Skin sagging could be the worst thing that happens to most of us as we age, as we lose or gain weight and could be due to many other factors such as: Hormonal disturbance due to menopause and the decrease of estrogen level in your body, the effect of some environmental conditions for example the excessive exposure to UV harmful radiation and pollutants, or due to bad habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, stress, poor diet, sleeping positions, repetitive facial expressions.
But the common reason is that as we age the skin start to renew and regenerate the cells less, Moreover, the collagen & Elastin levels start to decrease leaving your skin with less firmness look! We know how much you got depressed with sagging skin especially if the sagginess appears on the jawlines and eyelids, however, you don’t have to get depressed by this reason because there are many procedures that can help you to get rid of the saggy skin and you can enjoy your life with a skin that is firm and looks youthful.
Thermage is the widely spread effective procedure that tightens your skin, In addition, it works perfectly on different body parts. All in all thermage can work and gives you an amazing results, so you will need to now to know more about thermage, how does it work?, what it specifically treat?, how many treatments will need to get rid hundred percent of saggy skin?, How long does the procedure take?, and many other questions.
First you will need to know What Is Thermage?
Thermage is non-surgical, non-invasive radiofrequency cosmetic procedure that is proven its effectiveness in the skin tightening and collagen formation and reformation with no surgeries, no unsafe injections, no downtime, seems interesting right? What is more interesting is that the whole process is considered as a single procedure treatment using “ThermaCool System”! the meaning of ThermaCool system will be discussed within the next question so keep on reading…
How Does Thermage Work?
Thermage procedure mainly based ThermaCool system that consists of two systems the first one is heating the collagen found in the skin layers and the second one is cooling that works at the same time in order to provide protection for the skin’s surface.
How Heating Affect The Skin’s Collagen?
Heating produced from non-invasive CRF “Capacitive Radiofrequency” will immediately pass the subcutaneous tissue layer, and then it stimulates the skin to tight and remodel the collagen already found.
What Is The Plus Of Thermage Procedure?
Radiofrequency produces heat by electric current that produces thermal energy which stimulates the collagen formation. The procedure may seem to be similar to laser application however, the usage of electric current is safer and produce less adverse effects or damage to the skin’s tissue, Moreover, it does not produce any kind of changes for the melanin level; therefore, it has no risk of developing skin cancer.
What Does Thermage Treat Specifically? Is It Right For Me?
Thermage works perfectly on different body parts and functions the following :
- Get rid of jowls and cheeks sagginess
- Effectively soften the face lines and crow’s feet
- Remove cellulite found on the thighs and buttocks
- Remove wrinkles and eye bags found around your eyes
- Get rid of creepy skin and the unwanted bulges and dimples
- Perfect to deal with loose skin found on the upper arms and the abdominal area
- Thermage works on all skin type, colors and suitable for both males and females of different age.
How Many Thermage Treatment Will I Need?
Unlike all the other procedures, thermage delivers the needed results with only one single treatment.
How Long Does The Thermage Procedure Take?
Thermage procedure takes the time that ranges from 45-120 minutes; the time mainly depends on the condition of the affected area, its location and certainly its size. Therefore, thermage will your busy lifestyle.
It was reported from people who already undergo the procedure that the body areas usually takes 90-120 minutes maximum and the eyelid area and face usually takes about 45 minutes.
What Kind Of Results Can I Expect?
Based on studies performed on a group of people who undergo thermage treatment, it was found that around 87 percent observed an immediate tightening while 92 percent have a gradual tightening that took 6 months to be noticeable. Others said, Although they didn’t observe immediate or gradual results, they found that thermage procedure prevents more sagging instead.
How Long Will The Effect Of The Procedure Last?
Results may last for years after their first and only treatment. Moreover, most of the patient’s results improve by time, during the first 6 months. Generally, the results are mainly dependent on your skin conditions and the aging process.
Do Thermage Skin Tightening Procedure Hurt?
Based on the patient’s experience, they said you will feel cooling sensation followed by heating sensation every time the device touch your skin, your dermatologist will ask you from time to time about the level of heat that you feel in order to keep a balance between the expected results and your level of comfort.
As you feel heat sensation with a level that you can bear it; this means that the skin tightening process has been achieved, while the cooling sensation means that your skin’s surface is protected.
Generally, Some discomfort is felt during the treatment but most patients find it tolerable.
What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Thermage?
- Side effects and complications are not serious, the patient may experience a mild swelling and redness that lasts for few hours or for a week in case of the worse scenario.
- It is rare to experience the following:
- Hyperpigmentation and numbness of tingling on the treated area, but if happens it will resolve within only few weeks.
- Indentations may be observed but it is rare and if happened it will be temporary.
Generally, All the side effects clear up within short time and cause no damage or injury.
What Is The Thermage Procedure Cost?
Thermage skin tightening cost considered as one of the procedure advantages; it usually cost with an average $1000 to $5000 and this cost considered as less expensive than the other facial rejuvenation procedures such as surgical facelift which almost costs double the thermage treatment and more.
