Thermage is a revolutionary new cosmetic procedure designed to temporarily provide patients with a more youthful facial appearance in a quick and easy fashion. Unlike facelifts, Thermage treatments require no incisions or downtime. Even though Thermage can provide a more youthful facial appearance, the results do not last as long as facelift procedures where results last anywhere from five to ten years. Results of Thermage treatments last around two years. Thermage does last longer than injectable fillers, such as collagen and fat, which are used to enhance one's appearance. Cosmetic fillers only last about four to six months.
As we grow older, the collagen that provides structure to our face begins to break down. As a result, fine line and wrinkles begin to form. How Thermage actually works is that it stimulates the gradual growth of new collagen and the procedure temporarily reduces wrinkles and renews facial contours.
If you are considering undergoing Thermage treatment, the following information will provide you with a basic introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you consult a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist who is board certified or has extensive experience in performing this procedure.
*Thermage cost ranges between $1,000 and $5,000 per treatment.
*Thermage is a procedure with non-ablative technology that uses radio waves to lift and firm the skin.
Thermage is a non-surgical procedure with Last-long results.
- What are some of the most common benefits of thermage treatment?
- How are thermage treatments performed?
- How long do thermage treatments take?
- Where are the treatments performed?
- How much pain is there?
- What can I expect after thermage treatment?
- Ideal Candidate
- Other important information
- Risk and limitations
What are some of the most common benefits of Thermage?
The most common benefits of Thermage include achieving tighter skin and renewing facial contours. This procedure can smooth out wrinkles, leaving you with a more youthful appearance. Unlike other procedures, such as a facelift, Thermage requires no incisions or downtime from daily activities.
How are Thermage treatments performed?
During the procedure, the doctor uses a device known as ThermaCool that tightens and lifts the skin in order to smooth out wrinkles and restore facial contours. The ThermaCool device uses the ThermaTip, which delivers RF energy to the skin. The doctor controls the amount of RF energy, balancing your comfort and optimal results. When the ThermaTip touches the skin, it heats a large volume of collagen in deeper layers of the skin and its underlying tissue while at the same time cooling the outer layer and protecting it. This causes deep structures in the skin to immediately tighten. Over time, the skin will tighten further, and result in healthy, smooth looking skin.
How long do the treatments take?
The Thermage procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on how large of an area needs to be treated.
Another advantage to Thermage is that the procedure can be done during a lunch hour. So patients can take a lunch, have their Thermage procedure, and come back to work looking younger. That's why this procedure has been referred to as the "lunch hour facelift."
Where are the treatments performed?
The Thermage procedure is usually performed at your doctor's office.
How much pain is there?
An advantage to the Thermage procedure is that it enhances one's appearance with a minimal amount of pain. Most patients have described the procedure as experiencing a brief, deep heating sensation. For those sensitive to pain, topical anesthetic may be applied.
What can I expect after thermage treatment?
After undergoing Thermage treatments, your skin should feel tighter and smoother. Additional tightening will occur over time and your new look will gradually occur over a three to six month period, possibly sooner. These results vary from patient to patient.
The results of the Thermage procedure may last anywhere from two years or longer, this also varies depending on the patient's aging process. In order to maintain results, another Thermage visit is needed. Otherwise, one's face will revert to a pre-treatment appearance.
In general, the best candidates for Thermage are:
- Physically healthy
- Psychologically stable
- Wanting to look younger and more refreshed
- Wanting to enhance their facial appearance
- Well informed in regard to the procedure's outcome
- Realistic in their expectations
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your physician will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask your physician if he/she considers you an ideal candidate for Thermage.
Other important information:
The ThermaCool device used for the Thermage procedure has been approved by the FDA to treat facial wrinkles non-invasively.
Thermage Risk and Limitations:
Significant risks with Thermage procedures are infrequent, but the potential side effects to the treatment are:
However these side effects listed above usually disappear in a few days or weeks. Consult your doctor for more detailed information on the safety of Thermage.
The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.
*Disclaimer: Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nationally in 2010, and http://www.yourplasticsurgeryguide.com/face-lift/thermage.htm. Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may also vary depending on location.