Loss of skin elasticity is due to a combination of normal aging processes and external exposures. Sunlight, environmental pollutants, smoking, and other factors create damage to the skin's elastin and collagen. The smooth, firm look of youthful skin gives way to more lax skin as the elastin and collagen get broken down and damaged over time.
SkinTyte is a non-invasive treatment using an intense pulsed light device and is most commonly used to treat the lower face and neck. SkinTyte is a safe and effective procedure that delivers rapid pulses of infrared light energy to the deeper layers of the skin. The collagen in these deeper layers is selectively heated while the outer layer of the skin is protected by cooling technology. Over the course of three to five treatments spaced one month apart there is contraction and remodeling of the collagen and formation of new collagen. The end result is tightening of the skin and reduction of sagging.
SkinTyte was developed to give patients with less advanced laxity the refreshed appearance they crave without undergoing surgery. Since there is no downtime associated with this procedure, it can be conveniently administered during a short break in your busy schedule.
The same Broadband Light system used for SkinTyte can also be used for IPL treatments to correct the signs of sun damage including brown spots, mottled pigmentation, and redness. Many patients choose to combine their SkinTyte treatment of the lower face and neck with an IPL treatment of the face.
SkinTyte can also complement other procedures like:
- Chemical peels
- Laser resurfacing
- Face or neck lift surgery
As SkinTyte works on the body's natural processes, it may take several months for the full effects of treatment to be most noticeable. While there can be immediate temporary tightening after each treatment, most patients receive three to five treatments spaced about one month apart for longer-lasting improvement. SkinTyte works beneath the surface of the skin with no downtime, no stress. Those desiring skin tightening in an effective, non-invasive way may find SkinTyte the ideal solution.
You may experience mild redness after treatment, but this will not impede your ability to resume normal activities, even applying sunscreen or makeup right away. The treatment is quite comfortable and well-tolerated without the need for any topical anaesthetic or pain medicine. Beyond practicing adequate sun protection, no special care is required afterward.
At AboutSkin Dermatology, we are committed to providing each patient with the type of individualized care they deserve. SkinTyte is recommended for those with early changes in skin laxity. Whether you are considering SkinTyte or another procedure, recommendations for treatment are made after a careful evaluation and discussion with you.