Skin Tightening and Lifting- a New Approach with Thermi RF
David T. Harvey, MD, FAAD, FACMS Mohs Surgeon & Cosmetic Dermatologist
Thermi RF is a minimally-invasive treatment to both remove excess fat and tighten the skin. It uses radiofrequency energy to selectively heat the skin and improve contours in the neck, arms, abdomen and leg areas. Thermi RF has been recently cleared by the FDA. Our practice in proud to introduce this technology to the south Atlanta area.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Thermi RF delivers radiofrequency energy by means of a small cannula that is inserted under the skin. The cannula heats the tissue beneath the skin, melting the fat and stimulating collagen production beneath the skin This helps to correct the skin laxity that commonly occurs after fat reduction.
HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM OTHER AVAILABLE TREATMENTS?
While many non-invasive fat removal treatments currently exist, Thermi RF is the only one whose temperature can be adjusted to effectively treat each patient’s specific area(s) of concern. As soon as the fat tissues have reached the proper temperature, we can appropriately estimate the appropriate time for the treatment. Thermi RF’s adjustable temperature greatly enhances patient comfort and safety.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
Thermi RF can treat many different areas. Patients seeking Botox-like effects can benefit from this treatment with patients noticing improvement from one to two years. It can also provide sub-dermal skin tightening and improve cellulite. Additional uses for the Thermi RF include treating underarm sweating, tightening neck skin, and correcting vaginal laxity. Its dual capabilities for fat removal and skin tightening offer a full body contouring without requiring additional treatment modalities.
CAN OTHER TREATMENTS BE PERFORMED SIMULTANEOUSLY?
Yes, for example, Dr. Harvey can combine the tightening effects of Thermi RF with laser skin resurfacing, filler techniques, laser liposuction or chemical peeling. The versatility of combining procedures can allow us to address multiple cosmetic issues in one procedure setting.
WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE?
An ideal candidate for Thermi RF has resistant areas of excess fat on their body that has not responded to diet and exercise. The targeted patient should be in good health, with no underlying adverse medical conditions. To find out if this technique is right for you, a consultation with Dr. Harvey is required.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS?
One to several treatments may be necessary to achieve satisfactory results. The exact number of treatments varies based upon your specific goals. During your consultation, Dr. Harvey can provide you with a better estimate of what it will take to achieve your goals.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?
The areas to be treated with Thermi RF are sterilely prepped and a gel is applied to the skin. The cool tip of the handpiece is then placed onto the skin. As the Thermi RF’s radiofrequency energy is sent through the skin, you will feel a soothing, warm, sensation. For your comfort and safety, Dr. Harvey will adjust the temperature of the Thermi RF based on your specific needs. On average, one Thermi RF treatment session usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
It is important to understand that multiple treatments may be necessary for complete results. Most patients experience noticeable results after one Thermi RF treatment. Results typically continue to evolve over the next three to six months, as your own body’s collagen is restored beneath the skin.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
If you would like to learn more about the Thermi RF procedure, please contact us today at 770-400-8400. We look forward to meeting you!