Consider these nonsurgical ways to lift, tighten and tone skin…
With the advance of new high tech beauty solutions, the phrase “turn back the clock on your skin” is no longer just
a saying. New nonsurgical treatments are claiming to reverse the natural aging process. Oi discusses new skin rejuvenation technology with Dr. Ho Xuan Vuong (Medical Practitioner License Number: 10112847 – SCT/BS).
What is skin rejuvenation exactly?
Sun, skin disorders, aging and even genes can all contribute to skin irregularities on the face and body, including textural irregularities like wrinkles and acne scars, pigmentation changes like freckles and sunspots, or visible blood vessels.
In addition, skin may lose tone, feel less firm and certain areas of the body may develop cellulite. Skin rejuvenation involves therapies aimed at rectifying these skin conditions.
What kinds of skin rejuvenation technologies are available in Vietnam?
Whatever new technologies are available in America, Europe or South Korea, Vietnam is bound to have it too. However, there are three therapies that are most popular now: Ultherapy, Trinity and Thermage.
What are the differences between these three?
In principle, they are very similar. All three involve using various radio frequencies, light or laser pulses to target problem areas deep inside the skin. Their differences lie in the particulars of each therapy.
Trinity is a treatment that utilizes three types of light pulses to treat skin problems such as wrinkles, discoloration or sagging. It is especially popular with office workers and younger people because it’s relatively inexpensive compared to the other two.
Thermage, on the other hand, is much more expensive since it is a one time, instant treatment that functions exactly
like a facelift, one that the client won’t have to go on the surgical table for. It’s a treatment that curtails aged collagen strings and induces a generation of new strings, thus creating more youthful looking skin. You can see the effect within 30 minutes to an hour of treatment. The only reason why Thermage hasn’t already overtaken other procedures is that it requires an experienced specialist doctor to operate the machine.
Ultherapy is the newest treatment in the same radio frequency rejuvenation family. It functions very much like Thermage only the waves are created inside the skin and the effect follows a ripple-like movement to the outside. Ultherapy takes slightly longer for the effects to really show, around two to three months, but speaking from personal experience, Ultherapy has shown better results than Thermage in facial areas whereas Thermage is more effective for the body.
Can they really reverse the aging process?
I’m sure the marketing people would very much like me to say yes, and in a way, all these treatments do reverse aging. They work on the same principle of curtailing aged skin cell and inducing the growth of new skin cells. So in truth, what they reverse is the signs of aging on the skin.
Who are suitable for each of these treatments?
Trinity is typically the best option for those in their 20s or 30s. The treatment is cheap and has little risk or side effect. It can be used as an exercise treatment for younger skin. The other two are better suited for those with aged skin – around late 30s and up – these treatments offer the best results then.
Do these treatments require renew, upkeep or further sessions?
They certainly do. You can turn the clock back but there’s no stopping it. The good thing about rejuvenation tech, however, is that it takes a long time until you need to do a checkup, around one or two years depending on the exact procedure.
Are there any risks associated with these procedures?
With new technology, there is always a small percentage of risk. However, all three treatments have been certified safe and effective by the American Food and Drug Administration. As long as you’re in the care of a capable specialist doctor, you have nothing to fear.