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Renew your appearance with Profound RF. It happens to everyone. As we age our collagen levels decrease, elastin production stops, and hyaluronic acid diminishes. These three skin fundamentals are important in keeping our skin strong, elastic, and flexible. When their levels drop, facial wrinkles may appear. So it’s no surprise that you are starting to see signs of wrinkles and feeling less confident. But you can do something about it. The Profound treatment delivers a precise time and temperature combination to skin and uses your body’s natural healing process to create new elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. It stimulates your body to naturally revitalize and smooth the skin’s appearance. The Profound treatment is your alternative to surgery for improving the appearance of cellulite, reducing wrinkles, and eliminating sagging skin.
Think of the human body as a new car. On the day it leaves the lot, that new car is glamorous and sleek. You take pride in it as you drive through the neighborhood.
Over time, though, wear and tear and scratches and dings eat away at the body and paint job. Beneath the car’s exterior, outside of public view, maybe the engine still works great and everything hums along smoothly when you get behind the wheel, but all the world sees is an old, worn-out car that needs some TLC.
So what do you do? You take that car to the body shop to get those dents hammered out and the paint job refinished. Maybe the car will never look quite as good as new, but at least you can once again be proud of its appearance and drive it with confidence.
It’s the same story with our bodies. Nature, as we know, isn’t always kind as we age. What was once shiny and smooth becomes patchy and wrinkly over time. Sags and folds and spots appear seemingly out of nowhere. No matter how much we exercise or adhere to a stringent diet, our body as a 50-year-old simply will never look like our body as a 20-year-old.
So why does that happen? What goes wrong? And, perhaps most importantly, is there anything we can do about it? (Spoiler alert: the answer is yes)
Every time we smile, frown, or sit outside in the sun on a warm summer day, tiny grooves form under the surface of the skin. In our younger years, the skin springs back almost instantaneously, wiping out the grooves and keeping the skin smooth. But as we age, the skin loses some of its elasticity, or its springiness, and these small creases build up over time, resulting in wrinkly, imperfect skin.
There are three core factors that drive the proliferation of facial wrinkles as we age:
Let’s take a closer look at each of these factors individually. Elastin: Adding Flexibility
Elastin is the rubber band of the human body, helping tissue “snap back” into shape when it is stretched. Found mostly within the dermis – or middle layer of the skin – it is elastin that adds flexibility or elasticity to the skin to keep it smooth.
Let’s try a brief experiment. With your palm facing down, pinch a small layer of skin on the back of your hand and hold it in place for about 3 seconds. Watch what happens when you let it go. If you can, find someone 20 years younger and 20 years older than you to perform the same exercise. In the younger individual, the skin will likely snap back into place quickly on its own, while in the older individual, it will snap back more slowly or not at all without some manual smoothening. That is because the production of new elastin decreases as we age, and eventually stops entirely, which contributes to the sagging and wrinkling of our skin.
Degradation of elasticity most noticeably affects our face, where our skin is stretched and pulled every time we talk, smile and eat. As we age, it becomes harder for the skin to snap back into place and follow the movements of underlying structures such as the jawline. This creates unattractive loose pockets around the eyes, cheeks or jowls.
While there are a variety of temporary solutions available to address these issues in the short term (e.g., injectable fillers or toxins), these options do not address the fundamental cause of sagging skin – the body’s natural loss of elastin. Fortunately, there are more durable options available that help the body produce new elastin and get to the root cause of the problem. We’ll talk more about these options later in this piece.
Collagen: Strong as Steel
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and can be found in the skin, bones and connective tissues. It provides a sturdy structure that anchors cells together and provides strength and body to the skin, bones, nails, ligament, tendons, and hair.
There are 16 different types of collagens in the human body, each with a unique function and structure. Some collagen have tremendous strength – in fact, the smallest collagen building blocks are 5-10 times stronger than steel.4 This strength is what helps our hair shine and keeps our skin supple and looking young.
In the dermis, collagen helps replace and restore dead skin cells. When we are young, the body can produce adequate collagen to quickly replace any that is used up to repair damaged skin. But as we age, the dermis loses thickness, and fewer new collagen cells are replaced. Fewer collagen cells, in turn, means that fewer dead skin cells are repaired and replaced, degrading the surface of the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid: The Moisture Magnet
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps keep skin hydrated. It works as a magnet to draw moisture from the surrounding environment into our body and then retain it, keeping the skin plump and smooth. Unfortunately, as with collagen and elastin, our body produces less hyaluronic acid as we age, starting at about age 40, leaving our skin drier and more prone to cracking.
What Can We Do to Address This Breakdown?
There are a wide range of options available to address one or more of these fundamental age-related breakdowns, including topical retinoids, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, energy-based devices and plastic surgery. What all of these approaches have in common is the promise is to “make your skin look younger.” However, some of these approaches do not address issues beneath the skin (i.e., the production of new elastin), therefore only offering a short-term, temporary solution. Longer lasting changes require technologies that work under the skins surface, helping to rebuild dermal fibers and modify the overall architecture.
The use of radiofrequency devices is increasing in popularity as a safe, nonsurgical option to lasting wrinkle reduction. Clinical papers demonstrate that many radiofrequency devices have been proven to be safe and effective in improving tone, texture and tightness of the skin.
While there are unique nuances among the varying technologies, all radiofrequency devices work by heating and administering energy beneath the surface of the skin to help induce creation of any, or all, of the three fundamentals of skin health – elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. Some devices administer energy through a handheld device while others require a small incision and insertion of a tiny needle to target deeper layers of the skin.
Skilled providers will aim to control two key parameters during use of a radiofrequency device – time and temperature. More specifically, they will set targets for the duration of pulsed energy delivered and the heat created within the inner layers of the skin. Control of both components is key to minimizing injury to existing elastin and collagen while maximizing the creation of new tissue through controlled wound healing.
Many currently available radiofrequency devices offer real-time control of energy, but the Profound® system by Candela is the only FDA-cleared, long-pulse radiofrequency device that also offers real-time temperature control.
Why Does This Matter?
In devices that control the duration of energy delivered without simultaneously controlling the local tissue temperature, there is a risk of creating excess heat beneath the skin, thereby causing excessive damage and possibly ulcer formation. The ability of the Profound® system to control temperature in real-time means that the wound healing process is more controlled. That leads to less likelihood of tissue damage and optimal production of our three core tenets of skin health – elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid.4,6,7
Remember that experiment you tried earlier on the back of your hand? Let nature take its course and your skin will take longer and longer to rebound each year due to the loss of elastin. But with the Profound® system, the ability for your skin to snap back into place will actually improve with retraction time of skin responding faster. In fact, studies show that a single, Profound treatment yields results that are 37% of a surgical facelift.1
New elastin, more snap. That’s what you get with the Profound® treatment by Candela – a face you can once again feel confident about when you look in the mirror each morning.
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