We all want it: Fewer wrinkles and an overall more youthful visage. Add to that better results, less downtime and a smaller price tag, and it seems the stuff dreams are made of. Turns out, that dream might not be far off.
Meet 3DEEP technology, the latest radiofrequency (RF) innovation that’s part and parcel of the EndyMed PRO (EclipseMed, Dallas, Texas) device making its way into cosmetic surgery offices across the country. What makes this technology a standout? It’s FDA cleared for wrinkle reduction and, according to the company, provides targeted, deep dermal heating and collagen remodeling without the need for surface cooling.
In years past, RF equipment suffered from either the limited superficial penetration or the overly-deep and painful effects of the monopolar devices.
“Some of the machines that have been out there cannot measure the resistance in the skin, so they don’t deliver the heat consistently,” explains EclipseMed CEO, Tom O’Brien. “The EndyMed PRO can get deep, it stays deep,” which means it’s safe, effective, and more comfortable.
Here’s how the EndyMed PRO works: it uses radio wave energy to heat up collagen fibers under the skin, which stimulates the development of more collagen and firmer skin, thereby smoothing wrinkles and tightening the skin.
“Unlike lasers which suffer from a ‘dragging’ effect across the skin that doesn’t give you a straight cut, RF devices are a touch technology that gives a low amount of bruising and better surgical results,” says Dr. Darab Hormozi, a leading oculofacial cosmetic surgeon in Towson, Md.
Add the fact that there are no disposables, no side-effects, no down time, AND the relatively low cost per procedure ($200 to $300 per treatment) and you start to wonder what the catch is.
“Radiofrequency treatment can be used on all skin types, although age could matter to a certain extent,” confides Dr. Robert H. Burke, the founder, director and cosmetic surgeon for the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The skin still needs the ability to produce collagen, so the best candidate would be somebody 25 to 50 years of age who is developing wrinkles but whose skin is not heavily sagging, he says.
As far as results go, Dr. Hormozi recommends up to four treatments over a 6-month period, depending on the condition of your skin and informs his patients that they can expect to see immediate results as well as a gradual improvement after each treatment.
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