Skin Laxity and Cellulite
What is Thermage?
The Thermage procedure is a noninvasive treatment option used to improve skin laxity. It can smooth, tighten, and contour loose skin over time and has even shown benefits against the textural changes of cellulite. Because there is no surgery, laser or injections involved, the patient can return to work or normal activities immediately following the procedure.
How does Thermage work?
Radiofrequency energy is delivered into the skin via a small handheld device. The deeper collagen is heated while a unique cooling system protects the outer layer of skin. Patients may experience a brief sensation of intense heat during the individual pulses, but overall, the procedure is very well tolerated. Initial and immediate tightening can occur, although results are maximized 2 to 6 months following the procedure as the collagen rebuilds and causes the skin to tighten.
What are the benefits of Thermage?
Only one treatment session is necessary. Depending on one's baseline skin condition and the continued aging process, results can last for years.
Noninvasive and Safe
There is little to no downtime and the long term safety of using radiofrequency to heat deeper structures of the skin is well established. Side effects are rare but can include redness, swelling, and blister formation.
Unlike lasers, the Thermage procedure can be performed on all skin types and colors. Additionally, the procedure can be done year round as avoidance of the sun following treatment is not necessary. Finally, Thermage can be used in conjunction with most other cosmetic procedures such as Botox or chemical peels.
What kind of results can one expect following Thermage?
Thermage can be performed on any body part that one desires skin tightening: face, eyelids, neck, arms, inner thighs, buttocks, tops of knees, etc. While the Thermage does not replace the traditional "facelift", it does provide significant benefits for those that are not ready for surgery. Patients that have underwent Thermage report:
- Flatter, smoother skin
- Tightening, firming, and lifting
- Softened wrinkles above the knees
- Reduction of crepey skin
- Smoothed dimples and improvement in appearance of cellulite
Every patient is different and results can vary. Some patients notice minimal improvement hile others report significant change. The results can be visible within days but usually increase over time.