Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Non-invasive Skin Tightening Procedure

Dermatologists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) recommends a new, non-surgical, needle-free skin-tightening procedure that  smoothens wrinkles, firms up baggy or loose skin and improves body contours. 
The outpatient cosmetic procedure is performed with Thermage®, a device that contours skin all over the body face, eyelids, neck, abdomen, arms, legs and more using focused radio waves.  "Thermage emits radio waves that travel very deeply into the skin and the subcutaneous tissue to promote collagen remodeling and help tighten skin," says Dr. Norhington., a UAB assistant professor of dermatology and expert in cosmetic skin procedures.
It works well on patients who want a younger appearance and improved skin tone without relying on surgery, injections or chemical applications," Northington says. "It is safe for all skin types, light skin and dark skin, and it works well for all body areas.
Immediate skin tightening occurs after treatment, and then the skin continues to improve subtly over time by getting tighter and firmer for up to four to six months.

During a Thermage treatment, a slight warmth on the skin signals that radiofrequency energy is being absorbed. This warmth indicates that collagen is being stimulated and tightened, Northington says. Afterward, the treated skin may be slightly red for a day or two; the patient's work schedule, daily routines and sun exposure can remain unchange