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Skin Tightening/Thermage

The effects of sun, smoking, environmental exposure and aging can cause changes in the skin causing us to appear unhealthy, unkempt, or tired. These unwanted effects can often be minimized and even reversed through the utilization of lasers. Studies have shown that humans and animals alike are attracted to a healthy skin appearance.

The sun’s rays are made up of Aging Rays and Burning Rays.

The “Aging Rays” penetrate more deeply causing damage to the sub-structure called collagen. This forms the structural support to the surface of our skin. Think of the Aging Rays, as “poking holes” into collagen creating an effect much like Swiss cheese. This is the primary cause of sagging skin. 

The “Burning Rays” are not able to penetrate as deeply and thereby cause a burning effect to the skin. This in turn makes it more susceptible to skin cancer and age spots.

Facial Skin Tightening | Ground Breaking Technology to Tighten Skin

Thermage was first FDA approved in June of 2004. Lasting SkinSolutions® has been using this technology since then and has even had our before and after photos of our results shown on Oprah!
Before and After Thermage Treatments
Sciton's SkinTyte has been brought into the market recently and has improved on the reliability and consistence of results. The technology has also evolved and become less expensive and less painful. SkinTyte is an infrared light treatment utilizing its ability to induce a healing response in the deeper tissue layer. It is able to tighten and lift sagging skin and smooth deflation wrinkles. SkinTyte has no downtime and can be easily combined with other such as Botox and Laser Skin Resurfacing.

 

Before and After SkinTyteThermage

Firms & Tightens Skin
Stimulates New Collagen production
Improves lax & Sagging Skin
Promotes tone, younger looking skin
Lifts the Brow
Lifts & Contours Neck & Jawline

What is it? When anti-aging creams aren't enough and surgery is too much, Thermage® Skin Tightening may be the solution for individuals looking to turn back the clock on lax and sagging skin. As we age and collagen levels decrease, skin stretches & sags resulting in the appearance of lines, creases and wrinkles. Thermage® Skin Tightening provides individuals an option to actively turn back the clock on aging skin. Treatments offer deep skin tightening and stimulate new collagen growth. Individuals experience healthier, smoother, more youthful skin.

Why? Collagen constitutes more than one third of the body’s protein. It is the main protein in connective tissue, acting as the “tie that binds” the body’s cells together Collagen makes up to 75% of our skin, and is responsible for its elasticity. It also forms the framework that supports the skin, giving it structure, shape and contour. As the body ages, its Collagen becomes thinner, weaker, and less elastic, like coils that start out tightly wound but gradually stretch out over time, Collagen loses its ability to recoil or hold its shape. The result is sagging features, thin, loose skin and wrinkles. Thermage’s energy rejuvenates these “coils” by initially heat-shrinking and tightening the Collagen inside the skin. At the same time, this energy super-heats the Collagen layer supporting it, forcing the body to rebuild that layer over time. The final effect is tighter, thicker skin, with new and denser Collagen in and underneath it. 

The Miracle of RadioWaves--Thermage’s radio frequency waves rejuvenates these “coils” by initially heat-shrinking and tightening the Collagen inside the skin. At the same time, this energy super-heats the Collagen layer supporting it, forcing the body to rebuild that layer over time. The final effect is tighter, thicker skin, with new and denser Collagen in and underneath it.

How is it done? Although the actual procedure itself takes only 30-60 minutes per area treated and the provider will require that the patient arrive at 30 minutes prior to treatment for preparation. At Lasting SkinSolutions® this process includes make-up removal and pre-treatment photos. In total, the entire process could take two-three hours.

When the treatment tip touches the skin to deliver the energy burst, there is an immediate cool sensation, followed by a warm to hot sensation, followed by another cool sensation. The experience will most likely not be completely pain free but your comfort will be monitored and treatment level adjusted to make the treatment optimal but manageable during the treatment. Swelling is extremely rare depending on how sensitive the patient’s skin is. The same applies for post treatment soreness but if it occurs usually lasts only minutes to hours. Redness is also sometimes seen, but it usually disappears within minutes to hours as well.

Risks/Precautions? No downtime, no injections and no surgery are required. Individuals who have a pacemaker are not candidates for this treatment.

Results?  Up to 25% of the time, surface skin tightening can be seen almost immediately on thin-skinned patients. Thick-skinned patients may not see results until after six months have passed. In most cases, results are not noticeable until three months after the procedure. Occasionally, full effects are not realized until the one-year mark. Because the treatment is applied under the skin’s surface and it’s effects reveal themselves gradually, Thermage’s results are extremely natural looking. Often, the patient cannot tell changes have occurred until they have compared their “Before & After” pictures! The longevity of Thermage’s effects varies between each patient and is partially dictated by each individual’s rate of aging. Results can last anywhere from 18 months – 5 years.

Why LSS? Lasting SkinSolutions® carefully studies the individual characteristics of each patient’s face and treatment area to best determine how the standard application pattern should be customized to create maximum upward pull and lifting ability. The higher the intensity of a Thermage energy burst, the more heat it generates. The more heat applied during a treatment, the more effective the treatment is. However, the key is the higher the heat, the more uncomfortable the patient. The closer the treatment is to a patient’s comfort threshold, the better the end result will be. Lasting SkinSolutions® has the experience to know when and where to make adjustments to apply the ideal heat intensity throughout the entire treatment ensuring more effective, longer-

 

results. In an ongoing effort to improve Thermage’s effectiveness,

SkinSolutions® has developed a specific technique to hold the skin in the position it should end up staying in post-procedure. This technique helps to provide a better end result.