Aging is a fact of life, and while we can’t stop the process, recent technologies in health and wellness have allowed us to slow down the effects. One such advancement is the use of radiofrequency energy in rejuvenating our skin. As we age, our skin thins and loses collagen, and this gives us the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Here at World Wellness Health Institute in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania we have harnessed the latest and greatest cellulite treatment, powered by ThermiSmooth, and we can provide expert treatment and advice on this or any other anti-aging options.
What Is ThermiSmooth?
This is a state-of-the-art cellulite treatment that uses radiofrequency to heat the skin and stimulate the production and remodeling of collagen. What makes it superior to other radiofrequency devices on the market is its ability to produce temperature controlled frequencies. The ability to regulate treatment temperatures makes the process of cellulite treatment even more non-invasive and safe to use.
Collagen is the protein that makes up the building blocks of most of the human body. This protein acts as an anchor for our cells to build upon, and it makes up one-third of the body’s proteins. Collagen is very important in providing strength and elasticity to our skin. As we age, the production of collagen naturally in our bodies diminishes. The deep and precise heating power of radiofrequency promotes collagen regeneration, and it does this with a non-invasive wand that is gently rubbed over the area you wish to see results.
What Are the Benefits?
ThermiSmooth is completely non-invasive, and most patients see very minimal if no side effects. The process involves gently warming the skin with a temperature specific wand. There is no downtime with the process, and while complete results are usually seen within nine months, most patients notice a remarkable difference after just one session. Not only will the look of your skin improve, but the texture will be smoother and softer to the touch.
This is a great option for patients wanting to correct and reverse the signs of aging, including wrinkles, sagging skin, and cellulite. This gentle heating process will naturally stimulate a continued production of collagen in the skin for an overall younger and healthier appearance. This is an FDA approved product for temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite under the skin.
Where Can It Be Used?
The process is versatile and can be used on the face and other parts of the body where you wish to have younger and more vibrant skin. Specific areas on the face include the forehead, under the eyes (to reduce bags), the mid-face, and the mouth and neck. The RF wand can also improve the elasticity and reduce cellulite in other areas including, the chest, breasts, arms, abdomen, thighs, and knees. A thorough consultation with the ThermiSmooth experts at World Wellness Health Institute will help you find the perfect treatment plan for your skin and specific needs.
Does Science Support the Effectiveness of This Treatment?
According to a study performed by the Unilever Corporate Research Corporation in Sharnbrook, UK, the application of repeated mild heat to the skin will not only cause the existing collagen in the skin to become more contracted and elastic, but this slow and systematic heat will also promote increased production of collagen in the skin.
This tightening of the existing collagen will give immediate results by tightening the skin and removing the appearance of wrinkles, while the long term production of collagen will keep skin looking young and healthy. The key to this system comes with the technologically advanced ability to regulate the temperature of this applied heat. This is a technology unique to the ThermiSmooth system.
An experienced medical professional will determine the best temperature needed to achieve your treatment goals. This temperature will be monitored throughout each session, and the Thermi250 system will adjust the temperature as needed. While minor adjustments can be made, results have been proven using a consistent temperature above 40 degrees Celsius.
Why Is Radiofrequency Heat Best?
Radiofrequency (RF) energy is widely accepted as the best option for such treatments. Unlike other available heating options, radiofrequency sends a focused electrical current deep into the layers of the skin, penetrating through the surface down to where collagen production takes place.
This focused energy is both powerful and hot enough to promote collagen production and elasticity without burning the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. This technology is perfected even more by the use of controlled heat available with the Thermi systems used by World Wellness Health Institute.
How Do I Prepare for the Treatment?
To ensure the most successful treatment plan, the professionals at World Wellness Health Institute will schedule you for a comprehensive consultation before prescribing the best treatment plan for you. While ThermiSmooth is non-invasive and safe, World Wellness offers a wide variety of services, and it is important for your overall well being and the best results that you are matched up with a treatment plan that fits your personal needs.
