Everyone could use a little skin tightening across different areas of their face. At San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, we offer ThermiSmooth™, a non-invasive skin tightening procedure that utilizes radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin and build new collagen. The procedure is totally safe, without risk or any downtime.
What Is ThermiSmooth™?
ThermiSmooth™ is a part of the ThermiRF™ system, which utilizes radiofrequency energy to tighten skin through various methods across the body. ThermiSmooth™ uses a temperature-controlled handpiece to deliver gentle heating to the skin, tightening it immediately and initiating new collagen production for long-term benefits.
How Does ThermiSmooth™ Work?
First, the collagen remodels, causing an immediate tightening of the surface skin. This process is called collagens is. Second, the heat triggers a wound response reaction in the body and collagen pro duction is increased to heal the perceived“ wound.” Increased collagen provides additional structural support to the skin, replacing some of the decrease in collagen production that is a part of normal aging.
The ThermiSmooth™ handpiece delivers radiofrequency energy through the skin surface into the dermis layer. There the radio-frequency energy converts to heat, producing sustained heating of around 40 degrees Celsius. This heat triggers the tightening reactions in the skin.
Common Areas Treated
ThermiSmooth™ treatments may be conducted on the face and on the body. Common facial treatment areas include:
- Eyelids and surrounding areas around the eyes
The gentleness of the ThermiSmooth™ treatment protocol makes it suitable for individuals who prefer a non-surgical, toxin-free approach to skin rejuvenation. The device features precise temperature control, which allows for customization, optimal comfort, and a high degree of safety.
Who Is A Good Candidate For ThermiSmooth™?
ThermiSmooth™ is an excellent treatment option for men and women who want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or mild skin laxity, or both. If your skin is looser and has more wrinkles in these areas, ThermiSmooth™ could be a great procedure for you. Plus, since ThermiSmooth™ uses radiofrequency energy, it can work for just about anyone.
During your consultation, we discuss what may be possible for you, so you can make the best decision for your unique needs.
How To Prepare For ThermiSmooth Treatment
There are two vital ways to maximize your ThermiSmooth™ treatments. The first is to avoid smoking through your treatment program. The second is to stay hydrated. Smoking dehydrates the skin and inhibits adequate oxygenation of tissues, so could work against rejuvenating treatments.
Adequate hydration is vital to the restructuring and repair of dermal tissues. It is also advantageous to discuss medications and supplements with your doctor prior to beginning your ThermiSmooth™ protocol.
What To Expect During ThermiSmooth Procedure?
The patient reclines on a treatment chair and we apply a small amount of gel to the skin surface in the treatment areas. Next, we set the ThermiSmooth™ equipment to the target heating temperature that is effective for the treatment area.
We then move the handpiece across the treatment area in a sweeping or circular motion, delivering the RF energy into the skin. As the patient’s skin temperature varies, the ThermiRF system constantly adjusts the temperature being delivered.
*Individual results may vary
How Long Does a Session Last?
Small areas take as little as five minutes to treat. Your complete session will depend on the areas you are treating, but most sessions run about 30 minutes.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The key here is collagen production. ThermiSmooth™ triggers new collagen production, your results build over time.The number of ThermiSmooth™ treatments that are needed will depend on the current condition of your skin.
Prior to treatment, a thorough consultation and evaluation are conducted. After this step, we will be able to estimate the appropriate number of treatment sessions to achieve the desired outcome. From there, a maintenance session every 9-12 months is a good idea.
How Long Do ThermiSmooth™ Results Last?
The results from a ThermiSmooth™ treatment really kick in after three to six months, as collagen production peaks in response to the heating. Those results will last for a year or longer. Maintenance appointments extend your results.
Are There Any Alternative Procedures For ThermiSmooth?
There are several treatment options to tighten and smooth aging skin. However, ThermiSmooth™ is different due to the gentleness of the process. Other common treatments include laser resurfacing, but such procedures may involve discomfort and downtime because the mechanism in this approach is to remove upper layers of dermal tissue.
Is ThermiSmooth™ Procedure Painful?
Most patients describe their experience as comfortable and relaxing. The system automatically adjusts heat based on feedback from the patient’s skin, only a slight warming sensation is typically felt.
One of the wonderful aspects of the ThermiSmooth™ treatment is that there is no need to take time off from work or your other activities!
Schedule a Consultation
For more information about our ThermiSmooth procedure, call us at (210)951-2483 to schedule a consultation. San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery serves San Antonio and surrounding areas in Texas.