ThermiTight with Dr. Smart

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ThermiTight is an application of the ThermiAesthetics system that uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to safely rejuvenate the skin. It is also the most effective non-surgical skin-tightening treatment I’ve seen.

There are many different devices in this non-surgical skin-tightening realm. Many of them work well, but none that I have yet seen work better or as reliably as the ThermiTight. This is not to say that I don’t like, use, and recommend other methods. I do. But I’ve recently been quite impressed with the results of this treatment modality.

ThermiTight’s RF energy induces the reduction of wrinkles, tightens skin and helps contour the body by heating underneath the skin, the hypodermis, and the layer of adipose tissue found there. It causes the release of fat cells and induces them to shrink in the treatment area while also stimulating new collagen formation and contraction.

This procedure may be administered on several areas:

  • Lower face and neck
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Stomach
  • Breasts
  • Hips
  • Back

It is also frequently combined with other procedures such as liposuction or laser resurfacing which reduces fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin.

The fact that the RF energy is applied directly to the hypodermal layer is what makes it stand out. A fact that likely accounts for increased efficacy, but does make it minimally invasive. Unlike ultrasound or laser techniques, in which energy is placed on the surface of the skin and directed downward, RF energy stimulates the skin from within. The use of an internal probe to apply energy below the surface of the skin directly targets the collagen. The continuous temperature monitor on the probe also ensures the precise and safe amount of heat delivery required to tighten the skin.

The treatment begins by administering local anesthetic to the treatment site. A thin, specialized probe is then inserted through a very small incision (2-3mm) to reach the subdermis. The probe is then slowly moved back and forth to evenly heat the treatment area. The treatment lasts for less than 60 minutes, with results that develop gradually over 3-6 months.

After the procedure, patients are free to resume normal activities the next day. There is very little recovery time, with temporary bruising or swelling being the most common side effects.

If you have unwanted pockets of stubborn fat or skin that is drooping naturally from age or significant weight loss, ThermiTight might be exactly what you’re looking for. For an example of how the ThermiTight technology works watch the video below.

About Dr. David Smart

Dr. Smart was born in Salt Lake City and grew up climbing and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and must have enjoyed the harsh winters of the upper Midwest so much that he decided to stay in nearby Chicago to complete a residency in dermatology at the University of Illinois Chicago. With a particular interest in laser and cosmetic medicine, as well as general dermatology, Dr. Smart is excited to be a part of the Advanced Dermatology team as the laser and cosmetic fellow.

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