Does it feel like you notice new lines and wrinkles every time you look in the mirror? Are you unsatisfied with the appearance of loose or sagging skin on your face, jawline, neck, and other parts of your body? Are you seeking a non-invasive treatment with zero downtime to help restore your tighter, younger-looking skin? If so, skin tightening with Protege Elite could be the treatment you’ve been waiting for! At Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, TX, we’re proud to offer Protege Elite alongside our other top-quality aesthetic services.
What Is Skin Tightening With Protege Elite?
This FDA-approved treatment is one of the newest options available for addressing fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin. Skin tightening with Protege Elite uses radiofrequency energy to safely heat the layers of the skin, tighten existing collagen strands, and stimulate new collagen production.
Collagen, which is the main structural protein in your skin, helps restore your skin’s framework and create a natural, effortless lift while reducing lines and wrinkles and tightening loose skin. Thanks to its non-invasive nature, we perform this treatment in the comfort of our professional office.
Most of our patients describe the feeling of the specialized handheld wand, which we pass over your skin, as like a warm massage. The treatment is absolutely painless and requires zero downtime, letting you return to your daily routine immediately.
How Does It Work?
This treatment helps stimulate your body’s natural restorative power through radiofrequency. One of the side effects of aging is decreased collagen production and natural collagen breakdown in the skin. These issues can lead to lines, wrinkles, and loose and sagging skin over time. Skin tightening helps address skin laxity by boosting your body’s collagen production to achieve long-lasting results.
During treatment, one of our trained doctors will use the handheld wand to heat your skin to 107.6-111.2 degrees Fahrenheit. This increase in internal temperature causes your skin to tighten its collagen strands, which exist under the surface of your skin and help provide its supportive structure.
Over the next 2-3 months following treatment, your body will also produce new collagen, which reinforces the existing structure and creates smoother, tighter skin. Results can last up to two years without any follow-up treatments. After this point, you can choose to maintain your results with easy, routine appointments.
Which Areas Can Be Treated?
This treatment is most often used in regions of the face, which is one of the biggest areas of concern when it comes to signs of aging. Treatment can improve the appearance of sagging skin around the eyes, which makes you look older and more tired than you actually are. It can also treat the cheeks and midface, which lose their volume with time, and the forehead, which is prone to developing deep lines and wrinkles. In addition, the jawline, neck, and chest, where signs of skin laxity appear as you age, can be effectively treated.
Beyond these areas, this treatment is able to address some skin laxity issues in other areas of the body, including the abdominal region, thighs, buttocks, and even the arms and knees. One of our skilled doctors can help you determine which areas of concern may be improved with this treatment during an initial consultation.
How Soon Will I See Results?
For most patients, our doctors recommend a personalized treatment plan to achieve your ideal results. This typically consists of 2-4 treatments, separated by 2-3 weeks, but can vary based on your specific needs and concerns. Each treatment builds on the success of the previous one by boosting collagen production and creating a firmer skin texture.
Many of our patients report that they see the appearance of their skin begin to improve after just one treatment as the concentrated heat from the wand causes the collagen strands to tighten. Your results will continue to develop and improve throughout the course of your treatment plan. However, final results develop 2-3 months after your final treatment as new collagen production refreshes your skin and creates a long-lasting structural reinforcement.
What Are the Benefits?
This treatment is one of the best ways to achieve smoother, firmer skin without the added cost and downtime of surgical procedures like the facelift. This treatment can be used alone to promote youthful skin and is also able to build on the success of previous anti-aging treatments. Our patients find that the treatment process is straightforward and comfortable.
Even better, the recovery time requires no downtime, and the skin heals quickly, making it impossible for anyone to know that you had treatment unless you choose to tell them. Results emerge throughout your treatment, but once your final results are visible 2-3 months after your treatment plan is complete, you can expect to enjoy your fresh new look for 1-2 years without any maintenance.
Treatment carries very low risks for the vast majority of patients and is considered safe for repeated use. This allows you to maintain your ideal image for years to come and enjoy the boost in confidence you’ll experience when you look and feel your best.
How Old Should I Be to Seek Treatment?
