Unfortunately, nobody is immune to aging. Even if you take immaculate care of your skin, the effects of aging can leave you with loose skin, fine lines, and wrinkles — decades before you’re ready for them.
But you don’t have to just accept these unwanted signs of aging. You can address them head-on with cosmetic treatments like Thermage. Keep reading to learn the answers to ten frequently asked questions about this innovative, non-invasive treatment to help tighten skin.
1. What Is Thermage?
Thermage is a popular non-surgical skin tightening procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to encourage your skin to tighten and contract. Many people find Thermage to be an excellent non-surgical alternative to a facelift.
2. How Are Thermage Treatments Performed?
Thermage treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure in our Denver, CO, office using the patented Thermacool system. The Thermacool system is unique because it produces a cooling sensation with each pulse of RF energy to help ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
During treatment, gentle pulses of RF energy are directed under your skin through the tip of the Thermacool device. Dr. Stewart precisely guides the device to the appropriate areas to target your individual cosmetic concerns.
This skin tightening treatment doesn’t cause significant disruption to your daily routine: It only takes 20 to 60 minutes to complete.
3. Is Thermage Safe?
Many people are apprehensive about traditional facelifts since general anesthesia is required, but this non-surgical skin tightening procedure does not come with the inconvenience of surgery.
The Thermage system has an excellent safety profile and has been given FDA approval for use in both men and women. However, it is not recommended for people who are pregnant or have certain skin conditions. Dr. Stewart will discuss Thermage safety with you when you arrive for your consultation.
4. What Areas Can Be Treated?
Thermage treatments are flexible and can be used to treat various areas on your face and body, including the following:
- Brow area
Skin tightening treatment with Thermage in any of these areas can help minimize the appearance of crepey skin around the body and create improved body contours.
5. Does Thermage Melt Fat?
Some people hope that Thermage can help them lose a few extra pounds around the stomach, while others worry that melting buccal fat could leave them with hollowed-out facial features. However, it’s important to note that Thermage does not melt fat or even minimize its appearance. Instead, treatment focuses on firming up loose and sagging skin.
6. Can You Still Get Thermage If You’ve Had Fillers?
Many people choose to get fillers as a way to address common signs of aging without surgical intervention. Luckily, this doesn’t exclude you from receiving Thermage treatments. Thermage can be used over most fillers, including hyaluronic acid fillers and Sculptra fillers.
7. How Many Sessions Are Necessary to See Results?
Unlike some laser-based cosmetic treatments, you don’t have to come back for several follow-up sessions to see the results you want. Most people can achieve their cosmetic goals with just one session of Thermage.
The RF energy employed by Thermage works to increase your body’s natural collagen production. As a result, your body’s collagen supply continues to increase and the results continue to improve in the six months following treatment.
8. What Is Aftercare Like?
There is no special aftercare required with Thermage treatments and no need for any downtime. After Thermage treatment is complete, you can resume your normal activities.
The most important thing is to apply a strong SPF sunscreen daily for the first several weeks after treatment. However, you should already do this as part of your everyday skincare regimen.
9. How Long Do the Skin Tightening Effects Last?
The effects of Thermage can last one to two years. After that, we recommend that you undergo another treatment session to maintain the results. Thermage is the ideal addition to an annual skin rejuvenation treatment plan.
If you choose not to undergo treatment again, your skin will resume aging at a normal pace. But rest assured, having a Thermage procedure will not make your skin age faster if you choose to stop treatment later on.
10. What Is the Best Age to Get Thermage?
Many people feel like they have to wait until a certain age before they start addressing common signs of aging, but there is no right or wrong age to seek out Thermage treatments. Thermage is ideal for adults with mild to moderate signs of aging, regardless of age.
Whether you’re in your early 30s or late 60s, Thermage treatments with Dr. Stewart can help materialize the younger-looking and better-toned appearance that you are seeking.
Get Started with the Best Team in Denver, CO
If you have cosmetic concerns you would like to address, there is no reason to put them off any longer. Dr. Adrienne Stewart, MD, and the Office of Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology can help you unlock the best possible version of yourself.
Dr. Stewart is a board-certified dermatologist with nearly 30 years of experience and expertise to draw from. She has helped thousands of men and women in Denver, CO, and the surrounding areas — and she can help you, too. And with so many cosmetic treatments at our fingertips, there’s no better choice when it comes to non-surgical skin tightening.
If you think you might be a good candidate for Thermage treatments, get in touch with our office today to schedule your consultation with our providers.