Although I have moved from Mill Creek and have many more convenient dermatologists (including one I used prior to my move to Mill Creek), I am happy to make the drive to your office. Dr. Bassett is to be highly recommended. – DemandForce Reviewer
Until recently, the only option to tighten loose, sagging skin under the chin, along the jaw line and jowls, as well as the neck, upper arms, abdomen, chest and thighs, has been to have plastic surgery. This involves a surgical procedure, usually under general anesthesia, and is not without significant risk and downtime.
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For the past 20 years, dermatologists have been researching and developing safe, non-surgical or minimally-surgical ways in which to tighten loose skin with little to no downtime. Over the years, it became clear that radiofrequency was going to be the best way in which to accomplish this. Radiofrequency has been used in medicine for many years, but has only been harnessed for skin tightening more recently. The first radiofrequency devices that came to market for skin tightening were not very impressive in terms of the clinical results. However, over the past few years, researchers have refined this technology to where we are now seeing significant improvement in skin tightening with little to no pain or downtime.
Dr. Schmidt has been following the advances in radiofrequency for skin tightening for the past 15 years, and as there are now close to 30 different radiofrequency devices on the market, all of which claim to achieve great results, it required a long process of careful research and testing many different devices until he finally found two products that he felt stood out from their competitors, the ThermiTight™ and the Exilis Elite™. Exilis Elite™ is non-surgical and is used for mild to moderate skin sagging, whereas ThermiTight™ is minimally-surgical and is used to treat more advanced cases of skin laxity. We are seeing impressive results with both of these and are confident that we have chosen the best devices on the market.
ThermiTight™ is used to treat loose, sagging skin under the chin, along the jaw line (jowls), on the neck, along the inner aspect of the upper arms, as well as the abdomen (especially after pregnancy and weight loss), chest, thighs and buttocks. It is also used to tighten up loose, sagging skin around the knees.
One of the main advantages of ThermiTight™ over its competitors is that it only requires a single treatment and, as it is done under local anesthetic, it is not associated with the pain issues that many of these other devices have, especially Ulthera™ (Ultherapy™) and Thermage™. Depending on the area being treated, it is also often cheaper than Ulthera™ and Thermage™, as it does not have the very expensive consumables that these other devices have. Unlike many of these competing devices, ThermiTight™ can be used on many different areas of the body, making it very versatile.
Another great advantage of this device is that it has been proven to stimulate new collagen and elastin production, which results in thicker, more elastic, younger skin, making it a true anti-aging treatment.
We are fortunate in that, together with the Exilis Elite™, we now have multiple different devices for treating loose skin, which makes us different to many other medical aesthetics practices and spas that only have one type of device for skin tightening.
Dr. Schmidt, who is double board-certified in dermatology and is a fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon (facial skin cancer surgeon), performs all of the ThermiTight™ procedures in our office. He trained on this device with one of the world’s top cosmetic surgeons in Dallas, Texas.
1. On what parts of my body can ThermiTight™ be used?
ThermiTight™ can be used to treat loose, sagging skin under the chin, along the jaw line (jowls), on the neck, along the inner aspect of the upper arms, as well as the abdomen (especially after pregnancy and weight loss), chest, thighs and buttocks. It is also used to tighten up loose, sagging skin around the knees.
2. Is it painful?
The areas to be treated are first numbed with local anesthetic. Once you are numb, you should not feel any discomfort. Patients may describe a “warm” sensation during the treatment. Some patients may experience the heat as being “hot” and, at times, even mildly painful. However, if pain is felt at any time during the treatment, Dr. Schmidt will immediately turn off the device and the pain will go away instantly. In other words, any pain is very short-lived. Typically, no pain medications are necessary after the procedure.
As the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, it is certainly not painful like many of its competitors, including Ulthera™ and Thermage™.
3. Is there any downtime?
Most patients are able to go back to work and their normal activities within 24-48 hours.
4. How many treatment sessions are needed and how long is each session?
Only one treatment session is needed. The treatment time will depend on the area being treated, but will typically last from 15 to 30 minutes.
5. What is the cost?
Thermitight™ is often more affordable than many of its competitors, as it has no expensive consumables like Ulthera™ and Thermage™do. It is considerably cheaper than plastic surgery. The cost of treatment will depend on the area being treated.
Please call one of our cosmetic consultants at North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics on 425-954-2437 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, for pricing. North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics has five convenient locations. Our offices are in Mill Creek, Smokey Point, Everett, South Everett and Monroe.
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