We’ve been addressing the subject of laser therapies for skin care, and about the importance of consulting with a skin care specialist and having a skin evaluation before you decide on any cosmetic procedure. One more point about these consultations – maybe the most important point: You need to define your cosmetic goals – realistic goals. If your goals are modest, at-home application of professional skin care products may be all you need. Or perhaps even though a laser treatment might deliver great results, you’d prefer the more dramatic results of facial plastic surgery. A skin care professional can tell you what your options are, provide realistic expectations, and show you before-and-after photos of various aesthetic procedures – but she or he can’t tell you what you should do.

That said, if lax skin on your neck, face or abdomen is the problem, the specialist may recommend the Titan laser procedure. Titan technology uses infrared light to heat the deep layers of the skin to achieve tightening and firming of facial and body skin. Cooling of the surface prevents damage to this outer skin layer, eliminating down time. Besides the neck, face and abdomen, Titan is effective on skin laxity on the elbows and knees. A topical anesthetic is applied one hour before the treatment. The Titan heats then cools the skin in a series of pulses, each lasting a few seconds. Immediately following a treatment mild redness and swelling are present. This disappears in a few hours and the skin then gradually tightens as new collagen is formed. Noticeable results can be achieved in one treatment. However 2-3 treatments spaced one month apart are needed for optimal results with loose skin.

Here at the Peer Group, patients from Short Hills, Passaic, Caldwell and throughout northern New Jersey have been very pleased with the results of their Titan treatments.