I have been treated with Elos, Refirm skin tightening, for 3 years, I was happy in the begining but recently nothing seems to be doing on my face (in terms of toning, saggin, texturing) so I am considering Affirm non ablative fractional treatment, but afraid that Affirm wouldn't do much either. Any suggestion?
Non Ablative Fractional Treatment Better Than Any Thermage Treatment?
Doctor Answers (2)
Fractional and thermage have two different areas of focus
Fractional lasers allow resurfacing of a chosen fraction of skin AND deep heating to provide some collagen tightening.
Thermage, and similar devices-such as Endy Med are not lasers, but producers of deep heat to tighten only.They do not have a resurfacing effect.
There are so many individual factors that it would be difficult to say which produces the most tightening; but the fractional laer is the way to go if you are looking for skin resurfacing.
Laser resurfacing improves skin surface
Skin tightening procedures in my experience can help tighten the skin and make the skin more firm and less likely to fall -- as in when you reach down to tie your shoe or dig in your handbag - but these tightening procedures do not help skin surface irregularities, blotches or wrinkles. Laser procedures including the non-ablative fractional techniques can do very nice things to improve the surface of the skin - decrease fine lines and wrinkles, improve blotchy pigment and overall refresh the skin - but are not as good for skin tightening.
If you are looking to firm and tighten skin - choose a skin tightening procedure such as thermage radiofrequency or face lift. If you want nicer looking and fresher looking skin with less sundamage then one of the non-ablative or ablative fractional lasers can be helpful. These 2 types of procedures - skin tightening and laser skin rejuvenation - can be combined for best results.
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