As we age, collagen in the skin decreases, contributing to 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 can make us feel self-conscious. Thankfully, many non-invasive treatments 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 (RF energy) 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, decreasing skin laxity in patients with all skin types.
Dr. Michele Green is constantly exploring new ways to treat patients more effectively, and Thermage FLX is at the forefront of cosmetic dermatology advancements. The Thermage FLX from Solta Medical uses the same innovative technology as 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 more extensive treatment areas in under an hour. This shorter treatment time is possible because the device’s new treatment tip is 4 cm wide, 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 optimal energy delivery and, thus, more precise treatment through 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 a single treatment. Thermage skin tightening treatment can be combined with other cosmetic treatments at the same time, such as Botox or Restylane injections, VBeam, Clear + Brilliant, or Fraxel laser. Dr. Michele Green is an expert in non-invasive cosmetic treatments and anti-aging procedures. Dr. Green has consistently been voted 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.
How does Thermage FLX work for skin tightening?
The Thermage FLX is the state-of-the-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, stimulating collagen production and reducing skin laxity or loose skin. When the skin firms, it creates smoother skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. RF skin-tightening technology has been available to patients since the early 2000s, and Solta Medical has 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 similarly 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 exact, and the wider treatment tip is a wonderful improvement on previous Thermage devices. This new technology allows greater heating of the skin with increased skin rejuvenation. Patients can undergo a faster and more comfortable treatment that can tighten loose skin, create a well-defined jawline, treat fine lines, and generate new collagen production. As a bonus, it reduces the appearance of cellulite on the body in the selected treatment areas, such as the buttocks and thighs.
Dr. Green recommends Thermage FLX and has experienced this skin-tightening procedure first-hand. As a result, she has intimate knowledge of how this treatment works and can discuss the process 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.
Who is a good candidate for Thermage FLX treatment?
A good candidate for Thermage FLX is any patient with mild-to-moderate skin laxity and those with mild sun damage. Thermage’s radiofrequency technology can be used safely on patients with all skin types. Thermage FLX is highly effective; gradually, skin sagging improves over time, and fine lines become less visible. It takes up to 6 months to appreciate the full cosmetic results of Thermage FLX.
The Thermage FLX is a 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 for skin tightening?
- eyes/ hooding on upper lids
- cellulite on legs, buttocks, 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 and tighten and firm the skin without plastic surgery. Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to heat the skin non-surgically. 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, resulting in 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, contributing to its firmness and youthful appearance. Part of the natural aging process entails that collagen in the skin breaks down, resulting in skin laxity, fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, and replenishing collagen levels in the skin with Thermage FLX treatment results in firmer, tighter skin and a natural-looking youthful appearance after a single treatment session.
Does Thermage FLX work on the face and body?
Thermage FLX is the perfect non-invasive skin tightening treatment to achieve “non-surgical facelift” results. Still, it can also improve skin elasticity in other body areas, such as the chest, neck, décolletage, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and upper arms. No surgery, injections, or downtime are required with Thermage FLX treatment, increasing patient access to skin tightening treatments and allowing treatment sessions to be scheduled quickly. Thermage FLX is the newest generation of radiofrequency skin-tightening devices with innovative AccuREP technology. AccuREP technology guarantees even dispersion of radiofrequency energy with each laser pulse, resulting in incredibly precise treatment, maximum stimulation of new collagen production, faster overall treatment time, and enhanced patient comfort. In addition, the Thermage FLX is equipped with a larger treatment tip than previous models of the skin tightening laser, which covers a 25% greater surface area. This feature also helps to shorten the overall length of treatment time and greater patient comfort.
Is Thermage FDA-approved?
The Thermage system has been FDA-approved for skin tightening on the face, eyes, and body. Thermage FLX is the only skin-tightening device that is FDA-approved for use on the eyelids to combat the effects of upper lid hooding. Thermage FLX treatment is safe and effective for patients of any skin type and skin tone. Zero downtime is needed with Thermage skin tightening treatments, meaning patients can resume their normal activities immediately after their treatment session. While Thermage is approved for skin-tightening, as a result of stimulating new collagen production in the skin and strengthening existing collagen, it can also improve the overall skin texture and even reduce the appearance of cellulite.
How long does the Thermage FLX procedure take for skin tightening?
A single treatment session of Thermage FLX for skin tightening 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 with a cosmetic treatment session with Thermage FLX can expect their cosmetic results to last 2-3 years. Most patients elect to engage in 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 consistent sun protection.
How long does Thermage FLX last?
Thermage FLX treatment produces natural-looking and long-lasting skin-tightening results, although not permanent. While individual results may vary, most patients observe that the cosmetic effects of their Thermage FLX treatment last up to two years. Since the effects of Thermage FLX take some time to become visible following treatment, most patients engage in regular maintenance treatment sessions every year to a year and a half to keep up the best cosmetic results. By electing to undergo maintenance treatment sessions at regular intervals, patients can maintain a smooth, firm, tight, and more youthful appearance without the need for invasive cosmetic surgery or downtime.
