When you look at your face in the mirror, are you distracted by fine lines, uneven skin tone, sun damage, or loose skin? Do you feel like the products and treatments you’ve tried have left you without satisfactory results? Do you want to experience total skin rejuvenation without surgical intervention or significant downtime? If so, we invite you to learn more about treatment with our Fotona 4d laser system at RNA Medical Aesthetics in Johnson City, TN.
How Long Do Fotona 4d Laser Results Last?
Treatment with our state-of-the-art Fotona 4d laser technology could help you say goodbye to common skin concerns. This FDA-approved treatment is used to rejuvenate the skin, refresh collagen growth and structure, and encourage an overall glow that comes from balanced, healthy, and vibrant skin.
During treatment, we use laser technology to treat the skin on four separate levels. Each laser wavelength is specifically adjusted to offer optimal results to the majority of patients. Treatment is considered safe and effective for patients of all skin types, tones, and colors, giving you a viable alternative to more invasive options like facelift surgery.
A normal appointment lasts less than an hour for most patients, and you’ll be able to return to your normal activities without any downtime as soon as your appointment is complete. A typical recovery period lasts 4-6 weeks as your skin heals and your results begin to develop. In general, final results can last 6 months or more, making this treatment one of the longest-lasting non-invasive rejuvenating options available today.
Which Concerns Can Be Addressed?
There are several key benefits connected with laser skin rejuvenation. Here are some common skin concerns that can be routinely improved or permanently corrected with treatment sessions.
Structural Protein Breakdown
Our skin contains structural proteins, including collagen and elastin, that create a complex framework throughout the multiple skin layers. This framework keeps the skin tight, smooth, and lifted and promote overall skin health. When you’re younger, this framework is secure and the body’s protein production levels are high. However, in your late 20s and early 30s, production levels begin to plummet, causing the supportive skin framework to deteriorate.
Treatment with our Fotona 4d laser can restore the structural integrity of your skin by stimulating fresh collagen and elastin growth. The impact of laser energy on the skin triggers the body’s healing process, which includes protein production. As your skin heals after treatment, you should notice that your skin appears younger and exhibits fewer signs of aging thanks to a renewed framework.
Signs of Aging
Many signs of aging are connected to the breakdown of structural proteins in the skin. By restoring a healthy collagen framework, this treatment can also address fine lines, wrinkles, and loose or sagging skin. The different laser types and settings allow us to treat even severe signs of aging with ease, eliminating the need for a more invasive treatment.
In most cases, this treatment can temporarily smooth away static wrinkles, which are directly caused by collagen breakdown. It may improve the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, which are connected to muscle movement, but we often recommend combining laser treatment with a neurotoxin injectable like Botox if you are concerned about dynamic wrinkles. This will help ensure comprehensive results that match your ideal image.
Volume and Fullness
Many patients notice that their skin begins to lose its volume as they grow older, resulting in hollow areas around the eyes, cheeks, mouth, and jawline. With laser treatment, you can see your skin’s natural volume restored as new protein structure lifts the skin. We can also combine this treatment with dermal fillers, which offer superior volumizing effects for patients with moderate to severe volume decrease.
Tone and Texture
Over the years, your skin will exhibit signs of uneven texture and tone. These may be caused by skin conditions, sun exposure, or past injury. Whether you’re concerned about sun damage or scarring, the Fotona 4d laser system can be adjusted to correct most tone and texture concerns. A personalized treatment plan created by our doctor could help you achieve permanent results in just a few easy sessions.
What Are the Treatment Stages?
In order to provide you with the best results possible, the Fotona 4d laser system includes er:YAG and nd:YAG lasers to reach each layer of skin. We can adjust the laser penetration and intensity as needed, giving us a fully customizable experience for each of our valued patients. Your treatment will include four distinct stages to promote regeneration.
Stage 1: 1d Smoothliftin
Many of our patients notice lines and wrinkles around the mouth. These signs of aging can appear more quickly than other concerns and often grow deeper with time. In order to correct this issue, we use the Fotona 4d laser inside the mouth to target the skin from the opposite side. This allows us to successfully treat nasolabial folds, smile lines, and other common wrinkles with ease.
Stage 2: 2d Frac3
If you notice uneven tone or discoloration, this step will help correct everything from sun damage to dark spots to hyperpigmentation while also smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. We treat most of these concerns from inside the mouth, which allows us to gain close access to most areas of concern. This intra-oral approach is completely safe and can result in more precise treatment of certain areas.
