The signs of aging go beyond the rogue wrinkle here and there. Over time, the skin loses its firmness and elasticity, resulting in sagging, creases, and loss of definition in various areas. In facial aging, this can look like nasolabial folds, fine lines and wrinkles, and jowls. On the neck, it can look like horizontal bands, a double-chin, or hanging tissue that looks like a turkey neck. The body also loses tissue resiliency with age, which can show up as bat-wings on the backs of the arms, a loose lower abdomen, and more. Here in our Templeton plastic surgery practice, we value each patient's individuality and, in that, are proud to offer both surgical and non-surgical approaches to face and body rejuvenation, including Renuvion™ skin tightening using innovative technologies.
What is Renuvion?
The Renuvion skin tightening treatment is one that combines helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to achieve profound tissue contraction for noticeable results. In addition to combining two powerful forms of energy, Renuvion also involves a unique delivery method that occurs under the skin rather than through it. By depositing energy into the area of fibrous tissue in deeper layers of the skin, the procedure provides impressive cosmetic results.
How Does it Work?
The Renuvion applicator delivers energy subdermally. The JPlasma aspect of this treatment delivers cool plasma by coupling helium gas with a controlled electrical charge. It takes very little electrical charge to achieve the cool plasma, a type of energy that can heat up or cool down nearly simultaneously. The benefit of this unique characteristic of the cool plasma is that we can heat tissue to the point of contraction without increasing the risk of tissue damage. This advanced energy device focuses radiofrequency energy on the precise fibers that form the skin's foundation with virtually no trauma to the overlying skin.
What Areas Can be Treated with Renuvion?
Renuvion makes an excellent treatment for nearly any part of the body that could benefit from subdermal tissue remodeling. Some of the common treatment areas include:
- Lower face
- Upper neck
- Backs of the arms
Who is a Good Candidate for Treatment?
The advanced technology on which the Renuvion system is built makes this treatment suitable for many adults. If you have mild to moderate tissue laxity on your face or body, you may be a great candidate for Renuvion skin tightening. During your consultation, expect your provider to conduct a thorough assessment of your skin. What we look for the most is some degree of tissue elasticity. It is this characteristic of the skin that enables tissue contraction to occur in the distinct manner encouraged by cool plasma and radiofrequency.
The Renuvion Procedure
Comfort is a priority for our patients. Before the Renuvion procedure begins, the provider may administer multiple forms of anesthetic and sedation. The methods used to maintain comfort are discussed during our consultation, so patients are well-aware of what to expect when they arrive for their skin-tightening treatment. Once the area is properly anesthetized, the doctor makes tiny incisions in the skin, then inserts the Renuvion applicator beneath the skin. As the applicator is moved across the treatment area, upon retraction back toward the starting point, the device delivers the cool plasma and radiofrequency combo, which "hits" fibrous structures as it passes. The contact between structures and these energies results in immediate retraction beneath the skin, which smoothes the upper layers of tissue. In addition to stimulating deep tissue contraction, the energies delivered to the dermis layer of skin also stimulate a wound-healing response in which a greater amount of collagen is produced in the area. Over the course of months after the procedure, new collagen formation continues to thicken and firm the skin.
One of the benefits of non-surgical skin tightening is that it can refine an area of the face or body without surgical risks like excessive bleeding and infection. While it is necessary to take excellent care of the skin and incision points, there is very little recovery to speak of after Renuvion. The primary side effects patients should expect include swelling and redness. Some areas may develop bruising. These fade nicely over the course of 3 to 7 days. Mild to moderate soreness and tenderness may occur, but not to the degree at which it is difficult to maintain day-to-day activities. The primary reason patients may take a few days off work is to allow redness and swelling to subside.