SkinTyte™ is a noninvasive treatment recommended for patients who wish to tighten and firm up their skin and desire moderate, noticeable skin improvement without having to undergo injections or surgery. There is virtually no down-time. The SkinTyte™ procedure is not a substitute for a face-lift and results may vary from patient to patient.This revolutionary combination of BBL heating of subsurface collagen with surface cooling promotes contraction of the collagen without causing damage to surrounding tissues. Because collagen is partly responsible for skin elasticity, the contraction of the collagen leads to tighter skin. The heating process also stimulates the body’s natural healing process, encouraging it to make more collagen, which also leads to a tightening of the skin.The powerful and adjustable cooling system maintains the outer surface of the skin at cool temperatures before, during and after each pulse of broadband light making this treatment comfortable and safe.The improvement in skin tone is significant, comparable to that achieved with the use of dermal fillers, but is neither as permanent nor as profound as that achieved by a facelift.We may also combine SkinTyte™ with other popular aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.A complimentary consultation with our physician and esthetician can help you determine if this treatment is right for you.
The SkinTyte™ procedure utilizes a broadband of light energy to deeply heat dermal collagen. This process promotes partial denaturation and contraction of collagen. The heat also initiates the body’s natural healing process which creates new collagen leading to increased skin firmness.
SkinTyte™ treatments are safe for all skin types and appropriate for anyone desiring moderate, noticeable skin improvement without having to undergo injections or surgery. SkinTyte™ can be performed on any area of the body where an improvement in your skin firmness is desired. Popular areas include the face, neck, abdomen and arms.
Is it painful?
A chilled sapphire cooling plate provides adequate protection and comfort. This technology also uses an adjustable 3-stage cooling. It cools the skin, before, during, and after each light pulse, so you feel little discomfort during treatment while the surface of the skin is protected from the heat of the laser. Topical anesthetic is available, if desired.
Are there any possible side effects?
You may experience some mild redness in the treated area immediately after but this should return to normal within minutes.
Will there be any downtime?
Since the Sciton SkinTyte™ procedure is noninvasive; there is no downtime so you can resume regular activities immediately following treatment. You can also apply makeup and sunscreen after each session.
What is the treatment like?
The SkinTyte™ light energy is delivered in a sequence of rapid, gentle pulses. Topical anesthetic is available, if desired. An adjustable chilled sapphire cooling plate provides adequate protection and comfort.A series of pulses will be repeated over the treatment area to ensure best results. While the face and neck can typically be treated within 30-45 minutes, actual time will depend on the area treated.
You may experience some lingering warmth, tightness, or redness in the treated area, which normally fades within 24 hours of treatment. Because so much of the skin is unaffected by the light pulses, there is a quick healing process. There may be minimal facial swelling the first day, but no break in the skin.
The SkinTyte™ procedure is not a substitute for a face-lift and results may vary from patient to patient. The majority of patients feel that their skin is tighter after just one treatment, but visible improvements in skin laxity generally take place over four to six months as the collagen foundation of your skin is rebuilt and strengthened.
Results Now. Results Forever.What if there were a treatment that could slow down the aging clock and keep you forever young?Scientific evidence demonstrates regular maintenance treatments using Fotofacial or Forever Young BBL functionally rejuvenates skin and delays skin aging.
BBL™ broadband light innovative technology treats conditions associated with aging, active life-styles and sun damage. BBL broadband light energy allows your physician to precisely treat fine wrinkles, age & sun spots, small facial veins and several other skin blemishes. Forever Young BBL is a special technique used with the BBL that removes unwanted brown and red areas while stimulating new collagen and elastin to replace the sun damaged areas. The net effect of this treatment is a brighter face (minimizing red lines and brown spots) and slowing down of collagen and elastin breakdown in your skin, minimizing sagging skin and volume loss. The end result is a slowdown in skin aging.
The light energy delivered by the BBL™ will gently heat up the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to generate new collagen. This will help restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking. In addition the photothermal energy will target and eliminate many of the fine vessels that cause redness and the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions.A Forever Young BBL treatment, previously known as Fotofacial, is treatment with 3-4 separate filters. Each filter has a different target in the skin. Pass 1 and 2 target the unwanted pigment, and redness, improving skin tone and textures resulting in a youthful bright face. A third pass with Wrinklelite stimulates collagen and elastin which is naturally lost over time. A pass with SkinTyte can be added to minimizing sagging skin. Visible benefits are noted after 5 initial monthly treatments. Maintenance treatments are recommended every 3-6 months to slow down skin aging.
Pathology: under the microscope, the changes associated with sun damage are reversed and collagen and elastin replace the damaged dermis. Large dilated blood vessels become normal size.Blinded study: Dermatologists guessed the ages of patients based on photos without knowing whether any treatment had been performed. The dermatologists were accurate on the before treatment pictures. In the after treatment pictures (treatment over 8 years), the dermatologist rated the patients to be 9 years younger than their actual age. Visually, the treated patients looked younger. See study below.Scientific data: Different proteins are active in young skin vs older skin. Genetic mRNA evidence shows a reversal to a more youthful protein profile after a series of treatment with the Forever Young BBL technique. See study below.
