What is Thermage® and am I a good candidate?
Thermage is a non-invasive treatment for smoothing, contouring and tightening the face, neck and jawline. Thermage is an excellent treatment option for patients who wish to reduce the appearance of subtle facial wrinkling and sagging skin. This treatment helps to lift and tone the skin, providing drastic anti-aging benefits. Thermage may be the ideal treatment for those not wanting to undergo a more invasive treatment like a face lift. In addition, this treatment is great for the eye area, tummy, and many other parts of the body!
What are the benefits of Thermage and how does it work?
The treatment delivers natural looking results with little to no downtime on all skin colors in a single procedure. Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen rich layers of your skin. When the treatment device touches your skin, you’ll feel a brief cooling sensation, followed by a deep but brief heating sensation. 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. It is important to note that results vary from patient to patient. Typically, 85% of patients obtain these predictable results.
How many treatments will I need?
Unlike many similar procedures requiring four or more sessions, Thermage delivers results in a single treatment for most patients. In fact, when it comes to skin tightening and contouring with little to no downtime, Thermage was the first of these procedures on the market. Therefore, it has the greatest proven track record.
What type of results will I see?
Visible results may be immediate, but most often they appear over time during 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 a single treatment session. Results can last years depending on your skin condition and aging process.
Is there any downtime associated with this procedure?
No. Unlike surgery, there is no pre-procedure preparation such as blood work or fasting. Also, there is no special care required after treatment, aside from basic skin maintenance and sunscreens 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.
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