Collagen is the key to firm, tight, young-looking skin. The problem is every year after we have our 20th birthday our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen. Do the math. At 50, our body is producing about a third less collagen than in our youth. That’s why our skin sags, loosens, and develops lines, wrinkles, and creases.
Many skin tightening treatments aim to boost collagen production. You’ve heard of laser skin tightening, but it can involve some recovery and there is the danger of harming the surface skin. At Columbus Women’s Care, we prefer a better method for skin tightening that uses radiofrequency energy instead of laser light energy.
It’s called TempSure Envi, and our patients love their results achieved comfortably without any downtime.
What is Laser Skin Tightening?
Laser skin tightening is a non-surgical treatment that reverses signs of aging. Using heat on underlying layers of skin, laser skin tightening stimulates collagen growth for healthier and younger looking skin. This comfortable procedure is most commonly performed on the face and neck as patients want to target fine lines and wrinkles.
- Performed on face and neck
- Targets fine lines and wrinkles
What Is TempSure Envi?
With TempSure Envi, the handpiece is moved in a circular pattern across the treatment area. The radiofrequency energy harmlessly penetrates the skin’s outer layer, the epidermis, and enters the dermis layer. There it converts to heat, and this triggers the production of new collagen, which is necessary for firmer, thicker, healthier skin.
Treatment is non-invasive and safe for all skin types, as well as, all levels of sun exposure.
What areas can I have treated with TempSure Envi?
We use TempSure Envi across the face. It can minimize the appearance of forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, laxity through the cheeks, and other common problems with aging.
The TempSure Envi system comes with a variety of different tips for the handheld wand. Smaller tips (such as the 10mm tip) are great for tighter areas, such as around the eyes or around the edge of the nose. Larger tips, such as the 20 mm tip, are great for the cheeks and larger areas.
How Does RF Skin Tightening Work?
During your session, the TempSure Envi handpiece is moved across the treatment area in a circular motion. This evenly distributes the RF energy to the area. This energy easily penetrates the outer epidermis and enters the skin’s second layer, the dermis. As it does so, the subtle resistance encountered makes the RF energy convert to heat.
The TempSure Envi system software continually monitors the temperature to maintain the optimum number to trigger the necessary response. When the body senses heat in the dermis layer, it assumes there has been a wound. It answers this alarm with a wound-healing response to heal the perceived wound (even though there has been no actual injury of any sort, only the application of heat). This response is to remodel the existing collagen in the area, which instantly firms the area, and then to initiate a long-term increase in new collagen production. This increase lasts for months, and it adds new collagen fibers throughout the treated areas. This firms the skin and lessens the appearance of or removes fine lines and wrinkles.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for RF skin tightening?
You don’t need any preparation for your TempSure Envi session at Columbus Women’s Care. These are great treatments to have over lunchtime or a break, as they only take around 30 minutes and you can return to work immediately afterwards.
How is Tempsure Envi Performed?
The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. First, one of our experienced providers applies a gel to the skin. Then, we will move the device in small circles on the skin. Patients typically experience a gentle warming sensation in the treatment area. Once the entire area is covered patients can leave the office and resume their normal activities. There can be a slight redness to the area which should subside soon after treatment.
How Long Does A TempSure Envi Treatment Take?
Treatments last about 30-60 minutes, depending upon the area or areas being treated. You can get right back to your normal activities, making TempSure Envi a perfect lunchtime treatment.
How long will my results from TempSure Envi last?
These are permanent results. After all, the new collagen production initiated by TempSure Envi’s RF energy isn’t going anywhere. But you can’t stop the body’s decline in collagen production discussed above. You will continue to produce less and less collagen as you age. That’s why we recommend that after you complete your initial series of TempSure Envi sessions to achieve the skin tightening you seek you return for maintenance sessions once or twice a year moving forward.
How often can I have RF skin tightening with TempSure Envi?
These aren’t meant to be recurring treatments, such as a light chemical peel. TempSure Envi is meant to be an initial series of four treatments to achieve the skin tightening you seek. From there, only occasional maintenance treatments are necessary, every six months to once yearly.
Why Is Radiofrequency Energy Better Than Laser Energy For Skin Tightening?
As mentioned above, TempSure Envi uses radiofrequency energy rather than laser energy to trigger the skin’s collagen response. The problem with laser energy is epidermis. For skin rejuvenation, the epidermis has no role. The epidermis comes into play when removing age spots and areas of hyperpigmentation, but not skin rejuvenation. That has to happen in the dermis layer beneath the epidermis. When the laser energy is applied to the epidermis with the intention of penetrating it, there is a danger of the light energy burning the outer skin. To lessen that risk, less energy is delivered, meaning less energy also makes it into the dermis.
Radiofrequency energy much more efficiently penetrates the epidermis and enters the dermis. This triggers the sought-after wound-healing response. Without the same risk of burning the skin, more RF energy can be delivered, and this boosts the collagen production even more.
How Many Skin Tightening Treatments Do I Need?
Every patient is different therefore the ideal number of treatments will vary. However, we do recommend a series of treatments. This will ensure that collagen growth is continuing at the same rate. Treatment sessions can be done at any time of year so we can spread sessions apart for your convenience. During your consultation, our providers will work with you to develop a plan that fits your skin.
While there aren’t any specific skincare requirements, we always recommend our patients follow a skincare routine to keep their skin looking its youngest and healthiest.
You can apply moisturizer and makeup immediately after your TempSure Envi treatment, if you wish.
How do I care for my skin after TempSure Envi treatment?
Unlike laser energy, which tends to heat the outer epidermis and can create some drying after-effects, TempSure Envi’s RF energy easily penetrates the epidermis without any issues. There isn’t any drying or recovery of your outer skin. Everything happens in the dermis layer, working to rebuild your collagen and elastin from the inside out. That’s the natural way your skin works; TempSure Envi only triggers a boost in the process.
Before And After TempSure Envi
What Our Patients Are Saying?
“Great staff! Very nice and personable! Great results!!!!” – Brenda
“I have been coming to Columbus Women’s Care since January and I came in with a goal and left with everything I needed and I had a team behind me for my journey. The staff are so nice and the entire atmosphere is so comforting. I have had the pleasure of having Dr. Rich and Dr. Mica McCord and working with them I have achieved so many goals. My health is better and my weight. The best place to ever go. I love them so much.” – Latonya
When Will I See Results With TempSure Envi?
You will see some initial tightening of the skin across the treated areas. This is due to the initial collagen remodeling as the body first reacts to the RF energy. But the real results begin in 7-10 days, as the body begins the production of new collagen to “heal” the perceived wounds, although there aren’t any wounds. This process continues for months.
Is A TempSure Envi Treatment Painful?
These are comfortable treatments. Patients don’t need topical numbing cream beforehand, and there isn’t any recovery or downtime after. You’ll sense a feeling of warmth across the treatment areas, but that’s it.
What are the risks associated with RF skin tightening?
TempSure Envi is the latest in radiofrequency systems, and one of its biggest advances is in patient comfort. When TempSure Envi delivers its RF energy down into the dermis it stimulates the nerves much less than occurs with other skin tightening devices. This allows TempSure Envi to deliver higher amounts of radiofrequency energy to create more heat in the dermis. This makes it more effective without any pain.
These are virtually risk-free treatments. There aren’t any incisions. Radiofrequency energy penetrates the epidermis more effectively than laser energy, so there is a very minimal risk of damaging the outer skin. There isn’t any pain, and you don’t need to plan for any downtime. Plus, TempSure Envi is FDA cleared for all skin types and skin tones.