Refirme combines infrared light and radiofrequency energies to selectively heat the tissues, without damaging the epidermis. The effect is an immediate tightening of collagen fibers and a long-term stimulation of collagen growth.
Who can benefit from Refirme skin tightening?
Those who have decided to postpone or forego facelift surgery are often good candidates for Refirme. Possible results include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Skin tightening of the jowl and neck
- Skin tightening of the abdomen
- Softening of nasolabial folds
- Correction of mild sagginess under the eyes
Skin laxity is improved from immediate tissue contracture, and may continue to improve with the delayed collagen repair response. The physician passes the handpiece over the patient's skin in a uniform pattern as it emits pulses of energy. No anesthesia is necessary. The treatment produces a mild sensation of heat that is relatively comfortable. However, a special hydrating contact gel may be applied to the treatment area.
How many treatments are necessary?
Multiple sessions are typically required to achieve a satisfactory improvement in skin laxity. To see measurable results, 2-5 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart should be sufficient.
Who should NOT undergo Refirme skin tightening?
Exclusion criteria for Refirme may include the following: photosensitivity, pregnancy, tanned skin, diabetes, recent (within 6 months) use of isoretinoin, and presence of a pacemaker or internal defibrillator.