San Francisco Thermitight/Thermi treatment is a minimally-invasive face, neck and jawline treatment. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of Thermitight/Thermi treatment from San Francisco’s finest skin experts at Azalasf.com
Radio frequency (RF) devices come in many forms. Some deliver RF through the epidermis (called bulk heating), some use needles or pins to inject the RF energy while others utilize a probe that’s inserted directly into the skin to heat up tissues to a specific temperature. What they all have in common is the objective of skin tightening by causing a controlled thermal injury to the dermal layers and stimulating the formation of new collagen.
ThermiTight® by Thermi falls under the category of non-surgical skin-tightening but it’s the most invasive out of all the RF procedures. Small incisions need to be made under the chin or other areas of the face or body in order to insert the probe called the ThermiRF SmartTip™. Once the probe starts traversing tissues under the skin the physician has to carefully monitor dermal temperature readings on the computer screen to make sure the treatment area doesn’t exceed 42°C. Similar devices from Thermi include ThermiSmooth for the face and eyes, and ThermiVa for vaginal rejuvenation.
ThermiTight® has a 46% approval rating on RealSelf which indicates that the treatment does not result in consistent improvement in skin laxity for more than half of patients. Lackluster outcomes aside, ThermiTight® can be somewhat risky and extreme caution must be taken by the physician not to burn the skin or do more damage than intended. Downtime is one about a week with considerable swelling and bruising. A bandage must be worn during the recovery period so going back to work or resuming normal activities may not be possible. Pain management is required during and after the procedure.
Dr. Mosser and his experienced staff pride themselves on offering only the safest and most effective treatments possible. Having evaluated all the different RF devices on the market they have determined that many of them don’t deliver very impressive results. Furthermore, more invasive procedures such as ThermiTight® carry a higher risk of complications such as infection and scarring and for this reason ThermiTight® isn’t currently being offered at Azala Medical Aesthetics.
Much better treatments are available at our clinic for patients who want to tighten their face and body with minimal risk and downtime. Dr. Mosser has been successfully using a skin-tightening procedure called NovaThreads to lift and contour areas such as the neck, jawline and even abdomen. NovaThreads uses surgical sutures with tiny barbs to elevate and anchor sagging skin while stimulating the production of collagen in the treatment zones. The threads are slowly absorbed by the body but the skin continues to look firmer and more contoured for up to 12-18 months.
Patients looking to add to the skin-tightening effects of NovaThreads can combine the procedure with skin resurfacing by the Halo fractional laser. Halo by Sciton® is the first hybrid device that emits both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths simultaneously and provides additional improvements such as the smoothening of wrinkles and texture, reduction of pigmentation and various types of scarring.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.