Cynosure, the makers of SmartLipo and Cellulaze, has recently come up with a minimally invasive laser technique called PrecisionTx aiming at tightening the skin and rendering a rejuvenated appearance. Integrating laser technology and sophisticated solutions, PrecisionTx is advertised to provide well-adjusted heat to the patient tissues, bringing about evident results with increased safety levels.
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How Does PrecisionTx Work?
The main issue with the methods which apply heat to the tissue so as to trigger collagen production is fine-tuning the heat that is funneled on the treated area without prompting any injury. PrecisionTx tackles this problem by putting a 1440 nm wavelength laser into use to create a well-controlled photomechanical effect that dissipates the energy under the dermal layer of the skin. The procedure is carried out by inserting a tiny tube through three miniscule holes (one under each earlobe and another one under the patient’s chin) and administering the laser for approximately 20-30 minutes, after applying local anesthetic to mitigate any nuisance. The application of the laser is usually described by patients as a soothing sensation or a slight pressure around the treated areas. The exerted heating effect stimulates collagen production, tightening the skin layers and the underlying tissue.
In total, a PrecisionTx session can last for about 1-1/2 hour. Compression garments are applied as soon as the procedure finishes, and should usually be worn for at least 10 days following the operation. Most patients are able to go back to work and to their everyday life in a couple of days. Improvement signs start to become discernible only after a month or more, since collagen production takes some time to get activated – and that is the main reason why more evident results will need a few more months to be displayed.
Here are some of the most notable boons that PrecisionTx can offer:
- Heat spawns collagen production, which in turn fosters skin thickening
- Touched up skin texture
- Significantly reduced skin laxity
- Collagen production gets sparked off after 4-6 months following the initial procedure, enhancing original results
- Amplified safety thanks to the balanced control of the heat applied
- No major cuts, no stitches, no pain
- Minimal downtime
Generally speaking, PrecisionTX induces negligible pain, discomfort or other post-operative adverse reactions. Yet, after the treatment, some of the following may occur:
- Mild tenderness
- Fluid dripping from the holes
Areas To Be Treated
PrecisionTx is typically performed on the area under the chin, down the neck and the jowls, and on the lower part of the cheeks. Additionally, it can be used to ablate and incapacitate the sweat glands of the armpits, so as to cure hyperhidrosis (a disorder that causes profuse sweating). In any case, a pre-operative consultation is essential in order to determine the operation’s details and the patient’s individual needs.
Roughly speaking, the expenditure for a PrecisionTx procedure is estimated at around $3,000-4,500, but the cost depends heavily on factors like the shape and extend of the treated area, doctor’s and clinic’s fees etc.
As a rule, the majority of the patients seem content to have tried this approach to skin tightening. Still, the overall effectiveness of PrecisionTx relies on several variables (patient’s special needs and expectations, doctor’s skills, machine settings etc.). In addition, since collagen production is not triggered immediately, many individuals appear to be dissatisfied by the lack of prompt noticeable results.
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On the whole, PrecisionTx is a reliable choice for a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance for the facial area, featuring added effectiveness and, above all, amplified safety compared to other techniques which feature radiofrequency, ultrasound energy or infrared light (and thus being less precise than PrecisionTx in terms of the amount of heat administered on the treated area). Ideal candidates for this method are people who are in need of a mild, yet solid, face/neck lift but are not prepared to devote themselves to a traditional surgical routine. However, it should be pinpointed here that, for older people encountering excessive skin laxity, a typical surgical procedure could be preferable, as it can deliver immediate, more evident and more durable results; after all, no laser is yet equally forceful in achieving ample skin tightening.