Lifting Laser: What It Is, How It Works, and Who It’s For

You’ve probably seen those ads for the lifting laser – the one that promises to make you look years younger with just a few treatments.

This post will explain everything you need to know about lifting lasers. By the end, you’ll know what it is, how it works, and if it’s the right treatment for you.

What Is a Lifting Laser?

A lifting laser is a type of laser to tighten and firm the skin. It is often used to treat the face and neck.

Lifting lasers work by heating the deep layers of the skin. It causes the collagen in the skin to contract, tightening and firming the skin. The laser also stimulates the production of new collagen, which helps to keep the skin looking young and healthy.

What Are the Different Types of Lifting Lasers in Theme Dermatology?

There are a few various types of lifting lasers, each with its unique properties. Dermatologists optimize different lasers for other issues and skin types. Here are our available laser treatments below:


Ulthera is a non-invasive laser treatment to control the signs of aging on the chest, neck, and face. It is an FDA-approved laser treatment that helps increase collagen production to help you achieve firmer and less sagging skin.

Ulthera uses highly-precise, right-temperature ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen regeneration. The energy is programmed at different depths that can penetrate the three layers: muscle, skin, and superficial wrinkles.

You might experience slight redness on the treated area and a slight downtime of 

1-2 days after the treatment. You can apply make-up 1 hour after the treatment.

Ulthera is best suitable for people with:

  • Lack of collagen
  • Sagging skin
  • Visibly aging skin
  • Surplus of fat in their double chin and jaw area


Shurink Lifting or Firming Ultrasound is a popular non-invasive skin tightening and lifting procedure in Korea. Shurink uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to penetrate two layers of the skin to generate a lifting effect. 

Ultrasonic electrical impulses target the skin layer between the fat and muscle, called the SMAS layer. This process triggers the production of new collagen and skin cells over the next 3-4 months. 

This laser treatment is popular because of its immediate results and no downtime after the treatment. Over time, you will notice that your skin will improve as your collagen production is working and new skin cells are regenerating.

Shurink Lifting Laser is suitable for people with skin concerns such as:

  • Lack of collagen
  • Sagging skin
  • Aged skin
  • Acne scarring


Thermage has been a popular skin tightening procedure for some time, and the newest Thermage CPT delivers some significant benefits. It tightens your skin, lifts saggy features, and relaxes wrinkles with minimal downtime and increased effectiveness.

Thermage is FDA-approved technology that tightens skin by stimulating collagen. Thermage, in turn, creates a tightening effect on the skin and reduces wrinkling/sagging as you age.

You might experience slight redness after the procedure and a little downtime of 1-2 days. You can apply make-up right after the 1 hour you received the treatment.

Thermage is best suitable for people with:

  • Thin skin
  • Lack of collagen
  • Hollow areas in their face
  • Visibly aging skin
  • Sagging skin

Laser Genesis

Genesis laser treatment can solve many skin problems. It is especially good at improving skin pore size, wrinkles, skin elasticity, acne scars, pigmentation, redness, and inflammation.

Genesis laser can work well for problems with skin like fine lines, blemishes or acne, hyperpigmentation from acne scars, enlarged pores, and oily skin with reduced elasticity. If you also have facial flushing/visible capillaries, it might help.

After the treatment, follow the guidelines of your dermatologist. Some people might experience a rash or slight swelling in the days following.

Fractional CO2 Laser

Dual Fraxel is a laser device used to treat skin problems such as acne scarring, fine lines, and pigmentation. You can get this treatment to treat sun damage.

The Dual Fraxel laser works by emitting two wavelengths of light. This light energy stimulates collagen production, and repairs damaged tissue. 

The Dual Fraxel laser combines the effects of the two wavelengths of light to produce more effective results. 

After laser skin resurfacing, the skin often turns red for a few days.

Dual Fraxel is best suitable for people with:

  • Fine lines
  • Pigmentation
  • Acne scarring

How Does a Lifting Laser Work?

A lifting laser is a device that uses a concentrated beam of light to resurface the skin. It works by emitting pulses of energy that cause the skin cells to heat up. This thermal energy then stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, the proteins that give the skin its elasticity and firmness.

The benefits of using a lifting laser include improved skin tone, texture, and firmness, as well as a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and scars. Doctors use lifting lasers on any area of the face, neck, or body that needs improvement.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Lifting Laser?

Who is a good candidate for a lifting laser? The short answer is for anyone who wants to improve their skin. Each person’s results will vary depending on skin type and condition. A lifting laser can treat various skin concerns, including wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagging skin, and more.

That said, a lifting laser may be the right choice if you’re looking for a non-invasive treatment to help you achieve a more youthful appearance.

Is There A Downtime For Each Lifting Laser Treatment?

Each laser treatment has a downtime, which is the amount of time you need to refrain from activities that may cause damage to the treated area. The downtime for a lifting laser is usually around two days. However, it may vary depending on the individual’s skin type, the type of laser treatment used, and the severity of their condition.

What Lifting Laser Treatment Is The Best Option For You?

There are a few different lifting lasers on the market, so deciding which treatment is the best option for you can be challenging. Here’s a breakdown of the most common lasers and their benefits:

Fractional lasers are one of the most popular options, as they can target specific areas of the face for more targeted treatment. Fractional lasers can improve the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging.

CO2 lasers are another popular choice, as they work to resurface the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and sun damage. CO2 lasers can tighten the skin and give it a more youthful appearance.

Nd: YAG lasers are ideal for people with darker skin tones, as they can penetrate deep into the skin without causing any damage or discoloration. They’re often used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, and other unwanted blemishes.


Lifting lasers are a great way to improve the appearance of your skin, but it’s important to know that they come in different types and work best for other people.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to laser treatments, so it’s essential to take the time to figure out which type of lifting laser is best for you.

Downtime for laser treatments will depend on your specific laser, so be sure to ask your dermatologist how long you expect your skin to rest and recover well.

Now that you know what lifting laser treatments are but are not sure which treatment is the right one for you contact us at Theme Dermatology. We can refer you to the best dermatologists who cater to your needs and determine the best tailored approach.

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