ThermiSmooth

ThermiSmooth is a non-invasive skin treatment using radio-frequency energy that has been used in medicine for some years now. It is non-invasive and non-surgical. This energy stimulates collagen production as well as making the existing collagen fibres tighten improve skin texture and quality. Collagen is protein in the skin that makes it stronger and more elastic. As a person ages, they produce less and less collagen, so skin can get thinner and less elastic.

 

No anaesthetic is needed for this process of gentle heating. It feels a bit like a hot rock massage.The ThermiRF Platform is FDA and TGA approved . it has a built in temperature probe to precisely measure the amount of energy delivered. There are several different strengths in the thermismooth range. Some do travel deep into tissues. ( ThermiSmooth250) . The device we use at the Mayah Clinic is for skin, rather than deeper tissues. As a result it does not affect fat and is a very safe device for facial treatments.

Frequency Asked Questions

What is it good to treat?
It used to treat lax skin on the face.
This is useful for around the eyes as this skin tends to be finer. It can achieve some lifting of droopy eyelid skin and improvement in fine lines. Other areas of crepey skin, like on the neck, or some cheek lines, would also fall in this category. Whether it is right for you, will depend on your skin thickness and other soft tissue considerations. In other words, having a consultation about it is the best way to see if you are likely to see good changes.

 

Can anyone have ThermiSmooth?
All skin types can be safely treated with ThermiSmooth. It uses electrical energy though, so any one with an electrically sensitive medical device implanted cannot have this treatment – for example a pacemaker, defibrillator, cochlear implant.

 

How does ThermiSmooth work?
Clinical studies have shown that collagen in skin will tighten when heated to a sustained temperature in excess of 42 degrees Celsius. It has also shown that when skin is heated to this level an inflammatory process commences that stimulates fibroblasts to produce new collagen over a period of time. In other words, it achieves subtle enhancements to the skin using the bodies natural healing response. Therefore the challenge is to deliver precise amounts of heat without overheating. The ThermiSmooth device is developed to meet these challenges safely and comfortably.

 

What happens in a ThermiSmooth treatment?
No anaesthetic is needed for this treatment. In fact we want you to talk to your therapist throughout the session giving feedback on the degree of comfort.
A small amount of ultrasound gel is applied to the skin and the thermismooth handpiece glides over the skin. The system is set to specific target temperature – (ie 42-45degrees C). Your therapist will gradually raise the skin temperature to the target zone. As the skin’s temperature rises the computer adjusts the energy output to ensure precision heating. The area needs to be maintained at the target temperature for about 5-7 minutes ( dependant on the region involved). It is our Clinic experience that once clients experience a session and know how it feels for them, it becomes a relaxing visit.

 

Is there any downtime?
No. There is no broken skin with this treatment. You will appear pink in the treatment area initially, but this can be covered with makeup.

More Related Information

Will Thermismooth affect my Botox or Fillers?
Muscle relaxants are bound to into the nerves in muscle and so are not affected by heat. It is wise to leave it at least a few days after injections before having any other facial treatment.
With regards to dermal fillers, it is possible that any heating treatment may speed the break down of fillers in some people. It is not always the case, but to avoid this being any concern for you, do a Thermi series before updating filler.

 

How many sessions of ThermiSmooth will I need?
It is recommended to have 4-6 sessions at 2 week intervals. Then, of course, skin ageing continues with time, so a maintenance session 1-2 times a year would suit most people.

 

Are there any Side Effects?
As with any tissue-heating treatment, the skin may appear pink afterwards for up to 24 hours in some people. However, because the skin surface is not broken the safety profile is high.
Occasionally some clients find the treatment quite hot, but generally become used to the sensation over the session.
Results may vary as it does rely on your own collagen response.

 

 

We find that this is a convenient way to boost skin health and function. It may be recommended that it becomes part of a broader plan for a client. Using Growth Factor serum will always speed up collagen production changes in combination with any skin boosting treatment. Sometimes following a ThermiSmooth series with a Microneedling series is a useful plan, or following a Halo laser with ThermiSmooth around the eyes. It is always recommended to come in to the Mayah Clinic and discuss a personal customised plan for your skin.