In today’s market, there are a lot of cosmetic procedures available for reversing the signs of aging. Our skin can look and feel smooth, firm and healthy for decades. We no longer have to look our true age. If we feel like we are twenty, we can look like we are twenty! Even though we have found many great options for restoring aging skin, our physicians are always looking for new and innovative ways to perform cosmetic procedures for our patients.
We have noticed that over the years, body contouring procedures, especially around the neck and face, are some of our most popular treatments for both men and women. So, we began researching the latest technology available for tightening and sculpting the skin around the neck and face.
We would like to introduce our newest treatment option, the recently approved ThermiRF, “RF” being short for radiofrequency energy. ThermiRF is the first FDA approved system that uses temperature controlled radio frequency. ThermiRf comes with two separate devices, ThermiTight and ThermiSmooth. ThermiTight is an advanced technique considered to be a hybrid between a completely non-invasive procedure like Coolsculpting or ThermiSmooth and a totally invasive surgical procedure such as a facelift.
In addition to the face and neck, ThermiRF can be used to treat sagging skin in these areas:
ThermiTight is used to treat sagging skin by heating the tissue which kick starts the production of collagen. During the procedure, the face is numbed and a thin wand is inserted into the top layers of skin. The time and temperature of the device is controlled by the person administering the treatment, usually a licensed medical esthetician. The esthetician can also control the placement of the wand to make sure all areas will receive the proper treatment. Sensors and a thermal imaging camera make sure the temperature above and below the surface of the skin are carefully controlled.
ThermiSmooth is a completely non-invasive procedure that uses a hand-held device to heat skin in targeted areas around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, forehead and neck. The device is temperature controlled and feels like a warm, gentle facial massage. ThermiSmooth is done in a series of 3-6 treatments for maximum results.
In addition to tightening the skin, ThermiRF can treat:
- Frown lines
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Double chin
- Sagging skin (face and neck)
- Excessive underarm sweating
- Smoothing lumps post-liposuction
- Sagging skin
What You Can Expect with ThermiRF
The incisions from the ThermiTight wand are super tiny and there is no need for stitches. There is minimal pain and some people say they feel no pain at all. Your face will be swollen and may or may not bruise, but those mild side effects will only last for about a week. It is recommended to take at least a day off from work and strenuous activity after the procedure to aid the healing process.
ThermiSmooth is non-invasive, so you will have no downtime (which basically mean “time off”) and you can return to work and your normal activities the same day as the procedure. The procedure lasts less than an hour, so you can be in and out of the office in just a short period of time. You may experience the same redness and swelling as ThermiTight, but this will only last a day or two.
The benefits of ThermiRF over surgical or invasive skin tightening include:
- No surgery required
- Minimal discomfort
- Minimal risk of injury
- Little to no downtime
- Safe for all skin types
While most patients see some immediate results with ThermiTight, the tightening occurs gradually. As the collagen continues to produce and expand the tissue, the results become more noticeable. Within three months, you should be able to start seeing your full results. The tightening can continue for at least another three more months. Most people receive one ThermiTight treatment, but you may need additional treatments depending on the severity of your original condition.
Many patients can see results from ThermiSmooth after the first treatment; however, in most cases multiple treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. The gradual production and strengthening of collagen in the skin means that results become more obvious as time goes on. Full results are seen in approximately 3-6 months. Most people require three treatment sessions to achieve the best results with the wait time between each treatment session being around 2-4 weeks.
If you are ready for a safe, effective way to erase the signs of aging, contact our office today to get more information on the ThermiRF system.