As we grow older, it isn’t surprising to notice our skin starting to sag and lose its elasticity, coupled with dimpled fat and cellulite on areas such as the thighs. This can cause even the most confident person to lose their self-esteem and feel conscious about exposing their legs.
There are actually several reasons as to why skin starts to loosen and sag – in addition to the inevitable aging process, a list of internal and external factors can also work to destroy the integrity of the skin. This includes genetics, weight loss, smoking, sun exposure and yes – even your sleeping position.
Given that skin laxity is something that EVERYONE will face at some point in their lives; fortunately, skin laxity is reversible – introducing: Thermage FLX for top-to-toe skin tightening for visible and long-lasting results.
But first, let us seek to understand why skin laxity occurs as we grow older:
Why skin laxity occurs – the roles of collagen & elastin
Although there isn’t much you can do to prevent the forces of nature, there are a few preventative measures that can help to slow down the process.
Within the skin are fibers known as collagen and elastin – 2 vital “youth proteins” situated within the deepest layers of the skin, and which help our skin stay plump, firm and smooth. Collagen is primarily in charge of giving our skin strength, while elastin allows the skin to stretch and bounce back to its original state.
Despite being born with an abundance of these proteins in the skin, upon the onset of our thirties, the production of collagen and elastin starts to slow down and decrease. The worst part is, every year after age 30, the collagen levels in our body start to drop by about 1–2% every year!
Eventually, our bodies stop producing both proteins – making it hard for the skin to protect itself against oxidative stress and harmful radicals; causing further damage. Since collagen is the most common protein in the body, i.e., making up a whopping 80% of our skin’s structure – the loss of collagen leads to the rubber band-like elements in the skin to weaken and break, resulting in the appearance of sagging skin.
In order to reverse skin laxity, it is thus key to restore and replenish the lost collagen and elastin to support the skin’s integrity and fill out the skin in the long-term.
Skin laxity on the thighs and buttocks
Unfortunately, aging and sagging doesn’t just happen in the face, but in all soft tissues of the body. In addition to the loss of collagen and elastin, muscles also weaken and deteriorate as we grow older – allowing fat to accumulate in areas that form saggy portions of skin and causing skin to be less taut.
Even for those who exercise on a regular basis – it can only do so much to tighten the skin. Weight loss may help to improve the appearance of cellulite, but you can actually create more loose skin by dropping weight rapidly.
Unfortunately, cellulite appears more often in women than men, due to hormonal changes and the way the connecting tissue between the fat and skin is formed with the body. Women also tend to have it worse on the bottom half of the body.
Skin tightening with Thermage FLX
While there are plenty of solutions available today that work to treat skin laxity, including taking collagen supplements and surgery – Thermage FLX is the only non-invasive solution that provides results in just a single session!
Even though Thermage isn’t the only non-invasive procedure on the market, it is undoubtedly the safest and most effective one – with an estimated 2 million patients worldwide and over 50 clinical studies demonstrating its results.
In addition, the radiofrequency (RF) energy used in Thermage is able to penetrate deeper into the skin as compared to other laser therapies – and works effectively on all skin types and colors. It is also able to deliver deep, consistent heating throughout the entire treatment area to achieve results in a single treatment, as compared to other RF treatments which typically require a minimum of 5 to 6 treatments.
If you are against anything that involves the knife – Thermage FLX is the perfect solution for you. With minimal downtime involved, you can go back to your daily activities on the same day of treatment, and see immediate results from the first session! You can even combine it with treatments such as stretch mark removal at The Clifford Clinic for a more well-rounded treatment.
How it works
Using powerful, concentrated RF energy to strengthen and tighten collagen bonds in the skin, Thermage works to kick start the body’s natural collagen production process for a smoother, tighter and more youthful appearance. The body continues to increase the production of collagen in the target area even after treatment – leading to benefits long after the procedure is completed!
The machine that we use at our clinic is not only optimized to effectively deliver energy, but is also faster than previous generations, featuring a larger treatment tip that increases the surface area by 25% – making Thermage an ideal solution for bigger areas such as skin tightening for buttocks.
Each pulse delivers highly-customized RF energy to heat every inch of the treatment area, followed by a double cryogen cooling effect for maximum comfort. In just 90 minutes or less, you will be able to enjoy results that can last for the next 1–2 years.
While there are possible side effects such as mild redness, swelling and bruising, they typically go away within a few days. After just 1 session, all you need is maintenance treatments every 1 to 2 times a year.
Is Thermage FLX right for you?
While Thermage FLX offers optimum results for individuals with minor to moderate sagging – those with severe skin sagging, pronounced jowling or stretched skin may require stronger, alternative solutions such as surgery.
It is important that you come in for treatment with realistic expectations – regaining the elasticity of your skin is a long process that also depends on the quality of your skin. This means taking good care of your skin before, during and after treatment in order to notice drastic improvements and maintain your results.
The best course of action is to first drop by for a consultation with our doctors to determine your situation – we will be able to customize a comprehensive plan for you that can treat issues such as acne scar removal, and even introduce complementary solutions such as our fat freeze treatment.
Given that the machine is very operator-dependent, it is important to work with only the best aesthetic clinic in Singapore. At The Clifford Clinic, we are passionate to helping you regain your confidence and achieve your dream appearance. Now, you do have a choice in how you age!