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|Thermage Lower Face||8000|
|Thermage Full Face||11000|
Can I Combine Thermage With Other Treatment Options?
Yes, thermage is compatible with other treatments and many patients do for this option in order to improve the results. Their dermatologists usually combine thermage with dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Botox and most of the patients are satisfied with the results, However, you have to wait for a certain period before using dermal fillers, for example;
- You have to wait for one month before using Juvederm or Restylane dermal fillers.
- You have to wait for six months before using Sculptra procedure.
- Moreover, it was reported that thermage procedure is NOT recommended for those who use permanent fillers such as Silicone.
Thermage & Liposuction
Many people hesitate about the decision of whether to do thermage after liposuction or not? Is it right?
Indeed, you can gain a benefit from thermage treatment after liposuction procedure as it will help get rid of the skin irregularities and tighten it perfectly giving you an even and smooth skin. Moreover, it will help stimulate your collagen found naturally.
Thermage Vs Surgical Facelift
Many people got confused with this question “What is better to do? Thermage or Surgical Facelift”…
Simply, thermage is a facial cosmetic treatment that mainly deals with wrinkles, face lines and considered as quick, non-invasive method. However, Surgical facelift is a much more potential and can provide you long-lasting results that may last for up to ten years. On the contrary, thermage provide results that may last for approximately 2-3 years.
Surgical facelift demands a surgical tightening of facial muscles in addition to reordering the facial structure so it usually requires a downtime, while for thermage, there is no downtime needed, considered as less expensive than surgical facelift and more eligible for those who are eligible for facelift.
Thermage Vs Ultherapy
This is another comparison you may think of whenever you google by skin tightening procedures…you will find Thermage and Ultherapy procedures on the top of list ; when it comes to thermage you will find that the procedure undergo many trials and errors and nowadays they develop an effective and less painful procedure called “Thermage CPT” which is used specifically for the treatment of under eyes area whereas Ultherapy can only be administrated in the outer orbital area.
However, the Ultherapy is mainly depend on ultrasound; and comparing to the Radiofrequency, it has been found that ultrasound can go deeper under the skin than radiofrequency. Moreover, Ultherapy can focus energy to a depth of 4.5 mm, targeting the foundational Superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer.
So, the choice is yours! because there is a slight difference between them in addition, both of them can provide you with the desired effect but this is mainly depend on the treated area.
Thermage Vs Cool-Sculpting
Both of them are the same except for one point; Cool-Sculpting procedure requires the insertion of thin cannula into the deeper layers of the skin for the purpose of heat transfer while in case of thermage a thin cannula that is inserted underneath the patient’s skin. Moreover, Cool-Sculpting procedure usually require multiple treatment sessions in order to achieve the desired results.
Can I have a laser treatment on the same day of doing the thermage procedure?
No, you can’t have the laser on the same day in order to prevent any kind of scars.
Can I go into the sun after the thermage treatment?
Yes, but don’t overexpose to the sun and you have to ask your dermatologist about the SPF of the sunscreen that suit your skin condition.
Are There Alternative Processes That Have The Same Effect Of Thermage?
Thermage substitutes surgical and nonsurgical procedures that tighten and lift the skin, including eyelift, face-lift, Botox, and muscle stimulation.
Is Thermage Procedure Safe?
- Thermage procedure has been used for more than 25 years, Moreover, thermage device was totally approved for its usage and effectiveness by the US. Food And Drug Administration (FDA).
- “Statistics can help you feel secure that this is a proven technology that has been around for many years, here is some impressive numbers:”
- Thermage is available in more than 80 countries worldwide
- Over 2,500 physicians offer the treatment
- Over 1 million treatments performed
- Over 35 issued patents on radiofrequency technology
- Over 50 clinical studies, demonstrating results
- The longest history of safe and effective radiofrequency treatments
- The first and only FDA clearance for non-invasive, energy-based eyelid treatments
- Thermage received aesthetic clearance in 2002
- Over 10 years of experience delivering safe and effective patient results.
One of the patients successful stories with thermage procedure
Wonda had a realistic outlook on aging – “We all are going to age, as long as we age gracefully.” Wonda wanted to freshen up her face, but was not willing to entertain a procedure that had significant downtime. The Thermage treatment was exactly what Wonda wanted, “I can go about my normal routine, and the best part about it, no one knows the difference. ”Prior to her Thermage treatment, Wonda didn’t really feel like going out much. After her Thermage treatment, she has a wonderful outlook on life. “I feel much better about myself when I put my clothes on, when I do my makeup. I just think I glow. It’s like night and day. I feel my skin is absolutely beautiful. It’s smooth. It’s tighter — a lot tighter. And aging — what is age?”
All in All, Thermage procedure is safe but you have to undergo the procedure under the consultation of well-known & experience dermatologist that can provide you the desired results with a minimal side effects.