As seen in Tatler Beauty & Cosmetic Surgery Guide 2014
7th February, 2014
Does the sagging skin around your knees betray your age? Angelica Kavouni has the solution to keep your body looking taut and ageless.
Not even the perennially youthful among us, such as Elle “The Body” MacPherson, can escape the blight of sagging skin around the knees. Skin loses its elasticity as we age due to collagen losses and the pull of gravity and the knee area is no exception. Fat pockets reduce the appearance of laxity in these areas by supporting the skin, which is why loose skin is more obvious on lean women like Elle and those who experience weight fluctuations.
So what‘s the solution? The new 3rd generation radio frequency device, Thermage CPT, can improve the skin‘s texture anywhere it‘s needed. As well as being great for the face (Gwyneth is said to LOVE it, by the way), Thermage is also an ideal treatment for sagging skin at the knees.
How does Thermage CPT work?
Only one treatment is required. Radio frequency waves are delivered to the deep dermis, which causes a heat reaction. The body automatically tries to heal the heated tissues by producing extra collagen, which in turn improves the texture, elasticity and supporting matrix of the skin.
What results can I expect?
Skin is left contoured, smooth, and taut. Results can be seen immediately and continue to improve over the course of the following three months as the collagen, the skin‘s natural scaffolding, reserves are boosted.
How Long Do Results Last?
You should be able to enjoy the results for around 2-4 years, it‘s difficult to predict as we all age at different rates and follow differing lifestyles. As with all aesthetic intervention, to get the best from your treatment you should be eating a balanced diet and taking regular exercise.
Surprisingly, no pain is felt during the procedure. The new, vibrating hand-piece means the treatment can feel a little strange, but it‘s certainly not painful. The new “CPT” (Comfort Pulse Technology) hand piece acts on the same principle as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation “TENS” therapy. It interweaves pulsed radio frequency delivery with cooling bursts, which disrupts the brain’s responses to pain, improving comfort.
From £1,800 per treatment, depending on the size of the treatment site.
A Surgery-Free Solution
Knees are especially prone to sagging skin due to their constant movement which, over time, stretches the surrounding skin. Until now, the only real solution has been a surgical thigh-lift with its associated scarring. Thermage CPT offers plastic surgeons a non-invasive alternative, producing predictable, effective results for those saggy knees.