Profound RF

Profound RF Overview

Treats: Wrinkles, skin laxity, and cellulite

Length: 1 hour

Anesthesia: Topical numbing cream used before the procedure

In/Outpatient: Outpatient

Side Effects: Swelling and bruising for about one week

Risks: Minimal when this treatment is performed by an experienced provider

Recovery: 7-10 days

Duration of Results: 3-5 years

Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results


“I never write reviews but have to today. Terri is amazing as well as the rest of the team. They are always helpful and deliver the best services! I’ve received the best filler, Botox, microneedling, Profound, and skincare at Carolina Facial Plastics. I definitely wouldn’t have come across Skinbetter skin care on my own. Thank you ladies! You are the best!”

-Stacy B, Google Reviews

When you’re ready to tighten and smooth wrinkled, sagging skin, but you’re not ready for surgery, Carolina Facial Plastics recommends the revolutionary Profound RF non-surgical facelift.

Profound RF by Candela combines the healing powers of microneedling with the stimulation of radiofrequency (RF) energy to turn back the clock on your appearance with just one week of recovery.

FDA-cleared Profound triggers your body’s own rejuvenating processes so that your skin produces almost six times the normal amount of elastin and twice the amount of collagen in a single treatment.

The result is skin that’s clearer, firmer, and tighter. You’ll look like a better version of yourself without having weeks of recovery.

You can spend just one hour at our medical clinic, rejuvenating your skin with one of the most innovative anti-aging laser treatments available today. Our experienced team, including Heather Bryant, MPAS, PA-CAmanda Piligian, PA-CCourtney Whitley, FNP-C, and Terri Edson, medical aesthetician, all perform our nonsurgical treatments like the Profound RF.

The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh.

With his team of cosmetic experts, a fully accredited surgery center, and a private recovery retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.

plastic surgeon consulting with a patient about PDO threadlifts in Charlotte, NC

Profound features single-use microneedling cartridges. The hair-thin needles pierce your skin thousands of times, stimulating a wound-healing response. The RF energy travels through the needles to boost the healing response to make the treatment even more effective.

As your skin repairs itself in the following weeks and months, it grows smoother, tighter, firmer, and more youthful-looking.

We select the right needle size and depth and the correct amount of energy based on your precise needs and goals. We can rejuvenate your face, neck, and other areas in a single treatment.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Profound to Charlotte and to offer this cutting-edge therapy to our patients who want a significant rejuvenation, but aren’t quite ready for a surgical facelift, “ says Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh, founder of Carolina Facial Plastics and a renowned, award-winning facial plastic surgeon. “At Carolina Facial Plastics, we strive to stay on the leading edge of the latest in aesthetic technology and surgical techniques so you can look as young as you feel.”

Comparison chart showing how Profound RF compares to other wrinkle treatments in Charlotte, NC

Profound RF is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes microneedling to tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles.

It is significantly less invasive than a surgical facelift and more effective than a simple dermal filler treatment to reduce wrinkles and refresh the skin.

using Profound RF Skin Tightening Treatment in Charlotte, NC

At our medical clinic, we believe the following patients are ideal candidates for Profound:

  • Patients typically in their 30s and 40s with early sagging in the face and neck
  • Patients with sagging skin who are not candidates for a surgical facelift
  • Patients with fine lines and wrinkles of the face and neck.
  • Patients with horizontal and crepey necklines
  • Those who have wrinkles in the cheek area from repetitive smiling
  • Patients who have had a facelift in the past that want additional tightening without more surgery
  • Patients with excess neck fat
  • Patients who want to significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite or tighten skin on other areas of the body

Profound RF is an excellent treatment for patients that want the following:

Reduced Facial Wrinkles

Increased collagen production can lead to fewer wrinkles and smoother skin.

Increased Skin Elasticity

Clinically proven to increase elastin to restore elasticity to the skin.

Long-Lasting Results

Patients see results that can last many years after only one treatment session.

profound rf microneedling treatment

A Profound RF treatment invigorates your skin, bringing back its youthful capability of producing key elements, such as elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid (HA).

