As a person ages, skin can start to lose its elasticity, and this loss in laxity can make us look older. Many people look to skin tightening procedures to help reduce the appearance of loose skin and wrinkles in several different areas of the body. For many, the face and neck is an area of concern, or alternatively, other individuals may feel that the appearance of excess skin in the abdomen, buttocks or legs and arms is something that they may be self-conscious about and would like to resolve.
The good news for individuals who are looking to treat skin tightening issues, is that there are a few non-invasive treatments available in the marketplace that are all FDA approved. The question is, which treatment is the best one for you?
This is a little difficult to answer, since each treatment option has its strengths and relative weaknesses. In, short the best course of action is to discuss your concerns and requirements with your dermatologist who can then provide you with a personal treatment plan, employing the very best procedures available to provide you with a tailored solution. Here we look at comparing various options to Exilis.
Exilis Skin Tightening Vs. SkinTyte BBL
Exilis works by using radiofrequency waves that are designed to heat up individual layers of the skin which in turn are meant to reduce fat and to tighten skin. Generally, Exilis is painless, but the downside is that it tends to take a between four and six sessions before the full effects are felt. In addition, the treatment lasts around six months in total before the patient needs to repeat the procedures.
Alternatively, another treatment that uses heat (albeit in a different way) to target skin tightening on the face, neck and body is SkinTyte™, (BBL™ Broadband Laser for skin tightening) which utilizes advanced laser light and infrared technology that heats the skin to reduce laxity.
On the surface, these two treatments are similar in the way they work and in their outcomes, though SkinTyte is the preferred option for this procedure at Dr. Green’s office. Unlike Exilis though, Skin Tyte does not treat fat removal. As a result, Dr. Green can combine Exilis with fat removal treatments such as CoolSculpting based on each case if the patient requires this. SkinTyte BBL treatments however work well with darker skin types and are a better option for skin tightening overall.
Exilis Skin Tightening Vs. Thermage & CoolSculpting
For individuals who are looking for longer lasting results, then Thermage, a laser skin tightening procedure may be one treatment option to consider, as the results can last up to two years, which makes this a much more long term option than Exilis. Often with Thermage many individuals adopt an annual treatment refresh, as this can help maintain the youthful appearance of the skin in the problem area.
Thermage treatments range from about 45 minutes for the face and up to 90 minutes for other parts of the body, depending on where in the body, along with the condition of the area to be treated. In all cases though, the patient should experience nothing more than some minor discomfort as the procedure is undertaken, and there is no downtime afterwards. Generally, it can take also up to three or four months to see the full effects of the treatment.
For those individuals who want their results to last a long time, (as with Thermage), but also would like to combine the element of fat removal treatments, then a technique such as CoolSculpting can often be combined with Thermage. These combined treatments then provide the patient with the benefits of skin tightening, fat reduction plus long-lasting results.
If you’re frustrated with the appearance of loose skin, and are interested in exploring the options of BBL, Thermage and CoolSculpting then contact us online today or call our NYC based office 212-535-3088 to learn more about which treatment option may be right for you.