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How Much Does Thermage Skin Tightening Cost?

Thermage is often considered the “gold standard” in anti-aging, skin-tightening treatment to improve skin laxity. With radiofrequency energy technology, Thermage laser treatment boosts new collagen production to combat sagging, loose skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite, all without any downtime. Thermage is a non-invasive procedure, so unlike a surgical facelift performed by a plastic surgeon, which is expensive with a high probability of adverse effects and long recovery time, Thermage only takes about an hour to perform, is not associated with severe side effects, and still provides patients with incredible results. For a treatment that reverses signs of aging and provides patients with firm, tight, even-textured skin, look no further than Thermage skin tightening treatment available at Dr. Michele Green’s New York City dermatology office.

When seeking Thermage non-invasive treatment, it is always best to make an appointment with an expert dermatologist, such as Dr. Green. While the cost of Thermage is often higher when receiving treatment from an expert, the Thermage results will be of a higher quality as well. Many MedSpas will offer discounts and specials that bring the cost of Thermage treatment down. However, patients should be wary of “buy-one-get-one-free” or 70% off discounts, as they can indicate an institution that will not provide top results and does not have physicians on staff overseeing these procedures. Thermage provides patients with amazing anti-aging results that can last up to two years with no recovery time when performed by a highly trained, experienced, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green.

Dr. Green has been expertly treating patients for a wide array of cosmetic and medical concerns in her Upper East Side NYC office for more than 25 years. Always up-to-date on the latest technologies, Dr. Green is certified in every generation of Thermage applicator devices, masterfully treating all areas of the face and body, including the neck, decolletage, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Dr. Green often pairs Thermage skin tightening for skin laxity with other cosmetic options for a full non-surgical lift, including Botox, Fraxel laser treatment, dermal fillers, CoolSculpting, and more. Well-known for high patient satisfaction, Dr. Green has been frequently voted one of New York City’s best healthcare providers by such publications as Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors.

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What is Thermage treatment?

Thermage non-surgical skin tightening treatment, created by Solta Medical, uses radiofrequency technology to rejuvenate the face and body. FDA-approved to address a wide range of treatment areas, Thermage works to counteract the body’s natural aging process and provide patients with smoother, firmer, more youthful-looking skin. Unlike plastic surgery, which requires an anesthetic and significant recovery time, the Thermage procedure is quick and painless. It requires no downtime following the treatment session, meaning that patients can immediately resume their normal activities. Most patients find that a single treatment is enough to decrease skin laxity, reduce fine lines, and ameliorate the appearance of cellulite on the body.

What is Thermage used for?

As we age, the production of the structural proteins collagen and elastin begins to decrease, leading to higher skin laxity (or loose skin), which emphasizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and cellulite on the surface of the skin. On the face, loose, crepey skin is frequently most visible around the eyes with the appearance of crow’s feet and hooding on the eyelids or in the formation of jowls on the lower face. When used on the face, Theramge tightens the skin, reducing hooding and crow’s feet around the eyes and contouring the jawline. Thermage can also be used on other body parts, such as the neck, chest, arms, legs, abdomen, and buttocks, to address sagging skin and cellulite. Cellulite, a condition that affects up to 90% of women in the United States, is a common side effect of the natural aging process and develops when fibrous bands force fat cells toward the skin’s surface, resulting in a dimpling effect. The appearance of cellulite can be further emphasized by high skin laxity, making Thermage an effective cosmetic procedure for reducing cellulite. Used anywhere on the body, Thermage provides patients with smooth, tight, youthful-looking skin.

How does Thermage skin tightening work?

Thermage works via radiofrequency energy technology that heats the inner layers of the skin to boost collagen production and tighten the skin. When the applicator is applied to the surface of the skin, the machine sends wavelengths of RF energy to heat the deeper layers of skin and trigger the body’s natural healing response, which leads to higher production of collagen. The cosmetic procedure is painless and requires no topical numbing cream, though patients will feel a heating sensation followed by a cooling sensation. The newest generations of Thermage devices are fitted with technology designed for high patient comfort, with a cooling spray that keeps the skin’s surface free from pain.

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How much is Thermage treatment?

