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As we age, collagen in the skin starts to decrease resulting in the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Though these changes naturally occur as 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. Dr. Michele Green was one of the first dermatologists in NYC to incorporate Thermage FLX into her Upper East Side, private, dermatology office. 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 utilizes this cutting-edge radiofrequency technology to increase collagen production in one single treatment. Thermage skin tightening treatment can be combined with other cosmetic treatments at the same time, such as Botox or Restylane injections, VBeam or Fraxel laser. 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 dermal fillers, the best skincare, and other cosmetic laser treatments.

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How does Thermage FLX work for skin tightening?

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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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.

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 because in just one single treatment session, Thermage FLX 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. The Thermage handpiece is applied to the skin’s surface, and the radiofrequency energy treats the dermal layers below. The deep heating of collagen fibers with the RF laser technology induces the production of new collagen in the skin. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the skin that contributes to its firmness and a youthful appearance. Part of the natural aging process entails that collagen in the skin breaks down, resulting in skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Replenishing collagen levels in the skin with Thermage FLX treatment results in firmer, tighter skin and a natural-looking youthful appearance after just a 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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Your 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. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in New York City, she will help you construct the perfect skincare regimen for your skin type and specific needs.

Can Thermage be combined with Botox?

Yes! Thermage® can easily be combined with cosmetic injections including treatments with Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® to wonderful effect. Many of the patients who express an interest in treatment with Thermage laser for skin-tightening also present with signs of aging associated with skin texture, like fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Green often recommends that for optimal facial rejuvenation treatment, patients first undergo their Thermage treatment and follow up shortly after with complementary neuromodulator treatment, such as with Botox injections. The combination works to both stimulate new collagen growth in the skin as well as smooth out creases surrounding the eye area, forehead, and glabella.

Botox and other neuromodulators work by ‘freezing’ the muscles responsible for expression. These muscles create dynamic wrinkles in the skin, and Botox injections are unmatched when it comes to eliminating these type of wrinkles. The combination of Thermage treatment with Botox injections essentially creates a natural appearing “brow lift” that requires zero downtime and produces natural-looking, long-lasting cosmetic results. Dr. Michele Green in NYC is internationally renowned for providing her patients with what is described as the “best Botox injections in New York.” As an Allergan platinum injector of Botox and one of the first dermatologists in New York to incorporate Thermage FLX into her practice, Dr. Green is your ultimate guide to pan-facial rejuvenation treatment.

What is the Thermage FLX treatment like?

It can be hard to imagine what a non-invasive skin tightening laser treatment is like if you’ve never had one before. For the majority of patients, their Thermage FLX treatment is an entirely simple and painless process. The first essential step in any cosmetic treatment is to have an initial consult with Dr. Green to discuss your particular skin concerns and the goals that you have as it relates to skin rejuvenation. During the consultation, photographs are taken of the areas of concern and maintained for your confidential patient file. The treatment area is discussed and a grid is marked to designate the area for skin tightening. During the treatment itself, a handheld device is applied to the surface of the skin. Each time the handpiece touches your skin, there is a sensation of heat that can be felt. The heat associated with the treatment is tolerable, and patients should not use any topical numbing cream in advance of their procedure. A series of pulses are delivered to the treatment area to induce new collagen production throughout the skin. It takes approximately one hour to complete a Thermage FLX treatment session in a designated treatment area.

Patients appreciate that after completion of their Thermage FLX treatment session, normal activity can be resumed immediately since there is essentially no recovery time involved. Dr. Green recommends that you always incorporate a daily sunscreen into your regular skincare regimen to best 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 greatest benefits associated with Thermage FLX treatment is that there are minimal, if any side effects, involved with having the procedure. 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 the Thermage procedure?

One of the great benefits of Thermage FLX treatment is that there is absolutely no downtime involved. After your Thermage treatment session, you may resume all your normal activities. Additionally, there are no particular aftercare instructions in regard to skincare or makeup application, meaning that scheduling an appointment for Thermage can be done with ease. If you plan on having multiple non-invasive cosmetic treatments performed on the same day or within a short timeframe, be sure to consult with Dr. Green as to whether any additional aftercare protocol should be adhered to. For example, patients who choose to complement their Thermage treatment with cosmetic injectables would be advised to refrain from blood thinning medications and supplements for two weeks in advance of their injections. When you discuss your cosmetic goals and skin concerns with Dr. Green and develop a treatment plan, you will be provided with pertinent information regarding each treatment.

