REFIRME SKIN TIGHTENING
Both men and women who long to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, sagging and rough areas that time, sun damage or toxins have left on their skin can now turn to ReFirme skin tightening treatment.
ReFirme™ Skin Tightening
ReFirme uses infra-red light and bi-polar radio frequencies, a technology called elos, to tighten the skin. It can be used on the face, neck, upper arms, knees and abdomen. ReFirme heats the deeper layers of collagen beneath the skin. Collagen is a natural protein that is found all over the body, and forms a springy mattress beneath the skin. At the same time ReFirme is heating the collagen layers, it is cooling the top layers of the skin. This treatment causes the body to produce more collagen, and the result is the adding of volume to wrinkles, fine lines, furrows, dry flat areas of the skin and sags.
What Is ReFirme?
ReFirme is a noninvasive procedure, and the patient does not need time to recover from it. They can return to their usual activities right after the treatment. Even better news is that improvements in the patient’s skin tone can be seen right after the treatment and they get better over time. Most patients have two or three ReFirme treatments about three to four weeks apart. This enables them to get the full benefits of ReFirme. The benefits last as long as two years, and patients can return for “touch-ups.”
A few weeks before the treatment, the plastic surgeon meets with their patient to give instructions and explain the procedure. The consultation takes place so long before the treatment because the patient needs to stay out of the sun for at least 30 days, or use a very good sunscreen if avoiding the sun is impossible. Lotions or ointments also should be avoided in the area that receives the ReFirme treatment.
A consultation also ascertains whether the patient is a good candidate for ReFirme skin tightening. Conditions that disqualify a patient for treatment include pregnancy and having taken an anti-acne medication within the past year. People who have a history of skin disorders such as abnormal moles or keloids are also not good candidates for ReFirme, as are patients who are diabetic or have seizure disorders.
ReFirme treatment takes about a half an hour and pain killers are unnecessary unless the patient has unusually sensitive skin. The dermatologist uses a handheld device over the treatment area. When the session is over, the patient may have some swelling and feel a little stinging or burning that resembles a slight sunburn. This discomfort disappears after three days and may even disappear after a few hours of rest. In the meantime, stinging or swelling can be relieved by applying a cold pack. As the skin heals, the should avoid irritating or massaging the area and should not put on makeup.
The ReFirme Procedure
As of 2016, the average minimal cost for ReFirme is $1,500.00. Because it’s a cosmetic procedure, most health insurance plans don’t cover it.