Take a second to think about the most common cosmetic surgery you know about to reverse the signs of aging on the face. If a facelift was the first procedure to come to mind, then you’re on the right track. However, you should know that this traditional procedure isn’t your only treatment option. At Sule Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in Dallas, TX, we know that a better alternative is the Profound non-surgical facelift.
Can You Get a Facelift Without Surgery?
Yes! To be honest, traditional surgery to minimize the signs of aging on the face is not the preferred cosmetic treatment for many patients. The last several years has seen advancements in cosmetic techniques that make it possible to rejuvenate your appearance without ever going “under the knife”. For example, PDO thread lifts and liquid injectable lifts are two such non-surgical options.
However, the most effective non-surgical alternative is currently a treatment simply known as Profound. Not only does Profound rejuvenate your overall appearance to look more youthful, but it’s also profoundly simple and profoundly reliable. This treatment combines two of the best cosmetic treatments into one powerful non-surgical option that can drastically reduce the visible signs of aging, particularly:
- Fine lines
- Skin laxity
Why Should You Choose a Non-Surgical Treatment?
Before we dive into how Profound works, we should first look at why you may want to choose a non-surgical option instead of a traditional lift procedure. There are a few reasons why non-surgical treatments are more popular among patients who are seeking total facial rejuvenation, such as the simplicity of the treatment. These reasons include:
Traditional lift surgery involves making incisions on the face that can be uncomfortable and difficult to recover from. Profound, on the other hand, involves very little pain or discomfort. As a non-surgical treatment, there is no significant pain associated with this treatment. At most, your skin may feel “tight” immediately after your treatment.
Lower Scar Risk
One of the bigger downsides of traditional lift surgery is the risk of scarring. Even if incisions are hidden in the hairline or under the ear, there is still a higher risk of healing with a scar from traditional surgery. Non-surgical treatments, however, do not use any invasive techniques that pose the risk of scarring, which can be ideal for those who have sensitive skin or skin that easily scars.
When you have traditional surgery, you can expect to spend a couple of weeks, or sometimes longer than a month, recovering from the procedure. During this downtime period, you can also expect to be barred from several activities, including work and regular exercise, until you are finished healing. With Profound, you don’t have any downtime – in fact, most patients can immediately return to their normal daily activities within days of the treatment and with fewer aftercare instructions to follow.
One of the more unique things about non-surgical treatments is the fact that they can be used on more areas than just the face. For example, Profound can also be used on the neck, stomach, thighs, and buttocks. This amount of versatility enables patients to achieve comprehensive anti-aging results at one time. More importantly, you can be certain that your non-surgical treatment will be customized to your exact needs and not the vision of a surgeon.
It’s sometimes the case that traditional lift surgery for the face can produce results that look “plastic” or less-than-natural, which is another major downside of traditional procedures. However, non-surgical treatments can consistently produce natural-looking results, and they can do this for a very simple reason: non-surgical treatments use your body’s own natural regenerative processes to restore a youthful appearance. The ability to look younger more naturally is greatly appealing to many, especially those who want to have subtle anti-aging results.
One of the most important benefits to remember about non-surgical treatments is the fact that these treatments are just as effective, if not more effective, than traditional procedures. Non-surgical treatments are powerful and can create results that look, feel, and move better than traditional surgery.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Profound takes advantage of two equally impressive non-surgical treatments: microneedling and radiofrequency. Combined into a single handheld device, each of these methods tackles different layers of skin to stimulate your body’s natural regenerative abilities, which helps restore proteins and sugars to the skin that supports skin structure.
This facelift treatment generally only requires one treatment appointment to produce results, although those with particularly severe skin conditions may require a follow-up treatment. Profound treatments can be performed in under an hour and allow you to immediately return to most of your normal activities, including work and running errands.
Why Microneedling and Radiofrequency Are So Effective
So, why is this combination so potent that a single treatment is effective? The success and power of this treatment can be largely attributed to how each treatment interacts with the skin. Microneedling stimulates the body’s latent healing abilities and radiofrequency generates thermal energy that penetrates the deep sub-dermal layers of the skin. Together, these techniques can produce a large amount of collagen and elastin within the skin.
When Will You See Results?
