Aging is inevitable, but its visible effects don't have to be. If you're experiencing facial wrinkles, sagging skin, or drooping jowls, you may have considered treatments to restore your youthful appearance.
Now, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller offers a procedure that gives you facelift-like results without the surgery. The Profound Non-Surgical Facelift is changing the paradigm for treating aging skin. A consultation with Dr. Miller could help you decide if it's the right move for you. He serves Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and nearby areas of Nevada. Call (702) 369-1001 today to start your journey toward looking and feeling younger.
What is Profound?
Profound is a radiofrequency microneedling device that uses heat energy to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Those naturally occurring compounds help keep your skin firm, smooth, and wrinkle-free. Your body starts to make less of them once you hit your 20s, and there's no natural way to make more.
During your Profound treatment, the microneedle penetration depth and radiofrequency heat are calculated to most efficiently promote the growth of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
What Can Profound Treat?
Profound is effective against facial skin conditions such as:
- Sagging jowls
- Loose skin
- Double chins
- Lost skin volume
Profound® Before and After
How is Profound better than other skin tightening treatments?
Every day it seems there’s a new skin tightening treatment out there. Dr. Miller feels the Profound system is superior for two reasons. First, it combines microneedling with RF energy. Second, because the RF energy is delivered through the needles directly into the dermis, there isn’t any warming or harm to the epidermis. This can be a problem with other RF procedures. It’s very difficult to heat the dermis to a temperature that is effective and still maintain safe temperatures for the skin surface.
Profound uses very small needles (200 microns wide) that can be set to various penetration depths, from 0.5 to 3.5 mm. Different levels of the dermis can be treated in different passes, and it accommodates varying skin and dermis depths in different areas. The microneedles are insulated, and the RF energy is emitted from the end of each needle. This delivers the RF energy directly into the dermis without having to travel through (and damage) the epidermis. Generally, the further RF energy must travel through tissue, the more pain is involved.
Adding microneedling to RF energy delivery has its own set of advantages. Penetration of the epidermis with Profound’s microneedles stimulate fibroblasts in the skin to produce collagen (wound response). Plus, topical therapeutics can be applied to the skin after the procedure and can be delivered more deeply through the microscopic holes than they can when applied to the surface normally.
There is a lot to love about Profound non-surgical facelifts with Dr. Miller!
Is Profound an FDA-cleared treatment?
Profound is the first and only radiofrequency microneedling device that has been cleared by the FDA for use on both the face and the body.
Does Profound work on all skin types?
Unlike many laser skin rejuvenation treatments that can cause hyperpigmentation in patients with darker skin tones, anyone can have a Profound treatment. That’s because microneedling doesn’t create any adverse effects with all skin tones and types, and radiofrequency energy is well-tolerated by everyone as well.
What are the benefits of a non-surgical facelift over a surgical facelift?
The main benefit, obviously, is that you can avoid surgery. A surgical facelift involves a lengthy recovery. Patients can have swelling on and off for up to one year. Plus, incisions can itch as they heal. While they deliver real results, surgical facelifts aren’t a piece of cake.
That’s not to imply that Profound delivers the same results you can achieve with surgery. But Profound does provide skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and rejuvenation of crepey skin — those are some of the benefits from a surgical facelift. Profound delivers many of the same benefits without any incisions or downtime. Plus, it also lessens the appearance of cellulite, an almost universal problem for women.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Profound?
Profound is a great fit for virtually anyone looking to reduce signs of aging without surgery. You may be a good candidate if you’re experiencing fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, or volume loss. It is safe for all skin types and tones — something that can’t be said about other types of RF microneedling.
If you have active acne, psoriasis, or eczema, or if you’re currently pregnant, this treatment might not be right for you. It can also trigger cold sores if you have a history of them. Schedule a consultation to learn more about the factors that can affect your candidacy.
What results can I expect from a Profound treatment?
These are intended as single treatments. To gain FDA clearance, Candela, the maker of Profound, conducted clinical studies on the effects from these treatments. Their results of these studies are impressive. For wrinkle reduction, 100% of respondents agreed that Profound treatments improved their wrinkles. For skin laxity, 95% of patients said they saw a noticeable change in skin firmness. For cellulite improvement, the rate was 94%.
Your results from Profound are not immediate. There is some instant remodeling of the existing collagen across the treated areas, but the real changes come as the body produces new supplies of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid and sends them to the treated areas to “heal” the perceived wounds, even though there aren’t any actual wounds at all. You’ll start to see results as soon as two or three weeks, but these will really build between three to nine months after your treatment.
