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Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2009 Dec;28(4):236-43. doi: 10.1016/j.sder.2009.11.003.

Radiofrequency devices for body shaping: a review and study of 12 patients.

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The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.


Radiofrequency (RF) devices such as ThermaCool TC (Solta Medical Inc., Hayward, CA) offer a nonablative and noninvasive treatment option for unwanted skin concerns of the head, neck, and body. Relatively fewer studies address RF treatment on the body when compared with the head and neck. The purpose of this report is to investigate the use of the ThermaCool TC system with the novel Thermage Multiplex Tip for the enhancement of body shape. Additionally, this report will review the literature of RF technology with a concentration on body shaping. Twelve subjects underwent ThermaCool TC treatments using the Thermage Multiplex Tip. Waist circumference, standardized photographs, skin laxity score, global aesthetic improvement score, and patient satisfaction surveys were assessed at baseline and several follow-up visits after treatment. Average waist circumference and skin laxity scores decreased after ThermaCool TC treatment, using the Thermage Multiplex Tip at follow-up visits held at 1, 2, 4, and 6 months after treatment. Global aesthetic improvement score and patient satisfaction surveys reflected these objective clinical improvements. RF devices, such as the ThermaCool TC offer a nonablative and noninvasive treatment option for unwanted skin findings of the head, neck, and body.

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