For early signs of facial aging, a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment may be a good option to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the BTL Protégé Elite is an advanced system for noninvasive facial skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. The Protégé Elite uses radiofrequency (RF) waves to disrupt collagen fibers within the skin and stimulate new collagen production. New collagen is produced over 2 – 3 months, resulting in tighter skin and reduced wrinkles. For the right patient, significant results can be achieved around the eyes, as well as in the cheeks, jaw line, and neck. This device can also be used elsewhere on the body such as the arms, abdomen, and thighs. The Protégé Elite achieves uniform treatment and outstanding results with increased safety and no pain, which is why it is preferred by Dr. Alan Brackup.
"My search was over after being referred to Dr. Brackup!!!. My son's wedding was coming up in August, 2016. My eyes were horrible .When I smiled you saw know eye's. I met one surgeon that was scared to remove the lower bags. How would that look? Didn't make sense. With Time running out by chance I when to a new hairdresser, that had her eyes done and look beautiful. Even though Dr. had a busy schedule,he made it a point to fit me in for June 28th. I was assured my eye's would look beautiful by August 20th. Dr. Brackup was right. I had Upper and lower procedures done. Dr. sculpted my eyes to compliment my high cheek bones. They are beautiful. At 60 years old I look twenty years younger!! Dr. Brackup and his entire staff were kind and honestly the best experience I ever had. He is gifted with hands of gold. He only works from the neck up and is a oculoplastic surgeon. My confident's is through the roof. I walk with my head high for the first time in a very long time. Thank you, Dr. Brackup for setting this butterfly free!! Before pictures click on Rosemarie P. Thanks"- R.P. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2017
"My experience with Dr Brackup was A plus! Dr. Brackup spent time with me to decribe my procedure and to answer all of my questions. The procedure went amazingly well . Dr Brackup reached out after the surgery and was available for all follow up questions. I highly recommend Dr. Brackjup and I wojuld definitely go to him again"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 25, 2019
"Dr Brackup and Staff Are First Rate! - I'm now about seven weeks post surgery and I am thrilled with the results of my deep plane facelift. After turning 60, it became clear that fillers were an ineffective waste of money to treat worsening jowls and sagging. Tired of a losing battle with gravity, and feeling much younger than I was looking, I turned to Dr. Brackup after research on this site and others, and after meeting the doc and his team. I was looking for three things in my cosmetic surgery provider: (1) confidence in their caring and competency, including board certification; (2) assurance that the results would be natural; (3) transparency and expected accuracy in what to expect before, during and after the procedure. I can say that Dr. Brackup and his staff have scored high on all three counts. During the initial consultation, I never had the feeling that Dr Brackup or his staff tried to sell or suggest anything that needed "fixing," rather they responded in their professional judgment with the best treatment recommendations for what was bothering me. Once I selected Dr. Brackup, his office and surgery center provided the appropriate level of pre-op instruction. Care the day of and following surgery was first rate, and I thought his affiliated surgery center and staff were terrific, too. Best of all, I'm simply delighted with my new look (and the friends in whom I've confided have been effusively positive in their comments). If you think you're ready to take the plunge, I can confidently recommend Dr. Brackup and his practice."- G. / RealSelf / Oct 02, 2023
"Dr. Brackup and the staff are great. Everyone is very kind in the office and they make you feel comfortable about discussing whatever it is you’re looking for. He will be very straight forward with you on your concerns of getting something done and not just agree to everything you want. This shows that he cares!"- K.G. / Yelp / Sep 15, 2023
"I had upper/lower eyelid blepharoplasty with lower lid laser skin resurfacing. Everyone in the office is very professional and friendly. They are very prompt with your appointments, no unnecessary waiting. I just had my last follow up appointment yesterday and I am completely amazed and happy with results. The took the final picture and placed it next to the before picture and I was surprised how much of a difference there was. It was hard for me to honestly see it because I have been dealing with being told how tired I look, how unattractive I look and how angry I look due to the circles under my eyes since I was 15. I am 61 now so my brain is so conditioned to believe I look a certain way. Recovery was not bad and Dr Brackup and the staff were always available if I had any questions or needed to see them. Highly recommend. Also, they are truthful with you about the results you can expect based on you, your skin, your circumstances and expectations. "- L.H. / Healthgrades / Aug 18, 2023
RF skin rejuvenation uses controlled heat to target underlying skin tissues to help with collagen production. The Registered Nurse will use a machine, which generates the electromagnetic waves, and guide it over the marked areas. Coupling gel will be applied to act as another layer of protection for the skin surface. This treatment is most effective with skin irregularities such as wrinkles on areas of the face, neck, tummy, arms, legs and buttocks.
The science behind the Protégé Elite helps to control and automatically eliminate energy peaks. This means there is no sudden surge in energy, and the right amount of treatment is given to each area, independent of skin thickness or resistance. The Protégé consequently achieves uniform treatment and outstanding results with increased safety and minimal to no discomfort.
What to Expect
There can be a little redness right after the procedure, and rarely a small amount of swelling that rapidly resolves. Tightening sensations may be felt right immediately after the treatment, and will progress as the weeks pass to result in smoother and more supple skin. The positive effects can last for 2 years or longer. Multiple treatments are necessary and we typically recommend three treatments 4-6 weeks apart to begin.
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RF Skin Rejuvenation FAQs
Who Is It For?
Those who have skin irregularities, such as wrinkles, and are looking for a non-surgical cosmetic treatment. Since this procedure relies on your own body’s ability to regenerate collagen typically we recommend this to our patients who are between the ages of 25-50. Generally, it is a safe approach with no downtime and minimal risks. If the skin shows signs of laxity, it is understood that there is a significant loss of collagen or fat tissues which help keep the skin tight. RF rejuvenation helps reproduce these substances to bring back the skin’s youthful shape.
How Long Does it Last?
Not an easy question to answer. The procedure produces permanent results, but aging continues. Each individual’s genetics and lifestyle are different, so we can’t predict when a patient will desire additional enhancement.
Single or Multiple Sessions?
The standard protocol is 3 treatments spaced one month apart. Each treatment takes up to an hour to two hours depending on the areas treated. If patients desire, treatments every 6 months or yearly will enhance the initial results.
Is A Lift Better?
A lift is an invasive procedure in which excess skin is excised. This may be the best approach for excessive sagging because a non-invasive treatment may not be able to fully correct sagging skin. Protégé Elite is beneficial for those who have mild wrinkles or creases. Come visit us for a consultation and we can talk about all the options which might serve you best.