As sad as it makes me to say this, there is a direct correlation between the number of candles on your birthday cake and skin elasticity. It is a fact of life that our bodies produce less collagen and elastin with time. The first is what makes your skin look lifted and plump while the later is what allows it to snap back into place after you laugh, for example. Lifestyle choices such as:
- Sun exposure
- Poor diet
- Lack of consistent exercise
- Living in or near a big city with a lot of pollution
- Weight gain/loss
These can all expedite the process, but loose skin is in all of our futures. It affects both men and women, and can occur anywhere on the face, neck and body manifesting in:
- Sagging upper arms
- Wrinkles on the inner thighs
- Loose skin on the abdomen above and/or below the belly button
- Bra rolls
- Extra skin in the armpit area
- Sagging skin around and/or under the knees
Thankfully, today, there are a number of effective non-surgical procedures for tightening the skin. The latest, and in my opinion what may be the best among a number of advanced technologies on the market, is Renuvion J-Plasma.
What is Renuvion J-Plasma?
Renuvion is completely different from other minimally invasive skin tightening procedures because it uses cold plasma combined with radiofrequency (RF) to create cold plasma energy. Originally developed to treat skin cancer lesions, where precision is of paramount importance, in the aesthetic arena, this technology allows plastic surgeons to deliver significant skin tightening without the risk of collateral damage to any of the surrounding tissues.
Renuvion is able to do this because of the cold plasma. When helium gas is exposed to RF energy, it has the stability to rapidly convert to plasma at a much lower temperature. This allows the tip of the Renuvion wand to deliver RF heat into the deeper tissues of the treatment area, which is what produces such as “wow” like result, without overheating the surrounding skin. Additionally, only a small fraction of the helium gas is converted so the rest flows over and further cools the treatment area. Renuvion’s ability to produce significant enough heat to “damage” the underlying tissues so that the body ramps up its collagen production in order heal combined with its cooling factor is what makes this technology so revolutionary.
Benefits of Renuvion
The biggest benefit of Renuvion is the amazing results that can be achieved without surgery. In the right patient, Renuvion can deliver surgical like results with no:
- Significant downtime
- Visible scars
Great as a stand-alone procedure, Renuvion can also be combined with a surgical procedure such as liposuction. Historically, one of the downsides of liposuction is that it could result in looser skin if the patient didn’t have enough elastin for his or her tissues to re-form over the new contour. But combining Renuvion and liposuction can alleviate this problem without having to resort to surgery. At the Boston Center for Facial Aging, all Renuvion procedures are performed by Board-Certified plastic surgeons.
Renuvion for Arms, Thighs & Abdomen
This ability to really tighten the skin, especially in hard to treat areas, without surgery is what makes Renuvion so exciting. In my practice, women start complaining about “bat wings” as early as their mid-30’s. This sagging in the upper arms is a huge problem area that used to have no good solution other than a surgical arm lift. The latter, though extremely effective, leaves a large, visible scar that makes it a no-go for most patients other than those who have undergone massive weight loss.
The thighs and abdomen are two of the other big problem areas where Renuvion is proving to be a true game changer. Loose skin on the inner and/or outer thighs prevents patients from wearing the clothes that they’d like. Even skinny jeans look better when the skin of the upper legs is lifted, smooth and tight. The Renuvion allows me to rejuvenate your thighs without leaving a scar. The same is true on the abdomen. This is an area that annoys almost everyone with age. There is nothing worse than working out hard and still seeing saggy skin. Either on it’s own or in combination with liposuction, Renuvion can make your abdominal area look more lifted, tight and youthful.
Ideal Candidate for Renuvion
The key to an exemplary result with Renuvion is the same as with all aesthetic procedures: proper patient selection. The ideal candidate is any man or woman:
- In good overall health
- With mild to moderate skin laxity
If you have undergone massive weight loss or had multiple pregnancies, you are probably going to be better served with a surgical procedure such as a tummy tuck or an arm lift. A significant amount of excess skin really needs to be excised in order to deliver a smooth, lifted contour. However, for patients with a mild to moderate degree of sagging, Renuvion may be an excellent solution.
Renuvion J-Plasma is a fantastic way to turn-back-the-clock by addressing some of the earliest signs of aging, lifting and tightening the skin while also evening out skin tone and improving the appearance of broken capillaries. In these busy times, what could be better than this kind of one-stop rejuvenation?