As we age, our skin loses elasticity. This can be especially troubling for the more visible areas of the body, such as the face and the hands, or along the arms when warmer weather comes along. Sagging skin anywhere along the body can make patients feel self-conscious. Thankfully, when it comes to treatments for skin laxity, many of the same treatments used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and aging on the face are also suitable for other areas of the body.
Thermage treatment is an innovative, non-invasive treatment designed to reduce the signs of aging on both the hands and arms with no downtime required. The process uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate new collagen production in the skin, thus creating firmer, smoother skin.
If you’re frustrated by the appearance of loose skin on the arms and hands, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Contact our NYC dermatology office today to create your own customized skin rejuvenation plan.
Skin Tightening through Thermage
Thermage treatment uses Radiofrequency (RF) technology to heat the inner layers of your skin. This procedure uses a handheld device that is pressed onto the area of the skin that is being treated, and then heat is applied to the target area. It’s able to heat the inner layers of your skin while keeping the external layers of the skin cool, and this heat sensation in turn stimulates natural collagen production in the body. Thermage’s patented RF technology is proven to create tighter skin, and can also temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite in and around the treated area.
Thermage is an excellent skin rejuvenation treatment not only because it can ignite new collagen production, but also because it can be combined with other non-invasive procedures for maximum results. Thermage results are frequently complemented with additional cosmetic procedures, such as Fraxel laser treatments for skin resurfacing, as well as injectables such as Botox or dermal fillers. Thermage can even be combined with Botox treatment on the face to reduce the appearance of sagging or crepey skin, essentially creating a “facelift” without the need for any invasive plastic surgery or downtime.
How does Thermage tighten loose skin?
Thermage uses Radiofrequency energy through a handheld device that stimulates the lower layers of the skin with heat and keeps the surface of the skin cool. This process in turn stimulates natural collagen growth. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies but, as we age, the collagen that helps to create firm, younger-looking skin becomes less prevalent. By igniting new collagen in the body, Thermage is able to repair aging skin, which leads to smoother, tighter skin at and around the treated area.
Thermage has been FDA approved to reduce the appearance of aging on the skin since 2002, and handheld Thermage devices have continued to become more and more precise over the years. Thermage CPT has been a popular tool for RF treatment and skin rejuvenation for years, combining the heating system of previous devices with a comforting vibration pulse. The newest treatment tool for RF skin rejuvenation, Thermage FLX, enhances Thermage treatment even further. Its larger treatment tips allows for both greater patient comfort and faster treatment times, and its algorithmic technology (AccuREP™) maximizes precision through the use of pulse adjustments in real time.
Does Thermage work on the arms?
Even for individuals who maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine that involves resistance exercises for the arms, loose skin on the arms can still be an issue. Unfortunately, this is nothing more than a symptom of the aging process.
Many patients wonder about the versatility of Thermage, wondering, can Thermage be used on arms? Due to Thermage radiofrequency technology, this treatment is able to reduce skin laxity virtually everywhere on the body, and Thermage treatment for loose skin on the arms is no different. Thermage is able to firm skin on the arms through the development of new collagen.
Skin rejuvenation for the upper arms
An area that individuals can be concerned about, especially when wearing short sleeves, is loose skin on the upper arms. Though the effects of the aging process cannot be completely reversed, Thermage can help reduce the appearance of hanging skin on the upper arms, that is sometimes known as “bat wings”, or even “bingo wings”. Thermage is designed to create younger-looking, tighter skin, and therefore is able to tighten hanging skin on the upper arms.
Does Thermage work on hands?
As we age, the loss of collagen in our skin can become quite visible on the hands, particularly as our hands are visible all year round. In addition to this the hands can be one of the first areas of the body that show age. The good news is that, for most individuals who have loose skin on the tops of their hands, Thermage can help reduce the appearance of “crepe-like” skin and make the hands appear smoother and younger.
Hand rejuvenation treatments such as Thermage work by promoting collagen production. This means a single treatment session on the hands will start to show an improvement in the look and firmness of the skin on your hands. Dr. Green often combines Thermage for hands with injections of dermal fillers, such as Sculptra and Restylane. By combining treatments, new collagen production is maximized with outstanding cosmetic results for hand rejuvenation.
Where on the body can the Thermage procedure be performed?
Thermage is at the forefront of radiofrequency technology, and it is approved by the FDA for skin rejuvenation for both face and body contouring. Thermage is designed to treat most areas of the body, including the arms, hands, tummy, and thighs. When it comes to facial contouring, Thermage is able to reduce skin laxity along the jawline, as well as within the eye area. One of the most popular Thermage treatments is for use around the eyes, reducing the appearance of fine lines such as crow’s feet, as well as decreasing “hooding” or drooping skin around the eyelids.
Am I a good candidate for Thermage skin tightening?
The best candidates for Thermage on the upper arms are those individuals who are generally at a healthy weight and have some minor issues with lose skin and sagging. Thermage can be used on all skin types. Additionally, Thermage is safe for use on sagging or excess skin due to liposuction, pregnancy, or weight loss. However, if you have a large amount of underarm skin, Thermage may not be suitable. To determine whether you are a suitable candidate for Thermage, it is recommended to have an appointment with NYC based Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Michele Green who can advise you on the best treatment for your own individual case. In some cases, Thermage can be combined with other procedures such as CoolSculpting, as part of an overall body contouring procedure.
55-64 year old woman treated with Thermage
Thermage Procedure: what can I expect?
When it comes to your Thermage Procedure, the process will be simple and fast. Most Thermage treatments take under an hour, during which time Dr. Green will apply the handheld Thermage device to the treated area. You will experience a mild heating sensation, followed by a general cooling sensation as the device pulses along the skin.
After your procedure, you can resume normal activities without issue. You may experience mild redness or soreness, but this should dissipate within first 24 hours post-treatment. Occasionally, patients have reported mild bruising as a side effect to treatment, but this is extremely uncommon. In terms of skin care, we recommend wearing a daily sunscreen both before and after treatment.
Thermage takes several months before the full results are achieved, as new collagen is produced and the skin tightening effect is reach. You should typically see the full cosmetic results within about six months from when the treatment was performed. Depending on your needs and skin condition, Thermage results can last up to two years. Many patients prefer to have Thermage on a yearly basis to maximize new collagen production and maintain the best cosmetic results.
How do I get started with treating sagging arm skin?
If you are looking for a method of skin tightening on your hands and arms, there’s finally a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Thermage may be right for you.