As collagen and other elements diminish in the skin, it's common for lines and folds to appear. While age comes with wisdom, life experience, and hopefully respect, few people–if any–are happy about this very visible sign of aging. This is why there are so many tips, tricks, and techniques for treating what are known as static wrinkles. The Charleston, SC, area's Germain Dermatology offers THERMIsmooth®, a noninvasive, radiofrequency-based treatment, as an effective solution to the problem of unwanted lines.
A series of treatments spread across multiple weeks can address static facial wrinkles, with long-term results that emphasize youthful-looking skin. Each session delivers radiofrequency energy into the targeted tissues to remodel the collagen there and smooth out the skin above. Discuss the treatment at your consultation to learn more about exactly where THERMIsmooth® can be applied.
Wrinkles are creases, lines, or furrows that are visible on the surface of the skin. Few people tend to be happy with the appearance of these tell-tale signs of aging, especially if they become overly pronounced. Some of the most prominent wrinkles are crow’s feet (branching from the outer corners of the eyes), laugh lines (developing around the corners of the mouth and eyes), and 11s (vertical lines between the brows).
As people grow older (usually from the mid-30s onward), their skin grows more vulnerable to environmental damage. Unfortunately, visible signs of aging are usually most obvious on sun-exposed skin on the face and neck where it most quickly loses its strong, supple, and elastic qualities. This happens because the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, which form its connective structure, break down over time and with exposure to ultraviolet radiation. UV rays break down collagen by stimulating the production of damaging chemicals known as free radicals.
The production of molecules that influence the protective covering of the skin also decreases, often leaving us with lax, dry skin and wrinkles. This is coupled with a decrease in oil production and a reduction or shifting in fat cells in the underlying layers.
Repetitive facial motions such as smiling, frowning, laughing, and squinting are some of the other factors that contribute to the formation of wrinkles (known as dynamic wrinkles). Older skin that has lost its elasticity can't hold itself taut or spring back easily to its original position.
While surgery (such as a facelift) and minimally invasive treatments (such as dermal fillers) are reliable strategies when addressing signs of aging, modern technological advances have led to further options. THERMIsmooth® is quickly becoming a popular non-invasive choice for skin rejuvenation and addressing wrinkles and laxity.
This FDA-approved method is one of the most effective ways of smoothing out wrinkles without the necessary recovery or cost associated with traditional forms of cosmetic surgery. THERMIsmooth® relies on a process that involves precisely delivering radiofrequency energy into the skin, where tissues heat up and contract for a smoother look. THERMIsmooth® works best on sagging upper eyelids and lower eyelids, general skin texture issues, jowls, and wrinkles around the mouth and lips. People of all skin types and tones can benefit.
THERMIsmooth® works on wrinkles by tightening existing tissues and accelerating collagen production that has slowed over time. The process itself is simple. During the procedure, gel is applied to the treatment site, after which a small, handheld device is gently moved in circular motions over the surface of the skin. The controlled heat from the device works below the surface to make existing collagen contract, creating a smoother surface. Meanwhile, new collagen production creates volume over time, further filling in lines, wrinkles, and creases.
The rejuvenated skin will appear thicker and stronger with an enhanced overall quality.
A single session typically only lasts around 30 minutes. Patients can go back to their routine activities right away, since in the majority of cases, the treatment requires no downtime. Though some results are visible virtually as soon as the session ends, the body's natural process of collagen production is gradual and does take some time. Generally, patients may need to wait three to six months for optimal THERMIsmooth® results to appear. Some patients require follow up treatments to attain their ideal outcome.
Other rejuvenating cosmetic services at Germain Dermatology include chemical peels to remove dull, dry, and dead skin cells on the surface, microdermabrasion to "polish" away worn-out skin, and RF microneedling to stimulate collagen production two ways.