Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation (Thermolifting)
Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation also known as “thermolifting” is a procedure to rejuvenate the facial skin without any scars left from a scalpel. Already in 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a radiofrequency device for nonsurgical tightening of loose and sagging facial skin. Since then, this procedure has gained wide acceptance in the United States and later in other countries over the world. Based on such worldwide experience, we offer this popular and effective procedure in our Clinic “Grožio chirurgija.”
Nonsurgical facial skin rejuvenation (“thermolifting”) is a procedure that utilizes the energy of radiofrequency waves by precisely heating the tissue in the deep structural support layers of the skin (derma). This heating causes an immediate contraction and a partial degeneration of the collagen (protein giving firmness to the skin) fiber network, which breaks down due to the processes of aging. This is a primary effect of so-called “thermolifting” seen by patients within the first hours or days after the procedure. Moreover, the heat and altered collagen induces the proliferation of fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen). As a result, a new, firm, and tight network of collagen fibers is formed, which restores the firmness and volume of the skin and reduces the appearance of new wrinkles. This is a secondary and long-term effect of this procedure.
During an initial consultation, a plastic surgeon will evaluate the type, firmness, and laxity of the patient’s facial skin and areas to be treated with nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. To achieve the most beneficial results, other methods of wrinkle treatment can be offered to the patient (facial rejuvenation, surgical eyebrow lift, injections of botulinum toxin or hyaluronic acid-based fillers).
How Is the Procedure Performed?
During the procedure, a special, monopolar radiofrequency electrode is place on the area of the skin to be treated, and the skin is rejuvenated using gentle circular motions. A special cooling gel is applied to the skin that protects the superficial dermal layer from burning and maintains a pleasant temperature.
During the procedure, patients usually do not experience any pain. Some patients can experience burning and pins-and-needles sensations; however, the patients do not ask to be anesthetized.
The duration of the procedure depends on the surface area being treated and can take from 6 minutes to 1 hour to complete.
After the procedure, some redness may occur as well as slight swelling may occasionally develop, which persists for 1 or 2 days. Immediately after the procedure, patients can resume their daily activities.