Combining other cosmetic treatments with Thermage FLX
Thermage FLX skin tightening treatment provides outstanding cosmetic rejuvenation by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as a single treatment. Still, it 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. Enhanced facial contouring can be achieved by combining Thermage with Botox injections and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane.
When combining treatments with Thermage, Dr. Green sees many patients frustrated by their jowls’ appearance. As Dr. Green is quoted in her interview with Modern Aesthetics, the 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 filler.” By combining different treatment modalities, Dr. Green can provide the ultimate skin rejuvenation without invasive plastic surgery or downtime.
Best skincare regimen with Thermage FLX
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green believes proper 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, and antioxidants are all essential to achieving the maximum results from your Thermage treatment. Dr. Green has over 25 years of experience as a leader in cosmetic dermatology, and the MGSKINLABs skincare line has been carefully developed with her expertise. The skincare products in MGSKINLABs, Inc. are uniquely designed to maximize the anti-aging effects of Thermage skin tightening treatment. Proper sun avoidance and daily SPF 50 are 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 excellent effect. Many patients who express an interest in therapy with Thermage laser for skin-tightening also present 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 Thermage treatment and follow up shortly after with complementary neuromodulator treatment, such as Botox injections. The combination stimulates new collagen growth in the skin and smooths 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 in eliminating these wrinkles. Combining Thermage treatment with Botox injections 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 non-invasive skin-tightening laser treatment is like if you’ve never had one before. For most patients, their Thermage FLX treatment is simple and painless. The first essential step in any cosmetic treatment is an initial consultation with Dr. Green to discuss your skin concerns and goals regarding skin rejuvenation. During the consultation, photographs of the areas of concern are taken and maintained for your confidential patient file. The treatment area is discussed, and a grid is marked to designate the area for skin tightening.
A handheld device is applied to the skin’s surface during the treatment. Each time the handpiece touches your skin, a sensation of heat can be felt. The heat associated with the treatment is tolerable, and patients should not use any topical numbing cream before their procedure. Several pulses are delivered to the treatment area to produce new collagen throughout the skin. It takes approximately one hour to complete a Thermage FLX treatment session in a designated treatment area.
Patients appreciate that after completing their Thermage FLX treatment session, normal activity can be resumed immediately since no recovery time is involved. Dr. Green recommends always incorporating daily sunscreen into your skincare 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 most significant benefits associated with Thermage FLX treatment is that there are minimal side effects involved with 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 activities immediately after your Thermage treatment. Basic sunscreen is all that is needed after your skin tightening procedure.
When can I resume my normal activities after the Thermage procedure?
One of the great benefits of Thermage FLX treatment is that no downtime is involved. After your Thermage treatment session, you may resume all your normal activities. Additionally, there are no particular aftercare instructions regarding skincare or makeup application, meaning scheduling an appointment for Thermage can be done quickly. If you plan on having multiple non-invasive cosmetic treatments performed on the same day or within a short timeframe, consult with Dr. Green about whether any additional aftercare protocol should be followed. For example, patients who complement their Thermage treatment with cosmetic injectables would be advised to refrain from blood thinning medications and supplements for two weeks before 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 is Thermage FLX?
The cost of your Thermage FLX treatment will depend upon several 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 to be treated. A Thermage FLX treatment session can vary in price for a single treatment area. If multiple body areas are treated, the treatment cost will increase. It is essential 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 recognized and appreciated worldwide 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 you’re after and leave you looking and feeling like the best version of yourself.
Does Thermage FLX really work?
Yes! 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 cosmetic results lasting for several years. Most patients return yearly for maintenance to continue the exceptional skin tightening results.
Is Thermage effective?
Yes! Thermage FLX treatment uses RF energy to heat the inner layer of skin to cause existing collagen to contract and boost new collagen production, leading to tighter, firmer skin. Since being FDA-approved in 2002, over 2 million patients have received Thermage skin tightening treatment, more than any other skin tightening procedure. For mild to moderate skin laxity, uneven skin texture, fine lines, and wrinkles, Thermage is one of the most effective non-invasive cosmetic procedures available.
How does Thermage FLX compare with other Skin Tightening Treatments?
Thermage FLX treatment is considered to be the gold standard when it comes to non-surgical skin tightening. In just a single treatment session with Thermage radiofrequency laser treatment, patients can reduce visible signs of aging, diminish the appearance of cellulite, and improve skin laxity with zero downtime. Thermage is a comfortable skin-tightening treatment for the patient, and no numbing cream is required in preparation for the procedure. Most patients describe the treatment as a mild heat sensation, and the main side effects associated with Thermage FLX are a mild amount of swelling and facial redness, which resolve shortly after the procedure is complete.
