BBL SkinTyte™ and Skin Aging
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.
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."