For many patients, Thermage® is a popular option for tightening skin. It uses Radio Frequency energy to strengthen and tighten collagen in your skin which in turn gives it a smoother appearance that looks and feels younger. In most cases, it is used to reduce visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles in the face and neck area or lines around the eyes. However, it is also a great option for those looking to rejuvenate various areas of the body such as the arms and legs, particularly the thighs and knees.
Thermage for the Legs
Thermage is a treatment that can help make the skin on your legs, thighs and knees look tighter by helping to boost the body’s natural collagen production. Thermage uses radiofrequency (RF) technology which is a process that heats up the inner layers of skin, then immediately cools the target area. After the treatment, the body then starts to generate additional collagen which can then tighten the look of the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. It can take a little while for the full effects of Thermage to appear, with the process taking up to six months to show complete results. However, it should be noted that as we continue to age, the skin will continue to sag to some degree. So in order to maintain consistent results, Thermage recommends treatments every 1 to 2 years.
Before and After photo of Thermage procedure on Knee and thigh area (4 months)
Thermage for the Thighs
In the thighs, even for people who exercise frequently, skin can sag and in many cases, cellulite can appear. This issue appears more often in women than men, due to hormonal changes, along with the way the connecting tissue between the fat and skin is formed within the body. This connecting tissue is predominately comprised of collagen and as we age the collagen in the body is reduced. Cellulite isn’t an actual substance but instead it is simply the appearance of when the fat in the body is pushed against the skin forming lumps and bumps, often known as “orange peel skin.” As a result, Thermage is a popular body contouring option for the thighs.
Saggy or Wrinkled Knees
For areas of the body that are in constant use such as the knee and elbow joints, the skin in these areas can become more wrinkled as we age and the skin loses laxity. This is a common problem in the knees and is also known as the “kninkles.”
This can occur in both men and women and is caused simply through the use of the joints and due to the loss of elasticity that occurs in the skin as we age. For individuals who would like to treat their saggy skin and cellulite but do not want to have invasive surgery to do so, Thermage is often a good option that comes with minimal downtime.
The best candidates for Thermage are those individuals with minor to moderate sagging of the skin, or mild cellulite. Thermage can work well for these individuals, but for those with severe sagging skin then alternative treatments may be more effective. To determine whether you are a good candidate for Thermage the best course of action is to book a consultation with Dr. Green who can provide an assessment as to the best course of action in your own particular case.