Thermage is the name of a cosmetic procedure which has been approved by the FDA which is used for reducing the wrinkles, tightening the skin and for improving other signs of ageing. It is one of the increasingly popular cosmetic procedures and is being vouched as the future of the non surgical face lift.
How does Thermage work?
The Thermage system utilizes heat to stretch and tighten the muscles which lie under the skin. The heat produces almost an instant result and reduces the sagging of the skin, wrinkles and jowls etc. Thermage can not only be used on the face but also on several other parts of the body. Thermage comes with a big number of advantages. The results are almost instant; it is painless, less invasive and has practically no recovery time. The results are also very consistent with Thermage.
Thermage makes use of radiofrequency which tightens the collagen in the skin. When collagen reduces in volume it causes the formation of wrinkles. Therefore as collagen is tightened wrinkles are reduced. The Thermage energy travels deep into the three layers of skin and it keeps the skin rejuvenated for years. The Thermage consists of a special tip known as the Thermatip which transmits controlled amounts of energy to collagen containing layers. The area to be treated is heated uniformly. This heating fools the body and it starts to regrow collagen, thinking that an injury has been inflicted to the specific area.
As a general rule, Thermage works in proportion to the setting of the system. The higher the setting, better are the final results. But obviously, as the settings go higher, there is an increase in the amount of discomfort as well. In case a patient is supposed to undergo higher intensity Thermage, a pain medication should be given to the patient. The treatment is customized according to the needs of the patient. The Thermatip produces localized and deep sensations of heat. To ensure that no damage occurs to the visible layers of the skin, a cooling spray is put on the skin. Each pulse of the Thermatip can be of two-seven seconds.
The treatment duration is around an hour but may vary. The patient does not require any preparation for the treatment.
Who can choose the Thermage procedure?
Thermage is ideal for those who want quicker results and lesser invasion as compared to a surgical face lift. The recovery time is also lesser as compared to a traditional face lift. For people who have issues with sagging skin and have folds on the face, but for some reason cannot or do not want to opt for traditional face lift, Thermage can be the perfect solution. Thermage is ideal for people who do not want over the top results but still want to get rid of minor facial wrinkles and skin sagging. It is the perfect answer for those who want have rejuvenated skin yet do not want to undergo invasive surgical procedure.
It is ideal for middle aged people who have just begun to display signals of ageing or those who have drooping cheeks or jowls. Patients who desire minor tightening of facial muscles can choose Thermage. Also, if someone has had a face lift but desires further skin tightening, Thermage is the ideal answer. People who are interested in more dramatic results can go in for a traditional surgical face lift.
Thermage v/s traditional face lift
Thermage is a cosmetic treatment aimed at decreasing the wrinkles in a subtle manner whereas as a face lift is a traditionally surgical procedure. Surgical face lift produces much longer lasting and more detailed and dramatic results. the results from Thermage typically only last for only two years whereas the results of face lift have a life span of about 5-10 years. Thermage is almost topical in nature and there are no incisions involved whereas in a face lift the muscles and tissues are rearranged surgically. The recovery time is much longer and the cost of face lift is much higher as compared to Thermage.
Important points to be considered about Thermage
Thermage cannot replace a traditional face lift. Thermage will not produce satisfactory results in people who have prominent and deep wrinkles and excessive sagging of skin. Thermage does not target advanced signs of ageing. People who want to undergo Thermage should be fully aware about how the procedure works and the extent of the outcome.
Recovery from the procedure
The procedure involves no incisions; therefore the recovery is very quick. The patient can immediately feel an improvement in the texture and tightness of the skin. However, the results become more apparent in the months following the procedure. The results after the procedure are subtle but very noticeable. The skin should look rejuvenated and overall youthful.