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As time goes on, we all naturally age and, unfortunately, this can lead to sagging or loose skin. For the most part, diet, exercise, and skincare can reduce the signs of aging, but gravity can catch up with us. This is especially true for areas that we cannot specifically target through exercise and strength training, such as the neck area.

Excess weight can cause the neck area to sag, but even when someone is relatively thin (in terms of body fat composition), the neck area can show wrinkles, fine lines, excess sagging, and loose skin. In areas such as the neck and jawline, we are reliant on our body’s ever-dwindling supply of collagen, a naturally occurring protein in the body that helps to create a youthful appearance.

Thankfully, there are non-invasive treatments available that are designed to firm up the skin without the need for downtime. In recent years, Thermage has become a popular treatment to reduce skin laxity along the face and body–it’s even able to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite around the treatment area. Thermage uses state-of-the-art radiofrequency technology to heat the inner layers of the skin, which in turn ignites new collagen development in the body. For targeted areas such as the neck, jawline or jowls, it can be an easy and painless way to reduce the appearance of loose skin, creating the effect of a “facelift” without the need for invasive plastic surgery.

If you are frustrated by sagging skin in your neck and jawline, and increasing neck wrinkles, board certified, cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green is an expert in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox, Juvederm, Kybella injections, Fraxel, and CoolSculpting. Contact the office today to develop your custom Thermage treatment plan to treat sagging skin and tighten your neck without any downtime.

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How does Thermage work for skin tightening?

Thermage is a fantastic advancement in the world of skin care and skin rejuvenation. Thermage relies on radiofrequency energy that is delivered by a handheld device. This radiofrequency energy stimulates the lower layers of the skin with heat, while keeping the surface of the skin cool through intermittent heating and cooling pulsation. This heating of the skin in turn stimulates new collagen production. By encouraging  collagen growth in the body, Thermage is able to revitalize sagging skin, leading to smoother, firmer skin at and around the treatment area.

Does Thermage work on the neck?

Many patients are curious about the Radiofrequency technology behind Thermage, and are curious about the extent to which Thermage is effective. Patients will often ask, Does Thermage really work on the neck? Can Thermage be used on the neck safely? Thermage may work for some, but does Thermage work for “Turkey neck”?  

Luckily for us, we can reply to these concerns with a confident “yes”. Thermage is FDA-approved for treatment on the neck and jawline, and its radiofrequency energy is able to stimulate collagen production which in turn creates firmer, smoother skin at and around the treatment area. In the case of neck wrinkles or skin laxity, Thermage is highly effective, as collagen is a vital way to revitalize the skin and reduce the appearance of loose skin underneath the jawline.

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Will Thermage tighten my neck?

Thermage is designed to tighten loose skin along the majority of the body, and in the case of the neck, Thermage’s continued innovation in radiofrequency technology helps to tighten skin along the neck to wondrous effect. Thermage FLX, the newest Thermage device, is an innovative tool when it comes to skin tightening. Its algorithmic technology allows for real-time adjustments on a pulse-by-pulse basis, which increases precision during treatment. Additionally, it has a larger treatment tip design than previous devices, which vastly decreases treatment length.

Thermage for reducing fine lines and neck wrinkles

For those looking to reduce the appearance of sagging skin in the neck area, Thermage skin tightening treatment works remarkably well. Its patented radiofrequency technology reduces the appearance of crepey skin and fine lines in the neck area.

Thermage is an excellent option for skin rejuvenation not only on its own, but also in combination with other skin tightening cosmetic procedures. Thermage can be paired with laser skin resurfacing treatment, as well as injectables, in order to create optimal results. If a patient is hoping to reduce stubborn fat under the chin/neck area, they might combine Thermage treatment with CoolMini treatment or Kybella injectable treatment to maximize contouring. Another common treatment pairing is known as the “Nefertiti Lift“, which combines Thermage and Botox to treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging.

Modern dermatology practices have become so advanced that, when it comes to treating many skin conditions and body contouring issues, non-invasive treatments can be used in lieu of invasive or costly plastic surgery.

Before & After: Thermage (lower face & neck), with Voluma & Restylane Lyft

How effective is Thermage for loose neck skin? For neck wrinkles?

When it comes to reducing the appearance of loose neck skin or neck wrinkles, Thermage can work in as little as one single treatment, in less than one hour. Initial improvements to the treatment area can be seen immediately after a treatment session, and maximum skin rejuvenation is seen about six months post-treatment. Thermage is exciting in that it’s a non-invasive procedure that can lead to dramatic results. In order to maximize collagen growth, many patients opt to have yearly Thermage treatments, and the majority of patients who are treated for loose neck skin or neck wrinkles have skin tightening results which last up to two years.

Thermage CPT for skin tightening

Thermage has been approved by the FDA since 2002 for body and facial contouring, but its recent design innovations have allowed for an even better treatment experience. Thermage CPT has been in use for several years, and it is a reliable device for both effectiveness and patient comfort. The “CPT” stands for Comfort Pulse Technology, and both Thermage CPT and Thermage FLX rely on this in order to reduce any patient discomfort on the treatment area. Thermage CPT and Thermage FLX have similar designs, but Thermage FLX has excellent enhancements, such as a larger treatment tip for greater speed and a patented algorithmic system (AccuREP™) for greater precision accuracy.

What are the side effects for Thermage?

When it comes to Thermage treatment, side effects are typically quite minimal. Patients may experience minor swelling or redness around the treatment area, but this typically subsides within the first few hours. During treatment, patients feel a minor heating sensation on the skin’s surface, which is then followed by a cooling sensation, in repetition. Most patients adjust to the sensation quite quickly during the treatment session.

How much is Thermage for neck?

The answer to how much does Thermage cost for the neck is entirely dependent on the specific needs and goals of each individual patient. Thermage varies from $1,000 to $5,000 in treatment cost, depending on the size of the treatment area and skin condition. When it comes to Thermage for neck skin tightening, cost is also based on the skill of the individual performing Thermage. A private dermatology office may be more expensive than a clinic or medspa.

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Thermage vs. Ultherapy for skin tightening

Many patients come to Dr. Green wondering which skin rejuvenation treatment will be best for them, and both Thermage and Ultherapy are both options for skin tightening. Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses heat to rejuvenate the skin, similarly to Thermage. These two cosmetic procedures both target deep skin layers to create a youthful appearance to the skin, but they differ in their methodology. Unlike Thermage, Ultherapy relies on ultrasound energy to regenerate collagen, targeting skin, muscle, and surface-level wrinkles.

When it comes to choosing between Thermage and Ultherapy, a patient must consider what the aesthetic goals of the treatment are. Ultherapy is only FDA approved to treat the face, and not the eyes, body, or cellulite.  Thermage is less painful than Ultherapy, which is quite painful and requires anesthesia before the procedure. Thermage is also a more competitive option for reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the neck and other areas of the body. There have also been reports of a decrease in fat in areas of the face being treated. During your initial consultation, Dr. Green will work with you to determine the best treatment options available, helping you to navigate the world of skin rejuvenation with an expert eye.

How do I get started with having Thermage for my neck?

If you’re frustrated by the appearance of sagging skin or neck wrinkles, there’s finally a solution that can help. Thermage has been a favorite procedure of Dr. Green for tightening the neck, jowls, and jawline for over ten years. With the new Thermage FLX laser, neck rejuvenation can be accomplished with shorter treatment times and even better cosmetic results.  Call 212 535 3088 or contact Dr. Michele S. Green to schedule an initial consultation today.

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