Hello Dr. Irwin! I am a 58 y.o. who had corrective jaw surgical procedure a few years in the past. It left me with some titanium pins and screws completely within the bone. Am I precluded from doing radio frequency skin-tightening remedies? Or lasers? Thanks on your nice recommendation and useful suggestions! Kathleen
It is a considerably sophisticated subject, however I’ll attempt to distill it into one thing that is smart. Lasers are mild based mostly units and don’t have an effect on metal implants.
Two forms of RF units
There are two principal forms of RF (radiofrequency) units used for aesthetic skin enchancment….. monopolar and bipolar. Why does this even matter to you? It’s as a result of it pertains to the query above. And…it impacts the security of the machine for you, if you have any metal in your physique that’s everlasting or semi everlasting.
- Monopolar. On this sort a “grounding pad” is used and connected someplace else on the physique. Vitality flows between the machine “head” and the pad. Whereas it travels by the physique, it will probably warmth up any metal that’s close to the power circulation. Usually surgical glues are used to assist maintain pins, and plates, and so on in place. So that you all are sensible, and we don’t need the warmth to have an effect on the glue or metal and loosen it, maybe inflicting it to fail.
- Bipolar. In these, the 2 “poles” for the RF power to cross between are each within the remedy head of the machine, so the power is unlikely to journey past the native space of remedy.
What this implies for you?
Backside line is that your physician or “supplier” or you need to completely speak to the corporate who makes the machine, if there’s any query or confusion. You need an opinion from the medical director for the machine. Some examples:
- Thermage: This has a grounding pad, so if the grounding pad is on the again and face is being handled, you don’t need metal wherever close to the top or in between. So for instance, if you have a metal hip, and are treating the face, that shouldn’t be an issue.
- Profound: This does not have a grounding pad, so that you don’t need metal implants beneath or close to the realm being handled, however a metal pin within the shoulder could possibly be tremendous.
In abstract, the underside line is examine with the corporate for an opinion, if there’s any query.
Hope this helps,
Dr. Brandith Irwin