Are there any good noninvasive procedures for neck tightening?

Hi Dr Irwin, Ive been researching noninvasive to minor invasive procedures for facial & neck tightening.Do to the minimal information available,I would appreciate your opinion in regards to the newer treatments ThermiRF (ThermiTight & ThermiSmooth).How effective are these new procedures,whats the downtime,long term effects,and most importantly the safety. Thank You Cindy

Cindy –  Bottom line –  I would wait about 6-12 months on these.  The prelaunch data on these is minimal, which is often the case now because companies push to launch as fast as possible.   Then……….consumers  often bear the negative consequences until the optimal parameters get worked out on them over the first year or two!

Here’s why I say this.   Neck skin is very delicate and often thin.  When a technology like Thermage, Ulthera,  or Exilis works on top of the skin to create skin tightening, the results may not be as much as you want, but…….the safety profiles are excellent.

When a probe of any kind is placed UNDER the skin and used to tighen from underneath, the control over the heat delivery is less and risk of burns is more.

There have been some serious and permanent problems/scars resulting from these.  The ThermiRF for example has a new heat surface temperature monitor, which should greatly increase the safety…….if it performs as advertised.     In my opinion, waiting for more data on these is prudent.

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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