How Thermage® Works:
To understand how Thermage® works, it helps to know a little about how your skin works. The facial skin is made up of three distinct layers: a visible outer layer on the surface called the epidermis, a collagen-rich underlayer beneath the surface called the dermis, and an inner layer beneath the dermis called the
subcutaneous layer, also known as the fat layer that has a web of collagen fibers running through it.
When the collagen in these three layers breaks down due to sun exposure, family heredity, or the normal aging process, your face begins to sag and wrinkle. Naturally, treatments that work on just the surface can't do anything to restore the collagen in the underlayer or the innerlayer of your skin.
Radiothermoplasty, trade name Thermage®, is the only non-invasive procedure available that tightens and renews your skin's collagen in all three layers. How? Thermage's unique Capacitive Radiofrequency (CRF) technology safely heats your skin's underlayer and the web of collagen in the inner layer, causing an immediate tightening as well as improved tone and texture. And the improvements will continue and become even more noticeable for four to six months following treatment due to new collagen growth.
What is Tissue Tightening like?:
The discomfort experienced has been described as a "hot pinch," and like someone snapping a hot elastic band on your skin. For most of the treatment areas, we apply an anesthetic cream 1 hour before the procedure. This helps numb the surface of the skin and makes the treatment more comfortable. If you want to take pain medication, you may take 650 mg of acetaminophen or 600 mg of ibuprofen 1 hour before the treatment begins. There are minimal documented cases of discomfort following treatment.
The Thermage® Procedure: Thermage treatments are only performed in a doctor's office by Thermage-certified personnel. Tapp Medical Clinic, Bowling Green, KY offers free consultations to determine if Thermage is right for you. Women 35-60 normally have the best and most predictable results. If your skin is too lax, the results will not be as dramatic.
Normally, the complete procedure can be performed in just one session lasting from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on the treatment area. General anesthesia is not required, but to make sure you are comfortable the doctor may offer light pain medications prior to treatment.
During the treatment, you'll feel a brief, heat sensation each time Thermage delivers radiofrequency energy to the underlayer of your skin. This indicates that your collagen is being stimulated and tightened.
After treatment, your skin may be slightly red for a day or two. But most people resume regular activities immediately after treatment, with no downtime or special follow-up care.
Immediate Results: You should feel and see your skin being smoother, firmer, and tighter immediately after your Thermage treatment. You may also notice some contouring effects which will begin enhancing the shape of your face.
Continued improvement over time: After the procedure, you should continue to see improvements to your skin as a result of the production of new and increased collagen, as well as some additional contouring effects due to continued tightening over time. These effects will continue for up to six months. You should see lasting results.
The new ThermaTip CL is a deep treatment tip used with the ThermaCool System. It is designed to diminish the appearance of cellulite on the thigh and buttocks area in a single treatment without surgery, injections and little to no downtime. The cellulite procedure by Thermage® and the ThermaTip CL treatment tip are the result of 21 months of clinical and technology development. The advanced deep heating ThermaTip CL rebuilds collagen connective tissues and improves blood flow to the tissue helping to improve the smooth appearance of the skin's surface.
Many patients have cellulite, and despite rigorous exercise and diet efforts, there is not much that they can do to minimize the appearance of cellulite. The ThermaTip CL provides a unique option
to Tapp Medical Clinic for the many patients who want to treat cellulite, but have yet to find something that produces significant results in one treatment.
All Thermage® procedures use a unique, patented monopolar capacitive radiofrequency technology for controlled heating of tissue that is backed by years of clinical research. The technology has been written about in over 45 peer-reviewed articles and safely used on over 450,000 patients worldwide to stimulate existing collagen and promote new collagen growth. Patients benefit from a single treatment and results can be subtle to dramatic depending on the individual patient.