Alternative Medicine - - News - BY JAMES LAN­DEEN, MD

We all know com­pli­ca­tions can crop up with even the most ba­sic cos­metic surgery pro­ce­dure. That’s why vet­eran plas­tic sur­geon James Lan­deen, MD, ad­vo­cates for a new, non­in­va­sive neck lift tech­nol­ogy.

As a plas­tic sur­geon, when some­one comes to me to dis­cuss im­prov­ing their ap­pear­ance, I eval­u­ate the sever­ity of the is­sue. Some­times peo­ple look terrific, but they still think they need a lit­tle tweak. Some­times they’re mid­dle aged and are liv­ing a de­cent life­style, but they still have a lit­tle sag­ging here and there. Th­ese peo­ple aren’t can­di­dates for tra­di­tional cos­metic surgery pro­ce­dures, but now surgery is not the only op­tion.

Th­ese ad­vance­ments are help­ing a lot more peo­ple feel bet­ter about how they look. Not ev­ery per­son can or should have plas­tic surgery. Ev­ery op­er­a­tion car­ries the pos­si­bil­ity of com­pli­ca­tions, so think care­fully be­fore ex­pos­ing your­self to those risks. Talk with your physi­cians about pos­si­ble prob­lems be­cause they can be both se­ri­ous and ob­vi­ous to the world—we’re talk­ing about your face, af­ter all!

The neck is one area that new tech­nol­ogy can im­prove quickly with­out se­da­tion or ex­tended down time. If you’ve tried non­in­va­sive treat­ments but were un­happy with re­sults, if you’re too young for a facelift, or if you fear un­nat­u­ral­look­ing re­sults, there is an op­por­tu­nity for dra­matic re­sults with­out the drama of surgery.

ThermiTight is a non­sur­gi­cal, min­i­mally in­va­sive al­ter­na­tive ther­apy for skin lax­ity. It uses ra­dio fre­quency (RF) to stim­u­late col­la­gen pro­duc­tion be­neath the skin, which re­duces sag­ging and smooths out tex­ture. It’s a sin­gle pain­less, in-of­fice pro­ce­dure that takes less than an hour. A tiny probe the size of a tooth­pick tight­ens three lay­ers of the neck si­mul­ta­ne­ously with con­trolled ther­mal en­ergy. The tem­per­a­ture of the probe and skin are care­fully mon­i­tored to en­sure a good re­sult.

There are no IVs and no su­tures, just numb­ing of the in­jec­tion area. You can leave to take care of your fam­ily or work im­me­di­ately af­ter­ward. Mi­nor pain and bruis­ing is to be ex­pected, but most peo­ple re­sume their nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties the next day. The age-re­vers­ing re­sults are im­me­di­ate, they keep im­prov­ing for up to a year, and last for sev­eral years.

So far, more than 20,000 necks have been tight­ened us­ing this highly ef­fec­tive pro­ce­dure, at a frac­tion of what a tra­di­tional neck lift usu­ally costs. There have been other RF de­vices in­tro­duced over the years, but ThermiTight is the first one that has earned high rat­ings from peo­ple who have ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced how eas­ily and dra­mat­i­cally it can im­prove their ap­pear­ance over the long term.

Life­style plays a huge part in how healthy we look as we age. Some of the best ways to avoid dam­age are from the in­side out. Pre­vent the need for cos­metic surgery, in­va­sive or non­in­va­sive, by choos­ing to live health­fully. As a physi­cian, I’d also be re­miss if I didn’t re­mind you to live the health­i­est way pos­si­ble. Pay at­ten­tion to your choices; use com­mon sense; be con­cerned about your body weight and avoid the things that are known to put you at higher risk for di­a­betes and high blood pres­sure.

Keep in mind that there’s a boom­ing mar­ket for non­in­va­sive pro­ce­dures nowa­days, and some of it is hap­pen­ing with­out much reg­u­la­tion. While you may be at­tracted by the prom­ise of get­ting quick and vis­i­ble re­sults with­out surgery, some prac­ti­tion­ers are drawn to it only be­cause it is a lu­cra­tive cash busi­ness. Do your re­search. Done cor­rectly by the right peo­ple, cos­metic pro­ce­dures us­ing RF, lasers, and even fillers can pro­duce great re­sults.

Soon you can be smil­ing back at your re­flec­tion, lov­ing your neck again, and show­ing it off in­stead of cov­er­ing it up.


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