If you are wondering what to do about sagging or loose skin, you are not alone. As we age, everyone’s skin loses its natural elasticity, and things like sun exposure, smoking and even drinking make it worse.
Fortunately, skin tightening procedures like Thermal FirmaLift can help undo the damage done by time, restoring the skin’s natural elasticity and improving the appearance of everything from sagging jowls, to crepey and loose skin on the neck, to loose skin on the stomach or on the back of the arms, and more, all in a single.
Thermal Radiofrequency Technology
The first and only treatment of its kind in the United Kingdom, Thermal FirmaLift uses controlled radio-frequency energy to heat the inner layer of the skin to tighten up sagging areas and counteract the effects of ageing on the skin. Minimally invasive and ideal for a number of different areas—such as the face and jowls, the neck, and sometimes the arms, stomach or thighs—this procedure is quick and virtually painless, usually completed within 30-60 minutes local anaesthesia.
Thermal FirmaLift is so powerful because it delivers its thermal energy directly where it’s needed – to the innermost structures of the skin. After a small amount of anaesthetic solution is injected into the area to be treated, we will insert a blunt-tipped probe into the skin to target the tissue. The radio-frequency technology is embedded within the tip of this instrument. Using small movements, we gradually increase the temperature to heat the tissues to a specific temperature. Your skin safety will be monitored throughout the entirety of the procedure, which typically lasts 30-60 minutes.
Shrinkage/contraction of collagen and skin fibres will occur immediately when the radio-frequency is applied, as it melts fatty tissue upon contact and tightens skin. When the treatment is complete, you can begin to see results in as soon as three weeks, with full results maturing at 3-6 months.
The principle of Thermal FirmaLift treatment is through non-invasive collagen remodelling – a process of heating and stimulating deeper tissues beneath the skin to promote new collagen formation and skin tightening. This is exactly what you need to fight the problem at its source deep in the skin where the collagen and elastin tissues have lost their elasticity and are no longer able to snap back into their original shape and form.
The ‘sweet spot’ in skin tightening
Because Thermal FirmaLift energy is not being delivered through the sensitive outer layers of the skin, the amount of restorative energy can be increased to optimal therapeutic levels without having to worry about damaging the skin’s tender surface or passing through nerve cells and causing discomfort. Other well-known devices that deliver their energy through the skin are limited by this – FirmaLift is not.
And, because Thermal FirmaLift does not require the use of general anaesthesia or the long downtime you would otherwise have with surgery, it is a great option for those who are not ready or willing to take on the risks and inconveniences that come with a visit to the plastic surgeon.
Thermal FirmaLift sits in the ‘sweet spot’ between traditional energy-based devices and cosmetic surgery, offering meaningful cosmetic results in a minimally invasive procedure.
What is radiofrequency technology?
Radio Frequency (RF) technology has been used in medicine for more than 70 years now. The Thermal FirmaLift is one of the first real breakthrough in non-surgical skin tightening and face lift technology that gives patients real hope without resorting to extreme measures.
A large factor in determining whether or not you will be satisfied with your treatment results has to do with your skin’s original condition and your treatment expectations. The Thermal FirmaLift is by no means a replacement for a surgical procedure. You will not see dramatic surgical face lift results, nor will you experience the pain, down time, expense or dangerous side effects that go with surgery. You also will not come out with that operated on, over pulled, plastic look. If you have deep wrinkling, creases and severe saggy skin and the effects are already advanced, then cosmetic surgery may be your best course of action. Alternatively, we advise that you combined the Thermal FirmaLift treatment with Dr Bong’s unique 3D Ultimate Liquid Face Lift to lift and contour the face.
But for everyone else the threshold required to take action and combat the nagging signs of ageing you see reflected in the mirror has been significantly lowered, so you can begin looking better and feeling your best.
What areas can be treated?
Most frequently used to tighten skin on the face, jowl and neck, but can also be used on the belly, the arms, and other areas that can benefit from tighter skin. Dr Bong is also the pioneer for the use of Thermal FirmaLift in the forehead to lift the brows and under the eyes to tighten loose crepey skin.
1) Sagging jowls – Before Thermal FirmaLift, there wasn’t a non-surgical solution for sagging jowls that produced reliable results. Many people do not want the risk or downtime associated with surgery. Thermal FirmaLift provides excellent non-surgical results with little or no downtime.
