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ThermiTight: Ready or Not

Originally published on New York Social Diary. By: Delia von Neuschatz


When you look in the mirror, do you pull back the skin on your face..

imagining what you would look like with a bit of tightening here and there? You may even have tried non-invasive firming treatments like Thermage and Ultherapy, but the sagging persists. Still, you’re not willing to go the surgery route just yet, but would like to do something. In that case, the minimally invasive ThermiTight, a procedure which sits in between non-invasive and invasive surgical alternatives — may be the right option for you. 

“ThermiTight is something for patients who see themselves getting a facelift down the road, but are not yet ready,”

explains Dr. Ron Shelton, a dermatologic surgeon who performs the treatment at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. “The ideal candidate is someone who is starting to see some drooping. The corners of the mouth are turning down and the nasolabial folds are deepening. It’s also a good treatment for patients who’ve had a facelift a few years ago and need a little tweaking.”

ThermiTight uses radiofrequency technology to both tighten loose skin and remove excess fat. It works by targeting the subdermal or inner layer of skin directly. “There’s such excitement about it because we’re seeing that the results can be very good,” says Dr. Shelton.

“ThermiTight has been a game changer,”

concurs plastic surgeon, Dr. Adam Rubinstein, who reports that the bulk of his patients for this treatment are 40 – 60 years old. “Before ThermiTight, we didn’t have an option for the in-between patient.”

In addition to tightening facial skin, this versatile procedure is also used to firm the skin on the neck, upper arms, abdomen and knees. And Botox users may be interested to know that a related treatment, ThermiRaise, disables the nerves which cause unwanted face and neck lines such as the glabellar or “11” frown lines between the brows.

Known as the injectable readiofrequency treatment,

Thermitight, which is FDA cleared, delivers heat directly to the dermis or the collagen-producing layer of skin through a very thin probe which, after an injection of a local anesthetic, is inserted just below the surface of the skin. When tissue is heated to 60° Centigrade (140° Fahrenheit), it contracts and produces skin-tightening collagen. Non-invasive radiofrequency treatments like Thermage, on the other hand, deliver heat through the outer layer of skin thereby limiting safe treatment temperatures and thus effectiveness.

The temperature of the treated tissue is carefully monitored. Not only does the probe measure the temperature of the underlying tissue several times per second, but the equipment also has a sophisticated external infrared camera which monitors skin temperature. “You don’t want to exceed a certain temperature underneath and you don’t want to exceed a certain temperature on the skin,” explains Dr. Shelton. The temperature is adjusted according to the desired results. Skin tightening, fat loss, nerve ablation all require different heat settings.

Although micro-invasive ThermiTight is non-surgical, it is not a treatment that entails less downtime than surgery, cautions Dr. Shelton. Patients can expect swelling and bruising to last one to two weeks. Compression garments must be worn for several days after the treatment.

non-invasive skin tightening treatments

Side effects may also include burns, nerve weaknesss (which disappears within a couple of weeks and which Dr. Shelton points out is also a hazard with surgery and Ultherapy) and theoretically, according to Dr. Shelton, there’s also the risk of facial asymmetry. Nor is this a “lunchtime lift.” Treating the face requires 45-60 minutes plus there’s the anesthesia time. Treating the thighs will take about two hours (not including the anesthesia time). Count on putting aside four hours for a two-hour procedure. You will also need someone to take you home afterwards.

Timing is a consideration in other ways. It takes six months or more to see optimum results so if you’re thinking of undergoing this procedure a month before your daughter’s wedding, save your money.

As for costs, they range between a few thousand dollars to about $8,000. To treat the face and neck, for instance, Dr. Shelton charges $6,500. One treatment is enough and results will last a minimum of two years. Ultimately, “ThermiTight doesn’t have any competition,” enthuses Dr. Shelton. “There’s a curve, but just about everyone sees tangible improvement,” says Dr. Rubinstein. “And sometimes, the results look like the patient has had a facelift.”

