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As we age, fine lines and wrinkles naturally appear on our faces. Though these changes are a part of the normal aging process, we are often frustrated by premature lines and wrinkles that make us feel self-conscious. Thankfully, there are many non-invasive treatments available that can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds by jumpstarting new collagen production in our bodies with no downtime. The new Thermage FLX is a revolutionary FDA-approved collagen regeneration treatment that utilizes innovative radiofrequency technology to reverse the visible signs of aging on the face, jowls, neck, eyes, and body. Thermage FLX uses radiofrequency energy to heat the deeper dermal layer of the skin while keeping the skin’s surface cool. The effect of just one radiofrequency treatment is tighter, firmer skin, with a decrease in skin laxity in patients with all skin types.

Dr. Michele Green is always exploring new ways that patients can be treated more effectively, and Thermage FLX is at the forefront of cosmetic dermatology advancements. The new Thermage FLX, from Solta Medical, uses the same innovative technology of previous Thermage lasers, but has improved several aspects of treatment, including patient comfort and speed. Whereas previous Thermage technologies would have a treatment time of 90 minutes or more, Thermage FLX makes it possible to treat the entire face in around 45 minutes, and larger treatment areas in under an hour. This shorter treatment time is possible because the device’s new treatment tip are 4 cm in width, covering a 25% larger surface area than before. This not only allows for greater coverage, but also improved comfort during treatment. Additionally, treatment precision has been improved. Algorithmic, patented technology (AccuREP™) has been incorporated into the handpiece to allow for optimal energy delivery and, thus, more precise treatment through the use of real-time adjustments on a per-pulse basis. This new technology allows for greater patient comfort, increased collagen production, and maximum results.

If you’re frustrated by fine lines, folds, and sagging skin due to aging, Thermage FLX can help address these visible signs of aging. Dr. Green was one of the first dermatologists in NYC to incorporate the Thermage FLX into her discreet, private New York practice. Dr. Michele Green is an expert in non-invasive cosmetic treatments and anti-aging procedures. Dr. Green has been consistently voted as one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in NYC by Castle Connolly, the New York Times, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors. A platinum Allergan provider, Dr. Green is an expert injector in Botox, Juvederm and Restylane dermal fillers, skincare, and laser treatments.

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How does Thermage FLX work?

The Thermage FLX is the state-of-art, latest generation in non-invasive skin tightening technology by Solta Medical. Thermage FLX uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to heat the collagen-rich layers of the skin, which in turn stimulates collagen production and reduces skin laxity or loose skin. When the skin firms, it creates smoother skin which in turn reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. RF skin tightening technology has been available to patients since the early 2000’s and Solta Medical have been at the forefront of this technology with Thermage. Thermage has been the gold standard for non-invasive skin tightening for patients with all skin types.

The new Thermage FLX treatment works in a similar way to previous Thermage lasers.  With the new Thermage FLX, the technology has been improved and refined. With the addition of AccuREP™ algorithmic technology, the application of radiofrequency energy is extremely precise, and the wider treatment tip is a wonderful improvement on previous Thermage devices. This new technology allows greater hearing of the skin with increased skin rejuvenation. Now, patients can undergo a faster and more comfortable treatment that can both tighten loose skin, create a well defined jaw line, treat fine lines, and generate new collagen production. As a bonus, it works to reduce the appearance of cellulite on the body on the selected treatment areas, such as the buttocks and thighs.

Dr. Green not only recommends Thermage FLX, but also has experienced this skin tightening procedure first-hand. As a result, she has an intimate knowledge about how this treatment works and can discuss the procedure in detail with you. Thermage FLX delivers radiofrequency energy to the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating the skin to generate new, healthy, collagen, four to six months after one single treatment. The below image is Dr. Green receiving a recent Thermage FLX treatment on her jowls and neck areas.

Watch a video of Dr. Green undergoing a Thermage FLX procedure on the cheeks and neck area

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Which areas does Thermage FLX treat?

  • face
  • eyes
  • jowls/neck
  • hands
  • arms
  • back
  • knees
  • thighs
  • abdomen
  • chest/décolletage
  • buttocks
  • cellulite on legs, buttock, and abdomen

Why is the Thermage FLX the gold standard for non-invasive skin tightening?

