Radiothermoplasty

Radiothermoplasty Related Terms:
Aptos Face Lift, Aptos Neck Lift, Browlift, Cosmetic Surgery, Eyebrow Lift, Face Lift, Face Procedures, Facelift, Facial Contour Alterations, Facial Rejuvenation, Forehead Lift, Forehead Surgery, Lower Face Lift, Mid Face Lift, Neck Lift, Plastic Surgery, Rhytidectomy, Skin Procedures, Surgeon, Thermacool, Thermacool, Thermage, Thermalift, Thermalift, Threadlift

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Radiothermoplasty is an innovative non-surgical cosmetic procedure in plastic surgery. This face procedure is performed for achieving younger-looking, tighter facial tissues. The technology known as thermage could be done as a facelift or for correction of deformities in other parts of the body. This non-invasive procedure is performed through radio frequency energy. This energy, when sent into the skin, mildly heats the deep layers of the skin. The heating action would result in the tightening of the deep structures of the skin. Over a period, the growth of new collagen would further tighten the skin and a youthful appearance could be achieved.

Application Areas of Radiothermoplasty

Radiothermoplasty was mainly developed for the treatment of skin around the eyes, necks, and jaw lines. However, the thermage technology is now used to tighten the sagging or loose skin on the upper arms. The appearance of the abdomen could be dramatically improved through this new cosmetic procedure. Women develop stretch marks after delivery. These stretch marks could be effectively removed through radiothermoplasty. Persons between the age of 30 and 60 could undergo this plastic surgery. Radiothermoplasty is suitable for all types of skins and skin colors.

Side Effects of Radiothermoplasty

Radiothermoplasty normally does not have any side effects, as this is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. In rare cases, the skin might become blistered, irritated, or redden but these would usually dissipate within a few days. The FDA of the United States approved radiothermoplasty in 2002 for facial rejuvenation and it extended the approval for treatment of other body parts in 2006. As such, the radiothermoplasty could be considered as a safe plastic surgery procedure for facelift and other applications. However, patients having cardiac device implants or those using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen should avoid radiothermoplasty.

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