Tight, firm skin requires good elasticity. Elasticity means the ability of the skin to snap back or tighten after it has been displaced or pulled away from the body. Good elasticity depends on healthy collagen and elastin fibers that lie very deep, near the bottom of the dermis. Collagen and elastin fibers act like small rubber bands that hold the skin tight against our body, and pull the loose tissue back when it is stretched or pulled.
Aging, sun damage from ultraviolet (UV) light, smoking, stress, excessive alcohol intake and an unhealthy diet and lifestyle all destroy collagen and elastin in the dermis and cause the skin to loosen and sag. Although it is located beneath the epidermis, it is changes to the dermis that cause the outer skin to wrinkle and lose elasticity. As we grow older, the amount of fat found in our lower layer of skin decreases, our glands produce less oil, and collagen and elastin fibers lose their elasticity. The natural process of cell reproduction in the dermal layer also decreases as we grow older, resulting in a slower rejuvenation of our skin cells.
BBL SkinTyte™ Science
SkinTyte™ emits energy in the infrared spectrum, 800-1400 nm, and provides dermal heating for the purpose of elevating tissue temperature within the dermal collagen matrix. The immediate response to this thermal exposure is a contraction of the collagen and elastin fibrils. In the longer term, fibroblasts are activated stimulating the production of new collagen, elastin and other components of the extracellular matrix in response to wound healing which takes place for up to 6 months after the initial heating. This tissue remodeling results in a thickening of the dermis and the shrinking of the elastin fibers, resulting in the improvement of skin firmness.
BBL SkinTyte™ Procedure
Safe and optimized for all skin types, SkinTytecan predictably, effectively, and comfortably treat any area of the body where improvement is desired, giving clients a firmer and more youthful appearance. SkinTyte™utilizes advanced infrared light technology, and client tailored filters to deeply heat dermal collagen while continuously protecting the treated epidermis with sapphire contact cooling for optimal clinical endpoints, safety and comfort. With no need for a topical anesthetic, the energy is delivered in rapid, gentle pulses to promote contraction and partial coagulation of the collagen, initiating the body’s natural healing process, leading to increased tissue firming.
Clients will feel comfortable throughout treatment. And, since there is no downtime, regular activities can be resumed immediately following treatment.
BBL SkinTyte™ Scheduling
To see optimal results with SkinTyte™ a minimum of 4-6 treatments is recommended 3-4 weeks apart.
The full effects of the SkinTyte™ treatment appear gradually. The changes from the fibroblast stimulation can take 3 - 6 months after the last treatment to be observed, although some clients do see them sooner. Full results have been known to last for up to 6 months, but recent studies have shown that some thermal collagen modifications have lasted up to several years, depending on the rate of the clients aging process.
Maintenance treatments are recommended 2-4 times a year at 6-4 months intervals.
Jody Levine, MD New York City, NY "I’m most impressed with the SkinTyte’s efficacy in treating the neck and lower face. Patients can expect immediate firmness, followed several months later by a longer lasting firmness."
PRE- AND POST-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Avoid sun exposure for at least four weeks before and after treatment and wear a sunblock of SPF 30 or higher daily.
If your skin is tanned - wait until the tan is fully faded before starting a treatment.
Avoid exercise for five days after your treatment.
Avoid hot baths, excessively hot showers, steam rooms, hot yoga or sauna for five days after your treatment.
Medications or herbal supplements such as ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, vitamin E, fish oils thin the blood which can result in purpura.
Retinoids, hydroquinone, alcohol and acid-containing skin care products should also be ceased at least 1 week before and not be used until at least 1 week after treatment.
Do not wax or thread the treatment area for at least 1 week before and after laser treatment.
Clients who took Accutane should wait at least 6 months prior to treatments.
Post treatment care guidelines depend on the condition treated, and should be discussed with your BBL practitioner.
The BBL system is contraindicated for clients who:
have a history of abnormal response to sunlight
use photosensitizing medications
have used isotretinoin (Accutane) within the last 6-12 months
have medical conditions that may affect wound healing
use anticoagulant medication or heavy aspirin use
have active infections and/or compromised immune systems
arrive feeling unwell, having symptom of a cold/flu, runny nose, fever, presenting with a cold sore or shingles
have tanned skin - presenting with a tan will result in cancellation of treatment
has a history of skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma
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Lege Artis Skin Care Inc. 201-27 Carlton Street Toronto, ON M5B 1L2 Canada
Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is being provided for general information purposes only and is not meant to substitute in any way whatsoever for advice, medical care or treatment from a medical professional. Individual results may vary. Lege Artis Skin Care Inc. is not a medical clinic and does not provide diagnosis, medical treatments or advice. This web site has been prepared with great care. However, Lege Artis is not liable for correctness and/or completeness of the contents herein.