Skin Tightening

Skin Tightening Specialist
As you age, your skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag. While this process is normal, it can also be frustrating and make you feel older and less attractive. But with the innovative techniques available at the Ohio Laser & Wellness Centers in Dover, Ohio and Canton, Ohio, Dr. Chinyere Orafu can help you look as young as you feel. With multiple skin-tightening procedures available, you’re sure to find the one that works best for you.

Skin Tightening Q & A

What types of skin-tightening techniques are available at the Ohio Laser & Wellness Centers?

At the Ohio Laser & Wellness Centers, Dr. Orafu can perform a variety of techniques to help lift and tighten your skin, giving you a more youthful look and reducing the signs of aging. Her three most popular procedures are:

  • TimeScape radio-frequency
  • Fractional Radiofrequency Microneedling
  • Fractional CO2

What is TimeScape radio-frequency?

Dr. Orafu offers her patients TimeScape radio-frequency for skin tightening. Using radio waves at 6 MHz, she creates a thermal effect that impacts the fat under your skin’s surface without damaging the skin. This thermal effect promotes collagen production, lifting and firming the skin of the:

  • Face and neck
  • Abdomen
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Arms

Dr. Orafu may also recommend TimeScape radio-frequency for pre- and post-surgery or for regular maintenance after a facelift. She may also recommend it for preventive care, especially for those with a family history of turkey neck or deep jowls.

 

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What is Secret RF Skin Tightening?

What is RF MicroNeedling?

Micro-Needle Fractional RF System is the ideal technology to revitalize, rebuild, and firm up your skin. By utilizing minimally invasive micro-needles to deliver controlled RF (RadioFrequency) energy directly into various depths of the skin, it will effectively remodel collagen, improve wrinkles, and diminish scars while leaving the outer layer of skin safe and intact.
Skin Needling (or micro-needling) and Radiofrequency are both well-established treatments that are normally performed individually to induce new collagen to improve the texture of your skin. RF microneedling combines both of these technologies together in a single treatment to intensify the benefits for your skin. This unique delivery of energy allows us to achieve optimal results with little to no downtime on all skin types. It can be used not only on the face and neck but also anywhere there is loose skin on the body! Common body areas are the arms, thighs, buttocks and labia.
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Radiofrequency Micro-Needling Frequently Asked Questions:

How does Secret RF needling work?

Secret RF uses minimally invasive gold plated micro-needles to deliver precisely controlled RF energy directly into the deeper layers of the dermis avoiding damage to the skin surface. This produces a fractionated denaturing of dermal tissue (similar to fractionated laser) inducing new collagen and elastin production. Unlike a fractionated laser, however, there is minimal damage to the skin surface resulting in a safer treatment with minimal downtime.

What are the benefits of Secret RF Skin Micro-Needling?

Tightens skin, minimizes pores, reduces scarring and acne scarring, lightens pigmentation, dramatically reduces wrinkles and stretch marks.

Can darker skin types have Secret RF?
The treatment is safe on all skin types and ethnicities (unlike many lasers that can’t be used on certain types of skin)

What are the risks and side effects of Secret RF?
This is a very safe cosmetic procedure with few side effects and little downtime.

Side effects can include:

Minimal redness lasting 1-2 days
• Minor swelling lasting up to 3 days
• Minor bruising (rare)
• Skin color changes (very rare and most common in dark skin patients)
• Patterning of treated skin (temporary)
• Infection (rare)

Why is Secret RF better than traditional Micro-Needling alone?

Secret RF needling combines both skin micro-needling AND Radiofrequency. producing a synergistic effect much greater than the sum of each treatment individually.

Traditional RF uses a handpiece that sits on top of the skin’s surface. The RF energy needs to penetrate through the surface layers of the skin before it produces an effect thus delivering RF at a lower energy level producing less collagen stimulation even though effective.

Secret RF Micro-Needling, on the other hand, uses the micro-needles to deliver the fractionated RF energy directly and precisely into the dermis. The RF energy administered this way has a greater heating and denaturing effect on the dermal collagen resulting in greater stimulation of new collagen and more effective re-modeling producing better and more consistent results. Its effect is closer to fractionated laser than traditional RF. In addition to this, the micro-injuries induced by the physical needling produce additional collagen stimulation and also can help in reducing skin pigmentation which traditional RF cannot do.

What can I expect after the Secret RF treatment?

 

Your skin will be red, warm and tingling immediately after the treatment and subside within a few hours. Some redness and minor swelling can last up to 24-48 hours. Most patients will return to work the next day without any obvious effects. Occasionally a fine crust or scab may develop that looks like dots from the treatment. This is normal so do not pick or scrub this off and follow all post-treatment recommendations.

How long will it take to see results from Secret RF?
Collagen production and remodeling are seen after 4-8 weeks depending on your age and skin quality. Most people will see improvements with 1 treatment but typically 3 treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart. The more treatments you have and the greater the intensity of the treatment, the more improvement you will see.

 

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What is microneedling?

Microneedling refers to a process that uses small needles to improve the skin’s surface and texture while reducing the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. During this minimally invasive procedure, small needles are used to puncture the skin at a depth of 0.5 to 2.5mm.

Your body responds to the punctures, increasing its production of collagen and elastin, making your skin appear smoother and firmer. This procedure will also reduce the appearance of:

  • Scars
  • Enlarged pores
  • Stretch marks

Before starting microneedling, a numbing cream is applied to decrease any discomfort. Some patients experience 24–48 hours of redness or swelling, which is often compared to a minor sunburn. In some cases, small amounts of bleeding and bruising may occur. All side effects typically disappear within two days, around the same time you may start to notice results, even though optimum results won’t appear for two to three months.

 

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What is fractional CO2?

Another skin-tightening procedure offered by Dr. Orafu is fractional CO2. Using fractional laser light, she can treat:

  • Superficial lesions
  • Scars
  • Skin texture
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles

This specialized laser creates tiny thermal zones throughout the treated area, promoting the body’s natural healing response. This treatment produces an increase in collagen production, helping the skin to look healthy and young and giving the skin a natural looking glow.

After your Fractional CO2 treatment, you may notice results in just two weeks, but for maximum results, Dr. Orafu may suggest three to four treatments, six to eight weeks apart. If you’re interested in skin tightening, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Orafu. She can discuss your treatment options and help you decide which procedure can help you reach your goals.

 

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