This popular non-surgical skin tightening treatment has little downtime with varying results. It strives to subtly take years off your face using radiofrequency energy that stimulates collagen production. While the procedure promises to be painless and with no recovery time, many people claim it can be quite painful and multiple sessions are typically required to see results, but with over one million treatments performed.
What is Thermage?
The latest and gentle method for skin rejuvenation is called Thermage. It is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment used to improve the general appearance of ageing skin. It is proven effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, tightening loose and sagging skin as well as smoothening its surface. It works by stimulating collagen growth using radiofrequency energy. Introduced over 10 years ago, Thermage is now being used in about 80 countries around the world and has treated millions of patients who share a single aim: to reduce the signs of ageing skin. The procedure is preferred by many over other cosmetic procedures as it can address a range of issues in just a single treatment and because it is minimally invasive with minimal downtime.
Thermage treatments can be divided into 2 categories: more superficial treatments for skin tightening of the face, neck, and eyelid and deeper treatments for body contouring on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and arms.
Who is Thermage for?
Thermage is safe and effective on all skin types. However, the best candidates for Thermage treatment are those with mild to moderate skin laxity, minimal sun damage, and do not regularly smoke cigarettes. The effects of Thermage treatment are less dramatic than surgery but there are no associated risks, down time, or recovery period.
How does Thermage work?
Thermage uses the stimulating effect of monopolar radiofrequency waves. In deeper layers of skin, it works in two ways:
- During the treatment itself, the heated collagen fibers contract – about ten percent of treated patients demonstrate a tightening effect that is immediately visible.
- They stimulate the new formation of collagen: Over the next four months, the skin develops visible tightening from within.
Where on the face can Thermage be performed?
Thermage treatments can be performed in the following facial areas:
- Cheeks and Jowls
- Cheeks, Jowls, and Neck
- Full Face
- Full Face and Neck
- Full face: includes the periorbital region and mid/lower face areas