Category: Sagging Skin

How to Tighten Saggy, Loose Skin

How to Tighten Saggy, Loose Skin

If you suffer from saggy, loose skin, you’re not alone. Whether it’s on your face or body, loose skin can put a real dent in your confidence. At Dermacare, we don’t have a magic wand to stop the clock on the aging process… but we have the next best things: the Exilis Ultra and BBL SkinTyte.

If you read our previous blog on body contouring, you’re already familiar with Exilis Ultra’s fat melting abilities. But did you know it is also a non-surgical, pain-free way to reduce loose, saggy skin and restore a smoother, more youthful appearance with no downtime? Yep! And it’s not our only method to tighten the skin. So whether you’re seeking out ways to prevent skin laxity before it happens, or you’re looking to correct already-saggy skin, we can help.

At Dermacare, the two main treatments available to help tighten your skin are Exilis Ultra and BBL SkinTyte. Both offer lasting results, and our Dermacare Experts take great care and consideration in determining which would be best for your specific skin concerns. (To be fair, Vivace is another treatment where you might get superficial skin tightening, but if skin laxity is a problem Exilis Ultra and BBL SkinTyte are the options to treat!)

Exilis Ultra v. BBL SkinTyte

Exilis Ultra tightens skin through the use of radiofrequency and ultrasound waves that heat up the skin and promote collagen and elastin production (the proteins that are the “fill” and “tightness” of your skin). BBL SkinTyte uses BroadBand Light technology to tighten the skin and promote both collagen and elastin. 

Both treatments are non-invasive and have zero down time. Each can also be customized to your needs and focused directly on the areas you want to improve upon. Exilis Ultra is able to be used across the entire body to tighten skin in areas such as hands and feet, inner and outer thighs, neck, chin/chin straps/jawline, under and around the eyes, and the forehead. Similarly, BBL SkinTyte can be used on any area of the body where firmer skin is desired. Popular areas include the face, neck, abdomen, and arms. 

Another area where Exilis Ultra or BBL SkinTyte can be performed is in intimate areas. Either modality can be used to tighten labia skin that has gone lax over the years. Tightening skin in this area can help increase female pleasure and heighten sexual function. Most of our patients who opt for the Exilis Intimate or BBL diVaTyte treatment in intimate areas have it in combination with diVa Therapy, which can help with vaginal dryness, strengthening the pelvic floor, and improving inner wall tightness. (For more, check out the diVa Laser Vaginal Therapy page.)

Overall, Exilis Ultra tends to deliver very consistent and robust skin tightening results in the majority of our patients. But because every patient is different (and responds differently to treatments) we recommend booking a consultation with one of our Dermacare Experts so that we can go over your needs and goals and design a treatment plan that’s best for you.

Now that we’ve covered treatments for sagging, loose skin, let’s go through the most common questions we get! 

How long will my treatment take?

Treatment times for tightening loose skin all depend on the treatment type and the areas being treated. It could take as little as 30 minutes or over an hour. We recommend asking your Dermacare Expert how much time your appointments will take. 

How many treatments will I need to achieve my desired results?

Exilis Ultra – For treating skin laxity (loose skin) on face, neck, or body, the recommended number of treatments is between 3 to 4 sessions.

BBL SkinTyte – We offer this treatment in packages of 5.

Will the treatment be painful or uncomfortable?

Both Exilis Ultra and BBL SkinTyte feel about the same. Most of our patients describe the sensation of these therapies as being comparable to that of a pain-free, hot stone massage.

Is there anything I should do prior to my treatment?

Exilis Ultra – Drink lots of water! Radiofrequency travels best through hydrated skin, so pump up that water intake 3 days before and up to your treatment.

BBL SkinTyte – You can’t have a sunburn or any significant amount of sun exposure prior to receiving this treatment. 

What should I know after my treatment is complete?

For both Exilis Ultra and BBL SkinTyte there is no special aftercare required. However, it’s good to remember that periodic maintenance treatments will be required in order to stay ahead of the ever-present aging process.

For more information, call us at 757-330-5798 or click here to book a virtual consultation!


Faces of Dermacare: Meet Tina Jaffe, LE

Tina Jaffe is a master esthetician with 30 years of experience. Cosmetics for skincare are continually changing, and she’s been on the cutting edge of it all since learning aesthetic lasers in the early 90s – when they first appeared on the market and Exilis gained FDA approval.

What drew Tina to the field? “Helping others is self-gratifying,” she says.

Relationship building is important to her and focusing on the patient-provider relationship is one of the things she does to make a lasting impact on her patients. She also makes it a point to have extensive knowledge of treatments and passes it on to her patients in a way they can easily understand and use.

Getting to Know Tina

Tina lives in Virginia Beach and is a Newport News native. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother to two amazing girls, Lily and Emma.

In her spare time, Tina is passionate about pursuing causes of importance. She is a member of social clubs and a fundraising volunteer for everything from animal cruelty to CHKD. She’s also an advocate for Bikes for Tikes.

