So with the body what are our options? The number one option really is thermal transfer, In heating the dermal layers or deeper skin layers, typically with laser as we do at De Vries Cosmetic Centre, we stimulate a similar effect as the CO2 ablative does to the face without superficial damage. Just to be certain there is no misunderstanding, we will still not have removed the imperfections, this we can use superficial peels and laser or IPL to do, but we get a similar, though not as effective, result as with ablative and semi ablative facial procedures. This is by far not as good as with the aforementioned procedures for the face, but it is better than scars all over the body from cutting and lifting skin, which many doctors will do with somewhat acceptable to horrific results.
So for skin tightening, including post-partum, weight loss, stretch marks and general ageing body skin, thermal transfer is the preferred method we use. This is, however, not the only method of tightening body skin. Increasingly you will find clinics willing to use Fractional CO2 on the skin of the neck, hands, arms, knees, décolletage and many other body areas. This is very effective though again not as effective as complete ablative CO2-about 70% of all doctors out there will disagree with these comments but I encourage them to send in their real results of an ablative side and a fractional side and it will be clear complete ablative CO2 is superior.