The ANTILAX™ system works as follows:
- · The laser energy treats the wrinkles at the skin’s surface and improves the skin’s tone.
- · The RF energy heats the deeper tissues, promoting new collagen formation, treating deeper wrinkles, and producing a skin-tightening effect.
- · Computerised cooling ensures optimal heating of the mid to deep dermis through on-line handpiece sensors.
The heat produced by the ANTILAX™ laser is specifically calculated to deliver the most beneficial heat possible deep into the patient’s dermis. ANTILAX ™ produces enough heat to cause lax skin tissues to contract and to induce collagen production, yet not enough heat to harm or burn the skin thanks to its online thermoregulatory sensors. The best candidates for ANTILAX ™ skin tightening have mild to moderate facial and/or neck wrinkles and thin or moderately thick skin.
There are very little risks associated with ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening, as it does not require surgery. Skin tightening is safe for men and women of all skin tones who are in good health and desire firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
Patients prone to cold-sore breakouts or people who have skin cancers need additional medical considerations. Pregnant women and patients with pace-makers should not receive skin tightening treatments. Patients who scar easily and develop keloids, and people using acne medications should discuss the chance of adverse reactions to skin tightening with the doctor prior to the procedure.
Many people notice signs of aging when skin begins to sag around the face and neck. ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening is appropriate for men and women of all skin types and skin tones who wish to achieve dramatic results without painful surgery, scars and lengthy recovery times. The most successful candidates experience permanent results as the collagen under their skin is regenerated, producing a more youthful complexion.
ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening is a safe, effective way to lessen the effects of time. Using advanced laser and radiofrequency technologies, the collagen beneath the surface of the skin is heated, causing it to constrict, thus tightening loose facial skin and giving the appearance of firm, youthful skin with less fine lines and wrinkles.
Men and women between ages 30 and 60 are ideal candidates for ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening procedures. As long as you’re in good health, laser skin tightening can repair loose facial skin and reduce wrinkles and fine lines all over the body. Skin tightening is an effective, minimally invasive option for people of all skin types and skin tones.
Skin tightening has been proven effective for tightening the skin on all areas of the body. Patients can enjoy a rejuvenated look when this treatment is applied to the face, neck, abdomen, arms, legs, and buttocks. In fact, patients with minor to moderate skin laxity may opt for skin tightening treatment instead of more invasive procedures such as liposuction and even mini tummy tuck surgery, and experience noticeably firmer skin with no downtime and little discomfort.
Before a skin tightening treatment session, it is important for a patient to remove all make-up, oils, sunscreens, and any other substances that may be on the skin. Because of the non-ablative nature of skin tightening treatment, no anesthetic should be needed, though patients who have a particularly low tolerance for discomfort may wish to take an over-the-counter pain medication prior to treatment.
Skin tightening takes place in a specially designed treatment room at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic. During a skin tightening treatment session, we use a handpiece to apply brief pulses of ANTILAX™ energy to the skin. Usually we will to go over the treatment area three times for optimal results. Sessions normally last from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the size and location of the area to be treated.
After skin tightening, results will be immediately visible, and the rejuvenating effects of increased collagen production will become markedly more noticeable in the months following treatment. Immediately after treatment, patients may notice that the affected skin is red and slightly warm, but this usually resolves itself within a few hours. Since treated skin is especially delicate, we recommend that you protect the treated area with sunscreen for at least two weeks following their treatment.
ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening treatment should not be painful. Most patients who undergo skin tightening treatment experience only minor discomfort in the form of a heating sensation. This is usually eased by the computerised real-time cooling produced by the skin tightening handpiece thermo-regulating sensors, which increases your comfort and prevents the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, from over heating or burning. Any discomfort encountered by patients during a skin tightening session should resolve itself within minutes of the treatment session, though you may feel some warmth in the treated skin for up to 48 hours after treatment.
Most patients notice changes in the tone and condition of their skin immediately following a skin tightening treatment. However, because the procedure is designed to stimulate the natural growth of collagen, your optimal results may take up to a few months to be visible. Typically, new collagen growth takes from 90 to 180 days after the initial treatment, at which time you will enjoy a dramatically rejuvenated appearance.
Number of Sessions
While you will see noticeable decreases in skin laxity after the first skin tightening session, most skin tightening experts recommend up to six treatments, depending on your skin condition, desired results and the area to be treated. Treatments are generally spaced about four weeks apart. Typical skin tightening results are visible for up to two years, and many patients find that they can extend their optimal results with a few touch-up treatments. After roughly two years, another series of treatments may be necessary to promote the growth of further new collagen, which will be reabsorbed into the body over time.
Cost of Antilax Skin Tightening
Skin tightening is a cost-effective alternative to expensive surgeries, and it requires no incisions, injections, or recovery time. More effective than chemical peels or microdermabrasion, skin tightening offers immediate improvement in the texture of your skin by encouraging collagen restoration.
ANTILAX™ Skin Tightening treatment cost varies depending on the individual patient’s needs such as the size and location of the area to be tightened and the condition of the skin.
An average, skin tightening costs between €350 and €750 per area per session.
At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic we offer very competitive prices and package deals for patients who wish to pay for more than one session at a time.