If you follow trends in the beauty industry, you know that the popular lip shapes achieved with injectables are constantly changing, from cupid lips to cherry lips and the keyhole pout. The latest concept taking the industry by storm is the Botox Lip Flip, a quick, minimally invasive procedure that can transform your pout in just minutes. 

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Once the structures that support your eyelids begin to weaken, a lack of collagen can cause thinning, sagging skin. Other factors like aging, fluid retention, and even prolonged stress can also lead to the appearance of under eye bags. 

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Stubborn belly fat and man breasts (also known as gynecomastia) are common issues that men can face, and unfortunately can be difficult to reduce even with the help of diet and exercise. Not only can this process be frustrating, but for many men, it can cause a lack of self-confidence.

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It seems like everyone is talking about collagen and the new ways for your body to generate more of it, from adding collagen to your coffee, supplements, or scooping some into a smoothie. But collagen is more than just a buzzword – and something you don’t necessarily need to get from a supplement because your body already generates it. Collagen is a protein naturally produced in the body that helps give the skin elasticity, volume and smoothness. Collagen has often been referred to as the body’s scaffolding as it serves as the building block that holds everything together.

The problem? Over time, collagen production declines with age. (Sorry, but no amount of digestible collagen has been scientifically proven to reverse or boost collagen production.) Aging doesn’t just mean another candle on your birthday cake, however. Excess sun exposure, smoking, alcohol, and lack of sleep and/or daily exercise all impact how the skin ages. When environmental factors like this start to take a toll, the skin begins to sag along with developing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Regarding inherent, normal aging, on top of producing less collagen, the collagen and elastic fibers that remain are no longer tightly woven. Instead, they settle further apart which makes the skin start to sag and age.

Thankfully, there are skin tightening services to target premature aging and sagging skin. Two of the procedures we used most are the Morpheus8 treatment and Ultherapy skin tightening treatment. Here’s what you need to know about Morpheus8 vs. Ultherapy so you and your provider can make the best decision to address your skin concerns.

What Is Morpheus8?

The Morpheus8 treatment is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that uses microneedling radiofrequency to remodel and contour the face. With traditional microneedling, a special device rolls over the skin and makes tiny punctures. These small, micro-injuries to the skin help kickstart the skin’s natural healing process, and with it, proteins like collagen and elastin.

Morpheus8 follows a similar technique but uses radiofrequency energy within the device. During treatment, this allows for deeper penetration into the subdermal tissue up to 8mm and the ability to target the three levels of skin tissue at once, reducing treatment time while improving skin tone and texture.

Morpheus8 is proven to target sagging skin on the face, neck, hands, and body. Because the technology is creating tiny punctures in the skin, you may appear red and the skin may be warm immediately following treatment. These side effects will subside typically within a day. You may see results the next day as well, though depending on your consultation, we may recommend several treatments for long-term improvement.

Morpheus8 is FDA-cleared and considered generally safe on skin types up to and including VI with little risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) which is common with other skin resurfacing methods. Target candidates for this treatment are generally healthy, non-smoking men and women in their 30s and beyond with mild to moderate skin sagging, sun damage, or deep lines and wrinkles.

What Is Ultherapy?

With Ultherapy, focused imaging followed by ultrasound energy is used to target the areas of the skin that have started to lose collagen. Instead of puncturing the skin, this ultrasound energy technology can deposit energy directly into the skin to boost collagen production. A non-invasive alternative to a surgical facelift, you’ll have ultrasound gel placed on the skin, followed by the applicator. Once we have images that show exactly where and how deep into the skin treatment is needed, the applicator delivers ultrasound energy to the targeted areas. You may feel a temporary warm sensation or tingling, but otherwise the treatment is relatively painless.

