You have tested your willpower to its limits and spent countless hours in the gym to whittle yourself down to your goal weight. While congratulations are in order, your success may have come with some less-than-pleasant side effects that you may not have expected. In addition to a slimmer figure many people are saddled with saggy skin after a considerable weight loss, keeping them away from that bikini in spite of a small number on the scale.
Dr. Debra Jaliman, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York and author of “Skin Rules” says there is a solution to combat the problem without having to go under the knife. “For loose skin the best procedure I have found is Thermage CPT radio frequency skin tightening,”she says. You may have heard of the procedure before – it’s been featured on Oprah and is often referred to as a non-surgical facelift.
According to Jaliman, Thermage CPT can be used anywhere on the body and is safe and effective. The best part is the results actually get more noticeable as time goes on. The only catch is that they aren’t permanent, although pretty long-lasting.
“You get immediate tightening and then increased tightening for the next 6 months,”Jaliman explains.
How it Works
An FDA-approved machine delivers controlled radio frequency energy that tightens collagen and tissue to soften or erase wrinkles and limit flaccid skin.
Where to Use It
You can use the Thermage CPT machine all over the body, so it’s good for fighting saggy skin that happens over time due to age as well.
On the eyes, Thermage CPT can be used for eyelid rejuvenation, reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and tightening the under eye area.
Thermage CPT can provide a lifting effect that is noticeable on saggy or loose problem areas like the abdomen, upper arms, thighs and your backside.
One of the areas that are a dead giveaway for age is your hands, and a treatment in that area can turn back the clock by reducing sagging and wrinkles.
You may also find the Thermage CPT procedure marketed under the names Thermal Lifting, Therma Plasty or Thermoplastic Contouring.
How it feels
Your skin will alternate between hot and cold sensations caused by a pulsing radio frequency created by the treatment. Applying an anesthetic cream before the treatment reduces any discomfort. Post-procedure redness for a few hours is a normal outcome.