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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Skin Tightening & Contouring Thermage – Without Surgery
The Thermage procedure is the only non-invasive treatment that delivers tighter skin, renewed facial contours and healthier collagen. (Collagen is the building block that provides structure to your skin.) The Thermage procedure is available only in the offices of qualified physicians who specialize in cosmetic procedures. Your physician is your best information resource for determining how this treatment will most benefit you.
What is the Thermage Procedure?
The Thermage procedure employs a patented capacitive radiofrequency (CRF) technology called TheraCool1™. It has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours. The incision-free procedure is fast and easy, and requires no downtime from normal activities. Unlike lasers, the procedure can be proffered on patients of all skin types. The ThermaCool device has been cleared by the FDA for the noninvasive treatment of facial wrinkles and rhytids.
How does it work?
The ThermaCool device uses a sophisticated treatment tip called ThermaTip™, which delivers a controlled amount of CRF energy.With each touch to the skin, the ThermaTip device uniformly heals a large volume of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin and its underlying tissue while simultaneously protecting the outer layer of the skin with cooling. The deep uniform healing action causes deep structures in your skin to immediately tighten. Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced to further tighten skin, resulting in healthier, smoother skin and more youthful appearance.
What does the Thermage Procedure feel like?
With each touch of the ThermaTip device, you’ will experience a brief, deep healing sensation as the RF energy as delivered to your skin and underlying tissue. This deep healing sensation is your indication that your collagen is reaching effective temperatures for tightening. The physician controls the amount of energy delivered to balance procedural comfort with maximum results. The ThermaTip device is cooled before, during, and after healing to protect your skin and make the treatment more comfortable. Additionally, your physician may also prescribe relaxants.
When will I see results?
Recently published studies conducted by Thermage show that measurable tightening improvements appear gradually over 2 to 6 months after a single treatment session. However, many patients have reported seeing an earlier response.
How many treatments will I need?
Thermage has produced results in the majority of patients in a single treatment, unlike many laser procedures which require up to four or more sessions. Your physician will determine the coarse of treatment that is right for you.
How long does it take and when can return to my normal
The Thermage procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the testament area. Additional time may be required for skin preparation prior to the procedure. Most people return to their regular activities immediately following the Thermage procedure. Some people experience mild redness (like a sunburn) but it usually disappears quickly. No special care is needed after treatment unless otherwise instructed by your physician.