ThermiRF technology allows, for one of the first times, patients to have available to them a minimally-invasive, non-toxic choice for a variety of plastic surgery and dermatological needs. Using the ThermiRF system, doctors can reduce skin laxity using heat. It is a suitable replacement for procedures that use more invasive, riskier surgical procedures.
ThermiTight is the protocol specifically designed to reduce skin laxity. A SmartTip thermistor probe is inserted into the sub-dermal layer of skin, and the skin is heated to the appropriate temperature. ThermiSmooth is used to treat the face and ThermiVa is used for vaginal skin tightening.
There are different benefits achieved from different tips, temperatures and protocols. Different parts of the skin anatomy have different maximum temperatures for various plastic surgery or dermatological procedures. This includes the surface skin, sub-dermis, deep fat, and nerve layers of our skin. Various benefits are noticed at each layer through ThermiRF, starting with surface smoothing of the skin, shrinking of fibrous septae, melting fat, and disabling nerves at the highest temperature and deepest level.
A local anesthetic is provided beforehand in the area, and the physician monitors the application through the Thermal Image Guidance system — an infrared monitor that makes visually explicit the reactivity and current heat levels in and on the skin. This allows our medical staff to continuously monitor the application of the heat delivery, ensuring that the proper level of exposure and the proper temperature of the skin are kept in sync at all times.
The procedure lasts about an hour or so, after which a wrap is applied. The patient can start resuming normal life activities the next day.
This treatment is brand-new, ushering a new frontier in options for patients who don’t want to deal with the uncertainty of invasive and potentially disfiguring plastic surgery procedures such as surgical face-lifts or Botox applications. It allows patients to walk out of the office with little downtime and minimal follow-up from the physician.
While it is a new type of therapy, it gives patients a comfortable, relaxed process of treatment that is extremely safe as well. Thus, those patients who wish to address the appearance of wrinkles in their face or body proactively are recommended to schedule an initial consultation to take a closer look at what benefits are now available through ThermiRF, thanks to advancement in modern science and medical technology.
A study was published in the February 2014 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology demonstrating the clinical efficacy and safety of skin laxity treatment using the ThermiRF device. Eighteen patients benefited from skin tightening through a tight protocol based on this device. The combination of a targeted heat-delivery system with the infrared monitor allowed delivery of the treatment in a level of precision and effectiveness that exceeded more traditional plastic surgery methods.