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Collagen is a protein in the skin that provides it with a firm foundation and a supple, youthful, and smooth overall look and feel. As we age, the existing collagen in our skin naturally begins to break down, leading to the appearance of loose, sagging, and crepey skin. Although collagen breakdown is typically a routine part of the aging process, it can sometimes leave us feeling self-conscious about the overall appearance of our skin. Luckily, for those who are looking for a solution to sagging and loose skin, there are constantly developments being made when it comes to cosmetic treatment options that don’t require surgery.

One of the most exciting innovations in the world of non-invasive cosmetic dermatology is that of Sciton’s SkinTyte Laser / BBL (Broadband Light). SkinTyte by Sciton is a non-surgical, painless procedure, that uses infrared energy to heat soft tissues and stimulate coagulation (a process that changes circulating substances within the blood into an insoluble gel), causing collagen contraction. The result of the collagen contraction is the gradual firming and tightening of your skin. This skin tightening results in younger, healthier looking skin.

If you’ve seen changes in your skin texture and are looking for a non-invasive solution that requires no downtime, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, is here to help. Dr. Green is an expert in skin care and skin tightening treatments, including Thermage FLX and the Sciton SkinTyte laser. With over 25 years of cosmetic dermatology experience, Dr. Green combines the science of medicine and technology with the artistry of cosmetics, to bring you the very best in facial rejuvenation. Whether it be the right skin care, best Botox and dermal filler injections, or the latest laser treatments to stimulate new collagen production, Dr. Green is at the forefront of cosmetic dermatology treatments to provide you with the ultimate in skin revitalization.

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What is the Skin Tyte laser treatment?

The SkinTyte laser is a skin tightening cosmetic procedure that utilizes advanced infrared technology to deeply heat the dermal layer of the skin. As the laser heats the soft tissues, it simultaneously protects the epidermis (top layer) of the skin with sapphire cooling contact to ensure maximum safety and comfort for the patient during the procedure. Rapid, gentle pulses of laser energy are delivered to the skin during the procedure, promoting the contraction and partial coagulation of collagen. The body’s natural healing process is induced, allowing for new collagen to form and increase the overall firmness of skin. By encouraging new collagen production in the skin, the SkinTyte laser results in a complexion that is more youthful, tighter, and smoother in appearance.

Is SkinTyte worth it?

A study published in the Journal of Investigate Dermatology has illustrated that the SkinTyte/Sciton Broad Band Light (BBL) treatments can alter the expression of genes associated with the aging process to more closely resemble youthful skin. The study supports the hypothesis that some regulators of aging can be altered using BBL technology to provide a functional, rather than just a cosmetic change. The use of BBL for treating aging skin offers a set of unique benefits. For those who are seeking a non-invasive skin tightening treatment to improve the overall elasticity of skin, SkinTyte laser treatment is an excellent cosmetic option. Dr. Green suggests SkinTyte treatment to her patients because it is a painless, safe, and effective treatment for all skin types and skin tones. Since there is no downtime involved, you may resume your regular activities immediately following treatment, and look forward to enjoying your skin rejuvenation for months.

Does SkinTyte laser treatment really work?

Yes! The SkinTyte laser (BBL) has been used with great success to correct signs of aging or damaged skin, including photo-aging, vascular and pigmented lesions, fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, erythema (redness) acne scars, and acne. Typically, Dr. Green suggests patients have five sessions of treatment with BBL scheduled at one month intervals to achieve the best cosmetic results. The full results from treatment are visible approximately four moths after the final treatment is complete. In order to continue maintaining the best skin tightening results, Dr. Green suggests maintenace treatments, scheduled every 3 to 6 months, depending on the degree of skin laxity.

Maintaining results is possible with future BBL treatments to continue delaying the signs of aging, loose, sagging skin, and keep the skin looking firm, supple, and youthful. The SkinTyte laser truly works and the results speak for themselves when it comes to the BBL. According to a recent American Society for Dermatologic Surgery survey, nearly 1,700,000 BBL (broadband light) type sessions were performed in 2012, making it one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the United States.

Does SkinTyte laser hurt?

SkinTyte uses advanced infrared light energy technology to deeply heat soft tissue and dermal collagen while continuously protecting the treated epidermis with sapphire contact cooling, which in turn ensures maximum patient safety and an overall comfortable experience. This procedure is completely painless and there is no need even for a topical anesthetic.

How long does SkinTyte laser take?

The total time required for performing a treatment with SkinTyte laser will ultimately depend on the area of the body being treated. For the face and neck, treatment is typically completed within just half an hour. Since there is no downtime involved, and you can return to your normal daily activities immediately following the completion of the BBL procedure.