Elastin is the protein that makes your skin flexible so that it retains its shape and smoothness when you make expressions or pull on your skin.

Collagen is a long-strand protein that creates an interwoven matrix that creates a scaffold for your skin so that it can grow thick and strong.

When your skin’s full of HA, it holds in moisture, so your skin looks plump, firm, and glowing again.

When you come to Carolina Facial Plastics, your skin will be cleansed and numbed with topical medications.

An additional injection of numbing medicine will take place to ensure you stay comfortable during your Profound RF treatment.

Most patients experience little discomfort during the procedure and afterward. If you feel some discomfort during the recovery process, over-the-counter painkillers or cold compresses will manage it effectively.

Your skin heals within a week. During that time, it’s busy rebuilding itself with new strands of collagen and elastin and replenishing your cells with moisturizing HA.

Within about 2-3 weeks, the quality of the skin will improve. At 12 weeks, you’ll notice that your skin looks tighter, firmer, and clearer. And things just keep getting better and better as the months roll on.

You (and everyone else) will see your final results after 6-12 months.

If you have significant sagging, our team may recommend you to Dr. Kulbersh for a surgical facelift and neck lift rather than a Profound RF treatment.

To schedule your consultation, contact the Carolina Facial Plastics team today by calling 704-323-5090 or completing our online contact form.

Frequently asked questions

You only need one Profound treatment to turn back your skin’s clock and jumpstart its rejuvenating powers again. Most people choose to have a single treatment, but some patients opt to have an additional treatment 6-12 months later to achieve additional skin tightening.


Unlike other skin-tightening treatments, Profound also increases your skin volume by stimulating the production of new HA. Your skin becomes thicker, firmer, and more supple. Profound also has one of the highest satisfaction rates for non-surgical tightening options and has a very high safety profile. It prevents further sagging and wrinkling of the face and neck.


In clinical studies, Profound had a 100% response rate for fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your crepey or lined skin looking smooth and fresh again.

Profound can improve and smooth fine lines and wrinkles on the neck as well as the face. In fact, it is one of the best treatment options for rejuvenating the neck area.

Patients often add Botox to their treatment to smooth out dynamic wrinkles and dermal fillers to smooth out deep creases and volumize the lips.

Combining Profound with a liquid facelift will give you a superior degree of lift and smoothness over other nonsurgical procedures. Profound is also combined with neck liposuction and a mini-facelift to improve the result.

Profound tightens the lower face and neck effectively in a single treatment for most patients. This treatment works well for patients experiencing early sagging of the jowls and neck. The combination of RF and microneedling actually strengthens and thickens your skin as well, ensuring long-lasting results.

Profound is the only FDA-cleared RF microneedling treatment for cellulite. Because Profound stimulates a rejuvenation response by the body, the procedure effectively fills out the pitted dimples to create smoother, plumper skin. In just one Profound treatment, you can improve your cellulite by up to 94%.


Profound’s results last 3-5 years.


Profound has about 1/3 the lifting power of a surgical facelift. If you’re in the early to moderate stages of aging, you’ll look and feel years younger after your Profound treatment. If you’ve had a facelift in the past and want to keep your benefits after the 8-10 year mark, Profound can help you do that as well.


Patients often come to our medical spa requesting a CoolSculpting treatment, when in fact, they would benefit more from a skin tightening procedure such as Profound RF.

While both Profound RF and CoolSculpting can enhance one’s appearance, each treatment works in different ways and produces unique results. CoolSculpting uses a fat-freezing method to treat visible pockets of fat in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas. Profound RF, on the other hand, utilizes micro-fine needles and RF energy to create tiny wounds, promote the body’s natural healing process, and stimulate collagen production to revitalize the skin. Profound RF is an effective treatment for sagging skin, which patients can mistake as excess fat.

We can address both fat and skin issues in the face by performing facial liposuction to remove submental fat, followed by Profound RF to tighten the skin, creating a more comprehensive jaw contouring procedure.

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