Ultherapy is the most popular alternative to Thermage for non-surgical skin tightening. Though Ultherapy and Thermage serve a similar function – to address skin laxity in a treatment area by boosting collagen production – the two skin tightening treatments work differently. Thermage employs radiofrequency technology to heat the dermal layers of skin, and Ultherapy relies on ultrasound energy. Ultrasound energy penetrates deeper than radiofrequency energy, making Ultherapy a painful treatment, whereas Thermage is an overall comfortable treatment. In addition, one of the potential side effects of Ultherapy is unintentional fat loss in the treatment area, which can cause unwanted cosmetic results. Ultherapy is only FDA-approved to treat the face and decolletage, whereas Thermage is FDA-approved to treat the face, neck, arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and above the knee. Ultherapy may require some downtime following the procedure, which Thermage does not need.
Can you combine Thermage FLX and Fraxel Laser treatment?
Absolutely! Thermage FLX treatment with Fraxel Dual skin resurfacing laser treatment is a popular, complementary combination approach for facial rejuvenation. Fraxel Dual is often called the “magic eraser” for its unique ability to target various skin concerns, including sun damage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and more. Fraxel induces the natural wound-healing process of the skin by creating controlled micro-injuries in the dermis. The result is the induction of new collagen production. The Fraxel Dual laser has two distinct settings or laser beams, making this a two-for-one laser treatment. The 1927 nm wavelength is a Thulium laser that can remove pigmentation, skin discoloration, age spots, and sun damage from the superficial layer of the skin. This specific wavelength targets chromophores or colored elements within skin cells to create a controlled, local thermal reaction to destroy pigmented spots. The 1550 nm wavelength Erbium component improves skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars.
Thermage utilizes radiofrequency technology to provide smoother, firmer, and tighter. Thermage can induce new collagen production within the skin in just a single treatment session to create a more youthful appearance. Thermage can be used to treat the face in a non-surgical facelift, but can also be used to treat other areas of the body that are commonly affected by skin laxity that often develops due to aging, including the upper arms, abdomen, thighs, chest, and neck. The innovative radiofrequency technology of Thermage can safely and effectively heat the inner layers of the skin, resulting in a tightening effect for the existing collagen in the skin and the stimulation of new collagen production, leading to a more youthful complexion.
Thermage and Fraxel treatments can achieve pan-facial rejuvenation by improving skin texture, tone, and elasticity. When you consult with Dr. Michele Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that includes the unique combination of non-invasive cosmetic procedures and specially formulated skincare products best suited to addressing your specific skin concerns and achieving your ideal cosmetic results.
What is the difference between Thermage and Thermage FLX?
Thermage FLX is the latest generation of skin-tightening radiofrequency laser. The Thermage FLX, compared to previous models of the device, is equipped with a larger treatment tip. The larger tip covers a greater surface area than the earlier models, allowing for a faster treatment time and enhanced patient comfort throughout the procedure. With Thermage FLX, treatment areas on the body, such as the legs, buttocks, abdomen, and thighs, can be treated much more quickly. Additionally, the Thermage FLX device is made with the innovative AccuRep technology. The AccuRep technology allows the Thermage device to deliver controlled, precise radiofrequency energy evenly dispersed across the entire treatment area. The AccuRep technology shortens the treatment time, maximizes new collagen production, and produces consistently optimal skin tightening results.
Will Thermage tighten my neck?
Yes! As we age, collagen production in the skin decreases, leading to higher skin laxity and exacerbating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One prominent area that displays these signs of the natural aging process is the neck, where loose skin can cause the formation of jowls and a turkey neck, which is the unfortunate name for loose skin that resembles a turkey’s wobble. Luckily, Thermage is FDA-approved to treat high skin laxity on the neck to reduce the appearance of jowls and loose skin.
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 a single treatment session. However, depending on your age and the severity of the skin laxity or photodamage, 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 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. 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 75 minutes in Dr. Green’s office for their Thermage FLX treatment session. When you consult 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.
Does Thermage FLX 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. Some other laser skin tightening treatments, including Ultherapy, have reported fat loss incidents. Ultherapy utilizes ultrasound rather than radiofrequency energy, penetrating the skin deeper than Thermage. When treated with Thermage by Dr. Green in NYC, patients can enjoy their skin-tightening benefits without worrying about 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 before 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. However, the advanced AccuREP technology and larger spot size of the Thermage FLX allow for faster, more comfortable treatment and ideal cosmetic results.
Can Thermage damage your skin?
Thermage skin tightening treatment is not associated with any significant adverse events and does not cause any damage to the skin. Some patients may experience minor swelling and redness at the treatment site for an hour post-treatment. These mild side effects will resolve quickly without the need for intervention. Unlike Ultherapy, Thermage does not cause pain during the procedure and does not have any risk of unwanted fat loss.
