If you’ve noticed wrinkles around your eyes or loose skin in the area, you are probably thinking about steps you can take to erase these signs of aging and restore your youthful appearance. You aren’t alone.
As we get older, the skin on the face starts to thin, which can result in lines and sagging. You’ve probably heard of Botox and other dermal fillers, but now there’s a new solution that is both a non-surgical procedure and one that can be done with no downtime. It’s called ThermiSmooth and if you have a healthy skin or skin care resolution, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about the procedure.
What is ThermiSmooth?
ThermiSmooth is a cosmetic treatment that is designed to treat fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. It’s also a good choice for smoothing skin texture. It’s the ideal option if you have begun to notice slight wrinkling or loose skin on your face, especially around your eyes. ThermiSmooth works for most skin types and can be applied to the face, for all-over results that turn back the hands of time.
How Does It Work?
Much like other anti-aging cosmetic treatments, ThermiSmooth works by using heat to stimulate collagen production and hydration in the area that’s treated. As the area heals and recovers, you’ll notice a plumping of the skin, which can help blur fine lines and sagging skin. It’s mostly used on the face but can also be a solution for other parts of the body.
The treatment itself is carried out using radiofrequency energy that is delivered to the skin via a small handheld device that is moved over the skin in a circular motion. As your skin’s temperature goes up, the collagen fibers contract, which creates an anti-inflammatory response that triggers cell regeneration.
The result is tighter, smoother and more supple skin. Most patients see the best results when ThermiSmooth is part of their skin care routine, rather than being a one-time procedure. You will likely see the positive effects after 4 to 6 treatments, each spaced several weeks apart.
What Does It Treat?
A non-surgical treatment, ThermiSmooth targets several issues that patients tend to complain about as they get older. When combined with a healthy skin care routine, the procedure offers additional benefits that can help you get the healthy skin and young, fresh complexion you’re looking for. Because it stimulates the production and remodeling of collagen, it can treat several skin issues and help you keep your skin healthy.
- Fine lines
- Minimally loose skin
- Dull skin
- Droopy eyelid skin
- Fluid retention around the eyes (malar edema, festoons)
- Dry eyes
- Under eye bags
- Lip lines
What to Expect During Treatment
ThermiSmooth is a fairly easy procedure that won’t cause any pain and only minimal discomfort. Each session lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and is customized to treat the specific parts of the face where you are seeing fine lines and loose skin.
The first step in treatment is to apply a special gel to the surface of your skin, which is what conducts the energy that the wand emits during the procedure. As the device is passed over your skin, using a circular motion, it adjusts the heat, based on the temperature of your skin. You can expect your cosmetic physician to focus on each area for about 5 to 15 minutes.
Most patients report that ThermiSmooth feels similar to getting a hot stone massage. If the wand device starts to feel hot, let your nurse know so the temperature can be adjusted. The procedure should not be painful. You can return to your normal daily activities as soon as your session is completed.
Results and Expectations
Unlike dermal fillers and some other aesthetic treatments, ThermiSmooth requires several sessions to produce the results you want. You may notice some immediate tightening of skin as soon as your first session is over, but it generally takes three to six months for the full results to make themselves known. Most patients do best with four to six initial treatments, spaced two to three weeks apart. Once you achieve the full results, you can follow up with a repeat maintenance procedure every 6 to 12 months.
Benefits of ThermiSmooth
There are several reasons to consider adding a ThermiSmooth treatment plan to your healthy skin care routine. If you have anti-aging cosmetic goals, ThermiSmooth may be right for you.
- Reduces the appearance of excess skin on the eyelids
- Acts as a non-surgical brow lift
- Targets fine lines and minimal wrinkles around the eyes and mouth
- Improves skin texture
- No downtime
- Pain free and won’t break skin layers
- Fast and easy
- Ideal for most skin types
- Safe for all skin tones – won’t cause brown spots or hyperpigmentation
Potential Risks and Side Effects
The great news with ThermiSmooth is that it poses a very small risk of side effects and carries very little aesthetic or medical risk, provided you seek out the treatment from a trained and qualified board-certified dermatologist. Some of the most common skin complaints after treatment include the following:
- Minor swelling
Fortunately, there is very little risk with a ThermiSmooth procedure. However, a very small minority of patients report pain in the area after a session. If you experience any level of pain, it’s a good idea to mention it to your cosmetic doctor to be sure there’s nothing going on that needs attention.
Who is a Good Candidate for ThermiSmooth?
ThermiSmooth is safe for all skin types and tones. If you see wrinkles, sagging skin or small areas of excess skin anywhere on your face or neck, you are likely a good candidate for the procedure. Likewise, if you want an anti-aging treatment without surgery, this may be the right option for you. However, there are a few conditions that could exclude you from treatment.
- You are pregnant
- You have a fever
- You have an active skin infection in the treatment area
While ThermiSmooth may be a good choice for acne-prone skin, you may need to forgo treatment if you are suffering from a breakout. Finding a good board-certified aesthetic physician is the best way to ensure that you get treatment that is appropriate for you.
Cost of ThermiSmooth
While there is no set price for ThermiSmooth, you will find that the price ranges from $200 to $500 per session. Because it’s considered an aesthetic procedure, it won’t be covered by insurance, so be prepared to pay out of pocket for your sessions.
ThermiSmooth cosmetic treatment sessions are a great idea for achieving your healthy skin and cosmetic goals. However, it’s best to completely understand what to expect from the procedure. There are some issues that it will not address and if those are your concerns, you may need to consider alternate treatments to reach your aesthetic goals. ThermiSmooth will not affect the following:
- Skin brightness
- Facial volume
- Sun spots
- Age spots (aka brown spots)
- Fat deposits
- Skin cancer
ThermiSmooth is an ideal cosmetic procedure for lines and wrinkles but won’t plump the area like dermal fillers will. It’s not designed to target pigmentation or to treat skin cancer lesions. In these cases, you will need to opt for other products, such as lip fillers, microdermabrasion, body skin cancer screening, or laser resurfacing. In any of these cases, your cosmetic dermatologist can help you create a treatment plan that gets you the healthy skin and youthful appearance that you’re looking for.
As we age, the skin tends to get loose and sag, creating the appearance of wrinkles. That’s true of all skin types, including acne-prone skin, so finding a solution that works for most patients is ideal. ThermiSmooth delivers attractive results that have a place in your healthy skin care routine. When it comes to cosmetic treatments, this is one that you will love because it’s fast, easy and lets you return to your normal routine right away.
Get in touch today to set up your initial consultation and let the Z Center for Cosmetic Health help you find the right aesthetic treatments for your skincare goals.