Botox, watch out. There is a relatively new product (FDA approved in 2001) that makes the skin look younger without surgery, and more importantly, without making your face look rigid.
What is thermage?
Thermage is procedure that radiofrequency technology to tighten aging skin, making it appear more youthful, especially around the eyes and forehead. It is non-invasive, there will be no cuts and incisions. On top of that, it requires virtually no recovery time.
How does thermage work?
Thermage works by sending pulses of energy to the dermis (the skin’s second layer), where collagen is produced. Thermage targets the collagen in the dermis and, using the heat from the radiofrequency technology, tightens the dermis and underlying tissue, resulting in firmer and younger looking skin.
The procedure lasts anywhere from a few a minutes to an hour, with very little pain. Patients describe the feeling as a mild burning the goes away quickly and with little discomfort. There is also no-downtime, so patients can resume their activities almost immediately.
The results of this procedure will become evident in two weeks to six months (after 1 session), and last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, though www.infoplasticsurgery.com puts it at 5-10 years.
The average cost of a single procedure will set you back around $2,000. See www.aboardcertifiedplasticsurgeonresource.com for more information regarding the procedure.
Peeling is the most common side effect of Thermage. About 6% of patients report experiencing this side effect. The FDA however, has received more than 52 reports of more serious side effects including carring, indentations, dimpling and other skin irregularities.
Patients considering getting this treatment should consult with their doctor first, to know if it same for them to have the procedure done and if it is the best option for them.