THERMAGE: YOUR ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC SURGERY
By Waldo Acebo, MD
What is Thermage®?
When lotions and potions are not enough and surgery is too much, Thermage is a safe, effective solution. Thermage is a non-invasive procedure -no surgery or injections- to help tighten and contour your skin. Its unique deep-heating technology uses radiofrequency to stimulate and renew collagen, resulting in tighter, smoother skin.
What conditions does Thermage treat?
On the face, Thermage can treat saggy skin, loose jowls, sagging neck skin (“turkey neck”), wrinkles and fine lines.
Around the eyes, Thermage can treat under eye bags, hooding, rough texture on the eyelids, wrinkles and fine lines.
Elsewhere on the body, Thermage can treat wrinkled, crepey, sagging or bulging skin as well as the appearance of cellulite.
How many treatments will I need?
Unlike many laser procedures requiring four or more sessions, Thermage delivers results in a single treatment for most patients.
How long is the treatment?
Thermage treatments average about 45 min to an hour for the face, and up to an hour and a half for other parts of the body, depending on the size, location and condition of the area to be treated. Since Thermage is a short procedure and a single treatment, it fits into your busy lifestyle.
Is there any special preparation or follow-up regimen?
Unlike surgery, Thermage does not require the use of anesthesia, but to ensure the patient’s comfort, your doctor might recommend mild drugs to help you relax throughout the treatment. After the procedure, some patients exhibit a temporary redness or minor swelling that usually goes away within 24 hours. Most patients return to their regular activities immediately following treatment.
How does Thermage treatment work?
Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen rich layers of your skin. The heat helps tighten existing collagen and stimulate the formation of new collagen. The system includes vibration and cooling technology to achieve results without damaging the epidermis – the outer skin layer-, which allows the use of higher energies with superior patient tolerance and better results.
When do the results appear, and how long do they last?
Visible results are appreciated immediately, and they continue to appear gradually in the course of three to six months. Results can last years, depending on your skin condition and aging process, with the aid of a basic skincare regimen and daily sunscreen use.
What FDA clearances does Thermage have?
Thermage is FDA cleared for the non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite. In addition, Thermage is the first and only system to receive FDA clearance for non-invasive eyelid treatments.
To request more information on this revolutionary procedure, feel free to call (305) 403- 1035.