Aging can bring about major changes in your body. One of the most obvious signs of aging is a decrease in skin elasticity. When skin elasticity is at its peak, your skin is toned, firm, and smooth. Your appearance can greatly be affected as laxity increases and your skin loosens: your skin starts to sag, wrinkles become more apparent, and your facial features lose definition. If you are starting to notice the effects of decreased skin elasticity, there are non-surgical options that can help restore your youthful appearance. Sagging skin and wrinkles on your face, neck, and body can be addressed by radiofrequency treatments. At our office, Charles Galanis, M.D., offers Thermage®, a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that smoothes your skin.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Thermage® stimulates collagen production through the use of radiofrequency energy. Collagen is a protein essential to maintaining skin strength and elasticity. When production decreases later in life, the lack of collagen makes it more difficult for the skin to maintain its tone. This leads to sagging skin and increased wrinkles. However, the technology of Thermage® is effective in defining your facial features, smoothing your skin, and toning dimples and wrinkles that are present on your face and body. By stimulating collagen production, Thermage® helps your skin regain its more youthful tone while keeping it smooth.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A handheld device will be placed over the determined treatment sites on your body. You will first receive a cooling feeling; this is designed to protect the upper layers of your epidermis and make you more comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, the tip of the device will begin to radiate the radiofrequency energy into the treatment site. At this point, the energy is heating up the layers of your skin and stimulating the production of collagen within the deeper layers. Once the treatment is concluded, you will feel a cooling sensation again.
Treatment typically takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the treatment site and the size of the area. You can expect to bounce back quickly after your procedure. There is no downtime, and patients often return to work the same day. You may experience some redness, but this is temporary.
You will notice a difference in your appearance soon after your treatment. However, results will continue to develop following your procedure as your body continues to produce more collagen. This process is gradual, and it can take up to six months for your full results to be realized. However, you will only need one treatment to improve the look of your skin dramatically. Your results will be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. As with most skin toning and tightening procedures, major shifts in weight can affect your results.
To find out how Thermage® can benefit you, please contact us for a consultation to see Charles Galanis, M.D. Call our Beverly Hills office at 310-858-8930 or our Chicago office at 844-GALANIS (844-425-2647) today.