Ultherapy can treat loose, sagging skin on the face, neck, and décolletage. Men and women in their 30s and older who have mild sagging skin in these areas are ideal candidates for Ultherapy. One of the biggest perks of this treatment is that there is rarely any recovery time needed for your skin. You may experience minimal redness or swelling, but it will ease quickly. Results can be seen almost immediately and may last for two to three months. Because Ultherapy is stimulating your body’s collagen production, results can vary and last up to a year.

The Differences Between Morpheus8 and Ultherapy

Both treatments work toward similar goals but use different science and technology to achieve them. For example, Morpheus8 uses microneedles to create tiny wounds to aid in collagen production. It can be used anywhere on the body that needs lifting and firming while Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to increase the body’s collagen production and is generally used for targeted therapy on the face, neck, and décolletage.

If you have skin issues, such as uneven texture or skin tone (i.e: scarring), Morpheus8 is an effective treatment for improving both conditions in addition to reducing deep lines and improving skin elasticity. Ultherapy, on the other hand, firms and lifts skin gradually over time. While results with Morpheu8 may seem more immediate at first than Ultherapy, there is some recovery time your skin may need. Ultherapy will subtly lift skin, meaning results may not be immediate, but there is also little to no recovery time needed after treatment.

Complementary Treatments with Morpheus8 and Ultherapy

Both Morpheus8 and Ultherapy can greatly enhance other medspa treatments. Depending on your skin’s condition and concerns, we may recommend a combination of treatments for optimal and long-lasting results. This may include services such as dermal fillers (particularly when getting Ultherapy), and/or chemical peels. You may also benefit from both Morpheu8 and Ultherapy treatments done at different times. During an initial consultation, our Medical Aestheticians will develop a skin care regimen and treatment to achieve your specific goals. Schedule a complimentary consultation today to discuss your skin concerns, health history, and which treatments will help get your desired results.

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From the elliptical and treadmill, to kettlebell swings and squats, daily workouts can help you lose weight—but not necessarily reduce specific areas of stubborn fat. If you find yourself putting in the work but not achieving the results you want, CoolSculpting® Elite, the latest body contouring technology from Allergan, may be your answer. Using the same  cryolipolysis technology and classic CoolSculpting, the Elite experience can eliminate more stubborn fat in even less time. (more…)

Did you know that 20-40% of men are unhappy with their physical appearance, weight and muscle tone? Even with a healthy diet and exercise routine, targeted fat loss is difficult, regardless of gender — but CoolSculpting for men can help you obtain your aesthetic goals.

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Dermal fillers have become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments over the last decade. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were nearly 3.5 million filler procedures done in 2020 alone. There are many reasons why patients are drawn to fillers, particularly for smoothing out lines and wrinkles. Not only are they a minimally invasive treatment but they are considered safer and more cost-effective compared to surgical options, such as a face lift. Dermal fillers are also highly versatile with a wide variety of dermal filler types on the market.

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Whether looking in the mirror or reviewing selfies, it’s often hard for any of us to ignore an unwanted double chin. If you are bothered by a double chin or in general have dissatisfaction with your profile, you are not definitely alone. A 2019 study from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery found that 73% of people in the U.S. are bothered by the excess under their chin/neck. While a double chin, or submental fat, is often the result of weight gain, this isn’t always the case.

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If you’ve tried various diets and workouts, invested in a personal trainer, fitness equipment or gym membership and continue to see stubborn fat areas regardless of crunches and planks, you can investigate other options to tone and shape your body. Because the number of fat cells stored in our bodies generally stays the same during our adult life, when we lose weight, the fat cells remain smaller but don’t actually decrease.

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As the cold New York air settles in for the winter, many of us feel our skin begin to change. Your skin may start to feel drier or even more oily, and—despite your best efforts—it’s easy to feel like nothing is doing the trick. In most cases, however, maintaining healthy, hydrated skin even in the chilly winter months only requires a few expert adjustments to your regular skincare routine, which is why Tribeca Medspa’s Lead Medical Aesthetician, Holly Montgomery, shared how to maintain happy, healthy, and hydrated skin year-round. (more…)