Where can Skintyte be used?

The SkinTyte laser can be used to treat the signs of aging skin on many areas of the body. The most common areas of the body that Dr. Green treats with BBL in her discreet New York City office are the following:

  • lower face
  • upper face
  •  jowls
  •  neck
  • chest
  • backs of the hands
  • upper arms
  • abdomen
  • buttocks
  • above the knees

Is there any preparation involved for getting SkinTyte laser treatment?

There is no preparation required for treatment with SkinTyte laser. Since the procedure is painless, no topical anesthetic is required in anticipation of treatment. The only recommendation that Dr. Green makes to her patients who are planning on having a SkinTyte laser treatment is that they avoid sun exposure for 2-3 weeks prior to the procedure and do not use a self tanner for a similar period of time.

What is Forever Young BBL?

Forever Young BBL treatment is a technique that can help to prolong the benefits of your existing BBL treatment results. Forever Young BBL is treatment that is primarily focused on maintaining the new, healthy skin once signs of aging, sagging, loose skin have been corrected. Ultimately, Forever Young BBL will continually delay the signs of skin aging. This treatment technique can effectively and safely work to treat a diverse array of patients and skin types.

Those who may benefit from Forever Young BBL include:

  • Younger patients who don’t yet need correction for skin damage, but would like to delay the signs of skin aging and maintain the optimal health of their skin.
  •  More mature patients who may not yet require corrective treatments because they have better quality or healthier-appearing skin but would like to optimize their youthful appearance.
  • Patients who have previously undergone a facelift or other cosmetic procedures and do not wish to have more cosmetic surgery.
  •  Patients with all skin types who want to maintain healthy skin and delay the appearance of skin aging

How much does Sciton Laser Treatment Cost?

The cost of your Sciton’s SkinTyte™ Laser Treatments will depend on the total number of sessions required and the area of the body being treated to achieve your desired results. During a consultation with Dr. Michele Green you will have the opportunity to discuss your individual skin concerns, your desired treatment results, and determine a treatment plan that best caters to your goals. The total cost of treatment will also be discussed during your consultation.

Can you show me photos of Before and After treatment with SkinTyte laser?

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1 months SkinTyte before and after

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15 months SkinTyte before and after

How long does Sciton SkinTyte™ Laser Treatments results last?

The cosmetic results achieved after a series of BBL treatments typically last up to one year, given that the patient maintains a proper skincare routine (including daily sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30), sun avoidance, and a healthy overall lifestyle. It is advised to have maintenance treatments with the SkinTyte (BBL) laser every three to six months, depending on your skin type, to continuing have the best skin rejuvenating results.

What is a SkinTyte Treatment like?

Prior to having treatment with the SkinTyte laser, a formal consultation with Dr. Green will take place. During the initial consultation, you will discuss with Dr. Green your medical history, your primary skin concerns, and your desired cosmetic results. If you are a good candidate for treatment with the SkinTyte laser, you will establish a timeline for treatment with Dr. Green. Since there is no recovery time from the SkinTyte (BBL), you can schedule your appointment for this skin tightening procedure during any time.

The procedure itself is comfortable throughout, due the contact cooling feature, and there is no need for any topical anesthetic. During the treatment, the light energy is delivered in rapid, gentle pulses, promoting the contraction and partial coagulation of collagen in the skin. This step initiates the body’s natural healing process. Following treatment, skin begins to tighten as new collagen is formed, resulting in increased skin firmness and more youthful, supple looking skin. Typically, five sessions of treatment are scheduled at one month intervals. The full results of treatment are observable approximately four months after the final treatment.

How does SkinTyte work?

Broad Band Light (BBL™) infrared light treatment heats collagen in the skin, encouraging the natural healing process of the body. As a result, new, healthy collagen is produced and the skin increases in firmness. BBL treatment has been shown to impact the expression of genes associated with the aging process of skin so that it more closely resembles youthful skin. Evidence from scientific studies support the hypothesis that regulators of aging can be altered in human skin using BBL technology to provide a functional change.

Not only has BBL been clinically proven to improve the overall appearance of photo-aged skin, but compelling evidence indicates that regular, long-term maintenance of BBL treatments will enhance the expression of longevity-related genes in aged skin cells. BBL helps to essentially reverse the aging process and return skin to a genetically youthful state. With proper skin care, sun avoidance, and regular treatments, this non-invasive treatment can help to effectively tighten the skin and help it maintain a more youthful appearance.

Are there any side effects associated with SkinTyte laser treatment?

