I heard that Thermitight is more effective for skin tightening when combined with liposuction. Is there any truth to this?
Dr. Dean Kane Q & A
Q. I heard that Thermitight is more effective for skin tightening when combined with liposuction. Is there any truth to this?
A. ThermiTIGHT (TT) is one option of an array of uses for the ThermiRF platform.
TT uses a microprobe to heat and monitor the dermis from under the skin to cause dermal shrinking and collagen stimulation at one setting. During this technique it creates a heat reservoir within the underlying fat and eventual contraction underlying the area treated will further enhance the inflammatory and tightening effects with this combination.
At a deeper placement of the microprobe with other settings, TT will heat fat and destroy the cells. It is not its primary function and could lead to irregularities in larger areas of fat reduction; but for a double chin works well. This technique has also worked well for cellulite reduction particularly around the buttock, banana roll and thighs.
TT performed before lipocontouring larger areas of fat provide the patient the best of both techniques; skin shrinkage AND properly performed and contoured liposuction. Both procedures acquire their results via immediate and delayed inflammatory healing with formation of scar / collagen. This technique is best used in larger areas of fat content for contouring where the skin is relatively thin such as:
· the inner thigh and just above the knee,
· the inner arm and posterior elbow and
· the neck below the thyroid cartilage (Adam’s apple).
Other areas where such a mixed technique will provide better contouring than either alone will include the side breast roll and upper outer breast fat.
I hope this has helped. Always consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience and talent in all techniques and combinations. All the best!
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.