Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatment Uses Light Therapy to Improve Sagging, Aging Skin
February 07, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsA breakthrough in non-surgical light therapy is now being offered at Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, P.A., a cosmetic center in Edina, Minnesota. The treatments, simply called Skin Tightening Treatments (SkinTyte or ST) use a powerful light source, not a laser, to stimulate collagen and tighten skin over time.
Skin Rejuvenation Clinic uses a Sciton Profile BBL (also referred to as IPL, intense pulsed light, or photofacial) to administer the Skin Tightening Treatments on areas such as the face (crows feet, around the eyes, around the mouth), neck and under the chin, and arms. It can also provide nice improvement on loose abdominal skin sometimes seen after pregnancy or rapid weight loss. The procedure is not technically a laser treatment, but a light therapy treatment involving an infrared light which penetrates the dermis, the deeper layers of the skin where collagen production occurs. This technique selectively targets and treats dermal collagen. The result is partial coagulation and contraction of collagen. It also causes the collagen to remodel itself over a period of six weeks to six months. A series of four to six treatments is recommended for maximum tightening.
Mark Hagberg, M.D., who owns and operates Skin Rejuvenation Clinic with his wife, Elizabeth Hagberg M.D., said that although Skin Tightening Treatments provide gradual results, some patients see an improvement in their skin’s tone and texture after the first treatment. “Besides the initial tightening, the full impact will be seen over the next two to six months because new collagen is still being produced,” he explained. “Following each treatment, the skin may be pink or slightly red with some temporary swelling and/or tenderness, but no downtime is needed and any redness can easily be covered with light make-up.”
Dr. Hagberg said the decision to bring Skin Tightening Treatments to his and his wife’s practice was not a difficult one. “We were quite familiar with skin tightening treatments that have been on the market for several years, and recognized that the tightening technology was being improved every year,” he said. “So we waited until we found the best tightening treatment for our practice, which was the Skin Tightening Treatments (Skin Tyte, ST) by Sciton. Not only are the treatments effective and comfortable, but the reasonable price of each tightening session makes Skin Tightening Treatments a financially-viable option for more of our patients.”
“Our mission is to spread the word that there are affordable and effective options to some plastic surgeries,” Dr. Elizabeth Hagberg explained. “If a patient simply has aging, saggy skin on her neck, there may not be a need for a surgical procedure. I am satisfied when patients tell me that they have booked a consultation with both a plastics practice as well as a non-surgical center, such as Skin Rejuvenation Clinic. Before they make any decision, I want to know our patients have researched both the surgical and non-invasive options.”
Elizabeth Hagberg M.D. graduated from the University of Minnesota with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a degree in Medicine. Her special interest is aesthetic medicine. She is board-certified through the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Elizabeth has had a long-time interest in Dermatology and has continued her education in the field of cosmetic skin care.
Mark K. Hagberg M.D. received his undergraduate degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and his medical diploma from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His special interest is also aesthetic medicine. He is board-certified through the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice. Throughout his medical career he has derived great satisfaction treating many dermatological diseases and conditions. Dr. Hagberg has continued his education in cosmetic skin care.
Both physicians are on-site at the clinic and are actively involved in the care and treatment plans provided.
Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, located at 6545 Southdale Medical Center in Edina, MN, has been featured in numerous publications including Cosmetic Beauty, Twin Cities Metropolitan, Minneapolis St. Paul and Minnesota Monthly. Call (952) 920-6545 or visit www.skinrejuvenationclinic.net.