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Thermage™

Skin tightening at its best, Thermage™ helps you get back to the you  you used to know. This procedure is done in the doctor's office without surgery, injections, and little to no downtime. Thermage™ stimulates and renews your own collagen, improving the texture, and reducing the sagging of your skin. Contouring along the jaw line and under the chin helps to reduce the "turkey neck." Many patients report an overall improvement of fine lines and wrinkles. As you age, the collagen in your skin breaks down resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Face by Thermage™ uses patented, FDA cleared technology that delivers heat deep into the skin to rejuvenate existing collagen and stimulate new collagen growth. The result: skin that looks and feels noticeably smoother and tighter.

Body by Thermage™ procedures can help smooth, tighten and deep contour skin for an overall younger looking appearance. The procedure helps tighten and renew your skin's collagen through all three skin layers: the epidermis, dermis and deep subcutaneous (fat) layers. Knees, legs, arms and hands can be areas that show early signs of aging.

Lips by Thermage™ procedures help smooth and tighten skin for naturally fuller, more defined lips and decreased fine lines - without surgery or injections and little to no downtime. Many patients see noticeably smoother, younger skin texture and an overall improvement of fine lines and wrinkles. Some patients say their lips and lip outlines appear more defined. Others say their lipstick doesn't feather as much and it stays on longer. This procedure generally requires only one treatment and takes less than 30 minutes.

Eyes by Thermage™ procedures helps smooth and tighten skin and decreases wrinkles and hooding in the eye area without surgery or injections, with little to no downtime. Eyes look brighter. Skin feels tighter and smoother. Eyes appear more open and alert and under-eye bags are reduced. The newly smooth skin of your eyelids makes it easier to apply eye shadow and eye liner. Thermage™ is the first and only company to receive FDA clearance for non-invasive eyelid treatment.
Hands by Thermage™. It has been said that a woman's hands can reveal her true age. Not anymore! With the Hands by Thermage™ procedure, you can have naturally younger looking hands without surgery, injections, with little to no downtime. Skin becomes tighter, smoother and more reflective, resulting in a brighter, younger look. Some patients see noticeably healthier skin texture and overall improvement of fine wrinkles. In general, treated skin is thicker and more elastic. As with all other Thermage™ treatments, Hands by Thermage™ generally requires only one treatment.




Thermage
Frequently Asked Questions


What is Thermage?
Thermage™ is a procedure using the ThermaCool TC is a radio-frequency device that allows for tightening of the dermis without injury to the epidermis (the skin's top layer). It was developed as a result of extensive research by Thermage, Inc. (Hayward, CA).

How does ThermaCool work?

Deep, intense, uniform, sustained heat in the tissue underneath the surface of the skin will produce contraction and tightening of excessively lax skin - all in a single treatment.

Where on the face is it applied?

Tightening skin in certain key areas can be advantageous for cosmetic improvement.   For example: Treating the skin of the forehead can lift the eyebrows and enhance the appearance of the eyes, making the eyes look more open, less tired, and more alert. Other areas of the face such as the skin of the cheeks can also be treated to reduce "sagginess." We also do body applications on the legs (saggy skin around the knees responds very well!) the tummy, buttocks, and arms. We are also able to treat the skin directly on the eyelids and the back of the hands.

Is it painful?

Each time the machine is fired there is a sensation of heat in that area. We pre-medicate you to take the edge off.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure lasts approximately 1 to 2 hours depending on your skin's response to the heat. We ask you to be at the office to receive your medication one hour prior to your appointment time.

How safe is it?

It is FDA approved and great efforts have been made with regard to patient safety. Adverse effects are quite rare.

What will my face look like after the procedure?

You might have some redness and puffiness right after the procedure. You might be a little tender in some of the treated areas. This should only last a couple of days.

When can I return to my normal activities?

As soon as your medication wears off you may resume your normal activities.   Right after your treatment we require that you have a designated driver to drive you home.

How long does it take to see results?

In most patients, results will be seen over a 6-month period.   There are instances where improvements are seen sooner. The effects are gradual and may be obvious with before and after photos. The patient may not be aware of the extent of the changes as they occur over time. Let your friends see the difference!

How long will the effects last?

The studies to date demonstrate that some improvements continue for at least six months after a single treatment and lasts for two to four years.   We are able to turn the clock back, but not stop it ticking!

You can upgrade your chances of a good result to a GREAT result by adding a few things to your health and beauty regime.

  • Antioxidants are known to reduce the ravages of free radicals on the skin. In our pharmacy we have products by Univera called Xperia™ and Ageless Xtra — powerful antioxidants. Just one ounce twice a day will improve not only the health of your skin, but also your entire body. One ounce contains 10 servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • Topical Vitamin C - l-ascorbic acid - will significantly improve your results as l-ascorbic acid fights free radicals. One application of Obagi or LaRoche Posay's Vitamin C products will still be working 4 days later fighting sun damage. These products are formulated to work in the dermis, where the living cells are, unlike over the counter products that only work on the epidermis.
  • Cut back on your intake of sugar. Experts now believe that a lifetime of overeating sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled. In your bloodstream sugar attaches to proteins to form a harmful new molecule called advanced gylcation end products ... or AGE's for short! That should be enough of a clue right there. The more sugar you eat, the more AGE's you develop. The author of 10 Minutes 10 Years, Fredric Brandt, M.D. says, "As AGEs accumulate, they damage adjacent proteins in a domino-like fashion." Most vulnerable to damage are collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. Once collagen and elastin are damaged wrinkles and sagging are the results. Besides damaging collagen, a high-sugar diet even determines what type of collagen your body has. Type III collagen is the most long lasting and stable collagen. Glycation transforms type III collagen into type I which is a more fragile collagen. If that is not enough, AGE's cause your skin to be more sun sensitive - resulting in more aging.
  • Apply Retin-A daily, or every other day. The Mayo Clinic report on anti-aging states that Retin-A is still the number one safest product to use in our fight against aging. Used in conjunction with the Obagi Nu-Derm system, Retin-A will help to renew your skin.
  • Use sunscreen - EVERY DAY! Hail, snow, cloud, or sunny — just use it. Not just on your face, but on your neck, chest, arms and legs too. For your convenience we have sunscreens endorsed by the American Cancer Association.