Groundbreaking Study on Forever Young BBL from Stanford UniversityRejuvenation of Gene Expression Pattern of Aged Human Skin by Broadband Light Treatment: A Pilot StudyFirst study to demonstrate Forever Young BBL treatments can restore gene expression pattern of aged human skin to resemble young skin.
Results: Over 1,000 genes became “rejuvenated” to be more like youthful skin resulting in decreased elastosis and more uniform collagen deposition; leading to improvements in fine wrinkles and pigmentation.View full study…Chang A, Bitter P, et al. (2012) Journal of Investigative Dermatology advance online publication 30 August 2012; doi: 10.1038/jid.2012.287
Long Term Evaluation of the Anti-Aging Effects of BroadBand Light Therapy The first long-term, visual and clinical evaluation of Forever Young BBL treatments.Blinded panel of physician evaluators determined Forever Young BBL treated patients appeared 9 years younger than their actual age.
Results:“Patients who maintain a regular regimen of Forever Young BBL treatments annually can reduce and delay the long term signs of skin aging in a way that looks very natural.”View full study…Bitter, P, Pozner, J. (2012) American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Abstracts. Lasers Surg. Med., 44: 1-94. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22023. Full manuscript submitted for publication.
The Sciton ProFractional™ laser is a quick and comfortable laser procedure used to improve the overall appearance of your skin using a laser microbeam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. And because only a fraction of the skin is directly treated with the laser, healing of the skin is in a matter of days rather than weeks.The ProFractional™ laser is used to treat:Wrinkles and linesPost-traumatic scarsAcne scarsTightening of the skinAging and sun-damaged skin
The ProFractional™ laser uses laser energy to create thousands of microscopic channels in the skin which are surrounded by areas of healthy, untreated skin. The zones of untreated skin invigorate the body’s natural healing process, and the treated areas stimulate production of new collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles, lines, scars and other irregularities.By delivering energy deep into the dermal tissue, fractional resurfacing selectively injures collagen molecules, causing wound-healing response and stimulating fibroblast activity. Fibroblasts turn on new collagen production, rejuvenating the collagen matrix and plumping the skin from the inside out.
The ProFractional™ XC Laser differs by giving you additional options to further individualize your ProFractional™ treatment. With the XC Laser, the treatment is done at a significantly higher speed and has user-controlled, variable-depth thermal heating. This particular treatment is best suited for those wishing to tighten the skin, as well as improve the overall appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With ProFractional™ XC Laser, we can precisely control thermal injury and post treatment inflammation. Specific needs should be discussed with your physician to determine if ProFractional™ XC Laser is right for you.
Candidates for the ProFractional™ laser are those with scars, wrinkles or sun damage who want younger-looking skin. The face, neck chest and hands can be treated with the ProFractional™ laser and procedures take from 30-45 minutes depending on the condition of the skin and the size of area being treated.
The healing process varies from patient to patient but will generally take from two to seven days. The procedure can be performed on Thursday or Friday and you can return to work the following Monday. Immediately following the procedure you will feel as if you have a bad sunburn. You will have minor sloughing and itchiness the following day. By day two, redness will begin to fade and by day three any redness can be easily covered by makeup. This time frame varies based on the depth of your treatment.We will advise you on how best to protect your skin to maintain the benefits you will see from your ProFractional™.
Our physicians in a consultation determine an ProFractional™ treatment plan for each new patient, accounting for the desired outcome and time available for healing. We will discuss pre op precautions, such as stopping retinoids and acid treatments 3 days prior and taking Valtrex if you have a history of fever blisters or cold sores.
What to Expect
The procedure is gentle, non-invasive, and safe. There should be minimal discomfort, however this varies from patient to patient and depends on the depth of the treatment. Our forced air cooling device along with numbing cream will aid in comfort during the procedure. Pain medication and a relaxer may be needed for more aggressive treatments.The treatment involves precise removal of small columns of skin at the depth determined by your physician. Pinpoint bleeding may occur. Patients often describe a slight stinging sensation, like the snapping of a rubber band, in the treated areas. Most individuals find this to be very tolerable. Total time spent in the office will vary depending on the area treated and patient response.
What will I look like immediately after ProFractional™ treatment?Erythema, edema and a sunburn sensation will be noticed in the treatment area for a few days after the treatment. Incidental pinpoint bleeding may occur, which will subside within a short time after the treatment without any intervention. Occasional patterned hyperpigmentation may occur but it will resolve in a few days. The healing time will differ, depending on the treatment settings used.
It is important to follow your physician’s instructions. We will recommend skin care products and provide instructions on how to use them. These will minimize your risk of inflammation or redness and ensure the shortest healing time.Within weeks, your treated skin will feel smoother, fine wrinkles and pores will be less noticeable, and sun spots or uneven pigmentation will fade. Results depend on your condition, the number of treatments, and the area treated. Your physician will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.You will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. Sun tanning and tanning beds should be avoided for 1 month before and after each BBL session. A broad spectrum sunblock with zinc oxide and/ or titanium dioxide as the primary ingredients should be used on a daily basis.