Thermage is an exciting non-surgical skin tightening procedure which uses controlled radio frequency to tighten the tissue and skin without the need for surgery. Thermage involves no downtime or recovery and is ideal for improving loose skin on areas of the face like the forehead and brow, lower face, neck and eye area. It can also be used to treat the abdomen, arms, thighs, buttocks and other areas on the body. Thermage is FDA-approved for non-surgical toning and wrinkle treatment as well as for the treatment of acne and acne scarring.
Thermage is often referred to as a non-surgical facelift because some believe it can provide results comparable to facial plastic surgery. The radio frequency energy contracts and tightens the collage while preserving the surrounding tissue for a smoother, younger, more toned appearance. Thermage is safe on all skin types.
Thermage – The Procedure
Treatment with Thermage takes approximately one to two hours to complete depending on the size and number of treatment areas. Some minor discomfort is involved and, as such, a topical anesthetic cream and/or oral sedative are typically used. Some patients opt for light intravenous sedation instead. During the procedure, the activated laser is passed over the target areas and multiple passes are made.
After Treatment: What to Expect
After treatment with Thermage, patients may experience some minor redness that typically clears up within a few hours. Minor swelling and tingling may also occur and this may take three to six days to resolve. Makeup can be worn immediately after treatment to help camouflage any side effects. There is no recovery or downtime associated with Thermage and patients are able to immediately return to their normal activities.
Patients may begin to see results within a few weeks, though it does take four to six months for the final results to be realized. One treatment is typically sufficient and results may last three or more years.
Thermage is a very safe procedure with few complications. Some minor redness may occur. Less common risks may include burns and skin discoloration.