LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Cosmetic surgeons have used radio-frequency technology for years to tighten skin and smooth wrinkles without surgery. The risk was that temperatures could be too high and burn the skin. A development in one type of treatment has eliminated that risk.
Carla Ferrera considered a couple of different therapies for early signs of aging.
“I have them around, like, my chin and my neck area. I felt just a little bit of droopiness,” Ferrera shared.
She didn’t want to go the extreme of surgery, and liked what she learned about skin toning RF.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dennis Dass, MD, uses the newest version of the TempSure Envi system. It heats up tissue, encouraging collagen production and cell turnover, but has a big advantage over older systems.
Dr. Dass explained, “With this device, we actually see the temperature that we’re heating the tissue up to and we can monitor how long we’re keeping it at that temperature, so that we can get consistent results.” (Read Full Interview)
The technician goes over a treatment area for five to seven minutes, monitoring the heat constantly. Most treatments take between 20 and 40 minutes.
“Now I like to use it on the lower eyelids and around the neck and jowls because these are areas we really see signs of aging. However we all use it on the forehead and on the cheeks,” Dr. Dass shared.
Improvements in wrinkles are subtle, but immediate.
Ferrera said, “I notice tightening under the chin area, the skin tightening a little more.”
She just finished her second treatment on her jawline, neck and hands, and she is excited about the results.
Dr. Dass says it costs about 300 dollars per treatment area, and patients will need to come in three or four times. Patients will probably need to come in for touch-ups every six to 12 months.
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TOPIC: TEMPSURE SKIN TIGHTENING
REPORT: MB #4431
BACKGROUND: Two components of tissue that make up about 80 percent of the dermis (lower layer of skin) are collagen and elastin. Together, they give the skin its strength and ability to stretch and bounce back. As people get older, the production of these two proteins slows down. That’s the reason why skin starts to sag and wrinkle. It’s also the reason why people have been looking for treatment options. The solution to this involves surgical and non-surgical options. Skin tightening has been a non-surgical option for many years. The basis of skin tightening treatments is heat. Heat is applied to the lower layers of skin in order to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Many different types of skin tightening procedures are offered ranging by price, location, and effectiveness. Each uses different technological devices to heat up the skin. Many use radiofrequency to treat patients. It is FDA approved and it focuses on applying heat to the epidermal layers.
RISK: RF radiation is considered potentially carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organization; however, we are already exposed to low levels of it on a daily basis. RF has the potential to burn patients but if done correctly, the side effects can actually be very minimal. Some swelling and redness on the skin may occur but downtime is very short. Recovery after the treatment is very easy and it is possible to go back to work on the very next day. As long as the procedure is done by qualified and FDA approved doctors with quality equipment, the procedure has been relatively safe. The only issue is how accurate the measuring of the temperature is.
RESULTS: The new technology that is being used with the Tempsure device guarantees consistent results due, in part, to temperature monitoring. Results are almost immediate. Follow up procedures are necessary for the best results. It is also advised that touchups be made after six months. The procedures range from $2,000 to $4,000.
(Source: Dennis Dass, MD & https://www.cynosure.com/product/tempsure-envi/)
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