Tina’s Favorite Treatments

When it comes to recommended products, Tina likes to share SkinMedica products with her patients. “Their science and technology back up the efficacy,” she says.

Her favorite treatment to perform is Exilis facial treatments. “It helps to rebuild collagen and provides instant gratification plus lasting results. Exilis is an ideal anti-ager,” says Tina. As a provider who has followed Exilis since it first gained FDA approval, her preference certainly carries weight!

diVa is Tina’s favorite treatment to receive. It’s a treatment that has changed her quality of life and the quality of life of many other women. diVa laser vaginal therapy is an amazing solution for women experiencing pain and discomfort for various reasons. You can read all about here: What Is diVa Laser Treatment?

Learn more about cosmetics for skincare. Stop in to meet Tina or browse our online learning center.

What to Expect From Body Contouring Procedures

Non-invasive body contouring options are growing in number. Many are finding these options to be a great means of losing stubborn, exercise-resistant fat and meeting their fat loss goals. But with all the options on the market, it’s easy to get lost. Which body contouring procedures should win your attention and what can you expect from them?

The Hampton Roads Body Contouring Experts

We’ve been serving the body sculpting and fat reduction needs of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk since May of 2006. We have multiple systems and modalities for body contouring, allowing us to truly customize to meet your unique needs.

The number of fat cells the body stores typically remains constant throughout adult life. Fat cells shrink as we lose weight, but diet and exercise don’t destroy them. Body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting, Exilis Ultra, and SculpSure destroy fat cells for people who struggle to lose fat in troublesome areas.


CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures to accomplish its goal: the destruction of fat cells. It’s completely non-surgical and non-invasive. Your provider will attach the applicator to the area being treated and freeze the unwanted fat cells in your target area. Once the fat cells are cooled in a controlled way, they die.  The dead cells are naturally eliminated from the body over the next 12 weeks.

Want to know more? Check out these helpful CoolSculpting topics:

Exilis Ultra

Our second most popular body contouring treatment is Exilis Ultra. It’s the most capable skin tightening and body contouring system of 2018, and it’s multi-purpose. It can be used to contour troublesome areas like the abdomen or as a powerful face and neck treatment.

For the Body

The need for skin tightening can occur anywhere on the body for numerous reasons. If you’ve lost a good deal of weight or have a post-pregnancy “pouch,” you know how hard it is to tighten loose skin. Toning at the gym doesn’t always work, and professional intervention is needed. Exilis Ultra is a solution. It can be used to tighten and rejuvenate skin anywhere on the body.

For the Face

Exilis Ultra is our “go to” system for face and neck skin tightening and rejuvenation. The skin on the face and neck is delicate and has many contours. Exilis allows us to best customize the procedure for exactly the area you need to tighten, no matter how delicate or shapely.

You can learn more about Exilis Ultra by browsing these topics:


Kybella is the first (and the only) FDA-approved injectable designed to contour and improve the appearance of submental fullness or a double chin.

o one likes looking a double chin in the face, especially when it’s your face in the mirror. If you’ve done the diet and exercise thing, adopted a healthy lifestyle, lost weight, and still find that double chin is staring back in the mirror, there IS a solution – Kybella.

Read more about it in these topics:


The SculpSure body contouring treatment is, in some ways, the opposite of CoolSculpting. Instead of freezing away unwanted fat cells, SculpSure heats them up to achieve similar results. Instead of causing a cooling sensation during treatment, it creates a warm and sometimes achy feeling.

Let’s Chat

Is body contouring something you’ve wanted to try or are curious about? Let’s chat! Our team of passionate experts is ready to assess your needs, discuss your goals, and recommend the best body contouring procedure for you.

Contact us today for a consultation!

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Simply Skin Care: A Look at Image Skincare

Image Skincare is a collection of clinically proven skincare products. Its lines are powered by safe, active ingredients and smart botanicals.

The Story Behind Image Skincare

In 2003, the Image Skincare brand was born. The products were created by an aesthetician and formulated by a plastic surgeon. This partnership of experts know skin inside and out.

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Faces of Dermacare: Meet Trisha O’Meara, FNP

Dermacare of Hampton Roads is more than a MedSpa. It’s a place where passion and positive outcomes flourish but don’t take our word for it. Meet Trisha O’Meara, Family Nurse Practitioner.

Trisha came to Dermacare nearly two years ago. She has about nine years of experience in the aesthetics field. She is passionate about injectables and lasers. Her expertise is in Botox Cosmetic, the full range of dermal fillers, and laser and radio frequency treatments.

“Dermacare is the BEST place to enable me to practice my passion,” says Trisha. “I like to educate above all and always do my best to deliver ideal outcomes. I strive to build a long-lasting professional relationship with each patient based on trust.”

Getting to Know Trisha

Trisha is a people person. She loves to cook (but not clean) and entertain. Her hobbies include exercise and dance.

“I love my man, Todd,” says Trisha, “and my long-haired German Shepard, Tyrus. He may be the most spoiled dog EVER! Although, I know there are a lot of dog lovers out there who would disagree with me!”

