The Thermage procedure is also known as ThermaCool, and ThermaLift The radio frequency (RF) energy uniformly heats the dermis while cooling and protecting the epidermis. It is designed to cause immediate collagen contraction followed by new collagen production which occurs over a period of time. The ThermaCool procedure is the only non-invasive method to tighten loose skin.
Depending on the size of the area treated, the procedure itself may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. We may ask you to arrive an hour before your procedure for administration of an anesthetic cream.
You may return to your normal activities immediately, as there is usually no "downtime." Minimal redness is seen in some patients but in most cases it disappears shortly after treatment. Heat-related complications may occur but are uncommon. There is no special care needed after treatment. As part of your skin care program, sunscreen is recommended.
Recently published studies, conducted by ThermaCool, show that measurable tightening improvements appear gradually over 2 to 6 months after a single treatment session. However, many patients report seeing an earlier response.
A single treatment has produced good results in a significant number of patients. However, we will assess the number and frequency of treatments required to achieve optimal results for your skin.
Unpublished reports by experienced physicians indicate that results may last as long as 18 months or longer, based on the patient's natural aging process.
The Thermage procedure is very safe. Although it is possible that skin damage can occur, this advanced treatment has been studied carefully in hundreds of patients with minimal reports of lasting adverse effects.
Thermage is a device that uses Radio Frequency to tighten the skin
The best candidates are those who have noticed their skin is loose and want to tighten and slow it down from sagging further.
Radio frequency send heat to the middle and lower parts of the skin. This uniform heat stimulates collagen to tighten and form new collagen in the area.
The treatment takes up to 2 hours to do a full face. It is only a one-time treatment
The face is the most commonly used area but eye lids, and stomach are also common.
Most find one treatment is enough and will repeat it every 12-18 months to keep up the great results and further improve.
Most people notice a tightening and lifting of their skin.
Average results last from 12 to18 months in duration.
Thermage has almost no down time. Most people leave the office looking like they had nothing done. It is extremely safe with little to no side effects reported.
Although we have never seen fat atrophy it would be possible if the person performing the treatment does not stay within the safety parameters.
Radiofrequency uses heat and in certain areas in can be uncomfortable. At our clinic we offer a wide range of options to help with discomfort so as to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
Thermage results take time, the collagen has to tighten, and new collagen has to form. It will take months to see the full effect.
Yes, we commonly see people 5 years after a face lift when they notice the laxity starting to return.
Yes, if someone finds they need more than the tightening Thermage can offer they can always have a face lift, some use Thermage to delay their surgery.
It can help with eyelids, of course nothing can compare to surgery, but it can lift and tighten eye lid skin.
Thermage tightens skin but does not do a great job on stretch marks
Thermage is not very effective and treating cellulite.
Most patients who get Thermage also have other treatments such as fillers, Botox and skin resurfacing lasers without any issue.
Thermage costs are typically from $2500-3000 for full area treatments such as full face and neck.