How much does Thermage FLX cost?

The cost of your Thermage FLX treatment will be dependent upon a number of contributing factors including the experience level of your provider, the geographic location of the office in which you are treated, and the total number of areas that are to be treated. A Thermage FLX treatment session can vary in price for a single treatment area. 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, though it can not be guaranteed to yield the best cosmetic results. It is always recommended to have cosmetic injections and laser treatments with a board-certified medical professional, with the expertise and experience required to recommend the appropriate in-office procedures for your situation and provide ideal cosmetic results. Dr. Michele Green in NYC is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist who is recognized and appreciated around the world for her holistic approach to rejuvenation treatment and ‘less is more’ philosophy. With over two and a half decades of experience utilizing the most cutting-edge treatments and innovative techniques, Dr. Green is guaranteed to help you achieve the aesthetic results that you’re after and leave you looking and feeling like the best version of yourself.

Is Thermage worth the money?

Thermage FLX is the single best non-surgical 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 session. Thermage is safe and effective, and works for patients of all skin types with the cosmetic results lasting for several years. Most patients return every year for maintenance to continue the exceptional skin tightening results.

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 treatments of Thermage will I need?

Patients can enjoy the skin tightening benefits of Thermage FLX after just a single treatment session. Depending on your age and the severity of the skin laxity or photo damage, however, it may be recommended to have a second Thermage treatment or engage in an annual maintenance treatment session. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to determine how many treatments of Thermage FLX you may need to get the cosmetic results that you’re after.

How long does Thermage FLX treatment take?

The amount of time required to complete your Thermage FLX treatment will ultimately depend on the size of the treatment area and the total number of treatment areas selected. Thanks to the larger sized treatment tip of the Thermage FLX, a treatment session can be completed more efficiently than ever. In fact, the Thermage FLX treatment can be performed 25% faster than treatment sessions with the previous Thermage devices. For just a single treatment area, patients should expect to spend 60 to 90 minutes in Dr. Green’s office for their Thermage FLX treatment session. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in New York City, she will help you develop a treatment approach and timeline that works best for you.

Can Thermage cause fat loss?

No. Thermage has not been associated with any fat loss. There have been no known reports of fat loss caused by Thermage FLX. There are some other laser skin tightening treatments, including Ultherapy, that have reported incidents of fat loss. Ultherapy utilizes ultrasound energy rather than radiofrequency energy, penetrating the skin at deeper levels than Thermage does. When patients are treated with Thermage by Dr. Green in NYC, they can enjoy their skin-tightening benefits without having to worry about any unwanted side effects like fat loss in a treatment area.

Is Thermage FLX painful?

No! Treatment with Thermage FLX is not painful and there is no need for any topical numbing prior in preparation for the procedure. The Thermage FLX radiofrequency treatment relies on heat to achieve the skin tightening effect, and patients may experience some slight discomfort simply due to the sensation of heat. The advanced AccuREP technology and larger spot size of the Thermage FLX, however, allows for a faster, more comfortable treatment and ideal cosmetic results.

How long does Thermage FLX last?

A single treatment session of Thermage FLX takes approximately one hour to complete. The AccuREP technology of Thermage FLX allows for a 25% shorter treatment time compared to previous models of the Thermage device. Patients who have a cosmetic treatment session with Thermage FLX can expect their cosmetic results to last for up to 2-3 years. Most patients elect to engage in a maintenance on an annual basis to keep up the best results. Another way to prolong the effects of Thermage FLX treatment is by maintaining a regular skincare regimen that includes effective sun protection.

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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 not be performed on patients who are pregnant. Depending on the amount of excess skin in a treatment area, Thermage FLX may not be the recommended procedure. Dr. Michele Green consults with each of her patients before treatment with Thermage FLX to ensure that their procedure will yield the best cosmetic results. For patients presenting with too much excess skin, Dr. Green may refer you to a plastic surgeon for a cosmetic surgery. The best way to determine as to whether or not you are an ideal candidate for treatment with Thermage FLX is by consulting with Dr. Green.

