ThermiRF is one of the latest technologies in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures using radiofrequency to raise the temperature where applied. This rise in temperature penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate collagen, elastin, and even melt fat for smoother, tighter, more youthful-looking skin. Patients today are seeking less invasive solutions to reduce wrinkles, tighten skin, and melt fat with great results and little downtime. ThermiAesthetics has satisfied the current demand for a fresh, youthful look without surgery by developing a micro-invasive skin tightening and fat melting procedure performed under local anesthesia.
Dr. Leonard Gray, F.A.C.S., of Bay Area Plastic Surgery, was the first board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern California to have ThermiRF. He is also an active member of the Clinical Advisory Council for ThermiAesthetics. Dr. Gray is confident that this is the answer for patients who want the “in-between” procedure— not quite surgery, yet producing much better results than noninvasive procedures.
The minimally invasive skin-tightening technique is very popular among Dr. Gray’s patients. Commonly treated areas to tighten loose skin include:
- Face and jowls
- Upper arms
During your Thermi treatment, Dr. Gray will numb the area with local anesthetic and insert the Thermi probe through an incision about the size of the tip of a pen. The probe heats the collagen connective bands in the sub-dermal area, which results in immediate tightening of the skin and surrounding tissues. The thermal effects causes continual skin-tightening for several months. Because of the tiny incision, stitches are not used and scars are virtually non-existent after healing. The full results of your ThermiTight treatment are visible at about 4 months post-procedure.
"Fantastic - Highly Recommend - So happy!!! My experience with Dr. Gray and staff has been phenomenal - very personable, professional, informative and attentive. I felt like I was in good hands throughout the entire process, and went into my surgery with utmost confidence. It has been approximately two weeks since my procedure, and I am absolutely thrilled with my results. Thank you, Dr. Gray!"- A. / RealSelf / Jan 02, 2018
"50 Shades of Grey - I went in for a breast revision to avoid any future complications. I switched from my 12 year old Saline implants to Silicone. I was very happy with my Saline implants plus there were no visible scars. In 2005 my Doctor was the first to innovative the nipple incision (not to be confused by the periareolar incision). Very pleased with my previous results without any hesitation I knew that Dr...."- X. / RealSelf / Dec 27, 2017
"BEST PLASTIC SURGEON EVER!!!!!! - There are no words that suffice to commend Dr. Gray's unbelievable work - truly impeccable and a work of artistry. I am incredibly hard to please, as I am a complete perfectionist myself. My family always teases me, as I never seem content with anything. I interviewed countless plastic surgeons and spent weeks on end researching doctors on the internet. Even though I am a mother of three..."- D. / RealSelf / Dec 25, 2017
"I would give 10stars if i could! Had my first set of implants about 10years ago that were utterly amazing by him. Always had comments how natural they were and best job anyone had seen. Fast forward, time to change and upgrade the girls. They are even more amazing than the first set. Went for the gummy bears high profile. So beautiful in everyway! Dr Gray knows what he is doing. I told him exactly what i Wanted in regards to size and cleavage and he made it happen!! I wanted to wait to write this review till i was a few months out and everything settled. I am not a big yelper but MUST give credit where it is due. My experience this go round was nothing short of stellar. I had breast aug and labiaplasty and everything looks amazing! I felt and feel so comfortable and confident in this man. Also i must share that I had a major medical emergency thru my healing process that had nothing to do with dr. Gray or plastic surgery. Was a female issue, that left me in critical condition. Had I not followed Dr Grays advise at a follow up and got directly to my ob/gyn it would have ended badly. I ended up in emergency surgery wich solved the issue that would have ended in devastation had i not gone to emergency on Dr Gs advice. I also wold like to mention, when i got the news i had to have emergency surgery i called Karen at the front desk, cuz no one knew of my private situation but Dr Grays office. I am BEYOND GREATFUL for the professionalism of this woman. I felt like i had a best friend who was a 911 operator on the phone. I was hysterical and she calmed me down as i drove myself to emergency surgery. It was one of the scariest experiences of my life, no family knew as i kept it private and she was like a guardian angel. Also Cherrise is like a breath of fresh air! Helped me with so much during this process and has such good energy and i know her word is GOLD! Anything i asked advice on was always on the money! Also Lalanya who i rmbr from 10 years ago is frgn awesome! i called panicking once about questions from healing and she soothed everything and everything she said was true.Shes been in the scene for a long time and KNOWS HER STUFF! STAFF IS BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL! energy is amazing. Dr Gray is IT in my eyes. He also is A MAGICIAN with ingectables! no one ever has been so thuro with botox or cheek fillers. and my lips! ARE GORGOUS! had disastorous results with lips and botox and this man lays you down like he is doing surgery for your ingectables and gets it perfect! He is a master at his craft. i will not go anywhere else for ingectables. Breasts and labiaplasty are GORGOUS! Thank you Dr Gray. YOU ALL ARE A GOD SEND! p.s. i feel Dr G is more than authentic. He spent so much time with me after my emergency surgery and i truly feel he cares. He was looking me in the eye and we had a long discussion, his concern was more than genuine .Also he overcame my fear with injectables so patient and he KNEW exactly what i wanted and delivered, this place will always hold a special place in my heart! THANK YOU! THIS MAN IS ON POINT!!!!"- K.B. / Yelp / Dec 11, 2017
"I would give 10stars if i could! Had my first set of implants about 10years ago that were utterly amazing by him. Always had comments how natural they were and best job anyone had seen. Fast..."- K.B. / Yahoo / Dec 11, 2017
What to Expect
RF skin tightening can be uncomfortable for some patients because of the heating sensation. At Bay Area Plastic Surgery, we give our patients an option to take oral pain and anti-anxiety medications during their treatment to increase comfort. Before the heating occurs, Dr. Gray will apply numbing solution to the treated area for optimal comfort.
After the treatment, some redness and swelling will be visible. This will subside after a few weeks. The majority of the swelling will occur in the first week. Tightening sensations may be felt right immediately after the treatment, and will progress as the weeks pass to result in smoother and more supple skin. The effects of skin tightening can be long lasting.
RF Skin Tightening FAQs
Who Is It For?
If you have aging or loose skin, need some rejuvenation, yet still want to look like a natural “best version” of yourself, but don’t have the time to commit to a surgical procedure, this is the perfect treatment for you. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Leonard Gray to find out if Thermi will give you the results you are looking for.
The results may be long term since the treatment is not superficially limited and multiplies collagen. The improved skin can last up to 2 years. It is important for the patient to understand before undergoing the procedure that this treatment does not stop the skin’s aging. There are cases in which an RF treatment is repeated when the patient or doctor deems it necessary.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-8 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 Months
The FDA cleared ThermiRF in November 2013 for general surgical applications in soft-tissues; it had previously been cleared by the FDA solely for treating nerves. ThermiRF uses controlled radio frequency, or “RF”, which merely increases the temperature under the skin where it is applied. The unique characteristic of Thermi is that it has multiple uses. Depending on the temperature, depth, and area in which the probe is being inserted under the skin, it can tighten skin and tissue, melt fat, or permanently relax frown lines just like BOTOX®.