In general, there are virtually no side effects associated with SkinTyte laser treatments and additionally, no recovery time involved. Most patients will continue to resume their daily regular activities immediately after a session of SkinTyte laser treatment. Some patients may experience some mild redness in the treatment area immediately after the procedure is completed, though this typically resolves within one hour. There is no skin bruising or bleeding involved with this non-surgical skin tightening cosmetic procedure, which is in part why the SkinTyte laser treatments have become such a popular option for complete skin rejuvenation in the United States.

What’s the difference between SkinTyte laser and Thermage?

The SkinTyte laser and Thermage are both non-invasive cosmetic procedures that achieve excellent skin tightening results. The main differences between the two types of treatments are the different types of energy that they use and the different levels of intensity of each. The SkinTyte laser utilizes an infrared light technology to tighten the skin. Thermage treatment utilizes radiofrequency energy. In order to achieve optimal cosmetic results for skin tightening with the SkinTyte laser, a series of six treatments are needed, spaced one month apart. Each treatment session of the SkinTyte laser is performed in approximately thirty minutes, depending on the treatment area, and no downtime is involved. Thermage laser treatment, like the SkinTyte laser, also induces new collagen production in the skin and results in overall skin tightening and firming. However, Thermage produces skin tightening results in as little as one single ninety minute procedure. It’s best to repeat Thermage treatment every 12 to 18 months in order to continually increase the collagen production in the skin and upkeep a firm, beautiful, youthful appearance.

Thermage is approved by the FDA as a safe and effective cosmetic treatment for skin-tightening. Thermage relies on a patented monopolar radiofrequency energy that works to both smooth and contour the skin, creating an overall more youthful, supple appearance. Thermage itself is a handheld radiofrequency technology device and during a treatment session, the tip of the CPT handpiece is directed along the skin of the designated treatment area. A coupling gel is applied to the skin during Thermage treatment in order to encourage the handpiece to gently glide without losing contact with the skin. The device heats the deeper layers of skin tissue while keeping the surface of the skin cool and comfortable.

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Throughout the treatment process of Thermage, the heated skin is stimulated to produce and regenerate collagen. The new collagen then naturally improves the elasticity of skin, causing it to become firmer, smoother, and tighter as a result. Thermage treatment pinpoints the collagen-rich dermis of the skin, as well as the fiber septae (these are the fibers the connect the dermis of skin to the underlying subcutaneous tissue) in the subcutaneous adipose tissue layer to increase the appearance of cellulite.Thermage can target both the dermis and septae, by uniformly distributing the released heat energy, denaturing the collagen and then allowing for it to remodel, resulting in more youthful looking skin.

There is a two-fold approach to the Thermage treatment. Initially, there is immediate contraction of collagen in the skin due to the application of the heat energy. Then, there is a progressive remodeling of that collagen. The collagen remodeling process is a part of the natural healing response of the body that is induced as a result of Thermage. Skin tightening results from a single Thermage treatment can be seen in as little as several weeks and continue to develop over the course of the next six months post-treatment. As an added anti-aging cosmetic bonus, Thermage is also FDA approved to reduce the appearance of cellulite surrounding the treatment area, with these results lasting up to two years.

As an expert in the realm of non-invasive cosmetic treatments, Dr. Green often suggests skin tightening procedures to her patients who are looking to combat the developing signs of aging in their skin. Dr. Green will frequently suggest Thermage treatment to her patients seeking non-surgical options for treating loose, sagging skin. In her New York City dermatology office, she utilizes the newest model of the Thermage device, the Thermage FLX. Thermage FLX has the advantage of a new and innovative treatment tip that is able to provide even more efficient and effective delivery of radiofrequency energy. Additionally, the Thermage FLX device incorporates the use of AccuREP. AccuREP is a patented algorithmic technology that allows for adjustments in real time. This technology provides for optimal delivery of RF energy because it grants the ability to make precise adjustments with each and every pulse on the skin. The Thermage FLX has recieved rave reviews with celebrity endorsements from Demi Moore, Oprah Winfrey, and Jennifer Aniston.

The question you may now have is: which skin tightening treatment is best in terms of addressing my aging skin concerns? When it comes to versatility, ease of treatment, and meeting a wide array of aesthetic goals and needs, Dr. Green’s top recommendation for skin tightening procedures is Thermage. She often combines the treatment with other non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as CoolSculpting (a fat freezing technology) and cosmetic injectables (like Botox and dermal fillers). The combination of treatments produces beautiful, long-lasting results and after treatment patients consistently remark that they look and feel like the best version of themselves.

What is the difference between Ultherapy and SkinTyte?