Thermage FLX is the gold standard for non-invasive skin tightening. In just one single treatment, Thermage FLX you can regenerate new collagen, tighten and firm the skin, without the need for plastic surgery. Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to non-surgically heat the skin. The heat causes an immediate contraction of existing collagen fibers, stimulates the production of new collagen, and helps to rejuvenate the skin and produce younger-looking, smoother skin in just a few months. In just a single one hour treatment, skin laxity is addressed and the result is tighter, smoother skin.

How does Thermage FLX skin tightening treatment work?

Thermage’s mechanism of action works through radiofrequency energy. Through the deep heating of collagen fibers, new collage production is achieved. The result is younger, looking, firmer, tighter skin after one single treatment session.

Combining other cosmetic treatments with Thermage FLX

Thermage FLX skin tightening treatment not only provides outstanding cosmetic rejuvenation, by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as a single treatment, but can be combined with other non-invasive cosmetic treatments for maximum results. Many patients who consult Dr. Green for skin tightening, are also concerned with rejuvenating the texture of their skin, photo damage, sun damage, fine lines, deep lines, and volume loss. By combining Thermage with Botox injections, and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, enhanced facial contouring can be achieved.

When it comes to combination treatments with Thermage, Dr. Green sees many patients who are frustrated by the appearance of their jowls. As Dr. Green is quoted in her interview with Modern Aestheticsthe combination of Fraxel skin resurfacing laser and Thermage treatment is an optimal treatment for areas where patients commonly experience sun damage: “If they have jowls, they usually have sun damage and usually have lost collagen. I find that if you do a Thermage/Fraxel combination where you’re reducing pigmentation, sun damage, and fine lines with the Fraxel, the results are outstanding. That’s because they’ve done the Thermage tightening and they’ve done the Fraxel to work on the epidermal changes. I pair that often with some kind of neuromodulator like Botox or Dysport and some kind of filler.” In this way, by combining different treatment modalities, Dr. Green can provide you with the ultimate skin rejuvenation, without the need for invasive plastic surgery or down time.

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Skincare regimen and Thermage 

Dr. Michele Green believes that the right skin care and sun protection is necessary to achieve and maintain healthy skin. Proper cleansing, toning, serums, moisturizers, and sunscreens are all a part of having healthier looking skin. Retinol, Vitamin C, antioxidants, are all essential to achieving the maximum results from your Thermage treatment. Dr. Green’s MGSKINLABs skincare line has been uniquely designed to maximize their anti-aging effects. Proper sun avoidance and daily SPF 50 is essential to prevent collagen degradation and new sun damage from occurring.

Can Thermage be combined with Botox?

Thermage® can be combined with Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® injections to wonderful effect. In particular, Thermage can be combined with a neuromodulator such as Botox to both stimulate collagen growth and relax the muscles of the eye area and brows. This combination treatment essentially creates a natural appearing “brow lift” that requires zero downtime and can have long-lasting results.

Who is a good candidate for Thermage FLX?

A good candidate for Thermage FLX is any patient with mild-to-moderate skin laxity, as well as those with mild sun damage. Thermage’s radiofrequency technology can be used safely on patients with all skin types. Thermage FLX is extremely effective, and gradually over time, improvement in skin sagging and fine lines becomes self evident. It takes up to 6 months to appreciate the full cosmetic results of Thermage FLX.

The Thermage FLX is safe and effective treatment for patients of all ages and skin tones. Thermage can be compared to a “collagen bank” – one of the few ways to make more collagen for later! Younger patients benefit from producing new collagen and preventing the visible signs of aging as a maintenance treatment. More mature patients will appreciate the visible signs of aging being repaired with gradual new collagen formation and skin tightening. Yearly skin treatments of Thermage FLX are best for ideal collagen stimulation and maintenance.

What is the Thermage FLX treatment like?

Thermage FLX treatment is a simple and painless process for the majority of patients. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green for an initial consultation to discuss your concerns and goals for skin rejuvenation treatment. Photographs will be maintained for your private patient file. The treatment area is discussed and a grid is marked to designate the area for skin tightening. During the treatment, Dr. Green will apply the handheld device to the skin. Each time the handpiece touches your skin, you’ll feel a slight cooling sensation, after which you’ll experience a brief heating sensation. This will continue over a series of pulses along the treatment area.

After treatment, you can resume your normal activity since there is no recovery time. Dr. Green recommends that you incorporate a daily sunscreen into your skin regimen to prevent photo-aging. The increase in collagen production after your initial Thermage treatment should continue for up to six months, and results from Thermage skin tightening treatment can last up to two years, depending on the degree of photo-aging and the quality of your skin condition.

