As we age, we lose collagen and our tightly braided collagen fibers loosen resulting in increased skin laxity and wrinkles. Typically skin “loosening” begins in our late 30’s and by the time we’re 40-45 early jowls begin to form. At ZENA Medical, we offer treatments that can help tighten your skin and restore more youthful looking skin. These procedures are effective at keeping the dermis spongy layer thick to add buoyancy & tautness. Think of them as preventative procedures to keep our skin youthful as we age.
Genius (Radiofrequency with Microneedling)
The Genius (RF with microneedling) involves the use of a special handheld device to create controlled punctures into your skin with 24k gold needles. This procedure uniquely combines the power of microneedling and radiofrequency energy to both tighten and even skin texture.
Once these punctures are made, your body will naturally fill in these wounds with collagen and elastin, creating tighter, younger-looking skin. The Genius allows us to target the deepest layers of your skin in order to promote skin healing and collagen tightening. This procedure is ideal for crepey neck skin and early jowls. We recommend this procedure for improving skin laxity as well as acne scarring and texture issues.
Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to jumpstart your body’s own natural collagen renewal process to produce tighter skin. Thermage energy is not laser energy, it is a very long wavelength that emits radio frequency (RF).
The important distinction is that the long wavelengths, like radiofrequency, bypass the top epidermal layer of our skin and penetrate deep into our dermis where our collagen fibers are located. This allows heat to penetrate deeper in our skin where our collagen lies. This technique allows our skin to plump up and tighten. Thermage has zero downtime and there is no scaling or flaking of the skin because the epidermis is bypassed. We recommend doing a thermage once a year to maintain tight collagen fibers and a lifted tissue appearance. “Everyone needs a thermage.” – Dr. Zena Gabriel
Take the Next Step
If you’d like to learn more treatments for sagging skin or are wondering whether you’re a good candidate for them, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with your personal assessment at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!