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Thermage vs. Tripollar: Which Should I Choose?

Sagging skin is a natural result of the aging process. However, men and women alike have long been looking for skin tightening treatments that will minimize the effects loose skin has on their appearance. Until relatively recently, surgery was the only option. However, there are now other alternatives that are safer and much less invasive.

Thermage Skin Treatments

Thermage before and after photos

In 1996, the thermage device came into wide use. Utilizing a radiofrequency current, this device stimulates and agitates the molecules under the surface of the skin. As a result, the tissue becomes heated and new collagen, the substance that gives skin its elasticity, is formed. As a pioneering technique, thermage skin treatments revolutionized the aesthetics field, providing patients with a much less extreme way to get the results they were seeking. In particular, patients were impressed with the improvements they saw in the skin of their abdomen, as well as their face, neck and jawline. With the earlier generation of Thermage there seemed to be complaints of discomfort during the treatment, however in recent years the company has developed a the NEW CPT system. There are two main advantages of having a treatment with the new system which is superior results and greater patient comfort. The new system was designed for enhanced heat distribution and uniformity which increases the volume of tissue reaching therapeutic temperature resulting in a more efficient treatment. Patient Comfort has been clinically proven and is due to the patented Comfort Pulse Technology which uses a vibrating handpiece that in essence distracts the brain from feeling pain by disrupting the brain’s neural response. The company now promotes “Treat to Tolerability” therefore we treat to the threshold that you can tolerate. The next question becomes, “How long does thermage last?” For people whose sagging skin is relatively minor, its collagen-building effects can last over two years. You may need one or two maintenance treatments as your skin continues to age.

Tripollar Skin Tightening

tripollar before and after pictures

The tripollar skin tightening device came out in 2006. Since then, it has been used to:

  • smooth fine lines and wrinkles,
  • treat double chin fat and flabby arms,
  • reduce fat in localized areas,
  • improve the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, and
  • lessen the effects of acne.

The average patient requires six treatments every two weeks. Depending on the body part the treatment can last 30-45 mintutes and feels more like a warm massage. Twice-yearly maintenance sessions are recommended to ensure that the benefits continue despite the aging process. Tripollar does not require the use of anesthesia and involves treating the affected area with a radiofrequency current which vibrates molecules in the outer and underlying layers of the skin, thus creating heat and stimulating the production of collagen and causing the already existing collagen fibers to contract. When this happens, the skin instantaneously tightens. Finally, although there may be some very mild pinkness and swelling, patients can resume their normal activities immediately. This definitely is a procedure that someone can undergo on her lunch break.

With the modern age of medicine, surgery is the last resort. There are so many advancements in non surgical treatments and Lasky Aesthetics is on the cutting edge of technology that can offer you a variety of treatments to help tighten your skin. Thanks to modern technology and treatments including thermage and tripollar skin tightening, solutions are safer, less invasive and much less debilitating than facial plastic surgery. Call our office to to receive a consultation and speak with a licensed professional about all of the treatment options that are available to you.

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New protocols for office visits View Update

New protocols for office visits

May 12th, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted many changes to your normal office visit. These changes have been introduced to protect everyone’s health and safety during your visit. All of our staff have been tested for COVID-19 and are negative. They are being monitored daily as well and will be practicing safety guidelines.

  1. If you are sick, do not come to the office. Call our front desk and we will reschedule your appointment promptly once you’re healthy again.
  2. Please wear a mask to your appointment.
  3. Do not bring someone else with you to your appointment. They will not be able to enter the office and wait for you. The only exceptions are for those who require medical assistance or translation assistance. Additionally, please do not bring any pets to the office with you.
  4. The day before your appointment, as in the past, you will be called to confirm your appointment. During that call you will be asked if you have any symptoms like fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste. You will also be asked if you have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or have been traveling on a commercial airplane within the last 2 weeks.
  5. When you arrive for your appointment, please call the office from your car. A staff member will either tell you to come up to the office at that time or will ask you to wait in your car until they text you to come up. Before entering the front door of the office, you will be met by a staff member who will take your temperature with a no-touch forehead thermometer to be sure you don’t have a fever. They will again ask you if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. You will be given a mask if you don’t have one, as well as hand sanitizer since you touched the doorknob to enter the office. We will stagger appointments so that on the day of your treatment, you will not interact with any other patients.
  6. You will be taken directly to an exam room which has been cleaned and disinfected just prior to your arrival. There are also air filtration machines installed in each exam room which sterilize the air.
  7. Our medical assistants, who will be wearing N95 masks and protective eye shields, will take your history and prepare you for your visit. You will be asked to sign a new COVID-19 consent form in addition to any of the usual consent forms you may be used to.
  8. After your treatment, you will check out while in the exam room and any products you purchase will be brought to you. If you give us your credit card information the day before your appointment, we can handle the checkout without physically touching your card.
  9. Please try to make your follow up appointments during your office visit. With new scheduling changes and staggered appointments, last minute appointments may be difficult to schedule.