Skin has several layers
- A think surface layer called the epidermis
- A deeper layer called the dermis
- A third layer called the subcutaneous (fat) layer
Collagen is found in the dermis and the subcutaneous layers of the skin. As you age, collagen fibers to stretch and looses its elasticity which led to saggy skin and loses its ability to new collagen production.
The procedure is a safe, non-invasive treatment that helps smooth and tightens the skin with no surgery, injections and little to no downtime.
How does it work?
It is a deep-heating technology that uses radiofrequency to lift and firm the skin. It tightens collagen fibers and also stimulates new collagen growth to tighten skin, smooth wrinkles and improve facial contours without incisions or downtime.
It is an option for those seeking less invasive procedure for lifting, minimal downtime and longer lasting effects .The rmage enhance the prominence of cheekbones, a more define jaw line and lift sagging eyebrows.
It can be used to rejuvenate several areas of your body, including your face, stomach, arms, legs or butt. Body contouring candidates include those who have lax skin in the lower abdomen, such as women who have had children. Women with flabby upper arms, inner thighs and buttocks are also candidates for Thermage.
The procedure is performed with a FDA-cleared ThermalCool system. The tip on the device’s handpiece is pressed gently against your skin to deliver a pulse of radiofrequency (RF) energy. During each pulse, the outer layer of the skin is cooled while the deeper layers of skin and fat are heated to induce collagen tightening.
The tip cools and protects the epidermis while the energy penetrates deep into the skin to heat collagen fibres in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The experience is often described as a deep heating or mild pinching sensation, but a new vibrating hand piece has led to significantly less discomfort.
Still, oral pain medication and a topical anesthetic ointment may be administered before treatment. The procedure takes about an hour, depending on the size and condition of the treatment area.
Results are subtle and natural looking without the risks and downtime with a surgery. Thermage procedure offers results of at least one year. Some patients have reported improvements lasting 2-3 years. The duration depends on your age, skin condition and lifestyle.
Side effects are rare, but can include swelling, redness, blisters, peeling, bumps or dimpling. If a side effect occurs, it usually goes away within a few days to a few weeks.