2) Drooping skin on the neck – Many women have loose, crepey skin that droops on the neck, creating unflattering lines and contours. Thermal FirmaLift can be used to tighten loose skin on the neck and under the chin, which in turn diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles and creates a more pleasing profile. Imagine no more hiding your neck with scarves or high collars after a single Thermal FirmaLift treatment!
3) Double chin – Developing excess fat along the jawline and under the chin is a common thing as we age, and for some people, no amount of diet or exercise seems to help. Thankfully, this area can be expertly resculpted in a single Thermal FirmaLift session – removing excess fat, and tightening and lifting the skin to give your lower face a more defined and trim appearance.
How do I know if I am a good candidate?
Thermal FirmaLift is generally best suited for mild-moderate signs of ageing and skin laxity. It is also good for those who are beginning to see the signs of ageing and want to stay ahead of the game looking better for longer. It is also indicated if you have already had more radical procedures or surgery and want to preserve the effects to keep looking great for longer. It is also a perfect compliment for many other cosmetic procedures, helping you to get the most out of your investment.
• You have mild to moderate loose flabby skin on your face, jowl and/or neck.
• You have mild drooping brows due to loose skin in the forehead.
• When a more invasive, surgical procedure is not right for you, financially, emotionally or physically.
• You may have tried other non-invasive skin tightening treatments in the past, and are looking for a procedure that is more powerful.
• The visible signs of ageing (loose turkey neck, appearance of jowls etc) become a distraction to your beauty or your esteem.
• You want to preserve or extend the effective time period of other cosmetic procedures.
• You want to delay having a major surgical procedure to correct your loose skin, but still want to see a meaningful improvement in a single treatment session.
What are the advantages of Thermal FirmaLift compared to other treatments?
For a patient looking to restore youthfulness as well as smoother and tighter skin, FirmaLift offers many advantages: Unlike surgery, it is a quick, outpatient procedure that takes place at Essence Medical in just between 30-60 minutes. It is virtually painless and involves little to no discomfort as the procedure is being carried out. It is also less risky than some other cosmetic procedures, and, what’s more, it is safe for all skin types. The most common side effect of FirmaLift is mild swelling, but even this usually resolves within a day or sooner. This means patients can not only see dramatic improvements in their appearances through FirmaLift, but also they can see these improvements quickly and conveniently, without major disruptions to their routines.
• No radical measures – it is no longer necessary to undergo a radical or dangerous surgical procedure to get results.
• Tighten mild to moderate loose flabby skin.
• Improves skin tone – makes skin tighter and smoother.
• Non-surgical and non-invasive.
• Customised treatment – it is exactly what many are looking for.
• Little to no down time – you can schedule a lunchtime appointment today, see immediate results (in many cases), and then you can look forward to further improvement over the next several weeks/months as new collagen tissue forms in your skins deep dermal layers, improving tone, tightness and texture.
What happens in a Thermal FirmaLift treatment?
The treated area is first injected/infiltrated with a small amount of anaesthetic solution. Dr. Bong then applies a controlled amount of thermal energy to the targeted tissue with a tiny thermistor probe, which is inserted just below the skin’s surface via a blunt-tipped needle. This instrument is used to gently heat specific tissues to a pre-determined therapeutic temperature and, in doing so, simultaneously tightens and smooths the skin while reducing small pockets of fat. The external temperatures of the skin is constantly being monitored throughout the entire process. Typically most procedures take 30-60 minutes. However, session time depends on the size and the treatment area. Mild swelling is normal and should resolved within a day or two. After the treatment, a gentle wrap may be applied and normal activities are resumed the next day.
How do I prepare for the treatment?
Stop all supplements and medications which thin the blood. Over the counter supplements which contain Fish Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Garlic, Gingko, Green tea are to be stopped 72 hours prior to the treatment. This includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin. Please note: Do not stop Aspirin if you take this for medical reasons. We also recommend that you refrain from taking any alcohol or caffeine-containing beverages such as Coca Cola, coffee, tea or Redbull at least 24 hours before the treatment. All of the above helps minimise the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Is Thermal FirmaLift safe?
The radio-frequency energy used in the Thermal FirmaLift treatment has been used in cosmetic rejuvenation devices for years and years, and has proven to be safe and reliable. In addition, the thermal energy delivered by the blunt-tipped thermal probe is closely regulated by a thermistor, which ensures the optimal therapeutic temperature is being maintained during treatment. Thermal FirmaLift also features an thermal-sensitive infrared camera that allows Dr Bong to visually monitor the temperature of the skin to make sure the treatment is even and no single area receives too much energy. Overall, this treatment is precise, safe, and delivers meaningful cosmetic results.