Want something a little gentler on your skin and on your wallet? 

Our beauty experts rave about the Sapelo Skin Care line consisting of a serum, a moisturizer, a moisture-locking emollient and a new eye cream: “The Sapelo Face Cream and Serum are really the best anti-aging products,” says Travel Beauty founder Alyssa Barrie. “It may take 28 days to see results but the results are amazing and the formulation is sensitive enough that it can be used as an under eye cream and on the neck. 99% of people that try this line, order again and again.”

Step one of the Sapelo Skin Care regimen, the Renewing Serum hydrates the skin and contains cell-stimulating growth factors, boosting collagen and elastin production. A touch of magnolia oil brightens the complexion; Step 2, the Rejuvenating Cream boasts a high concentration of five peptides including acetyl tetrapeptide-17 colloidal platinum which, in studies, has demonstrated improvement in skin elasticity by 47%, hydration by 33% and wrinkle reduction by 61%; Step 3, the Softening Emollient is packed with lipids, enclosing the ingredients from Steps 1 and 2 and preventing them from evaporating.

Expert tip

Alyssa recommends “taking the time to massage the cream and serum into the skin. It stimulates circulation and works the muscles under the dermis — similar to what massage does for the body. And for the neck, remember to stroke down, with pressure from the bottom of the chin to the décolleté. That is the direction of lymphatic drainage — strokes towards the heart. Many people are told that you are supposed to sweep up. It’s just not true.

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Natural Vs. Organic Product Labels

Natural. All-natural. Organic. Green. In the US, there is no legal, regulated definition of the term “natural” as it pertains to health and beauty products. Labeling personal care products as either “natural” or “all natural” is supposed to mean that the product does not contain added colors or synthetic substances. However, “natural” is an unregulated phrase that has become little more than a marketing tool as the popularity of natural/organic products has boomed. So just because you buy a cream at a health food store, and/or it says all natural on the label (likely with leaves and flowers all around) doesn’t mean there are no questionable ingredients inside.

Defining Organic

Organic labeling, on the other hand, is protected and regulated by the FDA. If a product is labeled “organic”, or “made with organic ingredients”, it means that that product or those ingredients are farmed, grown or otherwise produced in a way that uses non-chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides, promotes soil or water conservation and reduces pollution.

What Is Meant By Chemical?

The word “chemical” is very misleading. Everything you can see, touch, feel or breathe is a chemical. So all ingredients in any skin care product are either natural or synthetic chemicals. The key is to stay away from harsh chemicals that are harmful to you. These harmful chemicals could be natural or synthetic. For example, hydrochloric acid is a natural digestive enzyme produced by the stomach, but it would be extremely damaging on the skin.

We asked the co-founder of Sapelo Skin Care, Stephanie Duttenhaver, to give us a little label 101 and tell us how Sapelo Skin Care is different from other “natural” skin care lines.

SD: Sapelo Skin Care is a natural-based skin care system. We use almost 99% all natural ingredients.

Here’s what you need to know about Sapelo’s 3 Step System:

Renewing Serum: Is 99% natural. The 1% constitutes a small quantity of  a synthetic preservative. There are multiple natural preservatives and 1 synthetic to keep the bioactive ingredients stable. There is no fragrance.

Rejuvenating Cream: Is 98% natural. The other 2% consists of PEG 7 Glycerol Cocoate & fragrance. We are in the process of reformulating Rejuvenating Cream. The next iteration, coming soon, will be 99% natural with no PEG.

Softening Emollient: Is 99% natural. The other 1% is PEG 7 Glycerol Cocoate. We will remove the PEG 7 in the near future, making the Softening Emollient 100% all natural.

PEGs (or Polyethylene Glycols) are used as a preservative in many personal care products. Because of the high concentration of natural peptides and stem cells in Sapelo products, we had to add some preservatives. We chose the lowest possible concentration of PEG 7 that would preserve the bioactivity of these crucial ingredients. The PEG 7 we use is made from the fat of the coconut.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram

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