It’s amazing how much of a toll small areas of sagging skin can take on self-confidence. Eyelids that are just starting to droop, excess skin around the knees, and even loose skin on the neck can subtly age us. Fortunately, there’s a non-surgical option that can tighten up those areas and help you look more youthful. Accutite Radiofrequency Skin Tightening is one of the many treatments available at the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Services in Ann Arbor, MI.
What Is AccuTite Radiofrequency Skin Tightening?
This treatment uses Radiofrequency Assisted Lipolysis technology to tighten skin and melt small areas of fat when needed. It’s a great way of de-aging parts of the body that are small or more delicate. Patients love this minimally invasive treatment because it involves minimal downtime. It’s a great option for individuals who want to improve their appearance but don’t need, or don’t desire, surgery.
What Parts of the Body Can This Be Performed On?
On the face, this treatment is often used to tighten sagging skin around the eyes and along the brows. The fragile skin around the eyes is usually where the first signs of aging begin to show. Lines in the eye area can leave you looking tired, frustrated, and aged. This treatment can help smooth crepey skin around the eyes, and can be an alternative to eye surgery known as blepharoplasty.
It is also frequently administered in the folds that develop on either side of the mouth, known as the nasolabial folds. It is used elsewhere on the body as well, including the neck, along the bra line, and on the elbows, knees, thighs, and abdomen.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
For most patients, a single treatment is all that’s needed.
What’s the Best Age for This Treatment?
There is no perfect age at which to have radiofrequency skin tightening, and patients range anywhere from their 30’s to their 70’s. For most individuals, collagen levels in the skin begin to decline somewhere around the age of 30. By their mid-thirties, most patients are starting to notice some signs of aging in the skin. Left untreated, those signs of aging worsen over time.
How It Works
This treatment involves numbing the area of concern and then inserting a fine probe through a micro-incision in the skin. At the same time, an electrode will be placed on the skin’s surface, allowing radiofrequency energy to flow between the probe and electrode. That radiofrequency energy tightens the skin and triggers collagen production. This treatment is performed on an outpatient basis and can often be completed in less than an hour.
How Soon Will I See Results?
Patients often see an immediate improvement in the treatment area after swelling resides, and their results will continue to improve over the next four to six months.
Will My Results Be Permanent?
The skin tightening and fat reduction that Accutite Radiofrequency Skin Tightening can achieve will not reverse itself. However, it is important to remember that your face and body will continue to lose collagen as part of the normal aging process, so you maybe need additional procedures down the road.
What Is Recovery Like?
This treatment offers patients a speedy recovery. Most individuals are back to their regular activities the next day. Time off from work or social activities is dependent on the area treated and swelling. For treatments around the eyes, the swelling is most significant the first week, and back to normal around 2 weeks.
Will I Have Scars?
No. You won’t have to worry about scars because of how tiny the incision will be.
Can This Treatment Be Combined With Others?
Yes. Some of our Accutite patients opt to combine their treatments with a skin treatment called Morpheus for additional skin tightening, or liposuction for fat reduction, depending on the area you are treating. Our practice offers all of these treatment options.
Who Is This Right For?
Anyone who is unhappy with sagging skin and wants a more youthful look can be considered for this treatment. The best patients are nonsmokers in good overall health who have realistic expectations about what Accutite Radiofrequency Skin Tightening can achieve.
Which Skin Tones Is It Most Effective On?
Unlike some cosmetic treatments, Accutite Radiofrequency Skin Tightening is effective on all skin types and tones. It can also be performed on both male and female patients.
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
It Doesn’t Require Much Time
This treatment is ideal for busy professionals or others who want to improve their appearance with little downtime. The treatment itself is relatively swift and is performed under local anesthesia, which offers a faster recovery than treatments performed with general anesthesia. Patients can return quickly to their regular schedules.
It Offers Long-Lasting Results
A single treatment can permanently get rid of troublesome fat deposits and tighten and firm the skin. You won’t have to worry about keeping up with regular maintenance treatments, and you won’t have to take any special steps to maintain your results.
It’ll Help You Look Younger
Are you growing tired of hiding small problem spots with makeup, baggy clothing, and other props? This treatment can improve the look of aging skin enough that you’ll have nothing left to hide. You’ll look younger, refreshed, and healthier. You’ll also feel great about yourself.
It’s a Safe Approach
The AccuTite system has built-in cutoffs that keep the temperature of your skin from getting too hot during the treatment. It has been cleared by the FDA and has been widely and safely used.
How Does This Compare With FaceTite?
FaceTite, another treatment offered by our practice, also relies on radiofrequency energy to tighten loose skin and smooth facial folds. The two treatments are quite similar, but Accutite can be a better option if you’re looking to treat smaller areas, like the skin under your eyes. You don’t have to decide which treatment is best for you on your own. After evaluating your skin, we’ll be able to make a recommendation about the best treatment option for you.
How Can I Get Started?
If you’re interested in pursuing radiofrequency skin tightening, schedule an initial consultation with our double board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jessica West. We’ll use our time together to evaluate your skin, discuss your cosmetic goals, and determine if this treatment will best meet your needs. If you’re considering other treatments, we can also discuss incorporating those into an overall anti-aging regimen. After your initial consultation, it’s just a matter of scheduling your treatment!
You don’t have to accept sagging skin as part of the aging process. Accutite Radiofrequency Skin Tightening can rejuvenate your skin and help you turn back the hands of time