Thermage® is a safe, non-invasive, radiofrequency (RF) cosmetic procedure to help smooth, tighten, and contour the skin for an overall younger looking appearance. This treatment is ideal to treat the loose skin around the eye area which typically shows the effects of aging first. Thermage can be performed an all skin types and on the face or body, with results in a single treatment.
Thermage is one option for skin tightening, and it works differently than some of our other RF and ultrasound options for skin tightening (see Ultherapy and Exilis for more info on those treatments). Thermage is better suited for the delicate skin around the eye area, and results are achieved with a single treatment.
The RF technology safely heats the deeper layers of your skin, while cooling the upper layers of the skin. This stimulates existing collagen and promotes new collagen growth. During treatment, the upper surface of your skin is protected from heating by using a conductive, cooling fluid. This also helps transmit the RF into the proper layer of skin. During treatment, your eyes are protected with special eye shields that are put in place by a doctor. Most patients tolerate Thermage treatment quite well and do not require any anesthesia.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is this treatment used for?
Thermage is typically used to treat the eye area, for laxity (sagging) of upper and lower eyelids.
What will Thermage feel like? Will it hurt?
Most patients tolerate Thermage very well without any anaesthesia or numbing creams. Patients report that they occasionally feel a “zing” sensation when the treatment passes over a particularly sensitive area, but this sensation passes almost immediately. Numbing eye drops are used to make the eye shields more comfortable.
What will I look like after the procedure?
Your skin may be slightly pink immediately after treatment, but this fades very rapidly. Most people find that they cannot tell that they had anything done within just a few minutes after treatment.
What is the typical recovery time?
Most patients find that their appearance is normal within a few minutes after treatment. You can resume using your normal cosmetics and skincare regimen immediately.
How long will it be before I see results?
Thermage treatment works gradually by stimulating existing collagen and promoting new collagen building. This takes some time. You may feel some difference in your skin as early as one day after treatment, and your skin will show gradual tightening over the next 3-4 months.
How long do the results last, and will I need follow-up or maintenance treatments?
Thermage is non-invasive and is not plastic surgery. The results may not be permanent. Patients typically see results with just one treatment. Additional touch-up or follow-up treatments can be performed if desired, but may not be necessary.
Can Thermage be used on dark, ethnic, or suntanned skin?
Yes. Thermage can be used on any skin type, because it works under the surface of the skin.