Dr. Elizabeth Roche, founder of Elizabeth Roche MD MedSpa, a medical aesthetic center committed to providing people with advanced procedures to restore youth and preserve beauty, discusses SkinTyte.
John Maher: Hi, I’m John Maher and I’m here today with Dr. Elizabeth Roche, founder of the Elizabeth Roche MD MedSpa in Bergen County, New Jersey, a medical aesthetic center committed to providing people with the most advanced procedures available to restore youth while preserving the beauty and function of health of your skin.
Today our topic is SkinTyte. Welcome, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Roche: Thank you, John. Thanks for having me.
What is SkinTyte?
John: Sure. So Elizabeth, what is SkinTyte?
Elizabeth: SkinTyte is a skin tightening treatment that is part of the laser Sciton platform. It is a noninvasive, nonimbladive procedure, meaning that there’s no peeling of the skin or entry into the skin’s surface. It uses advanced infrared light technology with filters that deliver heat deep into the dermo-collagen, while continually protecting the surface of the skin with a sapphire contact cooling. The treatment is comfortable. There’s no need for topical anesthetic. The energy is delivered in rapid, gentle pulses which promote contraction and partial coagulation of the collagen, which initiates the body’s natural healing process leading to the result of tighter skin.
SkinTyte vs. Ultherapy
John: Okay, and how does that differ from the Ultherapy treatment?
Elizabeth: It differs from Ultherapy in that it uses light wavelength technology instead of ultrasound wave technology. It treats only the dermo collagen layer, where Ultherapy treats a layer that’s deeper in the subdermal layer of the collagen that sits right on top of the muscle. So it’s not as deep of a treatment. It’s a little more gentle of a treatment. It’s more comfortable than Ultherapy, but because it’s not as strong a treatment as Ultherapy is, several sessions may be needed to achieve similar results.
John: Okay, and is there any downtime after getting the treatment before you can resume your normal activities?
Elizabeth: No, this is a noninvasive and very gentle procedure with no downtime. There’s no special care regimen that’s required following the treatment. The skin will be slightly pink or red following the treatment, but this subsides after 20 to 30 minutes. Patients are able to return to work, apply makeup, resume their normal activities. I recommend that patients avoid anything that will cool the skin because it’s the heat that will tighten up that collagen. So if their skin feels a little warm, which it rarely does, I don’t advise putting anything on to cool it. It’s always important to protect your skin from direct sun exposure, whether you’ve had a treatment or not, so we apply sunscreen before the patient leaves the office. Other than that, they can go about their normal routine.
John: Okay, and what does the SkinTyte treatment actually feel like when it’s being done?
Elizabeth: The face is treated in sections, and a gel is applied to the surface of the skin. The patient will feel the hand piece gliding across the skin surface, and a gradual buildup of heat over a 15 second cycle. This is repeated until the surface of the skin reaches 40 degrees Celsius, or about 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which we’re continually monitoring with an external thermometer. This is the temperature that collagen remolding takes place. At each 15 second cycle, once we hit that 40 degree Celsius endpoint, we then move to another section and we keep that, reaching that goal of 40 degrees Celsius. It can feel quite warm, but it’s not painful at all.
John: Okay, and how many treatments did you say would a patient need before they’ve really achieved the results that they’re looking for?
Elizabeth: The SkinTyte results are best when done in a series of about five treatments. Usually, somewhere between as soon as two weeks apart, but usually somewhere between three and four weeks apart. The visible results may not be seen until after the second or third treatment, and the full extent of improvement may take up to three to four months to see.
John: All right, any final thoughts on SkinTyte?
Elizabeth: Yeah, SkinTyte is a great treatment to do for routine maintenance. Many patients may choose that to build upon or keep the results they’ve achieved with Ultherapy. So they may start off with Ultherapy, and then have a few SkinTyte treatments throughout the year. Or some patients just want a SkinTyte before an event. It gives you a nice tightening and a nice glow just a couple of weeks prior to an event, so that’s always a great thing to do too.
John: All right, well that’s great information, Elizabeth. Thanks again for speaking with me today.
Elizabeth: Thank you for having me, John.
John: And for more information about SkinTyte or other treatments, visit the website at ElizabethRocheMedSpa.com, or call 201-505-1020.