Thermi RF tightening, how long will the swelling last?

Hi, I had a Thermi RF on my abdomen last week. I did it because I went to consult for cool sculpting and was told my issue was not fat but laxity of the skin. The procedure went well, just bruising but I am actually quite swollen and I wonder how long the swelling will last Thank you

Doctor Answers 20

An Average of 3-4 Days

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Congratulations on having your treatment.

In my experience, the amount of swelling and discomfort can vary. On average, I see about 3-4 days of swelling but it can be as short as none or as long as a week. The pain factor is quite minimal as well.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

Thermi RF

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Thank you for your question. Typically swelling will dissipate within 24 hours. If you are still experiencing swelling I recommend going back to your provider. Please make sure you seek treatment from a board-certified dermatologist.  

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

Typically a week of swelling

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Its important that you avoid working out or activities that might draw fluid to the area. Compression also helps. If you have the procedure for fat reduction, the tissues are more traumatized and, as a result, recovery will be longer. Good luck

Swelling with ThermiRF can last a few days

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ThermiRF procedures vary but usually swelling can last about 3-5 days.  Sometimes however you may experience swelling for longer periods depending up on the amount of time the procedure took, what part of the body the procedure was performed and even just you.  I usually recommend some tape or bandages after the procedure for about 24 hours to help control some of this but usually it will resolve pretty rapidly.  Its a great procedure to help the tightening but it is definitely Surgeon dependent.  

ThermiTight abdomen - swelling - how long....???

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ThermiTight of the abdomen can produce swelling which will be for several weeks, and then sometimes it is not very much. You just have to let your tissues recover however they do naturally. A mild compression garment is helpful, as is external ultrasound. Just be patient, the results will be worth it. Abdomen's especially are some of my happiest patients!

How long with Thermi last

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Swelling is common after the thermi RF tightening procedure and typically lasts anywhere from a few days to about a week. A compression garment is usually worn by patients for 48-72 hours continuously after the procedure which helps to minimize swelling. By contrast, with surgical skin tightening, involving incisions and cutting, recovery can be up to many weeks.

Steven H. Dayan, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 31 reviews


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Swelling after ThermiTight to the abdomen typically lasts 1-2 weeks. During this time, you should not be feeling any significant discomfort although there may be some bruising. There are no real restrictions on your daily activities.

ThermiTight Swelling - Usually Just a Couple Days, Sometimes a Week or Two, Rarely More

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I have been asked this question many times.One of the exciting things about the technology is that while it is most commonly used in the neck and cheeks, it can be applied in like tissues in various locations in the body.

Minimal swelling is generally an advantage of ThermiTight compared to surgical procedures and more dramatic results is generally an advantage compared to other energy-based techniques.  ThermiTight sits in the "in between" sweet spot.

In the abdomen, the swelling usually resolves in just a few days to less than a week. Occasionally, it takes two weeks and rarely more.  The good news is that unless your work includes wearing a bathing suit, you'll likely easily engage in activities of daily living from the first day or so.  Pain is most often minimal and we have to hold people back from their desire for vigorous exercise for a few days to a week.

Results are often noticed in a few weeks and progress for months to even a year or more.

Thermi RF tightening, how long will it last?

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As mentioned below, it takes several months to see improvement.  The swelling usually resolves in the first 2 weeks but then is usually appears a bit worse initially just due to the swelling and after a month most people start to see some mild improvement.  The results are often excellent but you need to be patient.  I've seen improvement continue for up to a year, especially if there was also fat melting done at the same time.

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon

Thermi RF tightening, how long will the swelling last?

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The majority of the swelling will subside in a week or two, but the residual may take a month. If you had the procedure to help melt some of the fat the swelling tends to last a bit longer than just skin tightening alone.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.