Once you arrive for treatment, you will be taken back to a comfortable and relaxing private room. A small amount of gel will be applied to the treatment area to allow the wand to move over your skin comfortably and smoothly. The wand will be set to a specific temperature chosen by your medical professional to achieve the best results for your skin type and aesthetic wishes. The wand will run gently over the treatment area in small circles, and during the process, the Thermi system will adjust the temperature to exactly what is needed for your skin.
What Should I Do Before My Appointment?
While there is minimal prep work for this non-invasive procedure, there are a few simple things you can do to make your treatment more effective. The first of these is to drink plenty of water. Consuming ample water is proven to give you a healthier and younger look overall, and having hydrated skin prior to any cellulite treatment is imperative.
Before your treatment, it is important to shave any stubble that may have grown on the skin. This is especially for men with beard hair. A smoother surface will allow the wand used in treatment to glide over the skin. Skin should be clean of all makeup and other skincare products. If you have a cut or scrape in the treatment area, it is important to treat it with a topical antibiotic and consult your skincare professional before continuing treatment until it heals.
It is important that you stay out of the sun and do not visit a tanning salon at least twenty-four hours before your appointment. Sun damage can also increase the aging of our skin and might be counterproductive for treatment. In addition, if you have been prescribed the topical acne and aging ointment, Retin A, it is important to stop treatment a week before your session.
Will I Have Downtime?
This treatment is non-invasive, and most patients report no discomfort during their appointment. Some patients have described the heat sensation produced by the wand as similar to heated rocks used in a massage. Because no chemicals are used, and no invasive procedures are performed, there are very few side effects reported.
The treatment time is typically less than 30 minutes, and most patients can go back to work or school right after their appointment. Some patients experience mild redness and swelling in the treated area, but this typically lasts only one to twenty-four hours. Ice packs can be used in case of swelling, but for most patients it will diminish on its own.
How Many Treatments Will I Need and Does it Last?
The entire treatment will take typically only thirty minutes per session. During your initial consultation, your medical professional will determine how many treatments are needed, but typically full results are reached within nine months. Even after the first treatment, most patients experience a noticeable difference in their skin’s elasticity and the minimization of cellulite.
For most patients, the number of treatments varies but is typically between three to six treatments for facial areas and four to six treatments for other body areas. Treatments are completed every one to two weeks.
After each session, patients will see improvements in their youthful appearance as their body naturally starts producing more collagen. Treatment results will last up to one year or even longer, and you can prolong these results by coming in for maintenance treatments every nine to twelve months.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Since this is completely non-invasive, this treatment can be used on almost anyone. The controlled temperatures and non-surgical process make this a viable option for rejuvenating any skin type. ThermiSmooth is FDA approved, which means it has been tested by the Federal Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness. Since treatment temperatures are completely regulated, this therapy is even safe for thinner skin.
For the best results, the professionals at World Wellness Health Institute recommend all potential ThermiSmooth patients quit smoking. If you are a smoker, not only will your skin appear prematurely aged, but the smoke will dehydrate the skin, and make treatment less effective. In addition, the chemicals in cigarettes inhibit the skin from absorbing oxygen and works against the skin rejuvenation.
Who Should Not Use This Form of Cellulite Treatment?
While this cellulite treatment is safe for virtually everyone, there are a few individuals that need to consult with their medical doctors or treating physicians before starting this process. Those who have any medical device implanted into their bodies need to consult their doctors. These types of implants would include pacemakers, defibrillators, cochlear ear implants, or other medical devices. This is especially important if the device is near or around the treatment area.
If you are a patient undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment, such treatments dry out the skin and might decrease the effectiveness of cellulite treatment. In addition, if you are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant it is important to consult your obstetrician before seeking ThermiSmooth treatment.
Anyone who has diabetes, herpes simplex, or any other autoimmune disease should also consult their attending physician before seeking treatment. While treatment is still possible, you should first clear it with your endocrinologist.
If you have been searching for a completely safe and non-invasive treatment effective in producing healthier and younger looking skin, then ThermiSmooth might be right for you. Come see the experts at World Wellness Health Institute in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania for personal and luxurious service and treatments. Dr. Daniel Lebowitz is a medical professional and board-certified radiologist, and he has also completed training at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Come see Dr. Lebowitz for all of your preventative care and anti-aging needs.