Tighten Up Your Sagging Skin With Thermage Treatments
What Is Thermage?
According to the manufacturer, over 500,000 patients in 80 countries have received Thermage treatments for loose or sagging skin on the face and body. Thermage is an FDA approved, non-surgical radiofrequency method of heating the deeper layers of skin but cooling the top layer to tighten existing collagen and promote the growth of new collagen.
Thermage Target Areas
Thermage treatments can be used to tighten your skin and smooth out wrinkles, lines and bags on your face, lips, jaw line, around your mouth, neck, eyelids, around the eyes, improve the look of cellulite and even to treat sagging skin around the stomach after pregnancy or loosing weight.
How It Works
The Thermage device works by using the radiofrequency heating method to firm up the collagen in the deeper layers of skin and tissue. When collagen breaks down over time and aging, wrinkles and lines form. Thermage treatments tighten your existing collagen, encourages new collagen formation and at the same time keeps the outer layer of skin cool to help prevent any redness or swelling.
The Thermage treatments can be done in a licensed dermatologist's office or cosmetic doctor's office. Be sure to carefully choose a medical professional who has experience with this type of treatment and can provide you with references, preferably photos of patients and qualifications.
Treatment Time And Aftercare
A numbing cream or oral sedation is used, depending on the size of the area to be treated. The entire process can take from 30 minutes to two hours but you should be able to go home immediately. You may feel a warming sensation as the device is placed over the treatment area. You doctor or dermatologist may also advise you to stay out of the sun for a few days and avoid makeup or lotions for a few days.
Results can be seen right away, but because Thermage stimulates the natural healing and rejuvenating process of the body, continued improvement can be seen for about four months. Three to four treatments may be needed to achieve optimum results. Those results can last anywhere from six months to two years.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects from Thermage treatments are rare, but some patients may experience redness, slight swelling, small blisters or skin bumps. These go away in just a few days.
Thermage treatment costs vary widely, running anywhere from about $900 to as much as $3,000 per session.
Results vary due to individual skin tone, healing time and number of treatments, so consult with your cosmetic doctor or dermatologist and get an evaluation before making a decision about having Thermage treatments.