In their 2015 annual statistics, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) reported that over the last 15 years, cosmetic procedures have grown by an astonishing 274%. Even more compelling — while surgical intervention grew by 82%, non-surgical treatments increased by 508%. Skin rejuvenation and fat removal are two popular categories that offer promising results with no scalpels or downtime.
What are the latest, best options? Dr. Kevin Smith of Charlotte moderates a discussion between Drs. Ned Snyder and Mark Epstein on the techniques and innovations they feel live up to the hype.
by Isabel Bolt
and The Plastic Surgery Channel
SKIN TIGHT WITHOUT A SCALPEL
Dr. Mark Epstein whose practice is based in Stony Brook, New York is enthusiastic about the latest in skin tightening and rejuvenation that delivers energy to tissue rather than scalpel-to-skin. “Laser, ultrasound or radio frequency energy all can have a positive effect on tissue but we have to be sure we apply the correct frequency, amount and intensity.” Of the 3 options, Epstein prefers radio frequency, such as with the Thermi™ system.
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ThermiTight™ is a non-surgical, minimally invasive skin tightening treatment that uses a tiny probe to deliver radio frequency energy just beneath the surface of the skin through pinholes. It’s primarily used to tighten sagging skin on the face, but it can also be used on the neck, tummy, and thighs. “You can apply it completely noninvasively with a topical method, but by using the micro-invasive technique there are definite advantages because it treats the skin below the dermis,” says Epstein. His patients have been extremely satisfied.
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