Both men and women are searching for easy and economical ways to look and feel more youthful.

However, many no longer have the time for recovery from surgical procedures. The latest non-surgical option is called ThermiRF.

The ThermiRF is a radio frequency energy generator that utilizes the latest technology using the science of heat to reduce wrinkles, tighten skin, reduce fat, and reduce cellulite.

The ThermiSmooth250, ThermiTight, ThermiDry, and the latest ThermiVA are attachments that are designed to deliver this radio frequency to different tissues.

The ThermiSmooth250 delivers the highly monitored, controlled heat topically to the skin with various sized hand-pieces, raising the temperature to about 45 degrees centigrade.

This is a temperature that tightens skin, diminishes fat, and reduces both wrinkles and cellulite with no discomfort or downtime.

Four treatments, one every two to three weeks, are usually necessary to achieve maximum fat reduction and skin tightening.

Areas usually treated include eyelids, forehead and brow, lower face, neck, arms, legs, buttocks, ankles, abdomen, and back.

The ThermiTight requires local anesthesia and uses a very small probe just under the skin to deliver and monitor highly controlled heat for the purpose of tightening skin and reducing fat and cellulite.

This requires only one treatment and effectively “melts” the fat while tightening collagen and elastin, resulting in tighter skin.

Since it is just beneath the skin, higher temperatures can be used to achieve even more profound results. Highly controlled temperatures of up to 70 degrees centigrade can be reached without complications because it is delivered directly under the skin.

The ThermiTight can be used virtually anywhere on the lower face, neck, body, legs and arms. There is some swelling and recovery time, although it is a minimally invasive procedure.

The recovery is mostly non-limiting regarding daily activities, except for exercising. Approval rating is 94 percent, very high for any procedure.

The ThermiVA uses the same ThermiRF generator, but as with the ThermiSmooth250, the heat is applied topically to the vaginal area to tighten and rejuvenate both the external and internal vaginal area, with tightening of up to 50 percent.

This procedure usually requires three treatments spaced about one month apart. There is no discomfort during or following the procedure, and no recovery time needed.

A much-appreciated side effect of the ThermiVA is a reduction or elimination of urinary stress incontinence.

This can be a debilitating complication following pregnancies with vaginal deliveries. Stress incontinence can occur during activities such as exercising, sports, and even when laughing, coughing, or sneezing.

ThermiDry, another attachment, is used to eliminate excess underarm sweating. For this procedure, a local anesthetic is used.

  1. Ronald Finger, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon with offices in Savannah and Bluffton. www.fingerand