Posted: Aug 1, 2012 5:05 PM by Lacey Steele
Anti-aging technology constantly develops.
Here's more on a new technique in today's Your Healthy Family.
Among the newest technology is a procedure to make patients look about ten years younger without surgery.
Joy Macaluso, 56, has always taken good care of her skin.
She stays out of the sun and admits to having several chemical peels, but she felt like it was time for a little something extra, not as serious as surgery.
"No, no, I didn't want to go to surgery at this point, but he said to me, 'I think, topically, you've pretty much maxed everything you can do,'" said Joy.
She's talking about Dr. Robert Weiss, her dermatologist.
He suggested something new: a procedure that uses bipolar radio frequency called Evolastin.
"What we're trying to do is get the skin to contract, to look smoother, to reduce jowls and try to take ten years off," said Dr. Weiss.
Evolastin uses two tiny needles to deploy the radio frequency that heats the skin.
"This goes between two tiny electrodes that go under the skin and heats the collagen to a temperature where your body wants to replace it with more collagen," said Dr. Weiss.
Joy has had some numbing fluids put under her skin for the treatment, and now she's ready to go.
The needles go just two to three millimeters into the skin, and the tiny pinholes left behind will last for 24 hours or so.
While there many be a little bruising from the procedure, doctors say it should disappear in a few days.
As for results....
"Then, you'll start seeing slow improvement that occurs over a period of anywhere from two weeks to up to six months after the procedure," said Dr. Weiss.
Six weeks after Joy had Evolastin, she was already seeing some early results, especially around her jaw line.
"This area of the jaw where it started, you can feel the thickening around the bone, and it has moved up," said Joy. "So, it has got to go all the way up and fill in the cheeks."
She's expecting even more good things to happen in the coming months, but it's not cheap!
The procedure that Joy got had a price tag of about $2,500.