The Thermage procedure reduces the signs of aging skin by tightening the underlying tissue. It is currently used for non-surgical browlifts and the non-surgical tightening of facial wrinkles on the forehead, around the eye, the mid and lower face and the neck.
This procedure is also known as Thermacool, ThermaLift, Thermal Lifting, Therma Plasty and Thermoplastic contouring.
The radiofrequency (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 Thermage 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 Thermage, 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Unpublished reports by experienced physicians indicate that results may last as long as 18 months or longer, based on the patient’s natural aging process.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.
The treatment of acne, including both severe and cystic acne, is an exciting and new indication for the Thermage technology.