As we age, so does our skin. While many reach for the newest miracle skin care line with every new wrinkle, there are other affordable options to help us maintain the smooth, healthy glow of our youth.
At our Facial Plastics and Aesthetic Services, we are dedicated to helping patients feel great in their own skin. We offer comprehensive options for skin tightening, including surgical and nonsurgical options.
One nonsurgical procedure, Protégé Elite, is quickly gaining popularity. It is an in-office, pain-free, procedure that tones, tightens, and improves the texture of sagging skin of the brows, lower face, jawline, neck, and body. This procedure repairs the health of our skin by using the natural systems of the body to heal skin from the inside out.
Before we dive into this revolutionary skincare option, let’s first talk about our skin and why it ages.
Why Do I Get Wrinkles?
Wrinkles and other deteriorative changes in the skin are caused by skin damage. There are many factors that affect the quality of our skin over time.
External factors: Exposure to environmental factors such as pollution and sun exposure can leave a lasting imprint on the health of our skin.
Internal factors: Lifestyle choices such as diet and nutrition, level and frequency of physical activity, stress, overall lifestyle, and biology play a fundamental role in our skin’s long-term wellbeing.
As we age, damage becomes evident, leaving our skin dry, wrinkled, uncomfortable, and dull.
What Is Collagen And How Is It Related?
One main player in the aging of skin is collagen production. You’ve probably heard of collagen before in reference to skin, and you may have a general idea of what it is, but why it’s important, and how does it correlate with the aging process of the skin?
Collagen is the main natural protein in the body, and it makes up at least 80% of the skin. Collagen combines with elastin and glycosaminoglycans to form skin. Collagen is responsible for providing the skin with strength, and is found in other parts of the body such as muscles and bones. Collagen production is essential to the health of our skin.
In our childhood and youth, our collagen production is steady. Around our mid to late twenties, collagen production halts, and collagen in the body begins a slow and steady decline. Around this time, many notice the appearance of their first fine lines and wrinkles.
Protégé Elite And Skin Repair
The purpose of Protégé Elite is to restart the natural collagen production in the skin. Protégé Elite is a safe and effective facial contouring and skin tightening device that uses radio frequency treatment to help stimulate collagen growth, and strengthen existing collagen, to reduce wrinkles and reduce laxity in the skin.
Protégé Elite is a desirable in-office procedure that provides the following:
- Dramatic, long-lasting results
- No downtime
- Safety and comfort
- Anesthesia and pain-free results
The Protégé Elite treatment is approved for patients of every age who want to improve the quality of their skin in the face, neck, or décolleté without using a surgical method.
How Does Protégé Elite Work?
Protégé Elite uses monopolar radio frequency electrical energy to gently warm the skin to temperatures of 107.6 – 111.2 degrees Fahrenheit. It warms the skin to this temperature because, at this temperature, collagen undergoes structural changes that lead to natural collagen production. The safe electrical energy is administered through the Protégé Elite machine, and is painlessly massaged into the skin, leading to improvement in skin texture, laxity, and wrinkles. During the treatment, the tip of the machine is glided and massaged over the skin in arcs and circles, feeling like a warm, soothing roller ball. This treatment does not require any numbing cream or pain medication and is a pleasant experience for patients.
The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes per session, depending on the area of the skin that is being treated, and 2-4 treatments are recommended. Most patients report visible improvements after the second treatment session. Because the treatment stimulates a biological response in the body, results can take weeks to fully show, but benefits from the collagen treatment can last over 2 years without additional treatments.
Protégé Elite At WWMG
Facial Plastic & Aesthetic Services/Lumina is the practice of Dr. Matthew Ashbach. Our center offers a comprehensive list of facial plastic surgery options, as well as non-surgical options such as laser treatments, botox, fillers, and other cosmetic skin procedures. We deliver high-quality, lasting products to help you feel natural and confident in your own skin. Our professional staff spends their time ensuring that patients are fully educated about their many treatment options. We offer a comfortable facility, low cost treatment options, and low overhead procedures to ensure the best possible experience for our patients. For more about our Facial Plastic & Aesthetic Services/ Lumina, and for more on Protégé Elite, visit our website.