New Neck Coming Soon! San Antonio, TX

I had a consultation with my Dr. on Friday morning...

I had a consultation with my Dr. on Friday morning for double chin, turkey waddle, and neck fat. He suggested ThermiTight, (also called Subdermal Skin Tightening and Sculpting, DermiTight, and ThermiRF), along with a small amount of liposuction/lipoaspiration primarily to soften the fiberous tissue under my chin. I was concerned about visible scarring, he assured me there would be none, the microcuts made for the probe to be inserted are so small they do not require stitches or surgical glue to close. I was also told there would be some swelling, possible bruising and no downtime. I was scheduled for my procedure on Monday morning. I went home and researched the procedure on the internet, I was unable to find information about pre-procedure preparation or post-procedure aftercare. To prepare for the procedure I showered the night before and used over-the-counter antibacterial soap (Dial) to shampoo my hair, wash my face and my entire body. I used regular hair conditioner, as I have long hair that requires detangler. The morning of my procedure, I showered (did not wash my hair), again using the antibacterial soap for my face and body. I dried off and used no other products (lotion, deodorant, perfume, cosmetics etc.) on my face or body. I ate breakfast, drank coffee and orange juice. I took 2 Tylenol. I arrived, and I complete the Informed Consent forms. I put my long hair in a loose ponytail, photos were taken and my face and neck were marked. The Dr. used a device to locate important nerves under my chin, which he wanted to avoid during the procedure, these areas were marked also. I was put in a chair in the procedure room, the Dr. reclined it to where he needed it, then he placed a rolled up towel under my shoulders, so that my neck would lay at the correct angle. Then he began by injecting the local anesthetic, next he wiped my neck and face (up to my nose) with betadine solution, he went over the areas 3 times. Then draped a sterile towel over my eyes, to protect them from the bright light above, and a sterile towel over my chest.
During the betadine washing and the actual procedure a lot of fluids drained down my neck and chin onto the back of my head, hair and scalp. I would have like to have a towel back there to absorb it. I was completely awake and alert during the procedure, but could not see anything, because my eyes were covered. This was OK. I have found a few testimonials that patients received Vallium before treatment. I did not. I was awake for the procedure, and although I was not nervous, while I laid there listening I did notice my shoulders getting tensed up and my buttocks tightening. A gentle hand on my shoulder or arm would have comforted and relaxed me further, but I don't think I would have needed a Vallium! About 50 minutes later I was done! The nurse washed off my face and neck then put a compression wrap on me and told me to wear it 24 hours a day for the first week, then 8-10 hours a night for the second week. I was completely surprised by the compression wrap! I was instructed to wear it 24 hrs a day for the first week. (Removing it to shower and eat, of course). For week 2, I will wear it as much as possible during the day, but especially 8-10 hours at night. I was told to wait 24 hours to shower, and to continue using the antibacterial soap on my face and neck, until the incision wounds were completely healed. Proper wound care is essential to prevent infection. Infection can increase the risk of scarring. Some bruising and/or swelling may occur, however it should resolve over the next few days, and weeks. I was instructed to take a multivitamin daily, drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, no caffeine or alcohol for 2 days. Take 2 Tylenol every 4-6 hours as needed for discomfort. Rest for the first 12 hours, take it easy for the first 2-3 days, resume normal activities as tolerated. Keep elevated for the first 24 hours to decrease swelling. Therapeutic massage is very helpful to speed the recovery process. The complete results of the skin tightening may not be fully apparent for 6-12 months after the procedure.
Day 2: Tuesday morning I showered and washed my hair.
I have been wearing a facial compression wrap for almost 24 hours a day each day.
have been wearing a facial compression wrap for almost 24 hours a day each day. Each time I take off the compression wrap I stroke my neck, throat, chin and cheeks in an upward manner. The compression wrap does leave indentation lines on my neck and throat. The 3 incision wounds are barely visible.
Each morning I shower and wash my face with antibacterial soap.
Each night I wash my face with warm water and a washcloth. I then use coconut oil and vitamin E oil all over my entire face, throat, neck, and d├ęcolletage. Pat off the excess with a clean washcloth and back under wraps !
I've been sleeping with my head propped up almost sitting.
Day 3: Wednesday Almost all of the marking pen is gone. I have noticed very little/if any bruising on my neck and my skin does feel tighter. There is tenderness on the entire area and I can't really put my head up very high without feeling the tightness and tenderness.
Day 4: Thursday my skin does feel tighter still tender to the touch still pretty swollen.

*The use of temperature controlled Radio Frequency for Subdermal Skin Tightening and Sculpting has not been approved by the FDA. ThermiTight on the neck and jowls is preformed on an "off label" basis.
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