Also called ThermaLift, ThermaCool and Radiothermoplasty
Thermage is safe way to tighten and contour skin, with improvements in tone and texture naturally by stimulating your own collagen. Thermage is FDA cleared for the non-invasive treatment of wrinkles (rhytids).
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Benefits & Advantages
- Works on all skin tones
- No surgery or injections
- Tightens your existing collagen
- Stimulates new collagen
- Results can last for years
- Clinically proven to tighten & contour
- Enhances the shape of your face
- No recovery time
- Non-surgical face-lift
- Effective for treating cystic acne
How Thermage Works
The three layers of the skin: epidermis(outer), dermis(collagen-rich layer), subcutaneous layer(fat layer with web of collagen fibers)--Thermage will tighten and renew the collagen in all three layers. It uses a Capacitive Radio Frequency (CRF)technology which safely heats the skin's under layer and inner layer causing an immediate tightening as well as improves tone and texture.
No downtime after treatment. Patient will feel sleepy if given light pain medication prior to treatment. Normal activities can be resumed.
The procedure can take 20-minutes or more depending on area treated. During treatment you'll feel a brief heat sensation with each energy pulse, then a cold sensation by the ThermaCoolTM system (this protects the outer layer of skin). The jawline can be sensitive when treated. It is uncomfortable.
Possible Side Effects
There may be some temporary numbness, tenderness or mild swelling. Skin may appear slightly pink for a day or two.
Most patients only need one treatment. If the skin is too lax the results will not be as dramatic. Patients ages 35-60 have the most predictable results. Some patients may not see any results. It could take up to six months. Results vary.
Be sure to ask the clinic: How old is there device?-- The newer Thermage equipment has proven to give better results than older models. The newer tips used are bigger therefore more effective. Who's doing the treatment and their experience? How many pulses will be used? Some clinics try to cheat on the number of pulses given to patients.
Find out more information on the Thermage website.