ThermiTight / ThermiRF

Dr. Downie busts cellulite in Aspen at cosmetic Boot Camp conference 2016.

Our skin can lose its volume and elasticity over time. After age 30, we lose a teaspoon of collagen every year. Collagen is a protein in our skin that keeps it firm and supple. As collagen diminishes, the youthful appearance of our skin can begin to fade. Fortunately, there are non-surgical treatments that can help reverse the signs of aging.

Dr. Jeanine Downie is a nationally prominent dermatologist who utilizes innovative technology that can deliver a youthful appearance without the lengthy downtime often required for surgery. Dr. Downie and her team proudly offer non-surgical treatments including ThermiRF/ThermiTight and ThermiSmooth at Image Dermatology in Montclair.

ThermiRF/ThermiTight leads as the first FDA-cleared device to deliver thermal energy that can tighten lax skin. Clinical studies have shown the treatment to be safe and effective. The radiofrequency device uses radio waves in the form of heat to target specific tissues and tighten skin.

ThermiTight can be ideal for tightening the jawline, neck, arms, knees, upper back, and abdomen. ThermiTight is also effective at treating cellulite on the thighs and abdomen because it restructures collagen and breaks through the fibrous band that cause dimples. Before the procedure, we will administer local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.

ThermiTight is a minimally invasive procedure, which involves inserting a tiny treatment probe (the size of a pen point) under the skin to heat specific tissue gently. Then, radiofrequency energy is applied to the treatment area to shrink targeted tissues. The procedure is painless and requires little to no downtime.

Dr. Downie will attest to the excellent results ThermiTight provides patients including firmer, youthful-looking skin for several years. She teaches other physicians the ThermiTight technique as well as delivers lectures about the new technology. A consultation with Dr. Downie is recommended for anyone considering ThermiTight.


Dr. Downie and her team offer another product from the Thermi family –ThermiSmooth. The procedure involves using a specially designed regulated radiofrequency handpiece that is temperature controlled. The handpiece delivers radiofrequency waves to the dermis while being guided along the surface of the skin, making it a non-invasive treatment option. ThermiSmooth stimulates collagen rebuilding with gentle heat. The treatment is compared to a warm massage.

ThermiSmooth is used to target areas around the forehead, eyes, mouth, cheeks, and neck. There is no downtime, allowing patients to return to work or resume other activities after treatment. A series of at least six treatments and one to two maintenance treatment sessions per year are recommended to achieve desired results. Men and women who want to explore ThermiSmooth should schedule a consultation with Dr. Downie. She can tailor a treatment plan to meet their needs.

Commonly asked questions include:

What is the difference between ThermiTight and ThermiSmooth?
Both treatments utilize radiofrequency waves to treat lax skin and deliver a youthful appearance. ThermiTight involves a pen point sized probe that goes under the skin and directly heats the underlying structures to tighten areas such as the neck and lower face. ThermiSmooth involves a hand piece used on the surface of the skin to heat the underlying tissues and stimulate collagen production and skin tightening.

What is the cost of ThermiTight and ThermiSmooth? The cost of ThermiTight varies; but ThermiSmooth typically costs about $350 per area for six treatment sessions. The size of the treatment area and individual needs of the patient will determine the overall cost. Therefore, a consultation is highly recommended.

How long does each treatment last?
It depends on the size of the treatment area; however, each procedure can typically be completed in an hour or less.

To learn more about how ThermiTight or ThermiSmooth can help you attain the look you desire, schedule a consultation with Dr. Downie by calling 855-847-7177.
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