Q: How does the Thermage® procedure work?
A: The procedure works by using monopolar radiofrequency technology to heat collagen fibers deep into the dermis. Thermage® system has an improved, more uniform heating action that causes the structures in the skin and underlying tissue to immediately tighten while stimulating collagen growth. Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced to further tighten and contour the skin.
Q: Is Thermage® painful? What will I feel during Thermage® treatment?
A: Thermage® is the latest in the Thermage® system. During treatment, patients will feel warmth on their face or body followed by a cold sensation. Patients may feel a brief sting or pinched sensation in these areas. The treatment can be done with vibration, which reduces any uncomfortable sensations.
Q: What is the recovery time for Thermage®? Can I go out later that day after the treatment?
A: There is minimal downtime required after Thermage® treatment. The face will appear normal after the treatment. Since this is a completely non-surgical method for skin tightening, patients can return to their normal activities immediately.
Q: What will I feel after the treatment?
A: Most patients experience a subtle rosy glow and a little skin tightness for a few days immediately following treatment. The skin will also feel a little smoother right after the treatment.
Q: How long will the effects of Thermage® last?
A: The Thermage® procedure helps tighten existing collagen and stimulate new natural collagen production for up to six months following the treatment. Results may last for years depending on the patient’s skin condition and natural aging process.
Q: Is the Thermage® procedure safe?
A: The Thermage® procedure has an excellent safety record. With over 300,000 estimated worldwide client treatments to date the reported incidence of side effects is less than one in two hundred patients.
Q: What are the side effects of the treatment?
A: The most frequently reported incidents are classified as mild swelling, and some redness, bumps and blisters on or around the treated areas. These side effects usually disappear in a few days or weeks.
Q: When will I see the result?
A: Visible result is often immediate and improves over time. Measurable tightening and contouring improvements appear gradually over 2-6 months period following a single session.
Q: How long does it take?
A: Thermage® procedure usually takes 60-80 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area. Additional time may be required for skin preparation prior to the procedure.
Q: Can Thermage® be performed in areas that were previously treated with other lasers?
A: Yes, Thermage® is often used in combination with other lasers for skin rejuvenation.