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Richmond Plastic Surgeons now provides Profound skin treatment. This is a non-surgical option for skin enhancement which provides skin-tightening, correction of wrinkled skin and even cellulite. The treatment is performed by our physicians under local anesthesia and after treatments patients are able to drive themselves home. The profound device provides a 100% response rate with a 47% “significant to dramatic improvement in global skin appearance”. It can result in a 37% improvement in skin laxity when compared to a surgical facelift. A single treatment with the Profound will tighten lax skin and increase dermal volume by causing the patient’s body to increase elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin. This is done without fillers or toxins.

What is Profound?

Profound is a device which combines the effects of microneedling with radiofrequency energy applied directly to the deeper layers of your skin or subcutaneous adipose tissue. The device deploys pairs of microneedles which provide a short burst of energy until they are withdrawn and the device reapplied to the next treatment area. Profound creates fractionated zones of micro-thermal injury which are precisely controlled to provide safe and effective correction of wrinkles, jowls as well as sagging jawlines and neck tissue.

Benefits of Profound

The profound device provides a 100% response rate with a 47% “significant to dramatic improvement in global skin appearance”. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so patients can drive themselves to and from the office. The procedure lasts between 45 and 90 minutes depending on the areas treated. The recovery is fast and easy. Patients experience minor pain and bruising for a few days. They do not require strong pain relievers, suture removal, or complex wound care. Initial results are visible within about 2 weeks, and improvement continues for up to 10 months.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Profound?

Profound is ideally suited for patients who have wrinkles, lax skin, jowls or neck skin laxity. It is an excellent choice for troublesome features which do not yet require surgical correction. Ideal patients want an improvement in their appearance, but wish to avoid surgical incisions, time off from work or social activities, bruising and strong pain relievers. As with other procedures, the best results occur when patients maintain a healthy lifestyle after treatments.

Before & After

What Should I Expect During My Profound Treatment?

Profound procedures are performed in under local anesthesia by our plastic surgeons. After skin preparation, a local anesthetic is infiltrated into the areas to be treated. The surgeon applies the handpiece, deploys the microneedles, activates the electrodes and reapplies the handpiece to the next treatment area. The sequence is repeated until all affected areas have been treated, usually about 45-90 minutes. Patients are able to drive themselves home a few minutes after the procedure. Pain is minimal and strong pain relievers are not required. Skin care with aquafor is necessary for a few days. Results are visible within about 2 weeks, and improvement continues for 10-12 months.

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Will I Have Scars After Getting Profound Treatments?

No. Since no incisions are required, there is no need to worry about scars from your Profound procedure.

When Will I See Results?

Results are visible within about 2 weeks, and improvement continues for 10-12 months. The treatment causes your body to increase collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin, and this natural healing process takes time.

What are Possible Complications of Profound Treatments?

Complications from Profound treatments are rare because the device provides “real time” feedback on time and temperature, allowing precise control of the energy delivery. Because the exact time and temperature endpoints are maintained, patients receive an adequate and safe treatment. Patients can expect minor bruising and swelling from the microneedle insertion.

How Long Will the Results of Profound Treatments Last?

As with any medical procedure, results will vary between patients. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding excessive sun exposure, not smoking and other efforts will ensure the best long-term results. Clinical tests with Profound ended after 4 years. These studies showed that the results were maintained, and we believe they will continue for up to 10 years. All cosmetic procedures can “turn the clock back”, but not stop the aging process.

How Much Does Profound Cost in Richmond?

Medical insurance does not cover Profound treatments because they are considered elective and cosmetic in nature. Your cost of Profound treatments is based on the treatment plan that is developed during your consultation. We can provide an accurate cost at the time of your consultation, in addition to explaining our payment options which includes convenient financing solutions, such as CareCredit® financing.

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