Each week, I see many patients who are in search of a youthful appearance. They say things like, “I don’t want to look 20, I just want to look good for my age,” or “I’m too far gone, I think I need a facelift.” When given a choice between an expensive operation with a major recovery or an extremely effective combination of minimally invasive procedures, most patients choose the minimally invasive skin tightening option here in Spokane.
A sharp, defined jawline is attractive in both men and women. This feature makes us look younger and more physically fit, which is the goal of most cosmetic procedures. A surgical facelift aims to sharpen the jawline by mobilizing and removing skin and placing sutures that pull these facial tissues tight. But what if we can accomplish the same goal without putting the patient under general anesthesia, performing an invasive operation, or asking the patient to endure a multi-week recovery? The truth is, now we can. Profound™ radiofrequency microneedling is an important new tool we use to achieve skin tightening in the lower face and upper neck to sharpen the jawline, smooth away lines, and improve the texture of facial skin. Most importantly, these visible, reproducible results look natural and only require a single treatment.
Profound works by delivering fractionated energy to the deep dermis of the skin. These zones of injury promote a mechanism of healing that stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which are associated with smoother, tighter, and more youthful-looking skin. Many lasers, ultrasonic, and radiofrequency devices attempt to stimulate this mechanism, but none equal the effectiveness of Profound. Peer-reviewed studies evaluating the effectiveness of this technology show that a single treatment of Profound radiofrequency microneedling resulted in improvement of wrinkle and laxity scores in 100% of patients treated. Every patient showed improvement. This is done by carefully and accurately delivering fractionated energy to the deep dermis for a specific length of time at a specific temperature, making Profound unique. It’s easy to recommend this treatment to my patients because I can be confident that they’ll have excellent results. In fact, this procedure is so effective that users on RealSelf.com have given it a “worth it” rating of 96%.
What else helps? We know that our bodies have an amazing ability to heal themselves. Once an injury occurs, platelets adhere to the inflammatory tissue and release growth factors that recruit stem cells that help heal tissue and promote new tissue growth. PRP (platelet rich plasma) is being used in many ways currently to promote healing. Have you heard of the the Vampire® series of treatments? The great news is that we can find PRP in our own bodies. PRP is obtained by drawing an FDA-approved tube of our own blood. It is spun in a centrifuge, which separates the red blood cells from the remaining plasma, packed with platelets. The PRP is applied to the skin where the thousands of micro-punctures created during the Profound treatment can absorb this healing elixir directly where the skin needs it. The combination of Profound and PRP, we believe, will only make both treatments even better.
So, if you’re wondering if a facelift is your only option or you’re looking for something a bit less invasive, I recommend combining Profound and PRP for the following reasons:
- Real-time, temperature-controlled FRF (fractional radiofrequency) is a highly reproducible treatment with a 100% response rate
- The treatment results in the formation of elastic and collagen fibers
- It offers safe, effective, and reliable nonsurgical treatment option for laxity and wrinkles on the face and neck
- High satisfaction rate
- Little to no downtime