What is Thermage®?
Referred to as a facelift without surgery, Thermage® delivers radio frequency energy beneath the surface of the skin to immediately tighten the outer epidermal layer. It’s a safe, non-invasive procedure that’s clinically proven to help tighten and contour your skin. Its unique deep-heating technology stimulates and renews your own collagen, resulting in tighter, smoother skin.
Thermage is completely non-invasive — no surgery or injections. Unlike lasers, Thermage works on all skin types and tones. The procedure is typically performed in a single session. And there’s little to no downtime, so you can quickly resume your normal routine.
How does Thermage® work?
To understand how Thermage works, it helps to know a little about how your skin works.
The skin is made up of three distinct layers: a visible outer layer on the surface called the epidermis, a collagen-rich under layer beneath the surface called the dermis, and an inner layer beneath the dermis called the subcutaneous layer (also known as the fat layer) that has a web of collagen fibers running through it.
As you age, collagen in these three layers breaks down and your skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Treatments that target only the epidermis don’t address the collagen deficiency in the dermis or the inner subcutaneous layer.
Thermage is the only non-invasive procedure available that tightens and renews your skin’s collagen in all three layers. How? Thermage’s unique Capacitive Radio Frequency (CRF) technology safely heats your skin’s under layer and the web of collagen in the inner layer, causing immediate tightening, along with improved tone and texture. The improvements will continue and become even more noticeable for four to six months following treatment, due to new collagen growth.
Thermage is safer than invasive cosmetic procedures and it works on all skin types.
The treatment procedure
During the treatment, you’ll feel a brief, heat sensation each time Thermage delivers energy to the under layers of your skin. This indicates that your collagen is being stimulated. Thermage is proven to be very safe. Side effects are generally mild, usually nothing more than redness in the treatment areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Thermage CPT™ System?
The Thermage CPT System represents a significant leap forward in skin tightening and body contouring utilizing Comfort Pulse Technology™ to return a healthy, youthful appearance to the skin. This treatment is the premier non-invasive procedure to help smooth, tighten, and contour the skin in a single treatment without surgery or injections, and requires little to no downtime.
How does the Thermage CPT™ procedure work?
The procedure works by using best-in-class radio frequency technology to heat collagen fibers deep in the skin and underlying tissue. The Thermage CPT system has an improved, more uniform heating action that causes the structures in the skin and underlying tissue to immediately tighten, while at the same time stimulating collagen growth. Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced to further tighten and contour the skin.
When will I see results?
Visible results show some immediate improvement, but continue with time, as collagen rebuilds. Measurable tightening and contouring improvements appear gradually over a two- to six-month time period following a single treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Unlike many procedures requiring four or more sessions, most Thermage® patients benefit from a single treatment.
Where on the body can the Thermage CPT procedure performed?
It can help tighten skin safely on most body parts, including the face, eyes, tummy, arms, hands, thighs, and buttocks.
How long does the Thermage CPT procedure take?
Depending on the size and location of the area to be treated, the procedure may take as little as 20 minutes or up to one hour.
Is there any special preparation or follow-up regime?
Nothing needs to be done to prepare for treatment, and there isn’t any real downtime afterwards. Some patients exhibit a temporary redness or minor swelling after treatment; this usually resolves within 24 hours.
How long will the effects of the Thermage CPT procedure last?
The Thermage CPT procedure helps tighten existing collagen and stimulates new natural collagen production for up to six months following the treatment. Results can last for years depending on the patient’s skin condition and the effects of aging.
Is Thermage the only radio frequency technology on the market today?
While there are other skin care treatments that use radio frequency energy, only Thermage utilizes proprietary mono polar radio frequency technology to deliver uniform volumetric heating into the dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin to help naturally tighten and contour underlying tissue. Also, Thermage generally achieves results in a single treatment compared to other technologies requiring multiple treatment sessions.
How much does the Thermage CPT procedure cost?
The cost for the Thermage CPT procedure depends on the areas being treated. Call today to schedule a complementary Thermage consultation with one of our Master Aestheticians.
How many procedures has Dr. Saltz and his team performed?
More than 650 treatments performed.