ThermiTight: Are there any side effects?

Are there any common side effects after ThermiTight treatment such as swelling? Should one expect any pain post treatment?

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Side Effects from ThermiTight

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The most common side effects from ThermiTight are swelling that can last for several days as well as some mild discomfort. Others also say that they experience transient numbness to the skin that resolves during the healing process. Otherwise it is a relatively safe procedure when performed by a certified physician.

Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon

ThermiTight/Skin Tightening/High Definition procedures

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Thank you for your question.  I recommend a combination of procedures for optimal results.

ThermiTight utilizes a small electrode inserted under the skin to heat tissue to a selected therapeutic temperature.  Literature has shown that elevating skin to a therapeutic temperature level can contract collagen molecules and stimulate collagen production, which may give the appearance of lifting or tightening.   Fat reduction is rare, unless set to high temperatures and kept at high temperatures for a significant amount of time .

To best answer your question,  it  depends on how much skin laxity you have.   ThermiTight can work well in the thigh area to tighten skin that is mild to moderately laxity.  Surgery may be a better option, if you have excessive laxity.   Results with ThermiTight vary from patient to patient.  You should experience some overall improvement.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Side effects of ThermiTight

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The most common side effects of ThermiTight is mild swelling and bruising that lasts a few days. Icing and wearing a compression garment help resolve these symptoms. Some people experience a numbness in the area that was treated. It usually resolves in time.

Jean Keamy, MD
Westborough Ophthalmologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

ThermiTight benefits far outweigh the risks

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Dr. Edward Dickerson reveals the ins and outs behind the minimally invasive ThermiTight procedure and what you may experience during the healing window.

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 127 reviews

ThermiTight - What to expect

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Thank you for your question. ThermiTight is a minimally invasive procedure that requires little down time. Swelling can be expected with most procedures. The amount of swelling varies from patient to patient and is also dependent on which area(s) are being treated, however, swelling associated with this procedure typically lasts no more then 7-10 days. Mild to no discomfort can be expected post procedure. I urge you to find a qualified physician for a comprehensive consultation.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

ThermiTight Post-Treatment

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ThermiTight is quite tolerable. It is minimally invasive and performed under local anesthesia, with very little downtime. Some slight redness and swelling is expected but lasts only a day or two. It is always nice to have a day or two off after a procedure like this. Most patients are able to return to normal activities after 24 hours.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

ThermiTight: Are there any side effects?

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It depends on the site and the amount of time it was treated but there is usually swelling for 3-7 days, mild discomfort for a day or two, usually controlled with Tylenol though.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

ThermiTight for facial lifting and tightening does have some down time

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ThermiTight, as done in my NYC practice, helps tighten and lift facial (and other body areas) sagging.  However, swelling certainly does occur and varies from patient to patient depending on many factors such as the amount of time and heat needed to create the desired effect. Some patients have more sagging than others or more fat in the neck that requires more energy and they would get more swelling. For some the swelling is not much and is gone in a few days, while others look very swollen and even bruised for as much as two weeks but the average is one week. For those patients who need just a little boost, they may expect less swelling than those patients who would do far better to have a face and neck lift but refuse to undergo surgery and want to try ThermiTight to help tighten their face as much as possible.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

ThermiTight is a minimally invasive procedure with little to no downtime required.

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ThermiTight is a minimally invasive procedure with little to no downtime required. Common side effects include swelling as well as possible redness, numbness, or bruising. Swelling generally lasts anywhere from a few days to a week, but should not prevent you from going out in public or performing your everyday activities. Be sure to see a board-certified dermatologist for your treatment in order to ensure the best results.

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

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