What are the side effects of Thermage FLX?

One of the wonderful aspects Thermage FLX is that there are minimal side effects associated from this laser skin tightening treatment. Some patients may experience temporary redness or swelling immediately after treatment, but these symptoms typically dissipate within an hour. You can resume normal actives immediately after your Thermage treatment. Basic sunscreen is all that is needed after your skin tightening procedure.

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When can I resume my normal activities after Thermage FLX?

You can resume your normal activities immediately after your treatment session is complete with Thermage FLX. There is no downtime with this non-invasive skin tightening procedure.

How much does Thermage FLX cost?

A single Thermage FLX treatment of the face can cost $3,500. If multiple areas of the body are treated, the cost per treatment will be increased. It is very important to note that a medical spa, which may not have a trained professional performing the treatment, may be less expensive but not yield the best cosmetic results.

Is Thermage worth the money?

Yes! Thermage FLX is the best single skin tightening treatment on the market. With the advanced AccuREP technology, heat can be delivered and new collagen generated, smoothing wrinkles and lines in just one treatment. Thermage is safe and effective and works on al skin types with the results lasting for several years.

Can Thermage help with a “mommy makeover” ?

Many patients present with crepey skin after having a baby and want to tighten and firm their abdominal skin. Thermage FLX is designed to treat this type of mild to moderate skin laxity, and is extremely popular with our postpartum patients. Thermage will help tighten the loose skin around the abdomen, in one single treatment, with no recovery time.

How many treatment s of Thermage will I need?

Only one single treatment of Thermage to achieve skin tightening through radiofrequency heating. However, depending on your age and the degree of photo damage and elasticity of your skin, you may want to have a second Thermage treatment or yearly maintenance treatments.

How long does Thermage FLX treatment take?

Typically, depending on the treatment area chose, and the number of areas, the Thermage FLX session should have 60 to 90 minutes.

Can Thermage cause fat loss?

There have been no known reports of fat loss caused by Thermage FLX. Other laser treatments, including Ultherapy, have reported incidents of fat loss.

Is Thermage FLX painful?

No! Thermage FLX is painless and due to the larger spot size is quite comfortable and fast. The new AccuREP technology allows for a faster procedure, enhanced results, with no discomfort.

How long does Thermage FLX last?

To fight the aging process, Thermage FLX optimizes the use of radiofrequency technology to produce new collagen and tighten the skin. As long as good skincare and photo protection is incorporated into your regimen, the results of the Thermage FLX can last 2 to 3 years.

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Who is not a candidate for treatment with Thermage FLX?

Thermage FLX is contraindicated in anyone with an implantable pacemaker, an automatic implantable cardioverter/defibrillator (AICD), or any other implantable electronic device such as retinal implants, electrical simulation devices, or insulin pumps. Thermage FLX should also be be performed on pregnant patients.

Is Thermage FLX better than CPT?

Thermage FLX is the fourth generation Thermage device. Thermage CPT utilizes Comfort Pulse Technology, which uses vibrating pulses in the handpiece to deliver a comfortable patient experience. The new Thermage FLX uses AccuREP technology to provide more precise deep heating of the skin, optimal energy delivery, with a larger spot size, to yield faster results, increased patient comfort, and maximum results.

What is the difference between Ultherapy and Thermage?

Both Thermage and Ultherapy utilize heat to tighten the skin and restore collagen production. The main difference between Ultherapy and Thermage is the type of energy used. Thermage utilizes radiofrequency and Ultherapy uses ultrasound. Ultherapy is much more painful than Thermage and requires pre-treatment with pain killers before the procedure. Thermage is FDA approved to treat all areas of the face, including the eye area, and body. Ultherapy is only FDA approved to treat the chin, neck, brow, and décolletage.

How do I get started with Thermage FLX treatment today?

If you’re interested in treating sagging jowls, jawline, neck, or fine lines and wrinkles, Thermage FLX is an amazing non-invasive painless way to treat skin laxity. Dr. Michele Green was one the first dermatologists to treat her patients using the Thermage FLX in her discreet, NYC dermatology office. With over 25 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Green is voted one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in New York. Please contact us online to schedule a consultation today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Thermage FLX may be the best treatment for you.

Special offer: Free Thermage consultation if you have a Thermage procedure performed. Offer valid for new patients only and cannot be combined with any other offers.

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