THERMAGE®, is a noninvasive, no downtime procedure for tightening skin. It was the first of its type approved by the FDA for use on the face and neck. It is now used all over the body including on the eyelids, arms, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks for rejuvenation of these areas as well.
During the Thermage® procedure, radiofrequency energy, transmitted as heat, is applied to the dermal layer of the skin. This causes the collagen in skin to shorten. This causes the skin to tighten and appear more youthful. Many patients will see some results very quickly, but it may take 4 – 6 months for the full effects to be visible. Results usually last for about 2 years.
Thermage® may not be effective for everyone. The ideal candidate is middle aged, has a stable body weight and eats a healthy diet, with sufficient protein. Though most patients will need only one treatment to see the visible effect, older patients or patients with severely loose skin may need a repeat treatment to get the best result.
Risks occur in less than 1% of patients and may include hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blisters, redness and swelling. Usually the blisters resolve with appropriate treatment and the redness and swelling lasts only a few hours to a few days. Ibuprofen or aspirin may interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment and may increase bruising. Therefore, do not use for at least one week before and one week after you’ve undergone treatment. After the procedure you may wear makeup and should use sun block for a few days.
For more information about this or other procedures, please call 770-948-8421