What is THERMI-Tight?
THERMI-Tight is a minimally invasive treatment that utilizes radiofrequency energy to heat up the undersurface of the skin using a tiny (needle like) blunt radiofrequency probe. The main idea behind this treatment is that our skin collagen gets stimulated, reorganizes and tightens when it gets heated up to about 50-60C. This change in collagen leads to tightening of the skin as well as to improving skin elasticity as new collagen continues to form. In addition, fat deposits in the treatment area are melted away and the liquified fat is then washed out and reabsorbed by the body systems. This combination of skin tightening, improving skin elasticity and decreasing excess fat is what gives patients great results with minimal invasiveness and minimal downtime. That’s what makes THERMI-Tight the perfect finishing touch after a liposuction procedure!
In essence, THERMI-Tight:
- Treats lax and sagging skin in multiple areas of the body: lower face, jowls, neck, abdomen, love handles, arms, thighs and knees as well as excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Stimulates long-term collagen growth
- Melts down fat
- Safe, comfortable and minimally-invasive procedure
- Painless procedure, except for some discomfort related to injection of local anesthetic
- No sutures needed
- Minimal downtime
- Short recovery
- Long lasting results
- Can enhance the results of a liposuction procedure
You are a candidate for THERMI-Tight procedure if you have some skin laxity and/or fat excess in multiple areas of the face, which are bothersome enough to do something about, but not bothersome enough (or you are not willing for any reason) to undergo surgery. In other words, if you are a so called “In-Between” patient.
How is THERMI-Tight Performed?
First, the areas to be treated are outlined with a marker. The skin is then cleansed with an antiseptic. Sites are marked and injected with small blebs of local anesthetic. Once the area is all numb and ready to be treated, a small blunt radiofrequency probe is introduced under the skin. The radiofrequency energy is then delivered via this probe to heat up the undersurface of the skin to about 55-60C. At the same time (and this is unique to THERMI-Tight) the temperature at the skin surface is monitored by a special high-resolution infrared camera to make sure that the skin doesn’t get too hot. The temperature can vary from patient to patient depending on skin thickness, amount of extra fat, and other factors. The prescribed temperature is set by Dr. Ovchinsky to ensure a comfortable yet effective treatment for each patient. The procedure takes about 1 hour (depending on the area(s) treated).
There is some discomfort associated with injection of local anesthetic. Afterwards, there should be no pain at all during the procedure.There is usually minimal to no pain after the procedure. If there is some pain or discomfort, regular Tylenol should be sufficient to make you comfortable.
The degree of swelling is patient dependent and may range from minimal to no swelling to a more noticeable swelling that may last for a few days. Wearing skin elastic support and staying more upright allows for the swelling to resolve quicker. Some bruising is not uncommon, however this should resolve within a few days after the procedure.
While some patients report improvement even within the first month after treatment, maximum improvement can take 3-6 months. This is how long it usually takes for the collagen to start remodeling. The improvement may continue as the time goes on as new collagen stimulated by the treatment continues to form.
Usually one treatment is required, however this may vary from patient to patient depending on the degree of skin laxity, fat excess, quality of the skin, and general health status.
In essence, almost any area of the body with saggy skin.
Most of the patients can be treated with THERMI-Tight. Some of the contraindications to the procedure are:patients with implantable cardiac
devices such as pacemaker or defibrillator
patients with implantable spinal cord stimulator
patients with cochlear implants
THERMI-Tight is the perfect addition to your minimally invasive rejuvenation treatment plan, addressing wrinkle reduction, contouring and skin tightening in efficient and minimally invasive fashion.
To learn more about THERMI-Tight in New Jersey please call our office at 973.379.0101 and set up a consultation with Dr. Ovchinsky today!