Crow’s feet, sagging jowls, smile lines and more: there are so many ways loose skin reveals our age. Up until quite recently, the only way to combat these signs of aging was through plastic surgery — which just isn’t an option for many. Now, you can choose Profound®, the non-surgical facelift.
What Profound Is
Profound is a treatment that combines two technologies that have been big in the med-spa world for years: radio-frequency energy and microneedling. Microneedling is used to penetrate the skin to a precise depth, which is set based on the needs and goals of the patient. This is followed by a burst of heat produced by radio-frequency energy. Together, this triggers the natural healing processes of the body, causing it to produce new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in the targeted area. This increases facial volume, smoothing out signs of aging.
Your Profound Procedure
If this sounds like the solution you need to look and feel your best, it’s time to learn more about it. Specifically, what to expect before, during and after Profound treatment. Luckily, it is all pretty simple.
Before Your Profound Treatment
There isn’t a lot you need to do prior to your Profound treatment. The biggest thing is setting up a consultation with a Profound treatment expert. You’ll want to show up with your questions and goals ready so they can clarify anything that confuses you and make a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
Besides this, you want to cleanse your skin the night before your treatment. Avoid applying makeup, lotions and other products, as these can interfere with your results.
During Your Profound Treatment
There is a small amount of prep needed to get you ready for your treatment. This includes professionally cleaning the skin and applying local or topical anesthetic, depending on your needs and pain threshold. Once the numbing is in effect, we can start treatment.
The length of the procedure varies based on how much skin is being treated and if you wish to add other treatments or skincare. Most patients are done in about 45 minutes. Throughout the process, all you need to do is sit back and relax.
After Your Profound Treatment
It is normal to experience some degree of discomfort after your Profound treatment. This quickly goes away, and your provider should offer you a plan for managing any pain you might experience before sending you home.
There are about 7 days of downtime needed while the skin heals. It is perfectly fine to continue working from home and taking care of household tasks. However, you will need to stay out of the sun, and depending on your work environment, stay at home and off-camera to hide the redness and swelling.
Results steadily develop over a period of weeks, with clear changes being noticeable between 6 and 8 weeks after the procedure. Best results are seen about 6 months after treatment. At this time, we usually suggest getting a second treatment. After that, maintenance treatments should be done once a year to maintain results.
Caroll Delo is a board certified laser technician at Simply Smooth Laser Center in Tampa, a niche practice that focuses specifically on laser treatments. Simply Smooth Laser Center offers the most advanced options in laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation and laser tattoo removal.