Anti-aging Treatment: Thermage
Thermage is an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure used for skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and the alleviation of other signs of aging. This non-exfoliating facial rejuvenation technique is designed to tighten and improve the contours of the face and neck. The treatment uses radiofrequency to tighten the skin on the face as well as other areas on the body such as the “mummy tummy”. There really is no appreciable downtime and the results can be quite long-lasting. Controlled radio waves from the device heat the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating new collagen development. The result is tighter and often smoother skin. Unlike laser treatments, Thermage can treat all skin types and requires no downtime.
Skin tightening treatments work by damaging the skin tissue in order to stimulate cell regeneration. Skin tightening treatments use a combination of heat and laser therapy to target damaged skin and encourage healthier cell growth; Thermage is especially effective in stimulating collagen production which helps with the cell regeneration process. A series of skin tightening treatments may be all you need to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and permanently get rid of sagging skin.
Since Thermage is relatively new, many practitioners have limited experience. The lack of experience increases the risk of under and overtreatment, leading to smaller improvements and greater side effects than reported in the clinical studies. If opting for Thermage, look for a practitioner who has been performing it on a daily or at least weekly basis for a minimum of 2 years, and has performed at least several dozen procedures.
Potential problems: Minor superficial burns are an uncommon self-resolving adverse effect. The risks of treatment are low but results, although very good, are slow, taking two to six months.
Thermage costs about $1000 – 1500 for a single treatment and around $2000 – $5000 for a set of two treatment, usually spaced 3 – 6 months apart.