Does Thermage replace a surgical face lift?
Wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and sagging skin are signs of aging that most of us want to fight the most effective way possible. Though there are more drastic surgical ways of tackling these problems, an invasive and time-consuming surgery is not the only option available. Ground breaking procedures, such as the Thermage treatment, provide a safer yet effective alternative that can suit a wide variety of patients. When deciding on a treatment option it is important to understand that there is a considerable difference between the surgical and Thermage treatment approach.
What is Thermage?
Thermage is a cutting edge, FDA -approved cosmetic treatment targeting common signs of aging and achieving a tighter, smoother, plumper and overall more youthful skin appearance. Thermage treatments can work on the face (including problem areas such as the jaw line and eyes) and other body parts such as the upper arms, tummy area, buttocks and thighs. Thermage works by sending radiofrequency energy into the deeper layers of the skin, heating them and stimulating collagen production at a structural level. When collagen levels increase in the skin the overall appearance of the skin improves considerably resulting in smoother, younger looking skin. Thermage treatments typically take around 45-90 minutes, depending on the size of the treated area. Results can appear as soon as one day after treatment and as collagen production continues following treatment some patients report results lasting for years. Furthermore, Thermage is safe to combine with other cosmetic procedures.
Why is Thermage better?
One of the greatest advantages of Thermage over surgical methods is the non-invasive nature of the procedure. During a Thermage treatment no cuts are made on the skin, the treatment head is glided over the skin gently, delivering stimulating energy directly through the epidermis. While surgery typically entails full anaesthesia Thermage treatments do not require patients to go under. In addition the latest Thermage technology ensures maximum comfort to the patients with gentle vibrations and built-in cooling technology. Though there can be some discomfort during a Thermage procedure it is by no means comparable to the painful recovery process of a complex surgery. Surgical procedures often entail considerable recovery time, forcing patients to take time off work and stop them pursuing every day activities for some time. Thermage treatments require no special follow up care; most patients opt to return to their normal activities straight after treatment. Perhaps the most crucial advantage is safety – Thermage treatments have an outstanding safety record. The unique characteristics of Thermage treatment mean that the procedure is suitable for a very wide range of patients. The considerable difference in cost also makes Thermage financially much less daunting than surgical procedures.
While Thermage is not a replacement for a drastic face lift or tummy tuck the treatment can provide a less invasive, safer and more natural looking alternative for patients looking to improve their appearance. If you are looking for smoother, firmer and younger looking skin combined with minimum recovery time and long lasting results Thermage could be the perfect skin invigorating procedure for you.