What does the future hold for Trisha? “I would like to travel more,” she says. But for now, you can bet on finding her at Dermacare of Hampton Roads because it’s where her passion and expertise in all facets of aesthetic medicine continue to grow.

Trisha’s Favorite Treatments

What is Trisha’s favorite treatment to perform for patients? “Injections because it truly is medical artistry,” she answers. “Everyone is different, and I love when I can enhance natural beauty and enable people to feel better about themselves.”

When it comes to receiving treatment, Trisha likes much of Dermacare’s lineup, but she does have a favorite. “I’d have to say I still love facials with dermaplaning because it makes my skin feel smooth, youthful, lighter and brighter.”

Trisha loves to help people, and she takes great pride in always recommending what is best for the patient. She doesn’t push a particular brand, sale, price point, or overstocked inventory. She suggests what has the highest potential of giving the patient the outcome they desire. She’s a big supporter of a good sunscreen because it’s an essential basic to healthier and younger looking skin.

“What’s ‘good’ and what ‘kind’? Come and see me,” says Trisha. “I will pair you with what’s best for you.”

So swing by. Trisha and our staff can’t wait to help you look and feel your very best.

Dermacare Membership

A New You With a Dermacare Membership

New Year, new you. Are you ready to make your New Year awesome? There’s no better time than the present to plan for greatness. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we have some membership plans that can help you find new confidence and support your best skin care routine.

Why Invest in a Membership?

Skin care isn’t a one-and-done task. Healthy skin needs regular maintenance along with home care products, which is why investing in a Dermacare Difference membership is so essential.

Monthly skin treatments are important because, as you age, your skin cell turnover rate naturally slows, leaving you with dull and blah-looking skin. The process of shedding the skin is called desquamation. Monthly treatments force skin cell turnover through exfoliation, which is especially important to skin prone to acne.

Dermacare Difference Membership

Are you new to skin care and esthetics? Maybe you’re looking to improve your skin on a conservative budget or want to see what a laser and skin care clinic can do for you. Our Dermacare Difference Membership is great for people just like you.

The Dermacare Difference Membership is affordable and full of value. It provides a monthly aesthetic service, which is your choice of a light chemical peel, dermaplanning exfoliation treatment, microdermabrasion, or a deep cleansing facial. These services are priced at $150, but the membership costs you just $119!

In addition to the discounted monthly service, as a Dermacare Difference member, you will receive discounts on our medical-grade skin care products, laser treatments, dermal fillers, and Botox. Your skin care routine is a major factor in your skin’s appearance, and these additional discounts will help you create the best routine to achieve your best results.

Dermacare Difference Forever Young Membership

If have regularly been a skin care and esthetics patient, you may already know the value of clinical treatments. Even if you are new to aesthetics, you may be ready to take a more aggressive approach to maintaining youthful skin. Maybe you’re ready to incorporate monthly laser treatments or take the next step in your best skin care routine. You need the Dermacare Difference Forever Young membership.

The Forever Young membership provides affordable access to several different types of laser treatments. In addition to the monthly aesthetic service and larger discounts on skin care products and Botox/fillers, it incorporates four Forever Young BBL treatments and eight other laser and light treatments for 30 minutes each. These are valued at over $400 each. Not only is this membership a huge savings, but it’s also customizable, making it easy to work with your provider to create an individual treatment plan designed to achieve your skin goals.

Dermacare Difference Acne Membership

Do you have acne? Maybe you’ve tried topical and oral antibiotics and seen little to no improvement. You’ve probably used over-the-counter acne products and seen inconsistent or limited results. You might have struggled with products that initially worked but were too harsh and damaged your skin. A MedSpa acne treatment at Dermacare takes a completely different approach — one that can make a huge difference. If you struggle with acne, the Dermacare Difference Acne Program may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Our acne program is a step above the rest because of our multi-pronged treatment approach. We know your skin is unique. During your consultation and initial assessment, Carrie Labert, our physician assistant who has a strong background in medical dermatology, will take an in-depth approach to pinpointing the contributing factors to your acne breakouts. A customized treatment program designed to give you the best skin care routine will be made just for you.

As a laser and skin care clinic, we are on the cutting edge of today’s medical technology. Since opening our doors in May of 2006, we have and continue to make a difference in the lives of people throughout our community and beyond. We can help you improve your health and appearance – two things that dramatically boost wellbeing.

Our Dermacare Difference memberships help keep your best skin care routine affordable and customizable, so your unique needs are best met. It’s a New Year. It’s time for a new you. Let us help revitalize, rejuvenate, and refresh your skin.

The Smart Beauty Guide to Lip Injections

Your lips are one of the most prominent features of your face. Dressing them up is part of dressing for any occasion. As you age, you may notice a loss of fullness and volume. While this is a perfectly natural part of aging, it’s not a part you have to live with indefinitely. You can safely regain lost volume and fullness with lip augmentation and injectables.

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