Does Sciton Skintyte Laser replace the use of Botox and fillers?

  • 6 years ago

I am considering the Sciton Skintyte laser on my face and neck. I was told during my consultation that the Sciton skin tightening would eliminate the need for Botox and Restalyne, which I have previously had done. I also now have deep creases on my face from sleeping on my side and my skin is starting to sag around my neck, which I would like to address hopefully with the Sciton.

I am not completley sure if their claims of treating the deeper lines on my face are true. They also stated the effects should last about 5 years, but of course there are no guarantees.

I am 43 and live in Florida and have always been a sun worshipper and am now being rewarded with skin cancer (basal cell and melanoma) and wrinkles. Also, are these laser procedures safe or will they exacerbate the problems in the long run? I would like your opinion on the Sciton. Am I wasting my money?

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Sciton Skintyte did not work for my fine neck wrinkles. I spent $500 for a 45 minute session. No results.
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Will the skin tyte laser reduce the creepy skin on the inside of my arms?

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This is a local Living Social Deal. I am interested, but cannot take anytime off other than maybe a weekend. What would be the "average" healing time needed for these treatments? Will they make any significant improvement to my skin? Does the discounted cost seem out of line? Here is the offer: To target sagging skin and help improve skin elasticity, get one Scion laser skin-tightening procedure for $699 (a $1,500 value), get two treatments for $1,198 (a $3,000 value), or three treatments for $1,497 (regularly $4,500).
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I would encourage you to continue to read people's reviews who have had the treatment done to educate yourself on what and what not to expect from the treatment.

Here are a couple to get you started:

“Fraxel Vs Sciton Results”

“Sciton ProFractional Laser is a Waste of Money Compared to CO2 Laser Peel”

“Sciton Microlaser Peel”

“Sciton Erbium YAG Laser This Morning"

Beyond just the price, remember that the person performing the treatment plays a vital role in how well it turns out. Here is a blog that talks about the importance of choosing a good treatment provide:

Staggering Differences in Satisfaction Between Board vs. Non-Board Certified Doctors

If you decide to do it, let us know how it goes!

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My mom has "fatty tissue tumors" under the skin on her legs and arms. The dermatologist said there is nothing that can be done other than surgically removing them. Is there any type of treatment that would help to get rid of or minimize these tumors? Thanks

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CP2, this would be a great question to post in our Q&A section as well. The board certified doctors that volunteer on the site can share their opinions on the matter.

Very sweet of you to be looking into this for your mom! :)

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CP2 you may be describing lipomas. The gold standard treatment for these is excision. Other treatment modalities include intralesional steroid injections or injectable lipolysis. There now these non invasive ultrasound devices which can be tried.

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Laser resurfacing procedures should not form any scar tissue at all. If you are prone to keloids, and the laser is done too aggressively such that a scar forms, it could keloid.

I would add, however, that very few people with lighter skin types will keloid at all, and especially not in the face. If you are a dark skin type, then laser resurfacing should not be done at all, regardless of keloid issues. Dark skin has a very high risk of pigment abnormalities after resurfacing and should simply not be treated that way.

I would also add that what many people call a keloid is not a keloid, even some physicians don't know the difference. Most "keloids" are actually hypertrophic scars. Keloids grow beyond the original scar and continue to invade tissues and enlarge indefinitely, like a tumor. Hypertrophic scars are thick scars but do not continue to get thicker after the initial development and do not invade adjacent tissues.
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Could a scar form after having a Skintyte laser treatment? I had one about 2 years ago now and it was the most painful thing I have ever experienced. I'm not sure how well the tech performing the procedure knew the process. Shortly thereafter, I began having more abdominal pain (prcoedure was for my stomach) and ever since then have seen more and more scar tissue seem to form just outside the navel area. I get bouts of intense pain as if something is cutting through the skin and into tissue. It was small in the beginning but has grown and can be quite painful. What do you do about this kind of thing?
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Something doesn't sound right SkinTyte should not produce the symptoms you describe, even if performed incorrectly. Check with a physician.
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Are there any laser resurfacing treatments that are safe for individuals who sometimes form keloids? It has been suggested that keloids don't usually form on the face... Thanks
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Does it or does it not work for age spots, redness and lite lines? Sciton and what should be the going rate.

