Thermage: The Lunchtime Facelift, Eyelift, Arm Lift, Thigh Lift, Tummy Tuck…Well, you get the idea.
There are many ways to make yourself appear younger and healthier that don’t involve surgery. Often patients seeking surgical correction of wrinkles, jowls, “turkey neck,” and even cellulite are surprised to learn that a non-surgical approach may better serve their goals.
Thermage is one such option. Often called the “lunchtime face lift,” Thermage gradually diminishes wrinkles without requiring incisions. Because the procedure does not involve the removal of skin, it does not cause bruising or scarring, and the recovery time is minimal compared to that of even a modern facelift.
Thermage IS NOT cutting edge. This technology has withstood the test of time, and has been a workhorse device for many cosmetic surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and other practitioners of aesthetic rejuvenation. We prefer the most recent iterations of this device, equipped with a vibrating anesthesia device to make the procedure more comfortable and effective, as it offers a higher level of treatment with minimal discomfort. Many of our patients who have enjoyed the results of Thermage in the past, are enjoying even better results with subsequent procedures at these higher treatment levels. Typically, however, this procedure needs only to be performed once every several years.
During the procedure, the surgeon will use surface cooling to protect the top layers of the skin while using radio frequency energy to heat the deeper skin. This will immediately cause the skin to tighten. Over time, new collagen will grow, which will further tighten the skin and make it appear more youthful.
Thermage is a great option for those who have mild to moderate skin laxity. It even helps some patients with more severe laxity is certain situations. It is also a good choice for those whose schedules are too busy to deal with the recovery time associated with surgical procedures. Thermage isn’t only for the face, either. It is safe to be used on most any part of your body, and can also be used to create fuller, more luscious lips without the need for collagen injections, as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite.