Profound: Treatment for Ageing Facial Skin
Do you want to see younger, fuller skin when you look in the mirror as well as losing a few wrinkles but don’t want to undergo a surgical facelift? Maybe you have lost weight and have sagging skin on parts of your body. A new groundbreaking procedure at VIVAA can help.
Profound combines radiofrequency (RF) technology and microneedling to target sagging skin and loss of volume around the mouth, cheeks and neck. This minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure is designed to create new elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid, the elements that keep your skin smooth and contoured.
Profound offers non-surgical skin tightening that can dramatically improve aging skin on your face and even reduce wrinkles so you can look years younger.
Why Skin Begins to Sag
Our skin changes as we get older due to a number of factors. The intrinsic, or natural, aging process begins in our mid-20s and continues throughout our lifetimes. Collagen and elastin support and connect the skin, allowing it to remain supple, smooth and firm. The production of collagen and elastin slow with age. Other factors, such as lifestyle, diet and sun exposure work in conjunction with the aging process and can speed it up. Excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays also damage skin cells and break down elasticity. When collagen breaks down and isn’t readily replenished, skin begins to sag.
Loss of volume in skin and facial tissue is another factor. The loss of collagen along with volume loss makes it difficult for skin to retract properly, causing it to sag. Loss of facial fat, diminished volume and thinning skin leads to deep folds and sagging that will not allow skin to tighten on its own. Additional factors include repetitive facial expressions, smoking, sleeping positions and even gravity.
Cellulite, on the other hand, occurs when fat deposits push through connective tissue in the skin. It occurs primarily on the thighs and buttocks but can also appear in other areas of the body. Hormones, as well as age, appear to play a part in the development of cellulite.
How Profound Works
Profound uses a handheld device with a disposable cartridge that holds multiple microneedles. This device, which uses radiofrequency waves and controlled heating to penetrate deep into the skin, is placed on areas where the procedure will have the biggest effect for you. The needles penetrate into the skin to release heat at a precise temperature and depth to stimulate your body to make new collagen and elastic tissue. You’ll undergo no surgery and will not be under anesthesia. Profound wakes up your body’s collagen and elastin to help turn back the clock on aging.
Profound skin tightening can help:
- Rejuvenate sagging skin
- Restore skin volume
- Minimize jowls and double chin
- Deep creasing
- Loose or sagging skin on the neck and other parts of the body like abdomen and thighs
- Minimize cellulite
The result is an appearance that is more lifted, along with firm and smoother skin, an improvement of the jowls and sagging skin on the upper neck. You may also experience a reduction in wrinkles as well as a filling of thin skin that will make your face appear more youthful. When used to combat cellulite, the same process occurs to create a smoother skin surface without the dimpling that is normally present with cellulite.
Results usually begin to appear in as little as two weeks, but maximum effects will appear within three to nine months as your body replaces old collagen and elastic tissue.
What To Expect
Prior to the procedure, we will place a topical numbing cream followed by a numbing injection on the area of your face to be treated to keep discomfort to a minimum. The procedure itself takes about 45 minutes.
After treatment, you can expect three to seven days of swelling, redness and bruising. Additionally, you may have tiny dots on the treatment area and up to a week of minor shedding of skin. VIVAA will work with you to minimize any discomfort you may feel following the procedure.
Studies by Syneron Candela, the manufacturer of the Profound device, indicate a 100% success rate for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and a rate of 95% for improving sagging skin.
Am I a Good Candidate for Profound?
You are a good candidate for Profound if you have sagging skin, especially in the cheeks or jowls, loss of volume around the cheeks and mouth, along with upper lip wrinkles. Profound is suitable for all skin types, so it’s a safe treatment for Asian, Hispanic, African-American and Native American individuals.
The procedure is not advised if you are pregnant, have a history of poor skin healing or have a pacemaker or defibrillator.
Achieving Skin Tightening on the Body
Several areas of the body can develop sagging skin after losing significant amount of weight or through the normal aging process. Profound also works well on these areas to help you achieve a smoother appearance.
- Abdomen—Appropriate for mild to moderate laxity, often following fat or weight reduction. Can also aid in reduction of stretch marks following pregnancy.
- Above the knees—Profound can tighten loose skin above the knees that can cause unflattering skin folds.
- Décolleté—Some women develop fine lines in the décolleté or upper chest. Profound can tighten and thicken the skin, making those lines less apparent.
Improving the Appearance of Cellulite
Although hundreds of products on the market claim to improve the appearance of cellulite, none are effective. Profound treats dimpled areas on the buttocks and inner and outer thighs where cellulite is present and is the only procedure approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat this condition. The radiofrequency in the procedure eliminates fat and creates adherence to prevent recurrence of the fat tufts.
Can I combine Profound with other aesthetic procedures?
It may be combined with dermal fillers, BOTOX, laser and photo rejuvenation. Since the numbing is already accomplished, doing aggressive laser treatment the same day will improve skin quality with no added down-time.
How many treatments will I need?
Profound produces dramatic results in just one treatment. It takes about six months to see full results. After that, ageing starts again, but with rejuvenated collagen and elastin. A treatment every two to three years after that may be required for best results.
Can I drive myself home after the procedure?
Most patients can drive themselves home afterward, but if you need additional sedation, we recommend that you have a friend or family member drive you home.
What is the difference between CoolSculpting and Profound Treatments?
CoolSculpting is for fat removal. Once the fat is removed, the residual skin laxity can be treated with a Profound procedure. We can treat the face, abdomen, thighs, knees and buttock areas.
Who performs Profound at VIVAA?
Dr. Sidhu will be consulting with patients prior to treatment and performing the treatment himself. Dr. Sidhu is a board certified surgeon.
Curious about what Profound can do for you? Take the first step toward improving your appearance by contacting VIVAA at 425-250-9999 for a no-obligation consultation. Dr. Sidhu and his staff will be happy to determine if Profound is the right procedure for you.
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