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Sciton BBL (an improved version of IPL = intense pulsed light) is a great method of treating age spots and red areas. Basically, by picking the wavelength which is preferentially absorbed by a target color (e.g., brown or red), you can deliver energy more or less just to that target tissue. This gets rid of the undesired color without damaging the adjacent areas. Usually 3 or more treatments are needed to get rid of age spots; the cost varies depending on the size / number of targets and the area of the body being treated. You may pay anywhere from $200-800.

Fine lines, on the other hand, are better treated with Sciton laser resurfacing. This essentially blasts away the surface tissue, allowing line resolution to occur as tightening healing occurs. Again, the cost varies dramatically depending on treatment area (size and location).
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Thank you for this helpful reply. I have seen two people say they have great results from this type of laser and good to know that more than one treatment may be needed. However, I'm still not clear if this laser if helpful for under the eyes that get folds and wrinkles only when I smile.
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Fortunately there are many non-surgical alternatives to going under the knife in order to tighten lax skin. Infrared devices such as the Sciton's SkinTyte, Cutera's Titan and the monopolar radiofrequency device Thermage can be used. Your dermatologist should be able to explain to you what to expect and the differences between these procedures and the surgical alternative. The CO2 laser being a hot laser also delivers some thermal injury responsible for some tightening.
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I would be dubious of any claim that a laser can do things like tighten and lift, as though a replacement for a surgical lift. The Co2 laser is the gold standard, and that laser and chemical peels help freshen the surface by burning off the upper layers.
I'm not a doctor. But it seems like whatever laser the doctor happens to have, well that's the one that works! Oh please. They cya by saying 'oh, it takes a series' or whatever. Please read the commens of people who have paid a lot of money for series of lasers but in the end saw little or no improvement.
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I would like to add that, over this past 18 months reading what I could find online, joining a few good chat boards, I have come to believe that botox merely treats the symptoms but fillers address the problem: loss of fat, collagen, elastin. If you have a loss of volume, putting HA filler or sculptra should eliminate the need to use botox. Those lines are mostly from loss of fat in the area. Just my take. Botox is cheap but in the long run, putting back what was lost is the best thing.
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Botulinum toxin treats something quite different from fillers. Botulinum improves wrinkles by relaxing muscles. Radiesse, Restylane, etc., replace lost tissue, as you say. Putting fillers in your crow's feet and forehead wrinkles is not the best choice. Putting Botox in your nasolabial fold won't work. Apples and oranges.
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I think you are making a good point as this is the same conclusion I am coming to and I never had botox but don't relish the idea of the on-going cost and putting a toxin over and over into my face. I wish more people would be specific what and why they had a treatment; too many people post after but forget to come back with the long term results and if they feel it was worth it.
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Sciton SkinTyte is more a partial substitute for a neck lift than Botox. A noninvasive, nonpainful series of treatments, SkinTyte heats the deep skin layers to induce collagen formation, and thereby reduce skin laxity. My experience is that SkinTyte is effective (more than Thermage), but does require several (fairly short & easy) treatments to get and maintain the desired effect.
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How long does the Skintyte laser procedure last if I have 3 treatments done? According to The Doctors on tv, they say you need at least 3 treatments for results but no one has said how long they last. I am 62 years old and am starting to get the "turkey" neck. Do you think this treatment is worth the money?
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Does SkinTyte loose effectiveness over time? I had one treatment and looked great for about two hours. I am considering canceling my next appointment because it wasn't much of an improvement and I'm only 40. Can you recommend a laser for tightening skin that will work on creepy skin?
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I had one SkinTyte treatment and it lasted two hours. After that my saggy jawline loosened up again. Considering canceling my next appointment.
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