Thermage is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that has been cleared by the FDA for tightening skin and reducing signs of aging like wrinkles. It can be used on the face, neck, abdomen, and other parts of the body. Unlike other procedures like laser treatments, Thermage can be safely used around the eyes. It also works on all skin types.
Human skin has three layers: epidermis, dermis, and the hypodermis. The epidermis is the visible outermost layer, while the hypodermis, which is also called the subcutaneous layer, contains fat. The dermis or middle layer contains a protein called collagen that gives skin its structure and elasticity. As a person ages, their collagen starts to break down, and their body stops being able to produce enough new collagen to counteract that deterioration. As a result, their skin starts to sag and develop wrinkles.
How does Thermage work?
Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to strengthen existing collagen and stimulate the production of new collagen to tighten the client’s skin and reduce wrinkles. It is a non-invasive procedure that warms the dermis and tricks it into thinking it has been injured. The resulting healing process causes the body to produce more collagen.
Our specialist uses a handheld device that emits radiofrequency energy and a cooling spray to keep the epidermis from overheating. They will map out the places they want to treat on the patient’s skin. If the patient is sensitive or having a large area treated, they may administer a local anesthetic beforehand.
After waiting for the anesthetic to take effect, they will run the device over the treatment site. They can adjust the device to regulate how much radiofrequency energy it emits. The more energy it produces, the more dramatic the results — and the more uncomfortable the treatment will probably be. A typical session takes about half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of the treatment area. Most patients need only one treatment to get the desired results.
It takes four to six months for the body to finish producing new collagen, so it will take that long for the client to see the full results of their treatment. The most common side effects include redness, swelling, blisters, and bumps. Such effects generally fade after a few days. Thermage does not require a recovery time, and the patient may immediately go about their business after treatment. The results of a Thermage treatment can last for two years.
Who is a good candidate for Thermage?
The ideal candidate will be a client in overall good health with realistic expectations. Thermage is recommended for people who have just begun to show the signs of aging. It can also be a good choice for people who either don’t want a facelift or aren’t a good candidate for a facelift.