There are many ways to tighten one’s skin. Historically, chemicals applied to the skin surface worked. The next generation of care was to provide laser energy to tightening one’s skin. Both of these techniques do provide skin tightening. However, they also can create a change in the color of one’s skin. This can be a problem if a person has sun-damaged skin or has a darker skin tone.
Is there a way to tighten one’s skin without requiring a change to the skin color? Yes, there may be a pathway to do this. By putting the therapeutic energy below the epidermis, the level of the skin that contains the skin pigment, this concept is designed to protect skin color.
To do this, companies have provided technology that has small electrodes that penetrate the skin and then once these tiny probes are below the epidermis, an electrical current is delivered that heats the dermis, the layer of skin below the skin color controlling the epidermis. Once the dermis is heated to the optimal level, the process of healing occurs. This healing process creates new collagen formation, which can smoothen the skin surface.
Does this type of treatment require anesthesia? Is it painful? The answer to this is dependent upon one’s sensitivity and location of treatment. I had the back of my hand treated with average device settings and required no anesthesia. Regardless of my experience, providing pain control can be provided by oral medication, topical anesthetics or nerve blocks. The real answer to this question is dependent upon your initial treatment. Certain areas are more sensitive like the hand, peri-orbital (area around one’s eyes) and peri-oral regions.
Is there a recovery period? The healing process does require a recovery time period. Compared to applying a chemical to ones skin surface or completely ablating the epidermis with laser energy, the ability to deliver electrical energy below the epidermis should provide a shorter recovery time period. From my experience, there is an initial redness and localized swelling. The redness lasted about 4 hours. I had some small dots from the area of electrode penetration that lasted 4 days. These small dots could have been covered up with topical makeup.
How long will the results last? This is unknown. I am reaching out to my past patients to see if this technology would be of interest to you, your friends and others that want to improve skin wrinkling.
There will be no cost for any past patient for a consultation to see if this technology would be of interest.