Look Younger Without Surgery - Learn About Thermage® Skin Tightening

When we’re young, it’s easy to think wrinkles and sagging skin are no big deal. But once we actually start seeing those changes in our own faces and bodies, it’s a completely different situation. Not only do wrinkles and lax skin serve as reminders that we’re getting older, but they can also take a big toll on our self-esteem and self-confidence. 

Why skin gets loose and wrinkled

Wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity can — and do — happen to everyone as they get older, even people who’ve been very good about caring for their skin with moisturizers, sunscreen, and a healthy, skin-friendly diet. Environmental exposures, hormones, stress, and illness all take a toll on our skin. But the factor that has the most effect on our skin as we get older is age itself.

Our skin changes a lot as we age. When we’re younger, our skin produces lots of collagen and elastin, two important components that play major roles in keeping skin firm, smooth, and resilient. But when we get older, production of both of these components declines dramatically. Suddenly, our skin doesn’t bounce back like it used to, and lines, wrinkles, dimpling, and folds start to appear around the eyes, mouth, nose, and jowls, and also on the neck, belly, arms, thighs, and other areas of the body. Before we know it, we’re choosing our clothes and wearing our hair not so much based on our personal preferences, but to attempt to camouflage those changes so we feel better about the way we look.

Thermage® to the rescue

For a long time, the only way to restore those more youthful contours and eliminate the sag and droop was with surgery. Facelifts and body lifts can tighten skin and remove excess tissue. But they don’t improve the structure of the skin, and they also come with a lot of risks, including scars, infections, and anesthesia-related risks. Plus, both involve a long recovery time and a lot of postop pain. Today, though, there’s another option — one that doesn’t involve surgery or downtime but can still visibly tone and tighten loose skin and wrinkles. It’s called Thermage®, and it uses radiofrequency energy delivered through a state-of-the-art device designed to turn back the clock on older, sagging skin.

Unlike surgery that just pulls back and snips away excess skin, Thermage works by restoring your skin from the inside. The Thermage system is designed to transmit radiofrequency heat energy right through your skin, targeting the deeper layers of your skin where collagen and elastin are produced. Now, in addition to helping your skin stay firm, collagen also helps your skin heal, forming strong networks of tissue that support your skin and help repair it when it's damaged. When the deeper layers of tissue are heated up during your Thermage treatment, it triggers a natural healing response that actually jump-starts the production of collagen. And that new collagen does just what it's supposed to do — it replaces old, damaged tissue with new, healthy, resilient tissue, while also restoring firmness and elasticity for weeks after your initial treatment. At the same time, the warmth shrinks and tightens existing elastin and collagen fibers so you can see a firmer difference — and a more youthful appearance — right away. Plus, Thermage stimulates circulation throughout the treatment area, helping to flush out toxins while flooding your skin with important nutrients.

Customizing your Thermage treatment

Thermage is a great way to reduce facial wrinkles and tighten loose skin around your jowls, cheeks, and neck. But it can also be a good option for lax, droopy skin on your thighs and those jiggly upper arms that are almost impossible to “firm up” with just exercise alone.

Most Thermage treatments take from a half hour to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area that’s being treated. Once your treatment is done, you can go right back to your regular routine. The skin remodeling process begins right away, and over the next several weeks as new collagen networks form, you can expect to see your skin looking firmer and smoother. Plus, since Thermage helps your skin from the inside out, your results can last for months. Better still, with an annual “touch-up,” you can maintain your results for years to come.

Melissa Schneider PC is a top provider of state-of-the-art Thermage treatment for patients in and around Boston, using an individualized approach to help every patient get the results they’re hoping for. To find out more about Thermage or to schedule a consultation, book an appointment online today.

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