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Thermage®: Skin tightening treatment that really works

Thermage®: Skin tightening treatment that really works

 - Thermage®: Skin tightening treatment that really works
There are plenty of non-invasive cosmetic procedures that promise to turn back time, but not all of them are as reliable as Thermage®.

It's no wonder this radiofrequency procedure has garnered a host of celebrity fans rumoured to include Demi Moore and supermodel Linda Evangelista.

The procedure delivers heat deep into the epidermis to tighten existing collagen and to encourage the skin to produce new collagen too.

This means skin takes on a younger looking appearance over time.
We spoke to leading Thermage® practitioner Dr. Rita Rakus to find out more.

How does Thermage® work?

"Thermage® is the only clinically FDA-approved proven non-ablative, non-invasive system that uses radiofrequency energy to tighten tissue.

A handpiece with a smooth, flat tip delivers radiofrequency waves, which safely heat the deeper layers of your skin. This stimulates existing collagen and promotes new collagen growth over time." Dr. Rakus says.

Thermage® can treat a range of areas on the face, neck, decolletage and the rest of the body helping to tighten and firm loose skin.

What kind of results can you expect?

Dr. Rakus says: "Everyone can expect some collagen tightening. The magnitude of visible improvement varies from subtle to dramatic. Generally, some improvement is immediately visible and continues for up to six months as new collagen forms in the skin. Patients experience overall tighter and smoother skin, contouring and softening of wrinkles and lines."

Where do people find Thermage® delivers the most impressive results?

Thermage® can give safe results on most parts of the body. As well as helping to improve the appearance of stretch marks and to improve skin around the sensitive eye area, Thermage® also works well on most body parts. Dr. Rakus lists these as: "The face, eyes, lips, tummy, arms, hands, thighs and buttocks."

How does it differ to other treatments? 

Dr. Rakus says: "Thermage® is safer than invasive cosmetic procedures and works on all skin types and colours. Best of all, you only need one treatment to obtain the full benefits. In addition, there is no downtime, so you can quickly resume your daily routine.

"Thermage® is the only treatment option that rejuvenates the collagen deep in your skin, with none of the negative aspects of other treatments. Unlike injections or fillers, Thermage® works across your entire face, including forehead, eyes, nasolabial folds, jawline, jowls and the area under your chin."

It’s described as a one-off treatment – but how often do you need to have additional treatments?

Normally a single Thermage® treatment will give great results for the most part, but each practitioner will determine how many treatments is right for the individual according to the kind of results they are hoping to achieve.

Dr. Rakus explains: "Approximately 5% of patients may see a clinical response immediately on the day of treatment; the majority will see a clinical response between 4-12 weeks with the clinical end result being seen as long as 12 months. Because it can take up to six months for the clinical end result to be observed you should not have another treatment before this time."

It's worth remembering that this treatment takes patience. If you want immediate impact then another treatment like Botox might be more your bag - however, if you don't mind waiting for results to appear then Thermage® can be a great way to stop the clock.

Does it work better on certain age groups? 

While there is no official ideal age to start Thermage®, clinical data suggests that men and women aged between 35 to 55 years old will be able to see the best results.

Dr. Rakus says: "Each patient needs to be independently assessed by a qualified practitioner to ensure that they are a suitable candidate for the treatment."

How long is the downtime?

Most people can return to their regular activities immediately following the Thermage® procedure. Some people, however, experience a mild redness (similar to a wind burn) after the Thermage® treatment, but it usually disappears quickly.

Post treatment however there are some things that you need to be careful of.

"You should avoid exposing your skin to extremes of heat and cold and protect your skin with a sunblock cream after Thermage®. Your normal makeup and beauty regime can be followed immediately but," Dr. Rakus warns, "do not have any other form of facial treatment or therapy after the Thermage® treatment until authorized to do so by your practitioner."

What are the risks? 

While Thermage® is generally regarded as extremely safe no treatment is without risks.

The most frequently reported incidents are classified as swelling, redness, bumps, and blisters on or around treated area. These side effects disappear in a few days or weeks after the Thermage® treatment.

Dr. Rakus says: "A rare (less than 0.11%) but longer lasting side effect described as a surface irregularity has also been reported. Consult with your physician regarding this and any other questions you may have on the safety record of the Thermage® skin treatment procedure."

Visit Dr. Rita Rakus to find out more about Thermage®. 

Thermage is a registered trademark of Solta Medical, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.


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