Providers and patients alike continue to reap the benefits of utilizing radiofrequency (RF)-based energy for non-surgical, no-downtime body shaping and skin rejuvenation procedures. As a versatile example of this trend, the Thermi250® device from Thermi, an Almirall Company (Dallas, Texas) employs temperature-controlled RF that delivers a tailored treatment for non-invasive, non-ablative body rejuvenation for people of all skin types.
With both monopolar and bipolar capabilities, the Thermi250 platform can be used to improve fine lines, wrinkles and crêpey skin laxity of the eyelids; upper and lower lips; and front of the neck; as well as address the appearance of cellulite. The ThermiSmooth procedure can also serve as an adjunctive therapy performed prior to or after another treatment, to address lax skin and other skin-related concerns.
“Some fat reduction treatments using other devices can be painful, so I prefer using the Thermi250 for the ThermiSmooth body procedures,” expressed Paul S. Nassif, M.D., a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Beverly Hills, Calif. “I’ll use it after a fat reduction procedure, but overall I like using it before, just to stimulate the collagen. It offers a comfortable procedure where you don’t have to use anesthesia.”
As reported by Dr. Nassif, heating tissues directly via RF after a fat loss treatment causes a contraction resulting in tighter skin.
“Studies have shown immediate heating facilitates collagen denaturation with resulting fibril contraction and tissue thickening,” Dr. Nassif explained. “An inflammatory wound healing response ensues with long-term neocollagenesis and further tissue contraction. Selective heating and tightening of fibrous septae within the subcutaneous layer likely accounts for immediate contour changes in the skin after treatment.”
ThermiSmooth post-procedure treatments can be combined with other fat reduction modalities, such as cryolipolysis. “Any time you actually do a fat reduction treatment there is a fear you’ll have a little loose skin,” Dr. Nassif shared. “Wait a few weeks before you do ThermiSmooth. It does seem to result in a better outcome.”