Skin laxity, or loose, crepey skin, is notoriously difficult to treat without surgery. Most non-surgical skin tightening treatments simply don’t provide the effective results patients need. However, the newest generation of skin tightening solutions, the Thermage FLX, offers patients the latest technology to smooth and tighten skin with just one treatment.
Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD, invests in ultramodern, cutting-edge solutions to treat your skin concerns safely and effectively. Patients in Annapolis, Pasadena, Millersville, Arnold, and the eastern shore seek out the breakthrough treatments offered by the skilled team at Adoro Medical Spa.
So what is Thermage FLX, and how does it restore the skin’s firm, contoured look? We’ll explain everything you need to know about the newest skin tightening technology here.
What Causes Skin Laxity?
Firm, youthful skin stretches and snaps back into place instantly. However, skin loses this ability over time and begins to sag, losing its tight, firm appearance.
Two proteins present in the skin give it structure and elasticity – collagen and elastin. Collagen is composed of tightly constructed fibers that provide structure and firmness to the skin, while elastin provides elasticity.
Collagen and elastin production declines with age, and factors such as UV exposure, poor nutrition, pollution, and smoking can expedite the loss of these proteins. With less collagen and elastin in the skin, the skin begins to sag and wrinkle.
What Is Thermage FLX?
The Thermage FLX is the latest skin tightening device from Solta Medical and treats loose, crepey skin. The Thermage FLX stimulates the body’s collagen production through radiofrequency energy and constricts and tightens the skin’s existing collagen through radiofrequency energy.
The Thermage FLX is the only FDA-approved technology to help smooth and tighten skin on the eyelids, face, neck, and body.
How Does the Thermage FLX Work?
Using radiofrequency (RF) energy, the Thermage FLX heats the deep, dermal layers of the skin while the top layers remain cool. The heat energy stimulates collagen production and provides a skin tightening effect.
The Thermage FLX is unique because it uses a reverse thermal treatment gradient, allowing the RF energy to precisely and evenly transmit through the tip of the handheld device.
In addition, while other RF treatments use a back and forth movement to treat deep dermal layers, the Thermage FLX uses a stamping motion that automatically calibrates, making the process extraordinarily safe and exacting.
How Long Do Thermage FLX Treatments Take?
Previous Thermage treatments lasted 90 minutes or longer, while the Thermage FLX can now treat a patient’s entire face in 45 minutes or less.
In addition, more extensive treatment areas, such as the arms, stomach, or thighs, can receive a complete treatment in an hour or less.
The Thermage FLX uses a larger tip than previous devices, covering a larger surface area while making the treatments more comfortable overall. In addition, since the treatments automatically adjust the level of RF energy applied to the skin on a per-pulse basis, patients enjoy faster, more accurate results.
What Areas Can Thermage FLX Treat?
The Thermage FLX provides skin tightening and contouring almost anywhere on the body. However, most patients choose to treat the eyes, lower face and neck, and critical areas of the body.
Thermage FLX for Eyes
Thermage FLX is the only device approved by the FDA for use inside the orbital rim and is safe for all skin types. Since the eyes are such a focal point of the face, we tend to notice when droopy, sunken eyes appear tired, run-down, or aged.
The Thermage FLX reduces the appearance of hooded eyes, furrowed brows, bags, and fine lines around the eyes, creating a fresh, wakeful, youthful look.
Thermage FLX for the Neck and Face
The neck and jawline can be a challenging area to confront skin laxity, as they can’t be targeted through exercise or strength training. Sagging jawline and jowls, loose skin around the neck, and wrinkles can give patients a droopier, heavier appearance.
However, patients can restore structure and contour to their face without surgery through a Thermage FLX treatment that smooths lines and wrinkles, restructures collagen, and firms skin.
Thermage FLX for the Body
The Thermage FLX is especially popular for treating skin laxity in the arms, legs, and abdomen. Patients experiencing crepey skin, loose skin near the triceps and above the knees, and sagging stomach skin after pregnancy or weight loss see smoother, tighter skin through a single Thermage FLX treatment.
When Will I See Results from My Thermage FLX Treatment?
Some patients see an immediate improvement in their skin after just one Thermage FLX treatment. However, most patients see their results develop more gradually. For up to six months after their Thermage procedure, patients can expect a progressive improvement in the skin’s texture and firmness.
Since Thermage FLX works with the body’s natural healing process to increase collagen production, the results develop as the new collagen takes effect, lasting for up to two years or longer.
What Can Thermage FLX Do for You?
All skin will lose collagen and elastin, causing it to sag at some point. It’s part of the natural progression of age. However, new innovative treatments like the Thermage FLX can reverse those signs of age, restoring skin’s smooth, firm, youthful appearance.
If you’re concerned about loose, sagging skin and fine lines and wrinkles, it’s worth learning more about what Thermage FLX treatments can do to restore your skin.
At Adoro Medical Spa, patients in Severna Park, Annapolis, Pasadena, Millersville, Arnold, and the eastern shore of Maryland can visit one convenient location to explore our revolutionary cosmetic anti-aging treatments. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Pacheco and our skilled team today.