If you have ever given some thought to what causes those lines and wrinkles to form as the years start to tick by, the answer lies in the amount of collagen that is produced by your body. Collagen is a protein that is naturally produced in the deeper layers of the skin.
It helps to hold tissue together. In the case of the skin, it also gives it fullness, which has the effect of keeping it tight. Whenever your skin is tight, it is normally free from wrinkles. Over time, the skin begins to loosen. This naturally causes it to sag. It also leads to the formation of those dreaded wrinkles. The reason the skin starts to get loose is that the body does not produce as much collagen as it ages, in comparison to the levels that were produced during youth. Since the drop in collagen is what leads to loose skin, figuring out how to increase the collagen level will obviously cause the fullness to return. This can be done via CO2 laser resurfacing treatments at our office.
CO2 laser resurfacing treatments work to tighten the skin by stimulating the growth of new collagen in the dermis, which is the layer of the skin below the epidermis, or outer layer. The technology allows for the laser energy to be focused on the lower layers without destroying the outer layer. The fundamental reason these CO2 laser resurfacing are successful in reducing lines and wrinkles is that they basically cause the skin to tighten itself.
As the energy from the laser is absorbed by the dermis, the heat that is generated as a result encourages it to start the process of collagen growth. It will take place gradually over the course of the following months. By then, the collagen level will be closer to what it was during the years before its production started to decline. At that point, those lines and wrinkles should no longer interfere with that youthful appearance you have been wanting to regain. A glance in the mirror will make it look like you have managed to turn back the hands of time.
Even though the growth of collagen takes place over the span of months, there can still be some immediate effects that you will notice after receiving laser therapy. There will be some immediate tightening of the skin in response to the laser energy.