Thermage, a non-surgical procedure, is designed to restore the youthfulness in your face. This advanced technique uses radio frequency energy to heat and activate the collagen in the skin, resulting in a tighter, fresher, rejuvenated appearance.
What is Thermage used for?
The main purpose of thermage is to restore the youthful appearance of your skin. It strengthens the collagen in the skin without surgery and reverses the signs of aging by:
- Tightening the skin
- Lifting the eyebrows
- Tightening loose skin around the chin, jaw and neck
- Softening the appearance of scarring caused by acne
- Softening deep forehead creases and laugh lines
While thermage has proven to be an effective way of enhancing one's appearance, individuals considering the procedure should keep in mind that it is not a surgical procedure and should not be considered a comparable alternative to facelift.
While some individuals display dramatic results following a thermage treatment, others may not experience any signs of improvement at all. Because it is not a surgical procedure, the results are not as prominent as those of a facelift.
Is Thermage right for me?
Thermage was designed for individuals experiencing slight sagginess of the skin and early signs of aging. The procedure is also beneficial for individuals who would like to decrease visibility of mild active acne or scarring. Patients who are showing more advanced aging signs should consult an experienced plastic surgeon about their options as thermage may not produce the best results.
To ensure the best possible results, you may also want to speak with your plastic surgeon about undergoing other cosmetic procedures in conjunction with a thermage treatment, including:
How is the procedure performed?
Thermage is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia, and is usually performed in your plastic surgeon's office. Before the procedure begins, your plastic surgeon will administer oral pain medication to reduce discomfort and pain. He or she will then inject local anesthesia into different areas of the face where the thermage treatment will be applied.
The machine used in the procedure uses radio frequency energy pulses to awaken and tighten the collagen in the face. The procedure itself typically takes anywhere from one hour to an hour and a half, and the initial preparation time can take up to 45 minutes. The entire procedure should take around two hours. Once the procedure is complete, you will be able to go home immediately. However, you should arrange a ride as the pain medication may alter your reaction time. Mild to moderate redness and swelling for the first week following the procedure can be expected.
What risks am I facing?
It is important to keep in mind that, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are potential risks associated with thermage treatments. However, the likeliness of experiencing a thermage complication is heavily reduced in patients who follow pre- and post-procedure instructions provided by their plastic surgeon.
The most common complications include:
- Burns: Some patients experience burns, blistering and permanent scarring following a thermage procedure.
- Skin discoloration: While it is possible to experience slight discoloration following a skin procedure, this is not a typical side effect associated with thermage.
- Pain and Discomfort: Although pain is not typically associated with thermage procedures, some patients have complained of prolonged discomfort, soreness and burning of the skin for days, weeks and even months following the procedure.
If you experience severe discomfort or any other adverse side effects after a thermage treatment, it is important to notify your doctor so he can check for infection or an allergic reaction to the treatment.