Thermage costs depend on several factors, including the type of institution you receive treatment, your geographic location, and the size and scope of the treatment area. While the average cost of Thermage treatment in the United States is around $3,500, a single treatment session can range from $2,500 to $5,000, depending on the area. Many institutions, such as Medical Spas or MedSpas in New York or other cities, will offer discounts, deals, or specials for Thermage treatment, but patients should always be wary of these seemingly good deals. The cost of Thermage may be higher for a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green, who has had extensive training in the best practices for Thermage technology. Still, when seeking treatment from an expert dermatologist, patients often receive better results and fewer side effects, such as blisters, hyperpigmentation, fat loss, or scarring. Geographic location can also affect the price of treatment, with prices increasing where the price of living is higher. Treatment area influences the cost of Thermage, as a larger surface area to treat is often more expensive than a smaller treatment area. When you have your initial consultation with Dr. Green, her office will be able to provide you with a clearer estimate of the cost of treatment.

How much is Thermage FLX?

Thermage FLX is the newest generation of Thermage devices and has a 4cm tip for addressing treatment areas with a greater surface area, such as the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. With a larger tip, Thermage FLX can treat the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks 25% faster than previous models and provides stunning results. The innovative AccuREP technology in Thermage FLX can also increase accuracy and decrease patient discomfort during treatment. The cost of Thermage FLX depends on the location at which you seek treatment and the area of the body being treated. As Thermage FLX is often used on parts of the body with more surface area, the cost of treatment will likely be higher than if you were treating the face. During your initial consultation, Dr. Green will examine the treatment area and decide which Thermage device will be the most effective and whether pairing Thermage treatment with another cosmetic procedure will help to meet your aesthetic goals. Once your treatment plan has been set, Dr. Green’s office can provide you with a clearer price estimate.

How much does Thermage cost for the stomach?

When treating the stomach, Dr. Green will frequently employ the Thermage FLX body applicator, the best for treating a larger surface area. When sagging skin appears on the stomach, Thermage skin tightening treatment is the best option to keep the abdomen smooth and firm. While sales and deals available at MedSpas are often offered for Thermage stomach treatment, it is safer and more effective – a better bang for your buck – to seek treatment from an experienced dermatologist.

How much does Thermage cost for the face?

Thermage skin tightening can effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face by tightening the skin for a more youthful appearance. As collagen and elastin production decrease, the skin becomes looser and crepey, emphasizing the fine lines that have begun to develop due to the natural aging process. This is particularly apparent around the eyes, where crow’s feet can form, and hooding can occur. Crow’s feet are the fan-like wrinkles that emerge from the corners of the eyes and become etched into the skin when you smile or squint, and hooding occurs when loose skin develops over or on the eyelid. Typically, Dr. Green will use the Thermage CPT device, which has a smaller tip than Thermage FLX, to address the delicate areas around the eye. Thermage can also be used to address the appearance of jowls and contour the jawline. The cost of Thermage for the face depends on how many areas are addressed by treatment and whether Thermage is paired with other cosmetic procedures for a full, non-surgical facelift.

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How much does Thermage treatment cost?

Thermage costs range from approximately $2,500 to $5,000 in the United States, depending on the treatment institution, the provider’s experience, the area of the body being treated, and geographic location. Patients should be wary of companies that offer specials or discounts, as frequently, they do not have experienced or certified providers. Thermage treatment requires specialized training and equipment to achieve optimal results and avoid side effects, such as burns, blisters, or hyperpigmentation. When you pay more for Thermage, you often pay for the experience and expertise of the provider.

Why is Thermage so expensive?

Thermage is a safe and effective cosmetic treatment to provide patients with smooth, firm, and youthful-looking skin. The radiofrequency energy technology used in the procedure requires a specialized applicator and tip and training for the provider to use the device effectively. Thermage FLX has the newest technology for patient comfort so that the laser treatment is completely painless with no downtime or side effects. For those reasons, the cost of treatment can be high, however, the procedure is long-lasting and highly effective – the gold standard for skin tightening.

How many sessions of Thermage do you need?

Most patients find that a single treatment session is enough to provide firm, smooth, youthful-looking skin with lasting results. You will begin the treatment process with an initial consultation with Dr. Green, where you will discuss your aesthetic goals so that Dr. Green can determine the treatment plan that will best meet your unique needs. The treatment session is short – typically taking an hour to an hour and a half – and will require no numbing cream, as Thermage devices are equipped with a cooling spray for maximum patient comfort. Dr. Green will start the treatment session by marking the treatment area before applying the device to the skin’s surface.

After the procedure, patients can immediately return to their regular activities with no downtime necessary. As Thermage skin tightening treatment uses the body’s natural collagen production processes, results of the procedure will continue to improve over time, with the full effects of the treatment becoming visible three to six months post-treatment. Some skin tightening results will be visible immediately, as the heating of the deep layers of the skin causes water molecules to separate from the fibrous bands under the skin, leading to an immediate tightening.