Most of our patients are over the age of 35 when they pursue this treatment. However, signs of aging can begin developing as early as your mid-20s. Lines, wrinkles, and loose skin can affect your self-esteem at any age, which is why this treatment is appropriate for any adult concerned about their skin’s appearance.
Beginning to treat signs of aging early can help keep your skin healthy and smooth for longer periods of time and reduce the rate at which lines and wrinkles develop. If you’re interested in learning more about how this treatment can address your concerns, one of our doctors can evaluate your skin and answer your questions during an initial consultation.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you are an adult man or woman who is concerned about the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin on your face or body, you may be an ideal candidate for this cutting-edge treatment. A perfect candidate has mild to moderate skin laxity caused by the natural process of aging, has informed, realistic expectations, and is committed to maintaining their results.
This treatment may not be ideal for you if you are pregnant, have an implanted device like a pacemaker, have any other implants or fillers which may interact negatively with treatment, or have skin irritation or infection in the target area.
This treatment may not be effective for patients with deeper lines and wrinkles or advanced skin laxity. In addition, this treatment is not designed to reduce excess skin caused by weight loss or conditions other than aging. If you have any questions about your candidacy, one of our doctors would be happy to evaluate your needs during your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
If you’re interested in this skin-rejuvenating option, our staff is ready to answer your questions at each stage of the treatment process. Every patient’s experience and results can vary, but here is a general idea of what you can expect when you pursue treatment at our office:
Before your first appointment, you’ll sit down with one of our experienced doctors for an initial consultation. This appointment allows us to examine your areas of concern, review your medical history, and answer any questions you may have about this appointment.
We will also recommend an appropriate treatment plan to address your unique situation. Once your doctor has determined your candidacy for treatment, you’ll be able to start looking forward to your first appointment.
On the day of your appointment, you should avoid wearing makeup on any skin which will be treated. Your doctor will make sure your skin is clean before applying a special cooling gel, which will offset the heat generated by the wand and ensure your comfort during treatment. They will then put a grounding pad, which protects your skin from external heat, on the target area.
Your doctor will use the handheld wand to deliver the radiofrequency energy to the target areas. You will likely feel some warmth, but this process is completely painless. Once your doctor is finished, you’ll be able to return to your normal day-to-day activities immediately.
You may notice some mild redness in the treated skin in the first few minutes after treatment, but this will usually fade within an hour. Your doctor may give you specific instructions to follow as your skin recovers. It’s important that you follow these instructions carefully to ensure optimal results.
After your first treatment, your skin may appear slightly smoother thanks to the tightening of the collagen strands under the surface. However, the real transformation takes place over the next several weeks as new collagen is produced. For most of our patients, 2-4 treatments are necessary to achieve their desired results.
We separate appointments by 2-3 weeks to allow your skin to recover and new collagen to begin reinforcing your skin’s structure. A typical treatment plan lasts just 6-8 weeks, after which point your final results will appear. You should notice your skin becoming firmer and brighter in the 2-3 following the last appointment in your treatment plan. This is a result of the new collagen rejuvenating your skin from the inside-out and restoring a younger appearance.
You should see fine lines and wrinkles in the treated area fade as the skin becomes tighter. In addition, loose or sagging skin should become tighter and less noticeable. Once your final results are visible, you can expect to enjoy them for up to 2 years.
Due to the natural, progressive nature of aging, there is no permanent solution to lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Collagen production naturally declines over time, and even more intensive procedures like a facelift offer only semi-permanent results. However, you don’t need to live with signs of aging, thanks to skin tightening. Maintaining your results from Protege Elite is possible and, in some cases, can help keep new skin concerns at bay.
We always recommend that you protect your skin from the sun, which is estimated to cause over 90% of all common skin concerns. This includes fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer. Using sunscreen and other sun protection measures ensures that your skin tightening results will last longer. In addition, most of our patients find success with routine follow-up treatments every 6 months to continue stimulating collagen growth and maintaining your skin’s new look.
Contact Us to Learn More!
Don’t let signs of aging distract you from the most important things in life. Say goodbye to lines and wrinkles and say hello to total skin transformation by choosing skin tightening with Protege Elite. To learn more about this treatment option, contact our team of experts at Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, TX, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you and helping you reach your cosmetic goals!