Youthful skin is soft, supple and firm, but those characteristics tend to change over time. You may notice that your skin becomes looser as you get older, leading to the formation of jowls along the jawline, a double chin and folds on the front of the neck often referred to as “turkey neck.” Skin laxity is not restricted to the face and neck either; other areas of the body can also develop loose skin that interferes with your sleek body contour. If you are looking for a way to firm up loose skin without surgery, New Reflections Plastic Surgery now offers a revolutionary procedure known as ThermiTight.
What is ThermiTight?
ThermiTight is an innovative device that uses radiofrequency energy to tighten loose skin and stimulate collagen production. The RF energy is placed into the deeper dermal layers without the need for incisions. Instead, a small probe is inserted into the treatment area, which delivers precise thermal energy to the underlying dermal structure, resulting in constriction of tissue and collagen production for results you can see now and later.
Best ThermiTight Candidates
ThermiTIght offers effective skin tightening for the following areas:
- Neck and jawline
- Upper arms
- Upper and lower back
- Love handles and buttocks
- Knees and thighs
This technology is safe for nearly all skin types and tones and works best on mild to moderate skin laxity. If you have substantial skin laxity and other signs of aging, Dr. Patel may recommend a surgical procedure to give you the long-lasting, dramatic results you want. However, patients that are not good candidates for surgery may find ThermiTight offers positive results at nearly any age.
About the Treatment
ThermiTight is performed using a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during treatment. Once the area is numb, Dr. Patel will begin inserting the small probe into the dermis, allowing for the delivery of heat energy directly to the underlying dermal layers. The probe allows for careful monitoring of temperature, so you get just the heating you need – no more, no less. Because the RF energy is administered directly to the layers beneath the surface, you will not see any visible signs you just had a cosmetic procedure performed.
A ThermiTight treatment takes about one hour to perform. However, that timeframe may fluctuate based on the size and number of areas you want to be treated during your session. You can leave our office immediately following your procedure with a wrap placed over the treatment area to minimize swelling and promote healing to the area.
What to Expect from ThermiTight
Many of our patients walk out of our office after their ThermiTight treatment seeing and feeling some immediate tightening of the skin. This is due to the constriction of tissue as the RF energy was delivered. In the weeks following, you will see additional benefits from your ThermiTight procedure, as collagen goes to work in the dermal structure to increase skin firmness and suppleness from the inside out.
Maximizing Your Results
Only a single treatment session is needed to see results, but results will typically improve over time because your own collagen is creating the tightening effect. Most people undergoing ThermiTight will experience some mild swelling and bruising that last a few days, but then will typically be back to normal and that’s a small price to pay to achieve such dramatic changes. Your smoother, tighter skin should last for many years before you might need another cosmetic treatment to maintain your youthful appearance.