Profound RF is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure for the face and body that combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling to tighten loose skin and add volume as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Profound RF is most often used around the mouth and cheeks, along the jawline and on the neck though it can also be used on the body to fade scars and stretch marks, even lift sagging skin and diminish the appearance of cellulite.
The device is temperature controlled, providing real-time feedback on the energy level, and uses microneedles to deliver RF energy directly into the skin’s lower level where most collagen fibers are located; this means it is easier for your provider to control the level of injury and stimulate a healing response that remodels the skin.
It is possible to combine Profound RF with other RF microneedling treatments and injectables, chemical peels and other minimally invasive procedures for a “nonsurgical facelift.” While the results won’t rival a surgical facelift, with the right combination of treatments you will see a noticeable improvement in sagging and loss of volume.
Profound RF is recommended for all skin types and tones because it targets the skin’s deeper layer whereby reducing the risk of hyperpigmentation.
Profound RF is not recommended if you’re looking for the same results as a surgical facelift. The treatment is minimally invasive and results can take several months to appear, some patients even report that they didn’t see a remarkable difference. Potential side effects include prolonged redness, blistering, changes in pigmentation, fat loss and permanent indentations or scar tissue. The treatment is also not recommended for patients with active acne, eczema or psoriasis. People who are pregnant, have a pacemaker or defibrillator are also not good candidates for the procedure.
A Profound RF treatment begins with an injection of local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. The device is pressed against your skin and a disposable cartridge generates skin while microneedles create tiny injuries in the skin surface, delivering the radiofrequency. The device is lifted and moved to treat a small patch of skin until the entire area has been treated, usually in 45-90 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.
The treated area will be swollen, red and possibly bruised. The swelling will get worse before it gets better and some people may find they need up to a week of social downtime while others only a few days.
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