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Laser Skin Tightening: Is it Effective Against Wrinkles and Sagging Skin?

When your skin starts to wrinkle and sag, it means you're beginning to show signs of aging. Such
imperfections can often be the cause of low self-esteem in a person, and can at times make them feel too embarrassed to leave the house.

While anti-aging creams can combat aging in mild cases, those with severe  skin wrinkling need something more potent to give them back their youthful glow. For these people, cosmetic treatments such as laser skin tightening are recommended.

As with any form of treatment, medical or cosmetic, you should always have an understanding of what's involved before agreeing to partake in it. This article hopes to educate you on what laser skin tightening treatment is, and aims to assist you in making a decision as to whether it's right for you.

How Do I Know Laser Skin Tightening Will Help Me?

In most cases, medical laser treatments have strict requirements when it comes to eligibility. Laser eye surgery, for example, will only work on a handful of eye conditions.

When it comes to laser skin tightening, however, there are fewer requirements. As a guideline, your skin color doesn't matter and so won't affect the outcome of the procedure. Your age is also fairly unimportant; however, be aware, statistics show the best results usually occur within the 30-60 age group.

As for medical reasons why skin tightening won't work, that's up to your dermatologist to decide. If you have a prior skin complaint, laser surgery may not be recommended for you.

Why are There so Many Different Types of Laser Treatment?

Lasers are very diverse – much more so than people realize. They currently help with a range of things such as eye care, scar or tattoo removal, cellulite reduction, and anti-aging.

As each laser differs depending on what it's being used for, you'll receive treatment tailored to your particular problem. As lasers have the natural ability to improve skin quality, you'll be making use of a specialist device that has been employed to help you tighten up your skin and reduce wrinkling.

What makes lasers so effective is that they can easily be used on multiple body parts. Even if your sagging skin or wrinkling isn't on your face, it's not a problem in the slightest. Treatment can be performed on many areas, including the legs, stomach and arms, for example.

What Does the Average Laser Skin Tightening Treatment Plan Look Like?

While your treatment may cause you a small amount of discomfort, it shouldn't cause you any pain. Most people say they experience some warmness in their skin and feel gentle snapping sensations when they go under the laser.

Overall, treatment shouldn't take longer than an hour. That includes preparation time. However, as more than one treatment is recommended, the total amount of time you'll spend receiving skin tightening treatments will usually be a few hours in total.

After you've had several sessions of laser therapy, your skin should tighten up considerably. Unfortunately, however, there is no permanent cure for aging, so sagging skin and wrinkling is likely to reoccur at some point in the future. You can, if you wish to, repeat treatment again when this happens.

Currently, laser skin tightening is one of the most effective cosmetic anti-aging procedures available. Side effects are mild, and recovery time is minimal.

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Organizing Clinical Images in Dermatology

Do you find it difficult to keep track of your patient images when they come for follow up? Do you find it difficult to retrieve the right pictures for a conference presentation? Dermatology Image Tagger (DIT) is a free software to organize dermatology clinical pictures and to solve these problems.

DIT works by tagging images with patient ID, lesion, diagnosis, and date. You can search based on any of these tags! (Pictures of Mr. Smith, Pictures of psoriasis, etc.) The innovative feature is that the image file itself saves the tags but will not be visible on the display. So even if the image is copied to another computer, DIT will still be able to find it. [Download DIT FREE]

You can also share pictures with your friends, and they will be able to read these metadata using DIT. However, this introduces a security risk of inadvertently sharing this metadata on Facebook and other social media channels. To prevent the privacy risk, the tags are routinely encrypted with a password of your choice. If you share this password with your friends, they can view the tags.

I have hand coded it in Java and would be happy to hear feedback and feature requests. You can read about it and download it free from here: .[Just click the Facebook Like button to start download] This software made it into the ‘The Top 50 Tech Tools for Dermatology’ by DirectCapital. You can comment here for support tickets and feature requests!

See the instructions video below:

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About Me

As a Dermatologist and Informatician my research mainly involves application of bioinformatics techniques and tools in dermatological conditions. However my research interests are varied and I have publications in areas ranging from artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, systems biology, ontology development, microarray analysis, immunology, computational biology and clinical dermatology. I am also interested in eHealth, Health Informatics and Health Policy.


Bell Raj Eapen
Hamilton, ON