Thermage is a non-invasive procedure that generally requires from one to six treatments in our office. After the procedure is complete, you can return to your normal routine. The thermage procedure delivers heat deep into the skin to tighten existing collagen and stimulate new collagen growth. Collagen is the building block material that provides structure to your skin. Thermage procedures can tighten skin safely on most body parts, including face, eyes, lips, neck, tummy, arms, and hands.
What Conditions Does Thermage Treat?
On the face, thermage can treat sagging skin, loose jowls, lack of definition in the jaw line, sagging neck skin (“turkey neck”), wrinkles and fine lines, and lack of definition in the lips. Around the eyes, thermage can treat under eye bags, wrinkles and fine lines, and other contributors to tired-looking eyes. Elsewhere on the body, thermage can treat wrinkled, crepey, sagging or bulging skin as well as the appearance of cellulite.
How Long Does The Treatment Take?
Thermage treatments average about 30 minutes for the face and 45 minutes for the body parts, depending on the size, location, and condition of the area to be treated.
Is There Any Special Preparation Or Follow-Up Regime?
No. And there is no special care required after treatment, aside from basic skin maintenance and sunscreen as part of a regular skincare regimen. Since the thermage procedure has little-to-no downtime, most patients return to their regular activities immediately following treatment. Some patients exhibit a temporary redness or minor swelling after treatment, but this usually goes away within 24 hours.
How Does The Treatment Work?
Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen-rich layers of your skin. The heat helps tighten existing collagen and stimulate the formation of new collagen, which reduces sagging, renews contours, and improves the smoothness and texture of the skin’s surface.
How Is Thermage Technology Different From Other Tightening Procedures?
Unlike some other procedures, thermage involves no surgery, no injections, and little-to-no downtime. Thermage works on all skin colors – on the face or body. While laser treatments and other radiofrequency procedures also tighten skin, no other treatment heats as deeply as thermage. By heating the innermost layers of skin, thermage is the most effective at tightening collagen and stimulating the formation of new collagen, which results in tighter skin and an overall younger-looking appearance.
How Do Thermage Results Compare To Those Of Other Treatments?
Some people want the dramatic results of surgery. Others want the subtler, gradual results of a non-invasive treatment with no downtime. This is where thermage succeeds, delivering improved skin tone, texture, and tightness. When lotions and potions are not enough and surgery is too much, thermage is a safe, effective solution.
When Do Results Appear, And How Long Do They Last?
Visible results may be immediate, and they may appear over time in the course of your body’s natural collagen rebuilding process. For most patients, measurable tightening and contouring appear gradually in the two-to-six months following treatment. Results can last years depending on your skin condition and aging process.
What Does The Thermage Procedure Feel Like?
Each time the treatment device touches your skin, you’ll feel a brief cooling sensation, followed by a deep but brief heating sensation, followed by another cooling sensation. The heating sensation is a sign that the deep layers of your skin are reaching effective temperatures for tightening. Throughout the procedure, your physician will ask for feedback on the level of heat sensation to help balance your comfort with maximum results.