Skin Tightening: Thermage™,ReFirme™, Super RF Lift™?
What is Thermage™? ReFirme™? What conditions may be treated?
Thermage™ is a non-surgical procedure to tightens and contour the skin of the face, eyes, breast, and the body. The procedure stimulates collagen growth by using radio-frequency heat energy.
Face Thermage uses radio-frequency to tighten and contour the face by using electrical energy to produce collagen remodeling, growth, and fat shrinkage in select areas. Correctable conditions include early stages of saggy brows, eyelids, crow’s feet, nasolabial lines, jowls, and double chin.
Eyelids Thermage also uses radio-frequency to improve early skin upper and lower eyelid redundancy, improving hooding and fine wrinkles around the eyes.
Body Thermage uses the same technology to improve body wrinkling. Correctable conditions include skin wrinkling and cellulite associated with pregnancy, weight loss, and/or aging.
Breast Thermage improves early breast sagging. Correctable condition includes early breast sagging.
ReFirme, on the other hand, uses bidirectional radio-frequency, along with infrared light, to stimulate superficial collagen growth to produce gentle and more immediate skin tightening and lifting. Correctable conditions include early stages of saggy brows, crow’s feet, droopy cheeks, neck laxity, and body skin looseness.
Super RF LiftSM, a synergistic package radio-frequency program, uses combined treatments of Thermage, ReFirme, BOTOX®, and synthetic fillers to sculpt a saggy, chubby or heavy face. No incision is used.
Each session takes less than one hour in an office setting. Procedure usually requires no or just topical anesthesia, although some may require oral and/or inhalational sedation. Radio-frequency, with or without light, is applied and a mild to moderate to intense heat sensation is felt. Serial sessions, depending on the areas and severity, are completed within three months.
When and What Results Might Be Expected? How long does the results last?
For Thermage, gradual and conservative skin tightening with contouring over three to six months is expected to last up to one year.
For ReFirme, some immediate tightening followed by gradual improvement of skin laxity over three months is expected to last up to six months.
For Super RF Lift, some immediate tightening followed by gradual skin lifting and contouring over three to six months is expected to last up to one year.
What is the recovery like? When can I return to work and activities?
Recovery usually takes one weekend. Minimal swelling and bruising are expected. Use of prescribed pain medicine is not necessary. Make-up can be applied immediately. Most patients return to work and regular activities either immediately or within one weekend.
Any treatments to help maintain or enhance my results?
Minor adjustments, maintenance, or further enhancements can often be done non-surgically without surgery using the non-surgical procedure such as BOTOX®, Thermage™, ReFirme™, Fillers, or Non-Surgical Facelift. More extensive changes may require further surgical shaping.