When the skin on your face begins to sag, you may begin to explore options to restore a more youthful look. Many people look to a surgical facelift to achieve this. However, these procedures must be done in a hospital setting and require general anesthesia. In addition, there is a significant downtime period required in order to make a good recovery. As a result, you may be among the many people who elect not to go through surgery for cosmetic reasons. If you want to stay away from invasive procedures but would still like to look younger, consider asking us about Thermage FLX® treatments. You may find that you can reap the benefits of surgery without having to actually go through it. Rather than surgically removing the excess skin that is causing the undesirable appearance, Thermage FLX® treatments can provide a non-surgical facelift by stimulating the skin to tighten itself.
How it works
Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to do its work. Understanding how it works is easier by first looking at what caused the need for skin tightening in the first place.
Skin becomes loose when it loses collagen. It is a protein that is produced by the body and found in the deeper layers of the skin. Its function is to provide fullness. Because of this protein, the skin will maintain its tightness. A natural effect of aging is a drop in the amount of collagen that the body produces. The looseness that occurs as a result causes the skin to sag and wrinkles to develop. Things like sagging of the jowls and crow’s feet around the eyes are signs of aging that have their roots in the lack of an adequate amount of collagen. Thermage and Thermage FLX® attack the problem at its source by stimulating the growth of more collagen.
Thermage treatments use radiofrequency energy that is focused toward the lower skin layers. When the tissue absorbs the energy, it becomes warmer. The warmth then causes the collagen growth process to escalate. Consequently, collagen levels increase to something similar to what they were in prior years when there were no wrinkles.
Collagen will continue to grow at a faster rate for the next few months. As it does, the skin will gradually increase in tightness and fullness. This makes the lines and wrinkles disappear. It also does away with much of the sagging that causes an appearance of aging. What you have then is a facelift without surgery. Better stated, Thermage FLX® gives you a non-surgical facelift and the improvement in appearance that comes about as a result.
For more detail, discuss Thermage FLX® with us at Adoro Medical Spa. We can make an evaluation and let you know if you are a good candidate for this innovative treatment. If you are in the Annapolis, Severna Park or Columbia areas and interested in learning more about how to get a facelift without the surgery, contact us today to schedule your first appointment.