The Effect

Skin feels tighter, smoother, and younger looking right after a Thermage procedure. As time goes on, additional tightening of the skin becomes noticeable

The Procedure

Thermage utilizes a patented radiofrequency (RF) technology called ThermaCool™ which has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin, hence, smoothing out wrinkles as well as restore facial contours. This procedure does not require any incisions, is fast and easy, and has no down time, making you go about your normal activities. The ThermaCool is used for the non-invasive treatment of facial wrinkles and rhytids.

Best Candidate

This procedure can be done on patients of all skin types unlike the lasers.

Treatments

Depending on the size of the treatment area, the time required for this procedure usually takes a few minutes to an hour. For skin preparation before the procedure, additional time may be necessary.

Side Effects

The reported incidence of side effects in the Thermage procedure in approximately 70,000 patients worldwide is actually less than 1% which makes this procedure excellently safe. The most common reported side effects are swelling, redness or erythema, bumps and blisters on or surrounding the area treated. These side effects are usually gone in a few days or weeks. However, less than 0.2% of cases have a longer lasting effect which is described as a skin depression.

Recovery Time

usually after the Thermage procedure, majority of the patients return to their normal activities. A mild redness similar to a sunburn may be experienced but will also fade right away. Unless instructed by your doctor, no special care is needed after the procedure.

FAQs

What is the Thermage procedure?

Laser skin rejuvenation treatment is an innovative technique used to fight the signs of aging. Stimulation of a smoother, healthier looking skin is achieved by this non invasive procedure. Laser skin rejuvenation does not entail an extensive investment of time and money which is necessitated by other skin resurfacing treatments.

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What does the procedure do?

The Thermage procedure makes use of a patented radiofrequency (RF) technology called ThermaCool™ which has been clinically established to make the skin taut and gently lifts the skin in order to smooth out wrinkles and restore facial contours. This procedure does not use any incisions and is fast and easy. There is also no down time from one’s activities of daily living. Thermage can be performed on patients of all skin types unlike the lasers. ThermaCool is used for the non-invasive treatment of facial wrinkles and rhytids and has been cleared by the FDA.

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How does it work?

The ThermaTip™, which is a sophisticated treatment tip, is utilized in the ThermaCool system. This works bu delivering a controlled amount of RF energy. When the ThermaTip device touches the skin, it evenly heats a large volume of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin and its underlying tissue at the same time, keeping the outer layer of the skin undamaged with cooling. The deep uniform heating action results to tightening of the deep structures in the skin immediately. As time goes by, new and remodeled collagen is produced which further tightens the skin leading to a healthier and smoother skin and a more revitalized look.

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What will my skin feel like after the procedure?

Skin would feel tighter, smoother, and more youthful looking right after the Thermage procedure. As time goes on, additional tightening may be noticed.

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What does the Thermage procedure feel like?

A brief, deep heating sensation is felt as the RF energy is sent to the skin and underlying tissue with the use of ThermaTip device. The deep heating sensation indicates that the collagen is attaining efficient temperatures for tightening. The physician makes sure to control the amount of energy delivered in order to balance procedural comfort with maximum results. To make treatment more comfortable and to protect the patient’s skin, the ThermaTip device is cooled before, during and after heating. An anesthetic cream may also be applied before the treatment in order to add to the patient’s comfort. Relaxants and/or pain medications may also be prescribed.

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How many treatments are needed?

Usually, a single Thermage treatment would already produce results in most of the patients. The appropriate course of treatment will be determined by the physician.

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How long does Thermage take?

Depending on the size of the area treated, this procedure may take only a few minutes to an hour. Skin preparation before the procedure usually takes additional time.

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Is the Thermage procedure safe?

This procedure is very safe with a reported incidence of side effects less than 1% over approximately 70,000 patients worldwide. The usual side effects reported are swelling, redness or erythema, bumps, and blisters on or surrounding the area treated. These side effects are usually gone in a few days or weeks. A longer lasting side effect described as a skin depression is very rare and occurs in less than 0.2% of patients.

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When will results be visible?

In about 2 to 6 months, a gradual measurable tightening improvement is visible after a single treatment session.

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How long before I can return to my regular activities?

Majority of patients resume their normal activities right after the Thermage procedure. A mild redness similar to a sunburn is experienced but this usually disappears right away. Unless instructed by your physician, no special care is actually needed after undergoing the treatment.

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How long will the effects of the Thermage procedure last?

There are reports by experienced cosmetic physicians stating that results may last 24 months or longer depending on the patient’s natural aging process.

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