As you age, dynamic wrinkles appear in response to repetitive movement of facial muscles. These wrinkles are often addressed by injecting a purified toxin to temporarily paralyze the muscle and stop the movement. However, there’s another way to accomplish this facial relaxation. Based on technology used for years in pain medicine, ThermiRase uses precisely placed heat and not toxins.
ThermiRase is a toxin-free treatment that helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. At his Riverside office, Dr. Hardesty provides state of the art alternatives and options to injectable neuromodulators for improvement of frown lines between the eye brows, fulfilling our motto of “One Goal, Many Options.” The procedure uses application of heat to disable the nerves in the treatment area, this results in the reduction of lines on the face and neck. This treatment is providing patients with a toxin-free option and still provides amazing long-lasting results.
At your consultation appointment with Dr. Hardesty, he will look over your medical history as well as your skin and muscle tissue to help create the treatment plan for you. Dr. Hardesty is a board-certified surgeon who has years of experience helping patients to achieve their aesthetic goals. To know which nerves to focus on during treatment, Dr. Hardesty will make markings on your face of the nerves that are causing the lines in your skin. He will go over the treatment with you, so you know what to expect on the day that is done.
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A small device, called a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator (PNS) is first used to map out the path of the nerves with small marks on the top of the skin. When the PNS is placed on the skin immediately above the nerve the muscle twitches and that point is marked. A series of these points mark the path of your nerves under the skin. Numbing medicine is placed where a cannula is inserted. This cannula placed along the path of the nerve, which is re-stimulated to confirm correct placement. Then more numbing medicine is pushed through the cannula directly onto the nerve. The ThermiRase system is set to deliver a high temperature for a minute. As energy is applied the patient begins to feel increasing temperature at the treatment location but at the 30-second mark the sensory neuron become dormant and the patients feel very little. This process is repeated along the pathway of the nerve until a number of thermal lesions have been created and the nerve function is disabled. This then helps to reduce the appearance of the lines.
The number of treatments you receive will depend on the treatment area and the results you strive for. One treatment of thermirase has been shown to last for a year, with the results diminishing after that. If you want to keep your results, you may make follow-up appointments with Dr. Hardesty.
Dr. Hardesty will provide you with detailed instructions for pre-operative and post-operative care. You may experience some numbness or swelling near the injection site but that should resolve itself within a couple of days. The recovery period is fairly brief, but you may need to sleep with an elevated head for a few days following the treatment to achieve the best results. You should be able to return to all normal daily activities within two days following the treatment. The results from ThermiRase are long-lasting with patients enjoying their results for up to a year after the treatment.
The results from ThermiRase treatment have shown to last for up to a year.
Most patients are able to drive themselves home after the treatment. Dr. Hardesty will tell you if you need to get a ride.
Typically, the ThermiRase procedure is relatively quick only taking about 30 minutes to perform.
Are you interested in learning more about the ThermiRase treatment? If so, contact our Riverside office today to get starting on your toxin-free treatment. To make a consultation appointment with Dr. Hardesty call the office, take our self assessment survey or fill out an online form and a team member will be in touch. The team at Imagine Plastic Surgery are looking forward to helping you get rid of those visible signs of aging and help you achieve a younger appearance.