ThermiRF™ is a state-of-the-art system cleared by the FDA to nonsurgically tighten and smooth skin on numerous areas of the face and body using temperature-controlled radiofrequency (RF) energy. In addition, this innovative device can be employed to treat excessive sweating in the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) with longer-lasting results than BOTOX® injections and many other alternatives. At Art Plastic Surgery, our board certified plastic surgeons—Dr. John T. Cozzone and Dr. Luis A. Zapiach—offer four ThermiRF™ treatments: ThermiTight™, ThermiSmooth™, ThermiVa™, and ThermiDry™. Learn more about each of these revolutionary procedures below.
ThermiTight™ is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to tighten lax skin in the face, neck, back, chest, and arms. During the procedure, a small SmartTip™ thermistor probe is carefully inserted under the skin in the targeted area and gently moved around as it delivers a precise degree of RF energy controlled by the ThermiRF™ device. This thermal-regulated energy is monitored with advanced Thermal Image Guidance™, helping to ensure specific deep tissue layers are heated without harming surrounding structures. Once the desired temperature for these tissues is reached, the skin’s natural repair process prompts new collagen growth, ultimately helping to tighten loose skin in the treatment area over several months as new collagen continues to be produced.
Following the ThermiTight™ treatment, some degree of temporary swelling, bruising, and/or redness may occur, but these side effects should dissipate relatively quickly. Any potential discomfort or tenderness is typically minimal, and the majority of patients are able to resume normal daily activities within one to two days, if not right away. For ideal results, a series of treatments may be necessary.
ThermiSmooth™ is a non-invasive procedure that employs radiofrequency energy to smooth skin below the eyes, around the mouth, across the forehead, on the eyelids, and on the neck. During treatment, a small amount of coupling gel is first applied to the skin, and the special ThermiSmooth™ handpiece is guided gently across the targeted area as it administers precise heating regulated by the ThermiRF™ system. Once tissues in the treatment region reach a specific temperature, old collagen begins to shrink, and the production of new collagen is stimulated by the skin’s natural healing process. Over time, this new collagen growth creates a smoothing effect on the skin’s surface for a more even, youthful-looking appearance.
Due to its non-invasive nature, there is generally no pain or discomfort experienced during or after the ThermiSmooth™ procedure. In fact, most patients say treatment feels much like a warm massage. Though some degree of swelling and/or redness may occur in the targeted area, these symptoms should subside shortly and typically do not inhibit patients from resuming normal activities as soon as they leave our office. To achieve optimal results, a series of ThermiSmooth™ treatments may be necessary.
ThermiVa™ is a nonsurgical, non-invasive procedure designed to improve female genital laxity and restore various aspects of urologic and sexual function often compromised by childbirth and/or aging. Issues that can potentially be treated with this innovative technique include skin laxity and/or redundancy in the labia majora and minora, vaginal muscle laxity, vaginal dryness, orgasmic dysfunction, and urinary stress incontinence. During treatment, the special ThermiVa™ wand can be used to apply thermal-controlled radiofrequency energy to the labia majora and minora to achieve external skin tightening. If needed and/or desired, the wand can then be used to deliver heated RF energy inside the vaginal canal, helping to tighten internal genital tissues while improving mucosal lubrication. Like other ThermiRF™ treatments, the thermal-regulated energy effectively stimulates the production of new collagen, ultimately achieving a tightening effect over time.
There is typically no discomfort and/or downtime associated with the ThermiVa™ procedure, and the majority of women are able to resume their normal daily routines immediately. For an ideal outcome, a series of about three treatments spaced four weeks apart is generally recommended.
ThermiDry™ is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure designed to reduce – or even eliminate – excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) in the armpits through the employment of radiofrequency energy. During treatment, the ThermiDry™ device is used to deliver thermal-controlled RF energy into targeted sweat glands in the underarm region, effectively heating them to the specific temperature at which their function is inhibited while leaving surrounding tissues undamaged.
Following treatment, some temporary redness and/or swelling in the armpits can often be expected, but these potential symptoms should dissipate shortly. The majority of individuals experience little to no discomfort after the procedure, and most are able to return to normal daily activities and routines immediately. Ultimately, the effects of ThermiDry™ have been known to last up to about three years, which is much longer than BOTOX® injections, Dysport™, and other popular alternatives.
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