Also known as Thermacool or Thermalift
The Thermage system has recently been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and the Good Morning America show and is now available through Beautiful Holidays as one of the first in Asia!
Procedures such as facelifts have become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the world today. However, facelifts involve surgical incisions, which result in patients experiencing moderate discomfort and losing time from work and other daily activities while recovering.
Thermage is a revolutionary new cosmetic procedure designed to temporarily provide patients with a more youthful facial appearance in a quick and easy fashion. Unlike facelifts, Thermage treatments require no incisions or downtime and the results last around two years. Thermage is ideal for woman and man in their early 30’s to early 40’s.
As people grow older, the collagen that provides structure to our face begins to break down. As a result, fine line and wrinkles begin to form. How Thermage actually works is that it stimulates the gradual growth of new collagen and the procedure temporarily reduces wrinkles and renews facial contours. The device uses a new form of delivery of radio frequency energy so that the energy is transmitted through larger areas of the skin. During delivery of this radio frequency pulse the upper layer of the skin – the epidermis – is protected by cool cryogen spray. Thus, the radio frequency energy can heat deeper tissue without inducing a superficial skin burn. This controlled heating of deeper layers of skin and other tissue causes skin contraction and tightening and is referred to as volumetric tissue heating. An immediate effect of volumetric tissue heating is collagen contraction or shrinkage. A secondary or later effect is collagen remodelling and production of new collagen as well as continued tightening over time as the skin heals.
How does the Thermage unit work?
With each pulse Thermage delivers controlled, uniform, and sustained heat in the tissue underneath the surface of the skin. The heat is applied approximately 4 mm underneath the skin surface, into the dermis (the epidermis is the top layer of skin). This produces bulk or volumetric tissue heating that may result in contraction and tightening of flaccid or loose skin, tightening of the collagen underneath the skin, and the generation of new and tighter collagen. The upper layer of the skin (the epidermis) is protected from this heating by cryogen cooling of the treatment tip which keeps the temperature of the epidermis constant while deeper tissues are heated.
Is Thermage Painful?
Each time the machine is fired, there is a sensation of heat in the area. Fortunately, this heat sensation lasts only fractions of a second and is preceded and followed by a cool sensation, which also helps reduce discomfort. Initial treatments with Thermage were done with the use of a topical anesthetic cream; however, more experience has shown that this is not helpful and may even increase pain because it numbs the cooling sensation from the cryogen spray, which is delivered before, during and after the application of heat. Most patients experience at least moderate pain during the treatment. Some areas are more sensitive than others (jaw line and temples for example). Nerve blocks (injections) may be used in the forehead to reduce pain; however, these injections may change the resistance of your skin and make the Thermage treatment less effective. Charlotte Ophthalmology Center for Facial Plastic Surgery typically uses both oral pain medications and oral relaxing medications prior to your treatment. Use of these medications requires that you have transportation home after your treatment as you will be unable to drive. Pain after treatment is infrequent and typically consists of mild soreness. This discomfort goes away very quickly.
How long does the procedure last?
Treatment times depend on the size of the area to be treated and the number of passes planned. Typical treatment times for the cheeks and forehead is 30- 45 minutes each area. Other areas may require more time to treat.
When can I return to my normal activities?
You may return to your activities immediately, as there is usually no down time. Minimal redness is seen in some patients but it disappears within an hour. Swelling and pain are uncommon after the procedure. Occasionally there is significant swelling that may be noticeable and typically lasts 24 hours up to several days. There is no special care needed afterwards unless you develop crusting which can occur rarely. If crusting is seen, then Bacitracin or Polysporin ointment should be applied twice daily.
What results can I expect and when will they be seen?
Although in some patients the results are seen immediately, in most patients they will appear gradually over 2 to 6 months. Since the effects are so gradual, you may not be aware of the extent of the changes. Visual comparison with pre-operative photographs usually will demonstrate the changes. Results however remain variable so that some patients get much better results than others. It is possible that the results you achieve may not be as great as you would like or expect. Treatment with Thermage is not as predictable as surgery. We try to maximize your potential for a great outcome by using as high an energy as indicated by skin type and thickness, and by careful placement of treatment grids. Studies have shown that greater than 70% of patients feel that get improvement from Thermage.
How many treatments will I need?
For many patients one treatment will suffice. Repeat treatments may be beneficial. You will probably reach your maximum improvement in 3 – 6 months. At that time if you wish to achieve greater improvement, another treatment may be considered. For significant skin laxity, it is very likely that more than one treatment will be required to achieve the best results. Current studies indicate that results from Thermage last approximately 3-6 years.
The cost of Thermage through Beautiful Holidays as follows:
Cheeks to jaw line