The Ultimate Combination: ThermaFrax Skin Rejuvenation
Everything changes as we age!
Our skin, when we're young, regenerates itself, shedding old skin cells from the top surface (epidermis), while creating new cells in the middle skin layer, the dermis. These new cells grow and mature, progressing upwards until they too reach the surface and are sloughed off. As we age, this process slows down and becomes less efficient. Why? Because collagen production unfortunately slows down.
So what's collagen, anyway?Collagen is a powerhorse in the body. It's a strong, stringy protein; and the main part of our bones, teeth, ligaments (fibers connecting bones), sinews (fibers connecting muscles to bones), and cartilage (a connective tissue in our joints, nose, throat, and other places). It plays a starring role in making our skin strong and elastic.
When collagen starts making fewer skin cells, our skin starts to wrinkle. Many people get collagen injections to make their skin smoother and younger-looking. Others get laser treatments that remove some of both the dermis and the epidermis (known as ablative treatments), which stimulates the collagen into more activity, and requires a couple of weeks of recovery. Still others get laser treatments which stimulate collagen by targeting only the dermis, leaving the epidermis cooled and unaffected (non-ablative treatments) and this requires a much shorter recovery period.
How it works: First, let's consider Thermage; it's a skin treatment that does not require lasers, injections or surgery; but still creates consistent results that can last for years. It does this by tightening all three layers of a person's skin, instead of just focusing on the top layer (as many other skin renewal treatments do). Thermage can really make an impact.
The facial skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis; the collagen-rich inner layer, called the dermis; and the third layer called the subcutaneous later. In order to get a comprehensive change in skin's appearance and health, all three layers must receive a change. Thermage does this by tightening the collagen incorporated in the under layers with CPT continuous pulse technology that tightens and contours the skin. This creates a smoother tone and more youthful appearance.
Now for the second part: Next, let's consider Fraxel, which works in similar ways as the CO2 resurfacing laser — but skin heals faster from the Fraxel and with less discomfort. The procedure involves the division of a laser beam into thousands of microscopic treatment zones, each targeting a specific area of skin. The selective portions of skin are heated and then healthy new cells fill in the damaged areas. Healing time is reduced because fewer cells have to be replaced. The combination of these two treatments provide an optimum result.1,2
So, since Thermage is the first component, that's where we start. The procedure takes about an hour. In the process,
- your skin will turn slightly pink.1
- Fraxel is then immediately performed over the same area. This takes about 30 minutes and will leave the skin pink and somewhat swollen.1,8 These effects will last about three days.1,2
- About a month later, a second Fraxel treatment is performed; and a month after that a third.
- Patients will see gradual improvement in tightness, texture, color and scars over the course of the next several months.1,2
Facial laxity, including the eye area and under the chin, will improve.1,2 Brown spots, texture, scars and pores will improve, as well.1,2
|Face (includes 1 Thermage CPT treatment and 3 Fraxel treatments)||$3000|
|Abdomen (includes 1 Thermage CPT treatment and 3 Fraxel treatments)||$3000|