Thermage® is a non-surgical treatment that tightens and lifts the skin. During a 2007 study, 5,700 patients were surveyed at multiple clinics. Ninety-two percent of patients saw tightening six months after treatment, and ninety-four percent claimed treatment met their expectations. All patients had an increase in collagen in biopsy studies, so even if results are not noticeable, the treatment will help address aging skin.
A Brief History of Thermage® Technology
This third-generation device is greatly different from where it started. The first device, approved by the FDA, provided inconsistent results. Some doctors didn’t follow the published procedure and caused occasional depressions in the skin by turning the device too high. The second generation device was still uncomfortable, but the tip provided more pulses, giving more consistent results.
Nowadays, third-generation Thermage® treatments have been perfected. It includes a cooling cryogen spray. This makes the treatment comfortable without sedation, allowing patients to go back to their job and daily lives right after the treatment.
What to Expect from the Treatment
The procedure tightens loose skin by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is the protein in the skin in charge of maintaining its structure and keeping it firm. Elastin is a connective protein that gives skin elasticity.
As this is a non-invasive treatment, there is no need to interrupt medication or fast before the appointment. This procedure can give skin a younger appearance by targeting common skin issues. It can remove wrinkles and address loose skin.
The treatment itself causes a brief sensation of heat each time the device is pulsed. The device monitors the surface temperature of the skin and applies a cooling spray as needed. The energy can also be turned down if any discomfort emerges. Makeup can be applied right after the treatment. Regular signs of healing will appear. This is normal and will not cause scarring.
Maintenance and Compatibility
Maintenance treatment is usually needed down the line; however, if the patient is over fifty, they could benefit from treatments once a year. However, it all depends on the unique case, as treatments are customized.