While cruising in your car, you may think that’s as far as radiofrequency energy goes, playing the latest Katy Perry tune. But if you believe that, then your loose skin on your face will suffer for it.
Because fountains searched for by Ponce de Leon and elixirs slurped up by the dude in Indiana Jones weren’t the fountains of youth — collagen is. Yes, that is a far less sexy answer, and surely not as watchable as a movie, but there it is.
Collagen is the protein in your body whose job is to provide the support system for your skin. When your skin has lots of collagen, it is firm and resilient. When your skin has more sun spots than collagen, it becomes loose and saggy and vulnerable to the formation of wrinkles.
That’s the real crime of aging — after we have our 20th birthday, the body’s collagen production drops one percent EVERY year. In addition to sun and other environmental damage, that drop in collagen production is basically the reason our skin ages.
But that bad guy in Indiana Jones who “chose poorly” would have been intrigued by Thermage®, the non-invasive skin-tightening procedure offered by Dr. Saltz.
Your skin, like a wedding cake without the icing
To understand all of this collagen stuff, you have to understand your skin. Your skin is made up of three distinct layers. The layer you show the world is called the epidermis. Below it is a collagen-rich layer, the dermis. Below the dermis is the subcutaneous layer (sometimes called the fat layer). This layer has a framework of collagen fibers running through it.
Now you can see the importance of collagen in all three layers of the skin. That’s why creams and treatments that work on the epidermis don’t do anything to address overall skin support. That happens mainly in the dermis and subcutaneous layers.
Turn on the radiofrequency, Lewis
If you want to tighten your skin, you want to get the collagen to perk up somehow. That’s what Thermage® does. It tightens the skin and renews the collagen in all three layers. How? Through a handpiece with a cooling function, Thermage® sends capacitive radiofrequency (CRF) energy into all three skin layers. This CRF energy converts into heat energy, safely interacting with the collagen in the three layers, instantly tightening those structures and improving skin tone on the epidermis. The body also perceives this heat as an injury of some sort and it sends collagen to the rescue. New collagen. This reaction isn’t immediate, but takes time. That’s while your Thermage results continue to improve for the next four to six months after your initial Thermage® treatment.
Interested in tightening your skin? Call us at our Salt Lake or Park City offices and ask about Thermage®.