Crepey Skin: What is it?
Crepey skin on face looks finely wrinkled and thin and can look similar to that of crepe paper. Crepey skin on the face also tends to start feeling loose and sagging. Wrinkles and crepey skin may have a lot of commonalities but the latter condition will not only affect the face but mostly be affecting large areas of the skin, and can most commonly occur on the upper or inner arms and the face specifically under the area of the eyes.
Crepey skin is most commonly caused by damage due to the harmful rays of the sun but this factor is not the only factor to consider. Crepey skin may also be due to aging, inadequate moisture, excessive weight loss, or a combo of the aforementioned factors. The sun’s UV rays or ultraviolet rays can lead to the breakdown of both elastin and collagen, both of which are fibers that can aid in lending the skin a smooth and supple look. Once these two kinds of fibers start breaking down, the skin can turn wrinkly, thin, and loose.
The aging process can also be another factor in terms of the oil present in the skin as people will usually have reduced production of oil as they get older. The oils in the skin can help seal moisture and help in the protection of the skin in terms of remaining hydrated. Changes to the hormones can also result in skin that is drier and with less production of natural oils. This dry skin can lead to crepey skin. If this kind of skin condition occurs based on the different seasons or time of day, then the culprit may be inadequate moisture.
Thermage: What is it?
Thermage is a form of treatment for the body and the face to help lift and tighten the skin through the stimulation of collagen development and growth. Collagen may need several months to be able to get into full production. Fortunately, the bulk heating mechanism known as the Thermage Radio Frequency can lead to the stimulation of collagen that is new which will then form resulting in skin that has an appearance that is lifted, toned, and fuller. The said process can take up to six months or half a year.
One of the major benefits of Thermage is that heating the skin in bulk can help in targetting the layers of the skin that are rich in collagen helping individuals in the stimulation of the production of recently formed collagen. On top of this, the radio frequency (RF) of this method can help the skin be more contoured as it travels through the fibrous septae.
Commonly Asked Questions about Thermage
Below are some of the more commonly asked questions about Thermage
1. Who should ideally receive Thermage Treatment?
The answer to this is an individual who may need to have their skin tightened or for those who may be observing that their skin is getting depleted in terms of collagen levels. As such, this would mostly cover those who are aged 35 years old and above.
2. Can Thermage be done on the body and the face?
Thermage can be used on the neck and the whole face as well as the thighs, the knees, the arms, the buttocks, and the abdomen.
3. What are some of the Issues Thermage can address?
Skin that is loose and lax and a jawline that is saggy along with some skin that is crepey just above the area of the knees.
4. After being treated with Thermgage, what are some of the expected results?
The formation of new collagen can take several months so expect collagen that is existing to tighten. The first sign that the treatment is indeed working is that the patient will feel some tightening during the initial stages of the treatment. It must be noted though, that the full effects of Thermage will usually be observed after 4 months to half a year. After this period, the skin will look smoother and lighter.
5. Will treatment have any downtime?
For Thermage, there is no downtime for treatment. The face of the patient may look a bit flushed after an hour of the first treatment.
6. How many treatments will one need before results are observed?
Theremage is a form of treatment that is stand-alone and once only. However, most Thermage patients come back after every two years or annually to help have their skin results maintained.
7. Can breastfeeding and pregnant women undergo Thermage?
Thermage does not require any topical anesthesia and as such, may be used by women who are breastfeeding. Thermage though is not suitable for women who are pregnant.
Overall Verdict for the Effectiveness of Thermage
Thermage as a treatment is less painful compared to actual facelifts. Although it must be noted that it can still sting in certain areas of the neck and the face. This can be due to the placement of the nerves underneath the skin of the face but all in all, the pain is manageable and tolerable.
Thermage can make a difference in terms of helping people out with crepey skin as after treatment, individuals can experience that skin glow and tightness they badly need once their skin becomes thin and wrinkly.