Is Thermage FLX safe and effective?
Thermage FLX is a safe and effective treatment for skin tightening on the face and body. Unlike other forms of laser treatment, Thermage FLX is safe for patients of all skin types and does not pose a risk for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation for patients with darker skin tones. With the AccuREP precision feature and improved comfort technology, Thermage FLX improves the appearance of loose skin without pain, side effects, or the need for any downtime. Thermage radiofrequency technology has been FDA-approved for skin tightening for more than 20 years, with over 50 clinical trials demonstrating the effectiveness of the treatment.
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 with a cosmetic treatment session with Thermage FLX can expect their cosmetic results to last 2-3 years. Most patients elect to engage in 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 adequate sun protection.
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 stimulation 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 patient before treatment with Thermage FLX to ensure that their procedure will yield the best cosmetic results. For patients with too much excess skin, Dr. Green may refer you to a plastic surgeon for cosmetic surgery. The best way to determine 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 Thermage 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 and optimal energy delivery with a larger spot size to yield faster results, increased patient comfort, and maximum results. Treatments with 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 in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dr. Green offers treatment with Thermage CPT and Thermage FLX devices. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will discuss your 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 treatment?
Thermage FLX is the fourth and latest generation of Thermage skin-tightening lasers by Solta Medical. Solta is a recognized leader in the field of aesthetics with their development of cutting-edge treatment technology, including the Thermage FLX. Thermage FLX is the only Thermage device that incorporates 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 her patients’ treatment plans for pan-facial rejuvenation. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office 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 cosmetic skin tightening procedures that stimulate new collagen production. The primary difference between the two types of systems 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 an FDA-approved skin-tightening laser treatment for multiple body areas, including the eye and all face areas.
Which is better: Ultherapy or Thermage FLX?
Ultherapy and Thermage FLX are used for skin tightening, but Dr. Green will almost always choose Thermage over Ultherapy for several reasons. The two treatments differ in the energy used to create the skin tightening effect, with Ultherapy penetrating deeper into the skin, which results in more pain and discomfort during treatment. Additionally, with Ultherapy, there is a risk of unwanted fat atrophy, which can create a gaunt or hollow appearance in the treatment area. Thermage can effectively tighten the skin, providing patients with firm, youthful-looking skin without side effects or downtime.
When does Thermage FLX work best?
Thermage FLX best treats mild to moderate levels of skin laxity on the face, chest, neck, décolletage, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Patients with severe skin laxity may benefit more from a surgical skin tightening procedure, such as a facelift. Thermage radiofrequency treatment cannot remove excess loose skin associated with severe skin laxity. Upon your initial consultation with board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, you can discuss your specific skin concerns and aesthetic goals with her. She will physically assess the identified areas of concern and determine whether you are a good candidate for a skin tightening treatment with Thermage. Dr. Green may determine that the skin laxity is too severe to treat with Thermage successfully. In that case, she will refer you to a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. Patients with mild to moderate skin laxity deemed good candidates for Thermage FLX treatment can easily schedule their rejuvenation treatment sessions, as there is zero downtime associated with the treatment and very few potential side effects.
Does Thermage FLX really work?
Yes! Thermage FLX is the best non-surgical skin tightening treatment available on the market. Equipped with advanced AccuREP technology, Thermage FLX treatment accurately, precisely, and comfortably delivers an even amount of radiofrequency energy to the entire treatment area for optimal and predictable skin tightening results. Patients can achieve firmer, smoother, tighter skin in a single treatment session and reduce visible fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite. The larger treatment tip of the Thermage FLX allows for a shorter treatment time than ever before, meaning that patients can easily schedule their skin tightening treatment. Thermage FLX treatment is safe and effective for patients of all skin types, with cosmetic rejuvenation results lasting for several years. Most patients undergo an annual maintenance treatment session to prolong the exceptional skin tightening effects. Thermage FLX can be used for skin tightening on the face, chest, neck, decolletage, upper arms, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.
How do I get started with Thermage FLX treatment in NYC 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 feelings 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 treat skin laxity on the face, neck, chest, décolletage, upper arms, and thighs and provide a rejuvenating effect. Dr. Michele Green was one the first dermatologists in New York City to incorporate Thermage FLX into her patients’ treatment plans. 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 Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in NYC, you can discuss your skin concerns and ideal cosmetic goals. Together, you will determine the combination of specially formulated skincare products and in-office cosmetic procedures to deliver long-lasting, natural-looking rejuvenation results. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned cosmetic dermatology expert and consistently voted as one of the best physicians in New York by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors for her dedication to her patients and expertise and consistently stunning rejuvenation results. 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.