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THEY CAN OFFER SERIOUS FIRMING
The most effective fix for droopy skin, radio-frequency waves, requires a bit of fortitude: It burns like the devil. Treatments such as Thermage work by delivering sound waves deep into the skin, causing microscopic fissures that stimulate collagen production, which in turn firms up loose and sagging areas (face, jowls, neck, knees, and so on). The results are impressive— most patients see significantly tauter skin within six months—but the procedure can be hard to take. "Some of my patients find radio frequency too painful, even with heaps of medication," says dermatologist Howard Sobel. For those of us whose pain thresholds land somewhere between moderate and mouse-door level, there's an easier alternative. Sobel recommends the nonablative eTwo laser, which directs a much milder combination of radio frequency and infrared-light pulses into the skin. "The results are comparable to Thermage but not as painful," says Sobel, who recommends three sessions spaced one month apart.