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About the Procedure
Aging skin can become loose and wrinkled over time due to the effects of genetics, lifestyle choices, and decreased collagen production. Collagen is a structural protein within the skin that provides a youthful, plump appearance to the skin. With time, collagen production slows, and fine lines appear as facial volume diminishes. For those who desire a noninvasive method of skin rejuvenation, infrared skin tightening is a potential option. Infrared skin tightening is a non-surgical method for stimulating collagen production over the course of several months to gradually improve the skin. Skintyte is a brand of infrared skin tightening which can be used to treat all skin tones and types. Skintyte can be used all over the body to treat loose skin but can also improve the appearance of other skin tone irregularities such as redness and broken capillaries. Before the procedure, a gel will be applied over the treatment area however no anesthesia will be needed. The Skintyte hand piece will be applied to the treatment area, delivering infrared energy to the skin in rapid pulses. The hand piece will either be moved in a circular motion over a treatment section or kept in a static position over the skin. Patients may experience a warming sensation during the treatment session but typically no pain is felt. The patient’s temperature will be closely monitored to ensure a comfortable session. To keep the skin from overheating, the device wand typically has a cooling feature to ensure optimal patient comfort. Desired results will take multiple treatments with upkeep sessions needed once yearly.
The goal of Skintyte is to address skin laxity and sagging all over the body.
What to Expect
Skintyte is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes infrared light to address skin laxity and sagging. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Skintyte treatment.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 1 week
- Reschedule treatment if there are any open wounds, blisters, or infections on treatment area
- Men with facial hair should shave the day of treatment
- Gel will be applied over the treatment area
- Skintyte hand piece will be applied to the treatment area, delivering infrared energy to the skin in rapid pulses
- Patients may experience a warming sensation during treatment
- Treatment sessions typically last less than 1 hour
Patients experience mild to moderate discomfort following treatment which will dissipate over few days. Bruising and swelling goes away slowly over about 1 week.
The ideal candidate for Skintyte has mid skin laxity concerns on the face, neck, and body. Skintyte can help candidates improve the appearance of fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and texture.
Not Recommended For
Skintyte is not recommended for patients with autoimmune disorders, pregnant women, or those who may receive excess sun exposure in the immediate weeks following treatment. Individuals taking Accutane should wait 4-6 months.
Side effects from skintyte may include short term discomfort, redness, swelling, mild blistering, and bruising.