What is the Thermage procedure?
Thermage is a safe, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that is clinically proven to help smooth, tighten and contour skin to restore a naturally younger looking appearance. The Thermage procedure uses the ThermaCool® System to help tighten existing collagen and stimulate new natural collagen growth. Immediate results are usually visible and continue to improve for up to six months. Unlike lasers, the procedure can be performed on patients of all skin color.
How does the Thermage procedure work?
The procedure works by heating collagen fibers deep in the skin and underlying tissue, while protecting the skin’s surface with a cooling spray. A ThermaTip treatment tip is attached to the ThermaCool System’s hand-piece. The ThermaTip briefly touches the skin, delivering the non-invasive capacitive radio frequency energy beneath the skin. This deep uniform heating action causes the structures in the skin and underlying tissue to immediately tighten. Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced to further tighten and contour skin.
When will I see results?
Visible results are often immediate and improve over time. Measurable tightening and contouring improvements appear gradually over a two to six month time period following a single treatment session.
How many treatments will I need?
Unlike many laser procedures requiring four or more sessions, most Thermage patients benefit from a single treatment. The treating doctor will determine the course of treatment that is right for each patient, based on the patient’s needs and goals.
Where is the Thermage procedure performed?
Thermage procedures can tighten skin safely on most body parts, including the face, eyes, lips, tummy, arms, hands, thighs and buttocks.
How long does the Thermage procedure take?
The Thermage procedure is a completely non-invasive, safe treatment that is performed only in a doctor’s office. Depending on the size and location of the area to be treated, the procedure may take as little as 20 minutes or up to two hours.
Is there any special preparation or follow-up regime?
No. Unlike surgery, there is no pre-procedure preparation, such as blood work or fasting required. With little to no downtime, most patients can return to their regular activities immediately following treatment. There is no special care after treatment. Some patients exhibit a temporary redness or minor swelling after treatment; this usually resolves within 24 hours. Good skin care and sunscreens are recommended as part of your regular skin care regimen. The only signs of treatment are naturally smoother, younger, and healthier skin.
How long will the effects of the Thermage procedure last?
The Thermage procedure immediately tightens existing collagen and stimulates 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.
Is the Thermage procedure safe?
The Thermage procedure has an excellent safety record. With over 450,000 estimated worldwide patient treatments to date, the reported incidence of side effects is less than 0.2%. The most frequently reported incidents are classified as swelling, redness, bumps, and blisters on or around the treated area. These side effects have disappeared in a few days or weeks. A rare (<0.04%) but longer lasting side effect described as a surface irregularity has been reported.
Is Thermage the only radiofrequency technology on the market today?
While there are other skin care technologies that use radio frequency energy, only Thermage utilizes proprietary capacitive radio frequency technology to deliver uniform volumetric heating into the dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin to help naturally tighten and contour underlying tissue. Also, Thermage generally achieves results in a single treatment compared to other technologies requiring multiple treatment sessions.
How much does the Thermage procedure cost?
The cost of the Thermage procedure depends on the areas being treated. In the U.S., the price of a face procedure may range from $1,000 to $2,000. Other body procedures vary based on the area being treated. The physician will discuss his or her fees with the patient at the time of the consultation
Dr. Moreano offers the latest technology to rejuvenate your skin, be it in the face, eyelids, or the rest of the body. If you are not a candidate for surgery, or are not ready for a surgical procedure, Thermage may be perfect for you.