How long does Thermage last?

Thermage skin tightening is a long-lasting procedure with effects that can remain visible for up to two years post-treatment. Individual results may vary from patient to patient, and Dr. Green recommends scheduling an annual touch-up appointment to maintain the effects of the treatment long-term. Various lifestyle choices can also improve the longevity of the treatment results: sun exposure can cause premature aging – dehydrating the skin, leading to wrinkles, uneven skin texture, sun spots, and increased skin laxity. Therefore, Dr. Green recommends reducing sun exposure by always wearing sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher when going outside or avoiding the outdoors between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun is at its most intense. Additionally, Dr. Green suggests that patients limit alcohol and tobacco consumption while staying hydrated. Skincare products are also important, including regular use of moisturizers and gentle cleansers, available at Dr. Green’s proprietary MGSKINLABs.

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What is the difference between Thermage and Ultherapy?

Ultherapy differs from Thermage laser treatment in that Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to heat the deeper layers of tissue to tighten the skin. While Thermage employs radiofrequency energy to move through the skin’s surface, Ultherapy focuses ultrasound energy at a specific point to trigger the body’s natural healing process and boost collagen production. Thermage has the advantage over Ultherapy in that Thermage is FDA-approved to treat all areas of the body, whereas Ultherapy can only treat the face and neck. Patients also consider Ultherapy a more painful experience, so Dr. Green always chooses Thermage over Ultherapy.

What are the side effects of Thermage treatment?

When receiving treatment from an expert, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green, Thermage is not associated with severe side effects. With her ability to control the intensity of the wavelengths on the Thermage device, Dr. Green can ensure patient comfort while providing the best results. The procedure is safe and effective for all skin types, with the only common side effect being redness in the treatment area in the hour following treatment. This redness will go away within an hour after the procedure. Receiving treatment from an inexperienced provider can lead to much more significant side effects, including blisters, burns, and hyperpigmentation. That is why, while an inexperienced provider may have better prices, it is always better to seek treatment from a board-certified provider.

What is the downside of Thermage?

Thermage is a highly effective non-surgical skin tightening treatment that is safe when performed by an experienced, board-certified dermatologist. For patients who are seeking a natural-looking, anti-aging solution to reduce skin laxity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, Thermage is the perfect solution. The results are long-lasting with no downtime, and patients will only require a touch-up appointment once a year to maintain results. Patients who are looking for a more dramatic solution to skin laxity may find the Thermage naturally youthful look to be insufficient and would be more satisfied with a plastic surgery procedure such as a facelift. If you are unsure whether Thermage is the right treatment for you, book a consultation appointment with Dr. Green to discuss your treatment goals, and she can help you determine if Thermage is best for you.

Is Thermage worth it?

Thermage is a safe and effective treatment often considered the gold skin-tightening standard. Unlike plastic surgery facelifts, Thermage is non-invasive, quick, and simple to perform and is not associated with serious side effects – as long as an experienced provider performs the procedure. Thermage results are long-lasting, with a single treatment session providing patients with tight, firm, smooth skin for up to two years. Unlike Ultherapy, which can only be used on the face and neck, Thermage can be applied to any area of the body to decrease skin laxity, erase fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. With amazing, long-lasting results at a lower price than plastic surgery, Thermage is the ideal option for reversing signs of the natural aging process.

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How do I get started with Thermage skin tightening treatment today?

The natural aging process can wreak havoc on the skin – the decreased production of structural proteins collagen and elastin leads to higher skin laxity, more fine lines and wrinkles, and the appearance of cellulite. Luckily, Thermage radiofrequency laser treatment is a safe and effective non-invasive cosmetic procedure that provides patients with tight, firm, smooth skin. With many options for where to seek treatment, it is always best to schedule an appointment with an expert, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green, who has years of experience with a wide range of cosmetic treatments, including Thermage FLX and Thermage CPT.

Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with 25 years of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning men and women with the best non-invasive rejuvenation treatment options, including Thermage for skin tightening. Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, Super Doctors, and the New York Times consistently identify Dr. Green as one of NYC’s best dermatologists for her holistic approach and less-is-more philosophy regarding cosmetic rejuvenation. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will work with you to create a customized rejuvenation treatment plan that incorporates a combination of the cosmetic procedures and specially formulated skincare products best suited to addressing your skin concerns and achieving optimal, natural-looking, long-lasting results. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green, call 212-535-3088 or contact us online today.

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