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ThermiRF – An Exciting new Non-Surgical Alternative

Submitted by drgailhumble on September 11, 2014

Recently, I reviewed a report on “Comprehensive Thermoregulation for the Purpose of using a Novel Radio frequency Treatment Device”. Quite a mouthful! In essence, the report supported the use of temperature Controlled Injectable Radio Frequency for body contouring, skin tightening, and wrinkle reduction. This is a new therapy that falls between fillers and plastic surgery. Before I discuss this new therapy, a little bit about how our skin ages. Over time our skin typically becomes loose and less elastic due to many factors: aging, genetics, reduced collagen and elastin (a protein in connective tissue that is elastic and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting), reduced muscle tone, lifestyle, etc. As a result, our skin loses its youthful elasticity and begins to sag. To combat this loss of collagen and elastin, ThermiAesthetics has introduced ThermiRF, a radio frequency device aimed at tightening areas that have begun to lose volume and elasticity. With ThermiTight (one of the therapies offered using the ThermiRF device), we can tighten the skin on various parts of the bodies (under the chin, neck, knees, arms, tummy) by heating the tissues under the skin. The heat causes collagen contraction, and over time, new collagen deposition. It sort of shrink wraps the tissue, from the inside. Here’s how it works. After applying a small volume of local anesthetic, a tiny thermistor probe (self regulating heating element) is inserted under the skin. The surgeon applies gentle movements to heat up the tissues to the desired level. The video below shows this process.

 

After the procedure, a gentle wrap is applied and the patient may resume normal activities the next day. Results can last upwards of 2 years. ThermiRF is an exciting new option for those who aren’t candidates for plastic surgery, but want more than they are getting from injectables. It is especially exciting as one of the few options to treat arms and knees, other than surgery.

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