What is Titan?
Titan is a cosmetic dermal heating treatment, which utilizes an infrared light source to heat the skin (dermis) below the surface. The process of applying heat to the epidermis (deep skin tissue) results in a contraction of collagen (fibrous protein contained in skin and other connective tissue), which tightens skin providing a tighter and smoother appearance.
How are Titan treatments performed?
The Titan dermal heating procedure is performed by professional medical physicians using a chilled tip, long-pulsed, infrared device called the Titan®, which is manufactured by Cutera Inc., in Brisbane, California. During treatment, a layer of gel is applied on the area to be treated and the hand-piece is then placed directly against the skin. Treatment light while the chilled tip simultaneously cools the skin occurs thereafter. Patients are instructed to raise their hands if the pulse feels too hot and if so, the physician may cease using the light while the hand-piece remains in place.
Are results immediate after a single Titan treatment?
The focus during each treatment is on the skin's safety and health, which means that treating each patient until results are visible is usually not recommended to prevent skin damage. Some immediate tightening is visible on most patients when viewed after treatment, however. Comparing a treated area to an untreated area is one way to view results.
Most patients must receive more than one treatment for maximum results within approximately six sessions over a period of six weeks. The Titan procedure encourages the development of new collagen so results will continue to become visible for weeks or months after treatment.
Is the Titan procedure safe?
The Titan® is a non-ablative (does not damage skin) infrared device, which has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of dermal heating.
Who is qualified to perform the Titan procedure?
Board certified plastic surgeons or their appropriately trained staff are qualified to perform the Titan procedure.
Who is a candidate for the Titan procedure?
There are multiple factors that determine optimum candidacy for the Titan procedure but individuals who have facial aging resulting from certain genetic problems, over-exposure to the sun, and the natural progression of age are typically excellent candidates for the Titan procedure. Candidacy is decided by the practicing physician during consultation.
How long does a Titan treatment take?
The Titan treatment is performed on an outpatient basis with no anesthetic and typically takes approximately one hour. Patients may resume daily activities immediately.
What areas of the body may be treated?
Patients undergoing the Titan treatment can be successfully treated on many areas of the body including the face, neck, chin, jowls, lower arms, stomach, legs or backs of the hands.
What side effects may be associated with the Titan treatment?
Side effects from the Titan treatment are minimal and typically involve some swelling and redness at the site of the treatment with a tingling sensation that may last up to 30 minutes after the treatment procedure.
How does the Titan treatment compare with cosmetic surgery?
Each Titan treatment is an outpatient procedure requiring no down-time and no anesthetic compared to cosmetic surgery, which is invasive involving actual incisions and sutures (stitches) with a significant amount of recovery time and the use of general anesthetics.
What is the cost of the Titan treatment?
The cost of the Titan treatment is variable and is determined by geographical location, skill of the physician as well as the needs of the patient and how many treatments may be required. Typically one treatment costs $800-$1500.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Anti-Aging.org Staff
Updated: December 29, 2008