What is the difference between Thermage FLX and Thermage CPT? Is Thermage FLX better than CPT?

Thermage FLX is the fourth generation of Solta’s Thermage radiofrequency skin-tightening laser device. Thermage CPT was designed to stimulate collagen production with radiofrequency heat and Comfort Pulse Technology, which uses vibrating pulses in the handpiece to deliver a comfortable patient experience. The new Thermage FLX device uses AccuREP technology to provide incredibly precise deep-heating of the skin, optimal energy delivery, with a larger spot size, to yield faster results, increased patient comfort, and maximum results. Treatments with both the Thermage CPT and Thermage FLX will provide patients with skin-tightening results in as little as just one treatment session. In her boutique, private dermatology office located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dr. Green offers treatment with both Thermage CPT and Thermage FLX devices. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will discuss with you in-depth regarding your individual skin concerns and your aesthetic preferences so that you can design a treatment approach that incorporates the best specially formulated skin care products and non-invasive in-office treatments for you.

What is Thermage FLX?

Thermage FLX is the fourth and latest generation of the Thermage skin tightening lasers by Solta Medical. Solta is a recognized leader in the field of aesthetics when it comes to developing cutting-edge treatment technology, including the Thermage FLX. Thermage FLX is the only Thermage device that incorporates the innovative AccuREP technology. AccuREP technology automatically calibrates Thermage to deliver the appropriate amount of energy in each pulse, ensuring consistently optimal cosmetic results for any treatment area, including the face, neck, chest, décolletage, thighs, upper arms, and abdomen, on every patient. The AccuREP feature, in combination with the larger sized treatment tip of the Thermage FLX device, allows for a faster, more comfortable treatment session that produces consistent cosmetic results each time.

Dr. Michele Green was among the first dermatologists in New York City to incorporate Thermage FLX into the treatment plans of her patients for pan-facial rejuvenation. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to customize your treatment approach based on your specific skin needs and ideal cosmetic goals. For most patients, treatment with Thermage FLX can be seamlessly incorporated into their treatment plans, providing firmer, tighter skin and a more youthful appearance.

What is the difference between Ultherapy and Thermage?

Thermage and Ultherapy are both cosmetic skin tightening procedures that stimulate new collagen production in the skin. The primary difference between the two types of procedures is the type of energy used to produce a skin-tightening effect. Thermage utilizes radiofrequency energy, whereas Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy. Ultherapy laser treatment penetrates the skin at much deeper levels than the Thermage does, which can make the procedure considerably more painful for the patient. One of the potential risks associated with Ultherapy is that it can “melt” underlying fat in a treatment area because of the depth at which the energy treats the skin. This effect can ultimately result in an undesirable or unwanted cosmetic result. Thermage radiofrequency treatment can not cause any such side effect, as it does not penetrate the skin at depths that would impact the structure of underlying fat. Ultherapy is only FDA approved for treating the chin, neck, brow, and decolletage. Thermage is a skin tightening laser treatment that is FDA approved for use on multiple areas of the body including the eye area, as well as all areas of the face.

How do I get started with Thermage FLX treatment today?

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the skin that contributes to its firmness, smoothness, and youthfulness. As collagen levels in the skin are depleted over time, skin laxity increases. This can exacerbate many other signs of aging and, for many men and women alike, cause feeling of self-consciousness. If you’re frustrated with the appearance of loose skin, sagging jowls, fine lines and wrinkles, or even cellulite, Thermage FLX may be the non-invasive skin tightening procedure for you. Thermage FLX can be used to treat skin laxity on the face, neck, chest, décolletage, upper arms, and the thighs and provide a rejuvenating effect. Dr. Michele Green was one the first dermatologists in New York City to incorporate Thermage FLX into the treatment plans of her patients. Dr. Green is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients from around the globe with the best non-invasive treatment solutions.

When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in NYC, you will have the opportunity to discuss with her in-depth regarding your personal skin concerns and your ideal cosmetic goals. Together you will determine the combination of specially formulated skincare products and in-office cosmetic procedures that will deliver long-lasting, natural-looking rejuvenation results. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology, and is consistently voted as one of the best physicians in New York by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors. Please contact us online to schedule a consultation today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about Thermage FLX and other non-invasive cosmetic procedures for pan-facial rejuvenation.

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