Stage 3: 3d Piano
The third stage addresses the collagen framework breakdown that leads to reduced skin health, skin laxity, lines and wrinkles, and decreased volume. During this stage, we use a specialized heat-brushing approach to promote skin-tightening along with a visible volumizing effect. Once your results develop, your skin should appear lifted and fuller. These results may be enhanced with an additional treatment like dermal fillers.
Stage 4: 4d Superficial
During the final stage, we focus on the exterior of your skin with a gentle laser peel. This final treatment step promotes new cell growth and can improve sun damage, visible signs of aging, and acne or acne damage. It may also help fade scarring and discoloration. Once your treatment is complete, you should notice that this last step has left you with fresh, glowing skin even before your final results begin to develop.
How Often Do I Need Treatment?
Your personalized treatment plan will depend on our doctor’s evaluation of your skin. In some cases, a longer series of ongoing appointments can maintain your ideal image. In other cases, you will only need a few sessions to permanently improve your skin’s health and appearance. Most patients have an average of 3-4 appointments, waiting 2-3 weeks between each session. We will suggest a treatment plan that’s right for you during your consultation.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
If you’re an adult male or female patient who wishes to achieve long-lasting rejuvenation, you could be a good candidate for treatment with the Fotona 4d laser. It is beneficial for patients of all ages, and it can be a viable anti-aging treatment for patients who wish to achieve smoother skin without surgery or invasive treatments. It is proven to be effective for both light and dark skin tones and is appropriate for most skin sensitivities.
This treatment may not be ideal for patients who experience conditions that could interact negatively with laser treatment. It may not be ideal for patients with severe skin laxity or dynamic wrinkles. In most cases, our doctor can recommend an appropriate alternative treatment or combination of treatments to help you address these concerns.
If you have questions about laser treatment or are unsure whether this service is right for you, our doctor can help you evaluate your concerns during your initial consultation.
What Can I Expect?
Here is a brief summary of what you can look forward to when you choose to pursue laser treatment at our professional office.
During this initial appointment, our doctor will help you determine your candidacy for treatment. In order to accomplish this, we will ask you a series of questions about your medical history and past skin treatments. We will also examine your areas of concern. Based on this examination, we can recommend the best treatment plan for your unique needs. If this includes laser treatment, we will provide you with instructions to help you prepare for your first session.
Due to the nature of this treatment, it’s important that you limit your exposure to the sun for at least 4 weeks before and after treatment. Sun-damaged skin can be further damaged by laser treatment, so we recommend that our patients wear sunscreen each day, limit their time in direct sunlight, and avoid sunburn. We also recommend that you stop using all tanning methods, including self-tanner, for 4 weeks before and after treatment.
In addition to sun exposure, you should avoid any skincare product or treatment that may cause irritation to the target area. This includes many exfoliants and resurfacing treatments, including chemical peels, microneedling, and microdermabrasion. You should not schedule your laser skin treatment too closely to any hair removal treatment that may irritate the target skin.
If required, we may ask you to stop taking medications that could cause photosensitivity during treatment. You should watch your skin carefully during the week before treatment to ensure that you do not see any signs of irritation or infection in the target skin or inside your mouth.
On the day of your first treatment, you can wash your skin with a gentle cleanser and brush your teeth. You should not wear any makeup to your appointment. One of our trained staff members will clean the target skin and apply a topical anesthetic agent to your skin and the insides of your mouth in order to ensure a comfortable treatment experience.
Once the target areas are numb, we will use the two different lasers to warm the tissue inside and outside the mouth and stimulate collagen production. Each of the 4 different treatment stages will be administered as a separate step in the appointment process, which should take less than an hour for most patients. You may notice a warm sensation from the laser heat, but most patients report that this sensation is not uncomfortable.
After your treatment is finished, we will give you instructions to follow during your recovery stage. You will then be able to leave our office and return to your normal schedule without any downtime required.
Over the next 2-3 months, your skin will heal and your final results will begin to appear. We recommend that you limit your sun exposure and avoid tanning for 1 month after treatment to avoid irritating the skin. Your final results should be visible within 2 months of treatment and may include smoother skin, a clearer complexion, fuller volume, and a healthier glow. These results can last up to 6 months and can be enhanced with additional services.
Contact Us to Learn More About Laser Skin Tightening!
To learn more about this exciting treatment option, contact our team of experts at RNA Medical Aesthetics in Johnson City, TN to schedule your initial consultation today!