Is the procedure painful?
Thanks to the use of numbing fluid in the treatment area, Thermal FirmaLift is virtually pain-free.
What will I look like immediately after the treatment? Any down time?
The most common side effect of FirmaLift is mild swelling, but even this usually resolves within a day or sooner. This means patients can not only see dramatic improvements in their appearances through FirmaLift, but also they can see these improvements quickly and conveniently, without major disruptions to their routines.
Can Thermal FirmaLift get too hot?
The FirmaLift blunt-tipped probe provides constant feedback of the actual temperature during treatment. In addition, an thermal-sensitive infrared camera is used to monitor skin temperature to ensure that your treatment is both safe and effective.
How long do results from Thermal FirmaLift last?
Improvement in lifting and tightening seen after Thermal FirmaLift can last up to two years or more, however it is not permanent. The ageing process will naturally continue and additional maintenance treatment may be required every 18-24 months, depending on the individual.
Are there side effects associated with Thermal FirmaLift?
Following your Thermal FirmaLift treatment, some mild swelling can be expected and may last for anywhere between 1-3 days. Bruising from the needles used is always possible. We do everything we can to be gentle and avoid bruising, but if it happens the bruise is usually quite mild. Patients may experience mild discomfort the day after the treatment. If this happens, it lasts for a day or less. Transient numbness in the treated areas has been reported and will resolve itself during the healing process. This side effect is very rare.
How long will the effect last?
One of the great advantages of this treatment is that the effects are long lasting – approximately 2 years. However, the results are not permanent – duration depends on many factors including your skin type, lifestyle and age. After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended around 18-24 months.
How much time is needed for this treatment and can I go on with my day following the treatment?
Typically the treatment only takes 45 minutes to complete. Most people feel comfortable going back to their normal activities immediately following their appointment. Mineral make-up may be applied immediately after the treatment.
What can I expect from my consultation and will I have treatment the same day as my consultation?
You are required to have a face-to-face consultationprior to having this treatment. In the consultation Dr Bong will examine your face and neck, focussing on the quality of your skin. Dr Bong will then offer you a treatment plan and quote you a price. He will also discuss in detail the advantages and limitations of this treatment and the alternatives. Treatment will NOT be carried out on the same visit. Our standard appointment time for consultation is 30 minutes. Dr Bong only carries out this treatment on a specific day of the week.
Should you decide to have this procedure, you will be required to pay 50% deposit to secure an appointment. This deposit is non-refundable and the appointment non-changeable.
How much does Thermal FirmaLift cost?
The Therma FirmaLift treatment can be carried out on the entire face, and neck including the jowls. This treatment is unique to each individual, depending upon a variety of factors. So, to get an exact costing, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr Bong for him to design a bespoke package and address any concerns that you have. The consultation is completely free of charge. Our prices are competitive and your treatments will be carried out by an international expert. We believe our patients deserve the utmost safety in our care and we are committed to offering reliable, safe and effective results.
Listed below are a series of guide-prices on what this treatment may cost on the different areas of the face and neck. Exact cost for this treatment will be discussed and finalised during your consultation.
First (ever) Treatment – Advanced High Power Protocol
• Face and Jowls – from £1200
• Jowls and Neck – from £1200
• Face, Jowls and Neck – from £1500
Subsequent or Maintenance Treatment
• Face and Jowls – from £900
• Jowls and Neck – from £900
• Face, Jowls and Neck – from £1200
If we would like to receive more information on Thermal FirmaLift treatment, shall I just call your reception and make an appointment?
Yes, absolutely. You will need a face-to-face consultation with Dr Bong and this is completely free of charge. During the consultation, Dr Bong will discuss in further detail with you what the procedure will entail. After the consultation – and providing you decide to have the treatment – you will be offered another appointment. Please call us on 0141-8949098 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Key benefits of Essence Medical Cosmetic Clinic
Consultation and treatment is undertaken by Dr Kieren Bong who is an international speaker and trainer in aesthetic facial procedures
Dr Kieren Bong is widely recognised as one of the industry’s experts
Essence Medical in Glasgow only uses the very best market-leading brands
We offer virtually pain-free treatment
Excellent post treatment care will follow after two weeks
Dr Kieren Bong is often featured in numerous national and international magazines and newspapers
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K A, Glasgow
It is only two days ago and I look rested and healthy and much younger. Doctor Bong is a caring and wonderful specialist. I felt safe and the procedure was quick and almost painless. I am more than impressed.