A truly effective non-surgical skin tightening technique has been somewhat of a “holy grail” for plastic surgeons — until now. Profound Skin Tightening is a revolutionary procedure that combines radio frequency (RF) energy with micro-needling. As one of the first practices in New England to have this device, I have witnessed first-hand what real results Profound can deliver for my patients.
What Causes Aging Skin?
As we age, the tissues of the face and body begin to lose shape and sag. This is due to a number of factors which includes:
- Volume loss
- Drop in elastin so the skin no longer “bounces back”
- A decrease in collagen production
- Lifestyle choices such as smoking or sunbathing
- Weight gain/loss
- Environmental toxins
The end result is sagging skin, particularly around the jowls, fine lines and wrinkles and hollows in the cheeks and/or under the eyes. While fillers and fat grafting can replace lost volume and Botox can address the underlying overactive muscles, neither of these procedures cause your body to tighten up. Profound does.
Profound Results May Be Profound
Profound’s combination of gentle energy-based heat with micro-needling has been clinically proven to produce a 100% response rate in loose face and neck skin. It is able to lift the skin, add volume and tighten tissues because Profound literally ramps up your body’s production of the building blocks of youth. It increases your hyaluronic acid which is what makes your skin plump. It can also result in skin that has 5 times more elastin and 2 times more collagen. These are the elements that make your skin taut, smooth and firm. If your skin was a house, elastin and collagen are the foundation. I have seen results with Profound at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation that are truly remarkable. It’s very exciting.
Profound, Fat & Cellulite
Besides firming up your skin’s foundation, Profound also addresses adipose tissue or fat. This can make it an ideal procedure for eliminating cellulite, something that has been notoriously difficult to treat. In fact, in clinical studies, 94% of patients who used Profound to treat their cellulite saw an improvement. Furthermore, Profound can be a nice alternative to liposuction or Kybella for reducing fat under the chin. It also allows us to address a multitude of issues such as loose skin and fat with only one procedure. And a non-surgical procedure to boot. This is revolutionary.
Pros & Cons of Profound
As discussed, one of the main benefits of Profound is that is effective without needles, anesthesia or scars. But Profound is also versatile. It is possible to treat almost any area of the face or body. It also works on all ethnicities and skin types. Even patients with very dark skin can achieve smoother, younger looking skin with Profound. The procedure is fast, taking less than hour, and relatively painless. But possibly the biggest benefit is that all of these great results can be attained with only ONE session. There is no need for on-going multiple treatments like there is with so many other non-surgical modalities such as Botox and fillers.
But there are some downsides with Profound. Your results will not be immediate. It takes time for your body to produce more elastin and collagen so patience is mandatory. In general, you can expect to start seeing firmer, smoother looking skin within 4 weeks, but final results may take anywhere from 6-9 months. However, these results can last up to 4 years.
How Profound Works
The procedure itself is pretty simple. First, a local anesthetic will be applied to your treatment area in order to reduce any discomfort. Once you are numb, the Profound handpiece will glide across the skin. The handpiece is made up of a disposable cartridge filled with radio frequency energy needles. These small needles precisely penetrate the skin while the RF energy gently heats up the underlying tissues. Any time that the skin is injured, the body produces collagen to heal these “micro” injuries. And the heat from the RF further encourages the body to naturally produce more collagen and elastin while also melting fat. It is this 1-2 punch that is one of the things that make Profound so unique.
After your Profound procedure, you can expect to be a little red and swollen. This is actually your body’s healing response. You may also have a bit of bruising and some red “prick” marks from the needles. All of these effects typically resolve within 3-5 days.
Is Profound Right for You?
The ideal candidate for Profound Skin Tightening is a patient in good health who desires smoother, firmer, plumper looking skin. It is effective for:
- Improving “jowling”
- Tightening the skin & tissues of the neck
- Plumping up lost volume in the cheeks
- Smoothing out fine lines & wrinkles
- Improving cellulite
So, if you are tired of looking older than you feel, schedule a consultation to come in and speak with us about Profound Skin Tightening. As far as we’re concerned, it’s a procedure that deserves its name.
To find out more about Profound Skin Tightening at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation, contact us today or call (617) 735- 8735 to schedule a consultation.