ThermiAesthetics (also known as Symphony RF and ThermiRF ) is the latest development in wrinkle reduction and skin tightening technology. It utilizes radiofrequency energy to heat the soft tissue layers immediately beneath the skin. The ThermiAesthetics device can safely heat the treatment area to an optimal temperature for skin tightening unavailable from other radiofrequency devices such as Thermage. If necessary, fat reduction can also be achieved at the same time.
How ThermiAesthetics Skin Tightening Works
When the subcutaneous tissues are heated to a high enough temperature, the body begins producing new collagen that in turn tightens and smooths the overlying skin in the treated area. The fatty soft tissue layer immediately beneath the skin can tolerate much higher temperatures than the skin itself, resulting in faster results when heated to a therapeutic level. Previously, however, devices were required to go through the skin to heat the deeper tissues, limiting safe treatment temperatures, thus requiring multiple treatment sessions to see results.
With ThermiAesthetics innovative, minimally invasive treatment method, a small probe is inserted through a needle directly into the soft tissues immediately beneath the skin. This probe carefully monitors temperature to reach a safe yet effective level for faster skin tightening while a thermal imaging camera monitors the external skin temperature. This dual monitoring provides for optimum treatment and safety yielding improved results with fewer treatment sessions than other radiofrequency-focused procedures.
Benefits of ThermiAesthetics over surgical skin tightening include:
- The treatment is done using local anesthetic
- Minimal discomfort during the procedure and afterwards is typical
- Minimal risk of injury
- Little to no downtime
- Safe for all skin types
Most patients tolerate the ThermiAesthetics procedure well and experience little to no discomfort or downtime. The length of the treatment session depends on the size of the treatment area but typically does not exceed 60 minutes. Patients can return to normal activities after their appointment. Mild swelling is normal and will recede soon after the procedure. When used to tighten the lower face and neck, Dr. Yellin requires his patients to wear an elastic support 12-15 hours per day for 1 week following the procedure to optimize the final result. As a stand alone technology, ThermiAesthetics patients will see results in approximately 6-12 weeks as their body naturally flushes out targeted fat tissue and the skin tightens. Final results are usually appreciated 3-6 months following the treatment. If combined with liposuction, patients will see immediate contour improvement and with time, the skin will tighten.
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