Profound RF by Syneron Candela is one of the most advanced, revolutionary and effective FDA-approved non-surgical methods of tightening skin. Profound RF combines microneedling with delivery of radiofrequency (RF) energy to provide a marked cosmetic improvement in skin and soft tissue appearance. Although there are quite a few microneedling RF devices advertised for non-surgical skin rejuvenation, Profound RF truly stands out amongst all of these technologies and is one of a kind. That is precisely why Dr. Hilinski chose Profound RF for his patients.
How Does Profound RF Work?
Profound RF is so incredibly effective because it was specifically designed to target the three (3) main factors involved in the aging process. This includes (1) collagen, (2) elastin, and (3) hyaluronic acid. As we get older, our body begins to degrade these three building blocks of skin, which results in an aged and tired appearance.
We know from scientific studies that insertion of microscopic sized needles (termed micro-needling or microneedling in the world of plastic surgery) into the skin will cause a controlled ‘injury’ response within the tissue. When this occurs, your body responds by forming collagen. The Profound RF device has 5 pairs of specially designed microneedles that help in this process of inducing collagen formation after treatment. At the same, the device also delivers a patented dose of radiofrequency energy into the skin. When this is done at the optimal temperature, it will also stimulate your body’s wound healing response. In addition to promoting healthy collagen formation, elastin and hyaluronic acid formation are stimulated. Elastin is what gives our skin the natural snap or rubber-band quality while hyaluronic acid is what our body uses to maintain hydration by retaining water and volume within soft tissue like the skin. No other device on the market is capable of creating such a dermal response in all three components of skin. In fact, Profound RF has been reported to result in a 500% increase in elastin and 200% increase in collagen production (see references below). When all three components are synergistically targeted by Profound RF, the end result is tighter, more youthful and rejuvenated skin with less wrinkles.
Candidates for Profound RF
Profound RF is a great option for patients who are seeking a non-surgical treatment alternative to fight the visible signs of aging.
Many patients will undergo Profound RF to treat unwanted wrinkle formation while lifting and tightening the skin. This is particularly true for patients who have skin laxity around the cheek, jowl, jawline and neck regions. In doing so, Profound RF is used to lift the face and neck in a non-surgical manner.
Many patients have also discovered that Profound RF can effectively help improve skin wrinkle formation around the abdomen. This is particularly true for patients who have, for example, recently lost a substantial amount of weight and now have notable skin laxity around the belly button region.
Other candidates for Profound RF are those patients who have unwanted cellulite formation, for instance, involving the thigh region. In many cases, Profound RF can significantly improve the appearance of cellulite as it helps to regenerate the skin.
Does Profound RF Really Work?
Although other non-surgical skin tightening devices produce some degree of improvement, almost nothing out there can compete with the 100% response rate seen with Profound RF for treatment of wrinkles. When it comes to treatment of cellulite, some studies note a response rate of around 94%.
Profound RF Results
Profound RF was designed to provide patients with notable cosmetic improvement in skin wrinkles, laxity and/or cellulite appearance after just one treatment session. On occasion, patients may opt to undergo a second Profound RF treatment, but this is not the norm.
In many instances, patients will begin to see some degree of skin tightening and smoothing within 2-4 weeks of Profound RF treatment. However, patients should keep in mind that it will take upwards of 6-9 months for full results to be seen following the procedure.
How is Profound RF Done?
Profound RF treatment can be comfortably performed using a combination of topical and injectable numbing medications. As such, you do not need to be put asleep to undergo Profound RF. However, some patients will elect to have some oral sedation to make the experience even more comfortable. The procedure takes approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on the chosen area(s) to be treated.
All patients will experience some degree of swelling and bruising involving the treatment areas. Redness is also noted during the first few days. In a majority of cases, social downtime is around 5-7 days.
Schedule Your Profound Treatment
If you are interested in non-surgical skin tightening with Profound RF, please don’t hesitate in contacting our office today to schedule your personalized consultation.
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Willey A, Kilmer S, Newman J, et al. Elastometry and clinical results after bipolar radiofrequency treatment of skin. Dermatol Surg. 2010;36(6):877-884.
Dr. John Hilinski has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.