Both women and men who live and work in NYC are under stress and feel the need to compete with peers – not only to see who is more skillful at their job, but also who looks younger and is more presentable.
At the same time, age has an impact people’s skin elasticity and texture and this is most visible in the face. The skin no longer produces new collagen at the same rate, and existing collagen becomes loose and weak. The skin sags and wrinkles begin to appear. There are many cosmetic procedures to combat the effects of gravity and age on our skin, the most dramatic of which are surgical facelifts. For those of you who prefer to delay or avoid going under the knife, Dr. Hellman uses new technological advances to offer patients a range of non-surgical skin tightening procedures. We are proud to be able to offer our patients three laser options of skin tightening, the Affirm Multiplex Laser,the Refirme ST Laser, and the Fractora Firm.
The Affirm Multiplex Laser is a great advance in non-ablative skin resurfacing. Unlike traditional resurfacing lasers, the Affirm Multiplex is non-ablative, meaning that it does not cause the top layers of the skin to peel,. It is also fractional, meaning that the laser beam is fragmented into many microbeams. This allows healthy skin to remain intact between each microbeam, which causes less of an impact on the skin and helps speed up recovery after treatment. Like Fraxel, the first fractional laser treatments, Affirm tightens the skin by stimulating the production of new collagen within the deep layers of the skin. The Affirm Multiplex also has an improvement over the Fraxel lasers; the Affirm has a second, shorter wavelength laser that reaches the upper layers of the skin and causes existing collagen to contract immediately. In this way, the Affirm provides immediate skin tightening effects, along with the possibility of long-term improvements in the texture and structure of the skin as new collagen grows. The treatment is tolerable without anesthetic to many patients, and most patients will only experience redness for about 1 to 2 days post-treatment.
For patients who want an immediate skin tightening boost without any downtime or side effects, the Refirme Skin Tightening treatment may be a better solution. Instead of fractional lasers such as Affirm, the Refirme ST treatment utilizes radiofrequency and infrared energy sources together. Their combined technology gives much greater results than could be accomplished by either source alone; the radiofrequency and infrared energy sources gently penetrate or heat the deep layers of the skin. This causes the collagen in the treatment area to immediately contract and tighten. By affecting the structural layers of the skin, the whole treatment area is lifted and sagging is reduced. Not only is existing collagen contracted, but the skin itself is spurred to create new collagen, generating a long-term, subtle, completely natural looking improvement in most patients. The treatments are painless and there is no downtime associated with this procedure.
Another option for no downtime skin tightening is the Fractora Firm. The Fractora Firm uses continuous radiofrequency to warm and tighten the skin on the neck, face, upper arms and other body areas. The treatment is painless, some say even pleasant. Many patients compare it to a relaxing warm laser “facial”. The effect is an immediate boust in the treated area, followed by many months of continued collagen production in the skin. A series of these treatments can help reduce the effects of aging, improve the skin texture and provide a youthful, glowing look.
Dr. Judith Hellman is one of the premiere dermatologists in New York, recently voted into the top 10 list of patient review website Vitals.com. She would be happy to help you find a skin tightening solution that is right for you!
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