What is Thermage?
Thermage is a safe, non-invasive, clinically proven way to tighten, smooth, and contour skin for an overall younger looking appearance. Through the stimulation of your own collagen, improvements in your skin tone, contour and texture will occur naturally. Thermage procedures can help smooth, tighten and deep contour skin for an overall younger looking appearance, without surgery.
The Thermage skin tightening treatment delivers natural looking results with little or no downtime— on all skin colors, all body parts, in one single procedure. Since the Thermage procedure is non-invasive, you can return to your normal activities immediately.
What does Thermage treat?
- Flatter, smoother skin on the tummy, legs, knees, buttocks, or arms
- Tightening, firming and lifting
- Softened wrinkles above the knees
- Reduction of crepey skin
- Smoothed dimples for temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite
- Sagging jowls and cheeks
- Wrinkles and crow’s feet around the eyes
- Cellulite on the thighs and buttocks
- Loose abdominal skin or loose skin on the upper arms
- Tough-to-lose flabby skin on love handles
- Aging hands
- And now—eyelids can be treated too! (The Thermage Eye Procedure is the only process that helps smooth and tighten skin and decrease wrinkles and hooding in the eye area without surgery, and little to no downtime!)
How does Thermage work?
To best understand how Thermage works, you need to know a few facts about your skin.
The facial skin is made of three distinct layers: a visible layer on the surface called the epidermis, a collagen-rich underlayer beneath the surface called the dermis, and an inner layer beneath the dermis call the subcutaneous layer (also known as the fat layer), which has a web of collagen fibers running through it.
The collagen in these three layers breaks down from a variety of different causes including genetics, sun exposure, smoking, weight loss, and just plain old aging. As you age, the collagen in your skin breaks down resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Skin treatments that work on just the surface can’t do anything to restore the collagen in the under-layer or the inner-layer of your skin. Thermage is the only non-invasive procedure available that tightens and renews your skin’s collagen in all three layers.
The actual technology that Thermage harnesses has been used in many medical applications for decades. However, it is the unique method of controlling and applying the technology that puts Thermage in a class of its own. Thermage’s unique patented radiofrequency (RF) technology safely heats your skin’s under-layer and the web of collagen in the inner layer, causing an immediate tightening as well as improved tone and texture. Existing collagen is stimulated, and new collagen begins to grow which helps skin look younger.
Due to continuing new collagen growth, these improvements will become even more noticeable for the four to six months following treatment. The net result of a Thermage laser skin tightening procedure is more youthful looking and feeling, tighter skin.
Who can be treated with Thermage?
Thermage works on all skin types and colors, and both men and women often benefit from the laser skin tightening and collagen stimulation that Thermage provides.
How many Thermage treatments will I need?
Only one! Your single Thermage treatment will provide you with full tightening and contouring benefits. With no downtime, you can jump right back into your life with your newly tightened, younger-looking skin.
When will I see the results from my Thermage treatment?
Some immediate results are usually visible and improve over time in the course of your body’s natural collagen rebuilding process. For most patients, measurable tightening and contouring gradually appear in the course of the following 2 to 6 months.
How long do Thermage results last?
Results can last for years, depending on your skin condition and aging process. However, should you choose to, you can have the Thermage skin tightening procedure repeated as frequently as every 6 months.
Do Thermage skin tightening treatments hurt?
Each time the Thermage device touches your skin, you’ll feel a brief cooling sensation, followed by a deep but brief heating sensation, followed by another cooling sensation. The heating sensation is a sign that the deep layers of your skin are reaching effective temperatures for tightening, while the cooling sensation protects the surface of your skin.
Throughout the procedure, your treatment provider will ask for feedback on the level of the heat sensation to help balance your comfort with maximum results. The goal is to get you the best results with as little discomfort possible.
Can I get a Thermage procedure instead of a facelift?
Thermage can significantly tighten your skin, but it won’t provide the dramatic results of a surgical facelift. If you would like modest skin tightening of your skin without surgery, then Thermage may be right for you.
Can a Thermage treatment help me avoid the need for other cosmetic procedures?
Yes! Each cosmetic procedure has it’s own benefits, but Thermage is a great non-invasive choice for skin smoothing, tightening, and contouring. During your consultation, your About Face treatment provider will discuss with you which procedure(s) may be best for you, and your desired results.
Can I get a Thermage treatment if I’ve already had other cosmetic procedures?
Yes! Thermage skin tightening procedures are compatible with most other cosmetic procedures, such as dermal-fillers, Botox, Fraxel, or laser hair removal. For best results you will need to discuss your past procedures, as well as your current expectations, with your treatment provider during your consultation.
What are the benefits of Thermage after Liposuction?
Thermage laser treatments address skin laxity issues not fixed by the liposuction procedure. Thermage can help reduce possible surface irregularities and help smooth body unevenness. Your skin itself will feel tighter and smoother, and you can expect to benefit from renewed collagen production.
How do I know if I need Thermage after Liposuction?
Combining Thermage with your liposuction procedure is a decision that should be made between you and your provider, however all liposuction patients receive some benefits from having the Thermage procedure performed after they have healed from the liposuction surgery. You may decide you want the Thermage treatment before the liposuction, or you can wait until after the recovery period when you can observe your full surgical results.