ThermiRase, is an FDA approved treatment that uses radio frequency energy to destroy the nerve.
As an individual ages, the skin loses its ability to hold on to moisture and produces less oil, taking longer to heal. Age also causes skin cells to divide at a slower pace, and the dermis, also known as the skin’s inner layer, begins to thin. This thinness impacts the structure of the skin, which results in the wrinkling process. Expressions like smiling, frowning and squinting make wrinkles more visible. Facial contractions can also cause wrinkles between the eyebrows and from the corner of the eyes, as well as damage from the sun and smoking.
The treatment uses radio frequency energy to destroy the nerve that is responsible for the wrinkle. Unlike Botox, which is a treatment that paralyzes the nerve and lasts around 3 months, ThermiRase can last a lifetime. ThermiRase can be performed on any patient, at any age, with any skin color and skin type.
To begin with the nerves are mapped out using the stimpod devise prior to initiating the ThermiRase nerve ablation procedure. During the process, a probe is used to locate the nerves to be treated. Local anesthesia is injected to numb the area, and then the heat goes to work. The radio frequency energy gets into the tissue through a metal tip on a cannula and it rises to a temperature of 85 degrees Celsius; just enough to damage the nerve and stop it from working. The procedure takes about an hour to finish, it’s almost painless, and the swelling usually lasts for about two weeks.
How Safe is THERMIrase?
Its safe and has been safely used in cardiology, pain management, dermatology, plastic surgery and other medical specialties for over ten years. The ThermiGen system is FDA cleared for nerve ablation. The procedure uses radiofrequency to target the motor nerves which control facial muscle activity and can cause frown lines. Sophisticated technology allows physicians to precisely locate an area for treatment, and then apply a specific dose of radiofrequency energy to a portion of the targeted area.
Because results with THERMIrase will be long-term, selecting a qualified physician to administer the treatment is important.
With the accurate targeting of the nerves from both external and internal points there is virtually no worries over “drooping” after the procedure or feeling frozen. People who feel the burden of repetitive treatments that Botox requires and would like a semi permanent wrinkle correction will love the ThermiRase alternative.
Dr. Ajaya Kashyap, MD, FACS is a specialist cosmetic surgeon in Delhi, India who has more than 26 years experience in the plastic, cosmetic & reconstructive surgery in Delhi, India.