If you’re looking for a non-invasive way to freshen your appearance, Thermage may be the answer for you. Thermage is a procedure that makes skin tauter and brings about enhancements in skin contour, tone and texture. It achieves this objective by stimulating collagen. Although it does not provide the same level of results as a facelift or other surgical procedures, many people see results comparable to that achieved with injectable facial fillers and other non-invasive treatments.
The Ease of Thermage
Thermage involves no operation and no injections of any kind. Just one treatment tightens the collagen you already have and causes new collagen to grow. Patients notice both immediate benefits and ongoing improvements for up to six months. Results can be maintained for years depending on the condition of your skin and how rapidly you age.
Qualified cosmetic physicians or certified assistants under the supervision of a physician perform Thermage. The process takes from 20 minutes to two hours depending on the size of the treatment area. General anesthesia is not needed, but to ensure your comfort levels, your doctor may offer you a mild pain medicine before your treatment. You can resume your regular activities immediately.
Laser skin resurfacing is restricted by skin tone and type, but Thermage works on any tone or type. And Thermage is not a targeted treatment like injections or fillers; it works on every part of your face. Reported side effects are typically very minimal and could include some redness, blisters, swelling or bumps. Sometimes, patients report significant and lasting pain.
How Thermage Works
Three separate layers comprise facial skin: the layer we can see, called the epidermis; a collagen filled layer just under the epidermis, called the dermis; and an inner layer, the subcutaneous layer, sometimes referred to as the fat layer because that is its primary component. This layer is criss-crossed by collagen fibers.
When sun damage, heredity, and aging cause the collagen in these layers to break down, your face begins to sag and wrinkle. Thermage is a procedure that is able to address the skin’s collagen in epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layers. The technology used is called Capacitive Radiofrequency (CRF) technology. It heats your skin's underlayer and deepest inner layer, bringing about immediate and ongoing improvements.
Many cosmetic physicians are pleased to offer their patients free consultations to determine if Thermage is the right solution for them. Typically, women 35-60 achieve the best results and are most pleased with the Thermage treatment.