It will likely take a few weeks before you can see the results of this treatment. Both microneedling and radiofrequency treatments require time for the skin to recover and increase the production of collagen and elastin. Importantly, it also takes a few weeks for new collagen produced in the skin to mature, which means you may not see the results from your treatment for one to three months after your appointment. Fortunately, the results of this treatment are estimated to last for 3 years at a time.
What Else Can This Treat?
Although this treatment is primarily designed to correct skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles, there is a chance this treatment can also improve other aspects of your appearance. For example, some minor blemishes, dark spots, and uneven skin pigment may also be corrected by this combination of microneedling and radiofrequency. In fact, both of these treatment methods are known for treating superficial skin concerns, including scarring.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling works by creating small microscopic injuries on the skin surface that kickstart the body’s natural regenerative abilities. This treatment involves using small, thin needles that are measured at about 2mm and are about as thick as a strand of hair. These needles pierce the first few layers of the skin and stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to restore the texture and appearance of the skin. Additionally, this treatment can speed up the natural shedding cycle of your skin to reduce the appearance of pigment-related concerns.
2. Is Microneedling Painful?
No, microneedling is not a painful treatment. The treatment is somewhat similar to being pricked by a cactus, so it does not cause any significant discomfort. However, most patients opt to use a topical numbing cream before the treatment begins due to the sensitivity of the skin on the face. Using a topical numbing cream dulls the sensation of the treatment to a more comfortable level.
3. How Does Radiofrequency Work?
Radiofrequency is an energy-based treatment that utilizes thermal energy to stimulate the body’s natural regenerative abilities and increase blood flow to the skin. Radiofrequency is particularly helpful in restoring collagen and elastin levels in the skin and is often involved in skin tightening treatments. Radiofrequency treatments can be used on virtually every area of the skin to restore a strong, supple skin texture, and is also known to reduce superficial concerns like dark spots and sun damage.
4. Is Radiofrequency Painful?
No, radiofrequency is not a painful or uncomfortable treatment. Many patients compare this treatment to using a heating pad on the skin and because there is very little risk of thermal damage to the skin from this treatment, radiofrequency is regarded as a safe and comfortable treatment.
5. Why Are Collagen and Elastin So Important?
Collagen is one of the most important proteins in your skin. In addition to providing your skin with structural support, collagen is also involved in wound healing, which is why increasing collagen in the skin can help reduce the appearance of certain scars – sometimes permanently. Collagen loss is generally associated with aging since our skin begins to produce less collagen as we get older, which ultimately means we lose volume in our skin.
Similarly, elastin is another protein that is involved in supporting the structure of the skin. Specifically, elastin is used to give the skin elasticity, which is the ability to maintain a shape even after being stretched out. Skin elasticity is the reason the skin is mobile enough to create movement and expression. However, when elastin levels drop, the skin loses the ability to snap back into place and the skin begins to grow lax.
6. Can Certain Skincare Products Help Maintain Your Results?
Absolutely. Using the right skincare products to support your skin is essential to maintaining your results and getting the results you want. Aside from following daily cleansing, moisturizing, and SPF recommendations, many people like to use skincare products that are curated to their skin needs to address specific concerns.
For age-related concerns, there are a few important active ingredients that can help increase collagen production and maintain the health of the skin. Products with collagen, hyaluronic acid, and Retinol can all support collagen production and perfect the superficial tone of the skin. Using Vitamin C during the day can also protect against free radicals from sunlight that can cause premature skin aging and protect against breaking down collagen production.
7. Are You a Good Candidate?
Most people who have age-related skin concerns are good candidates for Profound non-surgical facelifts. From fine lines and wrinkles to skin laxity on the jowls, this microneedling radiofrequency treatment is appropriate for patients with mild, moderate, and severe aging concerns. More importantly, this treatment is a good option for those who want to benefit from a treatment that has no downtime or pain.
Uplift Your Beauty With the Profound Non-Surgical Facelift
While a traditional facelift might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about reversing the visible signs of aging, you should know that this procedure isn’t your only option. Non-surgical facelifts with Profound treatments can also rejuvenate your appearance. Contact Sule Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in Dallas, TX to schedule your consultation appointment today.