Is there any preparation for a Profound non-surgical facelift?
There isn’t any preparation for your Profound treatment with Dr. Miller.
Your Profound Nonsurgical Facelift Procedure
Dr. Miller will apply a topical anesthetic to your face to maximize your comfort. Then he'll treat your target areas using the Profound device. The microneedles will penetrate between two and four millimeters into your skin, then deliver the heat energy in bursts about four seconds long.
The procedure will take about 45 minutes. You should only need one treatment to eliminate wrinkles and see marked improvements in skin volume and elasticity. Profound patients report a 100% response rate for facial wrinkles.
Profound also involves no downtime. You can drive yourself home after your treatment. You will experience some redness and swelling that should last no longer than a week. One to two days after your procedure, you can cover any red or swollen areas with makeup.
Is there recovery after a Profound treatment?
There isn’t any real recovery after these treatments. Yes, you’ll have some slight swelling and redness across the treatment sites. You may have some mild bruising. This passes in a couple of days. Dr. Miller advises his patients to take it easy for the first day after their Profound treatment, and that’s about it. These are completely non-invasive procedures.
Does Treatment Hurt?
There’s no need to worry about experiencing pain during your Profound non-surgical facelift. You’ll receive a topical anesthetic or an injection of a local anesthetic before your treatment begins. Dr. Miller will also check in with you throughout the process to make sure you’re comfortable.
Some patients report feeling a gentle warming sensation during their appointment. Others say that they noticed light pressure as the device was pressed into their skin. Regardless, the Profound non-surgical facelift is generally very tolerable.
Can I Combine My Profound Facelift With Other Procedures?
Profound can be combined with other treatments to achieve the most comprehensive results. It’s often used in conjunction with chemical peels, injectables, and other minimally invasive services.
The right combination can dramatically improve the look and feel of your skin. Talk to Dr. Miller about building your perfect facial rejuvenation treatment plan today.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Profound is a safe and effective treatment with a low risk of side effects. The most common side effects are temporary bruising, swelling, and redness. You can reduce these outcomes by choosing a qualified provider and following the post-treatment guidelines.
Other potential side effects include changes in your skin’s pigmentation and fat loss. Our board-certified plastic surgeon can help you weigh the specific risks and benefits of this treatment. Most patients get through the healing process without any problems and enjoy excellent results.
"I’m the happiest I’ve been in a very long time. I feel so beautiful, safe and cared for. You did such an incredible job!"
How Long Does a Profound Facelift Last?
Profound is a one-of-a-kind service that offers long-lasting results. You should be able to enjoy younger, smoother-looking skin for one to three years after your treatment.
The reason Profound is so effective is that it increases the natural production of elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. These are the three fundamentals for healthy and firm skin.
You can improve the longevity of your Profound non-surgical facelift results with the following aftercare:
- Wear sunscreen daily
- Use medical-grade skin care
- Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated
- Do not smoke or use nicotine products
How is Profound Different From Other Facial Anti-Aging Treatments?
Profound is a middle ground between injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and a full surgical facelift. Injectables deliver results that appear within days of treatment and last three to four months in the case of BOTOX® Cosmetic and up to 18 months for some dermal fillers. On the other end of the spectrum, facelifts offer more dramatic and permanent outcomes.
Profound delivers results more vivid and longer-lasting than injectables while being less invasive than a facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Miller will weigh your aesthetic goals with factors like your health and age to help determine the anti-aging procedure best suited to you.
Will it be obvious I had a non-surgical facelift with Profound?
That’s another great thing about Profound treatments with Dr. Miller. The results build over time as the body creates new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in response to the mix of microneedling and radiofrequency energy. No one will have any idea you’ve had a non-surgical facelift because your results won’t be instant, as they are with a surgical facelift. Friends and co-workers will only think you look younger and less tired, and that your skin seems firmer.
Can I be too old, or can my skin be too loose and wrinkled to have a Profound treatment?
Age is not an issue with these treatments. But if you have very loose skin and if your skin is heavily lined and creased, Profound can’t supply the degree of skin tightening that you probably need. For those patients, Dr. Miller could perform a surgical facelift to provide the removal of loose sagging tissue, the elevation of sagging support muscles, and other aspects of facial rejuvenation you seek.
Schedule Your Profound Consultation Today
Dr. Miller is dedicated to helping his patients look and feel younger. If you wish to learn more about the Profound® Non-Surgical Facelift, or if you wish to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure, be sure to set up a personalized consult with Dr. Miller today. Call (702) 369-1001 today or fill out the form in our contact page. Our practice serves Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and nearby areas of Nevada.