Would you like to reduce the signs of aging skin, giving you a more youthful appearance? Does the thought of a surgical face lift make you slightly wince in pain? Well, now you can reevaluate your options because Thermage, Non-Surgical Tissue Tightening gives you all the benefits of an invasive face-lift operation, with no scalpels or needles.
How does Thermage work?
Thermage is made possible by a technological breakthrough called the ThermaCool TC system. ThermaCool TC is a patented Capacitive Radio Frequency (CRF) technology, designed to tighten facial tissue. The patented ThermaTip wand sends radio frequency energy through the skin, heating deep skin layers while protecting the skins surface with a cooling action.
With age, collagen fibers (collagen is a building block that provides structure to skin) start to thin, shorten, and rigidify. The epidermis then wrinkles, collapses, and eventually begins to sag. Thermage works by stimulating the collagen fibers with safe radio frequency technology. This stimulation promotes health and growth of collagen fibers, tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles.
What is the Thermage procedure like?
With the Thermage system, you can attain dramatic anti-aging results and improved appearance of skin with only one single visit to the doctor. This single treatment typically takes only 15 to 90 minutes depending on the specific area being treated.
There is absolutely no recovery time required. You can walk out of the doctors office and go about your daily routine straight away.
Since the Thermage process does not put anything directly into your body, but rather promotes the health and growth of skin, results can, and usually do continue to improve for several months afterward. The effects of the Thermage procedure will continue to last for several years.
Is the Thermage system safe?
Thermage and the ThermaCool TC system were cleared by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and recognized as a safe, non-invasive option to surgery.
Is there any pain felt during or after the procedure?
Thermage promoters describe the process as a painless, short, deep heating sensation. The patented ThermaTip wand, which is used to apply the radio frequencies, uses a cool spray to both protect the surface of the skin, as well as to provide comfort to you. Some patients who have undergone the Thermage process have reported mild pain felt at first, but then quickly disappearing. Patients are usually given a mild pain reliever to alleviate any discomfort.
What are the side effects of the Thermage procedure?
Thermage technology is now being used world-wide. With over 70,000 treatments already performed, the reported side-effects come from less than 1% of patients. The most common side-effect is described as mild redness, such as a sunburn. These temporary effects are normally gone in 3-10 days.
Will my insurance cover Thermage?
Since Thermage is considered an elective procedure, most insurance companies will not cover the procedure. Check with your insurer to find out more.
Is Thermage applicable to other parts of the body?
Thermage treatment has also shown positive results on the abdomen, upper arm, and inner thigh. This practice is called Body Thermage.