Aging can be a very challenging natural phase in anybody’s lifetime. As you get older, you notice changes in how your body functions, and the years show on your skin. Lifestyle and environmental factors like sun exposure eventually take a toll on your body and your skin is not spared.
These days, however, looking younger than your age and keeping that youthful glow are now within your control* with the advent of the non-invasive beauty procedures revolution which effectively kicked out plastic surgery back to the Stone Age. One of these newer procedures is Thermage.
What is Thermage?
One of the most highly regarded, non-invasive wrinkle care procedures is Thermage. Thermage has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002. Approved indications for use include non-invasive treatment of periorbital wrinkles and rhytids including the upper and lower eyelids; non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and rhytids; and, temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulites.
Thermage uses non-invasive radiofrequency therapy to smoothen and iron out the top layers of the skin by stimulating collagen production in the dermis, the second layer of the skin. When there are more collagen fibers in the skin, the skin’s ability to store moisture improves*. This results to tightening of the skin and thus, the improved* appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and even cellulites.
The procedure begins by cooling the surface of the skin to relax and prepare it for heating. Next, deeper layers are heated which stimulates collagen production. Then, the procedure leaves a cooling effect on the surface of the skin.
Thermage is used for the eyes, face, and body. It has a tightening effect on the eyes which improves* the appearance of eye bags and wrinkles, eliminating puffy eyes and giving the patient a natural rested look. For the face, Thermage improves* the appearance of creases that form fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure also restructures collagen fibers, which results to improved* skin elasticity and gives a plumper look by stimulating the deeper layers of the skin. For the body, Thermage works to tighten skin around unwanted bulges, and improves* the appearance of cellulites.
It takes 45 minutes for a Thermage procedure on the face and eyes to last, and up to 90 minutes for the body.
Typical Thermage procedure will cost you approximately USD2,000 for two to three sessions. However, cost also depends on the size of area to be treated and the number of sessions that may be required before visible results can be achieved.
The Thermage Advantage
Unlike surgical procedures for wrinkle removal, Thermage is non-invasive and, as such, requires minimal recovery period, letting you get back to your daily routine right after undergoing the procedure. This means best and visible improvements on your skin with the least amount of time and effort. This Thermage advantage is specially practical for working men and women who cannot afford to take time off work which a surgical procedure will definitely require. Thermage also does not carry the health risks and possible complications that come with surgical procedures.
Unlike ordinary topical creams, most especially the non-prescription brands, Thermage results are real and visible because it targets and reaches the deeper layers of the skin which simple topical applications like wrinkle creams simply cannot deliver’s.
Compared to newer, non-invasive skin care technologies, Thermage has 10 years of successful dermatological performance to boast of. Through its decade of experience, it has established its procedural safety and effectiveness. Several independent reviews on its positive impact on skin have also been conducted.
Risks Associated with Thermage Treatment
Thermage, due to its non-invasive nature, carries little risks for after-procedure complications. The only known and documented side effects are swelling, redness, blistering, and hypo- or hyperpigmentation which may develop when too much heat is applied or builds up within and on skin.
Swelling and redness usually disappear a few hours after the procedure is concluded. Blistering generally disappears within a few days. Pigmentation heals differently among affected patients.
Some skin physicians and patients claim* little to no visible results after undergoing procedure. There is also an assumption that results vary among patients some are more receptive to the procedure than others.
Visible results may start to show as late as the sixth month of treatment, and last for 18 months thereafter. Maintenance every two to three months may be necessary, and may become more frequent with age.
Any procedure, whether surgical or non-invasive, carries certain risks, advantages, and disadvantages. Consult a skin care specialist to learn about the best available options for your skin problems that suit your skin type. Then, ask yourself, “Am I willing to take the risks?” before proceeding with the skin care treatment of your choice. Studying your options also keeps your personal expectations realistic and at bay. Most procedures will only promise* you to look younger than your age so don’t expect to have a second shot at your teen-age years after treatment. After all, signs of aging add sophistication to your look too.