Thermage® is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that is used to tighten and lift skin. It is most often used on facial areas such as the jawline, around the eyelids and the cheek area. However, it can also be effective in tightening skin in other areas, such as the neck. Thermage® is non-invasive, convenient and can produce dramatic results. It may be a good choice if you have been hoping for a non-surgical method of obtaining tighter, firmer skin.
This treatment works through the use of radiofrequency energy that is able to produce a unique, uniform heat that can penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. Through this deep, even heating, the existing collagen is tightened, and new collagen growth is stimulated. Collagen is the skin’s natural plumping ingredient.
The effects of the innovative radiofrequency energy serve to diminish wrinkles and lift the brow, cheeks and jawline. The immediate effect of the collagen contracting is the catalyst for the skin tightening and lifting. Gradual collagen tightening over time adds to the effect, causing results to improve and become more dramatic over a period of one to nine months.
What to Expect During Treatment
The Thermage® device produces pulses of heat, which you will feel. However, the device is also able to monitor the temperature of your skin and provide a spray of coolness to counter the effects of the heat. If you do feel any discomfort, let our practitioner know so that adjustments can be made. Sedation is not necessary. You can expect to set aside one to two hours for your session, depending on your treatment needs.
After the Procedure
Most patients between 30 and 50 will only require one treatment, though older patients may wish to have two sessions. No downtime is required after your session. In fact, you can wear makeup right away and return to your regular activities. You may see redness, but this should be mild and subside within only a few hours.
Achieve Younger-Looking Skin
Thermage® is a safe, convenient and non-invasive method to tighten and firm skin of the facial area and neck. Feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrew A. Hendricks and his team at Southeastern Dermatology in Lumberton, NC if you think Thermage® may be a consideration for you. Our office proudly serves the Fayetteville, NC and surrounding areas as well. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more about Thermage®.