If I’m 55, would I get some skin tightening from the Candela Gentle Yag laser?

Thank you for such a helpful web site! A local med spa is offering a great deal on Candela laser skin tightening and I wonder what you think of it. I am 55 with medium-toned caucasian skin and lots of tiny red veins in my face. My main concern is the lower half of my face: sagging jowls, a double chin and marionette lines. However, I am not a candidate for a face lift because of certain health conditions, and I am on a very limited budget. Would Candela (Gentle Yag) skin tightening be appropriate for me? Should I go for the 3 or 6-treatment package? What other treatments would be good as an alternative or addition to this? Thank yo so much! Ter

Thank you!   Here are some things to think about – both pro and con.

On the results issue, if you truly have visible sagging and a double chin (you sound like an honest woman!!), then this gentle technique with results similar to  Thermage, will not really fix your concerns.  Even with 3-6, this laser doesn’t tighten enough to visibly and reliably treat a true jowl.  If you go into it expecting very minimal results, you may be happy though.

You may decide you want to risk minimal results with this laser or a Thermage anyway.  Just ask yourself how you will feel if you spend that money, and see very little.  That’s the danger.

You mention health risks with a facelift.  There are some excellent plastic surgeons who are now using minimally invasive  techniques to treat the jowl and submental (under the chin) area with local anesthetics (less risky than general anesthetic).   You must have a truly great plastic surgeon though for this so it will depend on where you live a bit.  It might be worth it to save your money longer and get a more definitive result.  Just something to consider.   I hope this helps! Dr. I

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