Profound® RF Skin Tightening

PROFOUND

Profound is one of Dr. Brace’s favourite technologies. The engineering of this device is a marvelous addition to Dr. Brace’s minimally invasive tools. Profound combines the benefits of radiofrequency tissue heating with the benefits of microneedling to produce consistent, reliable and beautiful results. 

There are 2 applications of Profound. The first is the treatment of the skin’s dermis. The second is treatment of the subcutaneous fat below the skin.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR PROFOUND?

There are no age restrictions on Profound. Most people start thinking about a Profound Dermal treatment in their mid 30’s to early 50s as early aging changes in the skin begin to show. This is the ideal age to start treatment. Profound will naturally boost the collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin and produce dramatic results. For those wanting to address fullness under the chin, Profound SubQ can be considered in your 20s.

When the tissues of the face and neck begin to thin and sag significantly, Profound will improve but not correct these changes completely. In these cases Dr. Brace will counsel you on the limitations of Profound and benefits of a surgical approach.

After a facelift or neck lift, Profound is an excellent maintenance strategy to slow the aging of your skin. Profound itself can be repeated as your skin ages. Treatments can be spaced every 4-5 years.

PROFOUND DERMAL TREATMENT

Under the skin surface, the microneedles of this device create a micro-injury, which, alone would stimulate collagen production and healthier thicker skin. However, these 5 needle pairs (ten needles) are equipped with a radiofrequency energy delivering tip and a temperature gauge. 

Once inserted and engaged, radiofrequency energy is passed between the paired needle tips to heat the skin to the desired and customizable temperature for the specified period of time. The result is a constant temperature for a constant time that produces identical and precise micro-zones of thermal injury. This induces collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin production in 100% of patients. 

There is no need to worry about dental implants or other implanted metal with this device as the energy is confined between the needle tips.

The results of Profound Dermal treatments are not immediate. It takes 6 months to see the full result. This device is proven to consistently result in 30% improvement of skin thickness and tightness. It improves skin hydration and significantly decreases fine lines. Results are expected to last 4-5 years. Skin will continue to age after treatment and less invasive treatments like eTwo Sublime can be used as a maintenance strategy every 6-12 months.

PROFOUND SUBQ TREATMENT

The needles of the SubQ Profound handpiece are directed more vertically to pass through the skin and into the fat layer below the skin. The same technology is used to generate a higher temperature for longer time duration to thermally destroy fat. 

Dr. Brace uses this technology to treat the fat under the chin and in the jowl to sculpt the neck. This hand piece is usually used in conjunction with the Profound Dermal treatment to tighten skin during the same treatment.

PROFOUND PROCEDURE

Profound treatments are provided by Dr. Brace in the office with the use of local anesthetic.

A total treatment time varies between 30-90 minutes depending on the areas treated.

RECOVERY

You are able to drive and return to normal physical activities after a Profound treatment but this treatment does require social downtime of 5-7 days. 

Profound causes immediate swelling of the lower face and neck.  Swelling will peak the first day after treatment. Minor bruising is common from injection of local anesthetic.  Often small bumps of swollen skin from the needle insertions will be visible and will resolve within the first 2 weeks. 

Dr. Brace will assess you 1-2 weeks after the procedure. At 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. Individual skin responds to Profound treatment differently, but in general the following can be expected.

  • 1 week- swelling resolved
  • 2 weeks- skin bumps resolved
  • 1 month- skin looks thicker and hydrated but no tightening seen
  • 3 months- skin looks thicker and hydrated. Tightness is felt and begins to show
  • 6 months- full skin tightening achieved

It is common for patients to wonder if Profound did anything after a treatment as the changes are slow and steady. Once photographs are reviewed the results become obvious. In a very small portion of patients, the only result seen will be skin thickening. If this occurs, Profound can be repeated with different settings to attempt to gain a tightening effect. 

Fluctuations in weight will affect the result from Profound. If you are planning a  weight loss program it is best to delay this treatment until a steady desired weight is achieved.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

All in-office treatments, procedures, and appointments have resumed. At Guelph Facial Plastics we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the following changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVID-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.
  • You must call from your vehicle upon arrival before entering the clinic. We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. For your safety, all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to continue to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments.
  • Cosmetic surgery has not resumed at Guelph General Hospital, however, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of undergoing surgery at a Clinic 360 - a fully-equipped private surgical center.

We look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment.

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