Time, in spite of everything, leaves inevitable traces on everyone's bodies. For some people, especially those who find it hard to accept the aging effects of their skin, it can lead to personal depreciation and a negative influence in their daily lives.
The face is often the first area affected by the aging process because it is more often exposed to external elements such as pollution, sun, and temperature changes. This is how fine lines and wrinkles are encouraged to appear, along with other aging signs such as sagging skin, pronounced dark circles around the eyes, drooping eyebrows, jowls, and more.
Fortunately, some cosmetic procedures can give the face a younger and fresher appearance, including the Profound RF treatment - one of the most popular non-invasive procedures in the cosmetic world today. Here is what the treatment consists of and what to expect after it.
Profound RF - The Ultimate Mix of Microneedling and Radiofrequency
Radiofrequency activity targets the so-called 'SMAS' (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) - the skin layer on which surgeons work during a surgical facelift. In the same way, the RF treatment focuses selectively on problem skin regions using several levels to achieve a natural and gradual effect.
An alternative to working only with RF is Radiofrequency with microneedling. This technology adds the element of radiofrequency energy to the traditional micro needling process. The RF energy is supplied by small needles. In addition to the advantages of micro-injuries through traditional micro-needling, RF Microneedling also further delivers energy into the dermis - also known as the middle layer of the two main layers of the skin.
The RF energy heats the underlying layers and causes narrowing and stiffening of the skin as well as stimulation of collagen and elastin production. Because RF energy is emitted so deeply, it can deliver faster and more dramatic results than treatments with only radiofrequency.
This is exactly how the Profound RF treatment works. It delivers non-ablative bipolar radiofrequency to the dermis or hypodermis using sterile single-use micro-needles.
Its technology is based on the use of radiofrequency energy associated with needles that will penetrate the skin in order to renew it from the inside, to stimulate the healing process, without injections of products, and without resorting to surgery. Its unique features can achieve a skin temperature of 67°C, which is safely maintained for 3 to 4 seconds at each point of impact.
Therefore, the Profound skin tightening treatment is a non-surgical face-lift solution for treating facial wrinkles and sagging skin. It is the only device that stimulates all three: collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, and is mostly used to treat sagging skin on the face and neck, as well as wrinkles.
The session is done under local anesthesia, preceded by the application of an anesthetic cream, and lasts two hours on average. One session is enough to get great results, but we recommend repeating the treatment after 18 months to maintain the results.
What Makes Profound RF Unique?
Profound RF is a treatment used around the world, especially in the USA, where it is considered the best medical alternative to a surgical facelift. It is the only RF micro perforation device approved by the US FDA for the face and body.
Equally important, it is the only thermal radiofrequency micro perforation device controlled in real-time, with effectiveness proven by multiple clinical studies. It allows simultaneous stimulation of the 3 main elements at the origin of aging: elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid.
The radio frequency heats the skin tissue to 67°C for 3 to 4 seconds in order to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the deep dermis and thus recreate the dermal volume of the face in a totally natural way. The heat transmitted by this device goes through the skin and targets the skin layer where it is most effective for rejuvenation.
- 88% of the heat in the dermis;
- 10% of the heat in the hypodermis;
- 2% of the heat in the epidermis.
Clinical studies have shown that partially denatured collagen is much more effective in triggering neo-collagenesis than fully denatured collagen. Thus, partially denatured collagen can be reconstituted 38% faster than fully denatured collagen, and thereby produce a more substantial restorative action.
Currently, Profound is the only system capable of reaching the thermal energy threshold necessary (the right temperature and duration for maintaining this temperature) to partially denature the collagen and promote the repairing action to remodel the dermis.
How do the Profound Results Look?
The average duration of the procedure is two hours depending on the areas to be treated. Local anesthesia will be performed before the start of treatment, to make it as comfortable as possible. After the treatment, swelling and bruising are present for 5-10 days.
The results of a Profound facelift are not immediately visible. Over the next several weeks, and as the production of collagen and elastin increases, the skin becomes smoother, denser and firmer. Patients can start to see initial improvements in just under two weeks.
Optimal results are visible after 6 months, and the patient may need another treatment in 18 months for even better results. The Profound treatment guarantees a success rate of 100% on wrinkles and 95% on sagging skin.
Regarding the side effects, there is a necessary downtime after a Profound facelift. The Profound RF day-by-day recovery may include some slight redness and swelling along the treatment area, although this will normally go away within three to five days. Bruises and small red ‘dots’ are also normal after this procedure.
How is the Profound RF device different from a conventional radio frequency?
It is scientifically proven that to achieve collagen regeneration, it is essential to reach and maintain a temperature around 67 ° C for 3 to 4 seconds. The Profound device is currently the only system to achieve and maintain this temperature.
Does the Profound treatment give natural results?
Because this treatment does not require any injection of fillers, chemicals, or any invasive surgery, it is a completely natural process of stimulating collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The profound ‘before and after’ pictures always look entirely natural, with no artificial appearance of the skin.
Is there a minimum age for Profound skin tightening treatment?
No, there is no minimum age, because Profound RF is an excellent treatment for the early signs of aging. In young patients, it helps delay the onset of age-related signs by improving the quality of the skin.