The biggest difference between the SkinTyte laser and Ultherapy is the type of energy used to achieve skin tightening and the overall degree of comfort for the patient. Ultherapy is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment, approved by the FDA, which uses ultrasound technology to tighten skin in the treated area. Through the use of focused ultrasound, new collagen formation is stimulated under the surface of the skin. Ultherapy, unlike SkinTyte as a skin tightening treatment is only FDA approved for the face. Ultherapy, like Thermage, requires only a single 90 minute session. SkinTyte requires several sessions, typically 5 to 6, spaced one month apart for 30 minutes.

Choosing the right non-invasive skin tightening treatment for your unique and specific skin concerns may feel like somewhat of a challenge given how many different technologies are currently available, each with their own benefits. The ultrasound technology utilized by Ultherapy does offer favorable results for a variety of different patients seeking skin tightening, and is particularly advantageous for treating the loose skin in the brow area, along the jawline and neck. However, it is important to note that many patients have found Ultherapy to be very painful. The procedure is painful enough that it requires pre-medication with analgesics. Thermage and SkinTyte (BBL) are both entirely painless and do not require any oral or topical numbing agents. Not only is Ultherapy uncomfortable, but it does not always yield the best cosmetic treatment results when it comes to improving the overall appearance of loose, sagging, aging skin.

What is the difference between Facetite and Skintyte?

Facetite is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for the removal of unwanted fat. This procedure utilizes radiofrequency heat technology and an advanced contouring system to address skin laxity. FaceTite is approved by the FDA to treat the forehead, cheeks, jowls, and neck. The treatment entails using a handheld radiofrequency device that delivers heat to the fat cells, ultimately breaking down the fat. Radiofrequency heat is used to sculpt the treated areas, yielding fat removal results (without the need for any liposuction). There is no downtime associated with the procedure and results can last up to two years in duration.

Is Facetite better than Ultherapy?

Facetite and Ultherapy are both cosmetic procedures that deliver skin tightening results, however, the technologies, the recovery times, and degree and longevity of results differ between the two. Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to induce collagen production in the skin and achieve skin tightening. There is no downtime involved with the treatment and results are visible within 4 to 5 months after the procedure. The cosmetic results from Ultherapy treatment typically last for up to a year, and patients can repeat the procedure on an annual basis to maintain optimum skin tightening results.

Facetite utilizes radiofrequency technology, simultaneously working to tighten the skin and remove unwanted fat from the treatment area. The results from Facetite are visible within 2 months from treatment and may last for as long as up to 5 years. Facetite is minimally invasive and does require some recovery time, though the procedure itself is generally more comfortable for the patient than that of Ultherapy. During a Facetite treatment, a local anesthetic is used to ensure maximum comfort for the patient, whereas during an Ultherapy treatment, no local anesthetic is used and there is often some patient discomfort during the procedure.

For patients who are not quite ready for plastic surgery and who are in search of a skin tightening solution, both Ultherapy and Facetite treatments may be worth considering. Ultherapy offers skin tightening results without any downtime, though the procedure can be painful and results last only up to a year. Facetite does require a short period of downtime, though treatment itself is not uncomfortable and cosmetic results last for up to five years. To learn more about all of the options for non-invasive cosmetic skin tightening treatments and determine which skin tightening treatment is best for you and your specific skin concerns, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green.

Ultherapy vs Fraxel laser

In the world of cosmetic dermatology, there is one treatment technology in particular that truly seems too good to be true. Laser skin resurfacing technology offers an innovative, non-invasive treatment option for true revitalization of the skin, eliminating unwanted hyperpigmentation and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, all in one laser device. There are a number of different non-invasive, restorative laser treatments available, but one of the most popular (and one of Dr. Green’s favorites) is the Fraxel® laser.

Fraxel is a fractional laser technology that ignites the body’s natural wound healing process, and boosts collagen production, by creating controlled, micro-injuries in the skin. Fractional lasers are able to take the intensity of a laser and “fractionate” it, which allows the laser to pinpoint specific treatment areas on the surface of the skin for optimal results. Additionally, the Fraxel laser offers non-ablative treatment, which helps to preserve the epidermis (the top layer of skin), essentially eliminating the need for downtime. The Fraxel laser is an amazing option for patients seeking skin resurfacing treatment in order to reduce the appearance of sun damage, age spots, brown spots, acne scars, as well as achieve all-over skin rejuvenation.

