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Thermage™ is a non-invasive, cosmetic dermatology procedure which is used to tighten loose skin on the face and many parts of the body. It is an effective procedure, has been proven to be very safe, and does not have a long recovery period, but as all procedures have risks, patients should discuss this with their doctor.
This procedure does not make use of lasers, but rather makes use of radiofrequency to go through the skin and create heat. Thermage™ delivers the radiofrequency energy to the deep layers of the patient’s skin, resulting in the stimulation of new collagen production. This leads to the existing collagen being interlaced better as well as better tightening of the patient’s skin.
Patients who choose Thermage™ should note that they do not have to pay for multiple treatment sessions. Thermage™ comprises of only a single treatment and it takes roughly half an hour to 90 minutes. If the patient thinks they need a second treatment, they can undergo it again after six months or more. However, the outcomes of a Thermage™ treatment are noted to last for several years.
There is only a small period of recovery associated with Thermage. Patients are not required to stay at home for days following the procedure. A small number of patients who undergo this procedure will have slight swelling and redness after the procedure; however it will fade away in two days. In comparison to the post-operative effects of other invasive laser treatments, the effects of Thermage™ are extremely mild.
As Thermage™ does not use a laser, skin of any type or color can be treated. Patients should know that with Thermage™, the risk of burning or scarring is minimal. Other laser procedures may lead to severe skin discoloration and scarring in patients who have dark skin. But with Thermage™, patients with dark skin can undergo the procedure much less risk of these issues.