Natural aging process, ineffective protection against the UV rays, pollution, and stress can all lead to your skin losing its natural glow and firmness. Due to these external reasons and some internal causes, your skin starts to thin as the collagen mesh underneath begins to lose its elasticity, and skin’s elastin loses its bounce. You skin cells stop absorbing moisture effectively. The ceramides that protect your epidermis become less efficient leaving your skin vulnerable to outside irritants. All these lead to faster skin aging.
When to seek help
As soon as you start noticing that your skin is losing its natural tautness, know that the fine lines will appear and your skin will start to sag. Expression lines will be deeper, and for many the face will seem to fall. As the skin falls the lines appear on various areas of your face starting with under eyes, around the eyes, around the mouth, forehead etc. Another aspect of this sagging is when your facial muscle starts to get loose. Unlike the rest of the body,your facial muscles are attached to the skin above and not to the bone below. So each time you contract the muscle to make an expression they drag the skin along and so the expression lines are formed.Sometimes your muscles also bulk up leading to change in facial shape.
The moment you start seeing these changes, you should visit your cosmetic dermatologist or an aesthetic physician.
Thermage is the new age answer
While one option to fight sagging skin is obviously to go under the cosmetic surgeon’s knife, the other one is thermage– a painless treatment that gives you younger looking skin. Thermage is a non-invasive treatment which is based on the radio frequency energy that stimulates your skin cell’s natural growth process. It smoothens and tightens sagging skin, and restores facial or body contours. “It improves the appearance of sagging skin. In fact, Thermage gives you smoother skin even in just one treatment, and the results are very natural looking. Thermage has stood the test of time for being the finest non-surgical facelift treatment utilizing monopolar radiofrequency across the world,” says Dr SimalSoin, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Founder of AAYNA Clinic.
According to Dr Soin, a pioneer with this treatment in the country, the Thermage treatment that she administers is the third generation one with the new total tip. The latest version of Thermage includes patented Comfort Pulse Technology (CPT)– gentle vibrations and interspersed cooling that ensures you are comfortable during and after the treatment.
For women and men with busy lifestyle, Thermage is the answer because the treatment can be customised to specific needs. You can expect some visible results even after the first session. A session can last from anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the size and area of the part where the treatment is being administered.
How thermage impacts your skin
Thermage treatment is all about how radiofrequency energy is used to stimulate deep tissues under the skin to kick start the natural renewal process. Treatment begins with a cooling touch on the skin that ensures that the top layer of your skin is safe and you are comfortable with the sensations. Then a specially designed treatment tip is placed against the skin in targeted areas where the radiofrequency energy penetrates deep into the skin’s tissue, heating them and remodelling the collagen. This is followed by a burst of cooling sensation. This alternate heating and cooling delivers great results that has a continuous impact on your skin and you see the condition of your skin improving more each passing day.
“As your body regenerates collagen, you can expect to see continued improvements in your facial and body contours. This can happen for up to six months. We have seen that your body actually starts to produce new collagen thickening the collagen matrix and creating a smoothing effect on the epidermis,” explains Dr Soin.
What Thermage treats
It is really a wonder treatment because Thermage can be used effectively on almost any part of your body. It not only improves aging skin, but also helps in body contouring and melting cellulite thus smoothing orange peel skin around thighs, arms, belly, and buttocks.
If you have hooding lids and crow’s feet around your eyes, then thermage can be used to treat upper and lower eyelids to lift and brighten the eye area – tired eyes can be very ageing for most.
Since Thermage remodels collagen, it is used in a big way to lift loose jowls, and drooping mouth. With couple of sessions of this treatment you can see tighter neck area and jawline, smoother healthier looking skin.
Ageing doesn’t just affect the skin on our faces, our bodies see the effects too, with crepey, sagging skin and unwanted bulges. Tummies, knees, legs, arms and hands can be areas that can be smoothened, tightened, and contoured with Thermage.