In addition, other minimally invasive fractional lasers have been FDA-approved to treat milder sun spots, fine lines, pore size, and dark spots. The Clear+Brilliant laser, often referred to as the “Baby Fraxel” or “Micro-Fraxel”, is an amazing tool for achieving skin rejuvenation, helping to even out skin tone, and smooth skin texture. Additionally, Clear+Brilliant laser treatments can help to increase skin permeability, allowing it to be more receptive to treatment with intensive skincare serums and antioxidants like Vitamin C serum.

The Fraxel laser is an amazing treatment option for patients seeking a skin resurfacing treatment in order to reduce the appearance of sun damage from sun exposure, age spots, brown spots, acne scars. For patients who are looking to improve the tone and texture of the skin as well as improve skin elasticity, Dr. Green often recommends combining a treatment like Fraxel with a skin tightening cosmetic procedure such as Thermage or SkinTyte laser. This combination provides patients with complete facial rejuvenation without surgery and without downtime.

How can one determine which cosmetic treatment is the one that will deliver the best results? Is there a better choice between Fraxel and Ultherapy? Both of these procedures will help to diminish the overall signs of skin aging, though they each cater to very different skin issues. In order to decide which treatment will most benefit you and your individual cosmetic concerns, it’s important to understand the differences between the goals of the two procedures.

Fraxel utilizes laser technology to treat the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin, revitalizing and resurfacing it. Fraxel treatments help to improve the textural irregularities of skin (acne scars, enlarged pores, facial wrinkles and fine lines) as well as minimize facial hyperpigmentation (although, Dr. Green does not use Fraxel to treat melasma). Ultherapy is solely designed for the purpose of skin tightening, affecting only the dermis of skin and not the epidermis, and does not effectively treat the appearance of either skin tone or texture. Neither one of these treatments requires much recovery time and both are considered non-invasive methods of facial rejuvenation. While both treatments have the potential to give a refreshed appearance and a more youthful look, each procedure targets different signs of skin aging. In your consultation with Dr. Green, you will have the opportunity to learn more about which cosmetic treatments will provide you with stunning results and help you with the ultimate in skin rejuvenation.

Can I combine SkinTyte laser with other aesthetic procedures for the body like CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a treatment designed to eliminate unwanted stubborn fat from the body. During the procedure, controlled freezing effectively kills fat cells while leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed. The body metabolizes these fat cells, resulting in a destruction and loss of fat. Although CoolSculpting does not leave behind any loose skin in the treatment area, any previously existing sagging or loose skin can be treated with SkinTyte in combination with Coolsculpting. For this reason, SkinTyte laser is a fantastic complement to CoolSculpting treatment as SkinTyte will deeply heat the skin to improve skin laxity and stimulate new collagen growth. This combination of these two aesthetic treatments for the body is especially effective in the following areas:

  • Chin and submental area
  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks (banana roll)

Are the results from Skintyte Laser treatment permanent?

Results from SkinTyte laser treatment are long-lasting, and patients typically observe the benefits of their BBL treatments for up to one year after their procedure. Although results from SkinTyte laser are not permanent, they can be maintained well by good skin care, a healthy lifestyle, sun avoidance, the proper use of sunscreen, and maintenance BBL treatments. Maintenace treatments are recommend every 3 to 6 months, depending on the degree of skin laxity.

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Does the Sciton SkinTyte / BBL treatments work for darker skin types?

Yes! One of the best aspects of BBL treatment is that it is completely safe for all skin types and skin tones. It is important that when selecting a provider to perform your BBL treatment you choose someone with the knowledge and experience to successfully deliver your results without risking your safety. Some lasers can damage the skin, when too much heat is used, an inappropriate setting is utilized for their skin type, or there is a mismatch between the type of laser used and the skin tone of the patient. Dr. Michele Green is a board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years of experience catering to the skin concerns of thousands of people from all around the globe. In her New York City office, she has corrected the appearance of hyperpigmented skin caused by laser damage that patients received elsewhere. In order to protect her patients from such damage, she is always prudent when it comes to suggesting cosmetic procedures and skincare products for all of her patients with varying skin tones and skin types.

How do I get started with the Sciton SkinTyte (BBL treatments) today?

If you’re looking to achieve a more youthful appearance, naturally and without surgery, there are non-invasive skin tightening treatments, like the SkinTyte laser which will help. Dr. Michele Green is a world-renowned expert in non-invasive cosmetic dermatology and utilizes the most cutting edge technologies with precision and expertise in her New York City office. Dr. Green is sought out for her phenomenal results with laser skin tightening treatments, chemical peels, and cosmetic injectables like Botox and dermal fillers for complete facial rejuvenation with minimal downtime involved. To learn more about laser skin tightening and find a non-invasive solution to loose, sagging skin, please contact us online today or call our New York City based office at 212-535-3088.

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