If you’re ready for firmer, younger-looking skin without surgery, you may be wondering if Thermage® is right for you. Dr. Michele S. Green, a Board Certified Dermatologist, answers the most commonly asked questions about Thermage® below. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Green, who has helped men and women from New York City and the surrounding areas to look and feel their best through a number of medical and cosmetic skincare procedures.
What is Thermage®?
Thermage® effectively tightens loose skin and smoothes away wrinkles without the need for incisions, scars or surgery. Just one session is often enough to create long-lasting results, and the appointment itself can typically be scheduled right over your lunch hour.
Am I a candidate?
The best candidates for Thermage® are good general physical and mental health, and have noticed skin wrinkling and laxity that their existing beauty routine isn’t able to keep up with. Thermage® is also ideal for those patients who have realistic expectations about their results, and who prefer subtle improvement rather than the more dramatic results typically seen with cosmetic surgery.
How does Thermage® work?
Thermage® is an FDA approved technique that delivers radiofrequency energy to the deepest layers of the skin, while simultaneously protecting the skin’s surface through a continuous cooling process. The RF energy works to heat collagen, which tightens the skin as well as stimulates renewed collagen production for several months after treatment. The result is an improvement in the visible signs of aging like crow’s feet, early jowling or “turkey neck.”
Is Thermage® just for the face?
The Thermage® device can be used with a variety of different tips, some specifically designed for the face and eye area and others that are used for the body. Women may choose Thermage® to improve their post-pregnancy belly or minimize the appearance of cellulite, while men may turn to Thermage® to improve residual skin laxity due to age or following minor weight loss.
Can I combine Thermage® with other cosmetic procedures?
Because Thermage® only corrects the laxity of the skin, other signs of aging may require a different procedure. For example, age spots can be diminished with a resurfacing treatment like chemical peels or Fraxel® Dual Laser Resurfacing, while deep lines and wrinkles may require a dermal filler. If you notice excess pockets of fat in addition to skin laxity, Dr. Green may recommend long term fat removal with the help of CoolSculpting® to fine-tune your figure.
What should I expect during treatment?
Depending on the size of the treatment area, your appointment can last between 45 to 90 minutes. When Dr. Green touches the device to your skin, you’ll feel a heating sensation as well as coolness on the skin’s surface. After your appointment, you can immediately return to your regular routine without any downtime.
How soon until I see results?
Most men and women see an immediate “glow” after treatment, along with a plumper, firmer look to their complexion. As collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin increases, you should continue seeing improvements over the next few months. Most patients enjoy their results for up to two or three years.
For more information and to book an appointment, contact us online today or call Dr. Michele Green’s NYC based office at 212-535-3088