What is Thermage®?
10 Min Read – Just like Ultherapy, Thermage is also a US FDA and Singapore HSA approved non-surgical facelift treatment but differs as it uses RF energy and not ultrasonic energy. The efficacy of Thermage has stood the test of time since 2002, that’s about 20 years!
Surgical Free Anti-Aging Facelift with Thermage®
Aging brings about great physiological changes to our body and is an inevitable part of the cycle of life. The cells in our body divide, replicate and do this constantly throughout one’s life but as we get older, some cells start to lose their function along the way and that is when things go drastically wrong. There are a myriad of factors that can hasten the aging process and to pinpoint an exact cause is difficult but some of the activities that we indulge in like late nights, stress, sun exposure, alcohol, smoking (or recipients of second hand smoke) are all valid contributing factors on the tapestry of life.
“Thermage is also a US FDA and
Singapore HSA approved non-surgical facelift
treatment but differs as it uses
RF energy and not ultrasonic energy..”
If we were to look at our daily activities work, study, play as individual threads that make up the entire fabric, you can start to see why delaying the onset of aging symptoms is a very complicated thing to accomplish save for some folks naturally bless with age defying DNA. But for the rest of us, signs of aging start to become more pronounced especially on our face.
Premature Aging – Prevent it early or lose it
Premature aging can occur even if we’re in our 20s and prevention is always better than the cure so taking charge of your skin health should be your prevailing concern even early in life. Aging causes our skin to lose its elasticity and structure with lesser collagen being produced resulting in skin sagging, fine lines and wrinkles.
“Premature aging can occur even if we’re in our 20s”
And as our skin consists of several layers from the Epidermis, Dermis, SubQ, SMAS and muscle, sometimes (more often than not) applying off the counter topical creams, lotions
or serums will not get to the root cause of aging – that is the loss of collagen throughout all the skin layers that should be addressed first and foremost.
Thermage – Medically proven avant-garde bio-tech treatment
A multi-pronged solution does exist for anti-aging signs and if you’ve been scouring the web for proven anti-aging treatments, Thermage is usually a common treatment that keeps popping up.
Thermage along with its cousin, Ultherapy is another US FDA and Singapore’s HSA approved evidence based non-surgical anti-aging treatment. Utilising a Mono-polar Capacitive Radiofrequency (RF) energy wave, it creates an electrical current to uniformly and evenly heat up skin layers resulting in visible skin tightening almost immediately.
“… Skin structure to thicken and shorten, firming and
tightening up your skin in the short term.”
The heat separates H2O molecules from fibrous collagen resulting in an almost immediate contraction as it causes skin structure to thicken and shorten, firming and tightening up your skin in the short term. Read More about our other Anti-Aging treatments here.
Thermage Long Term Effects
Over the following months, this denaturing (modifying molecular structure) of collagen will then gradually restart your skin’s natural renewal process to stimulate fibroblasts (a connective tissue cell) and remodel existing collagen strands while also starting the production of new and healthy collagen.
The heat delivered by Thermage Comfort Pulse Technology (CPT) through the pulsed RF energy wave is at the optimal temperature of about 60ºC for the stimulation of collagen production. The applicator tip vibrates constantly to cool the surface of skin for added patient comfort and as the effects are non-ablative (happening only below the skin), this reduces any damage to the superficial layers of your skin thus ensuring the treatment targets only the deeper tissue layers with the extra benefit of minimal downtime.
“… the pulsed RF energy wave is at the optimal temperature of
about 60ºC for the stimulation of collagen production.“
Thermage applicator tips come in various sizes so it can be used to also treat other parts of the body apart from the face but more suitable for regions around the eyes, chin and neck. You can ask us on using Thermage on difficult-to-reach areas like flabby underarms or on the stomach or thighs and can also be used for smoothing and sculpting of unsightly bulges and cellulite on the body. We will recommend a suitable treatment plan depending on your budget and expectations. Read more here.
Thermage Treatment Areas
Thermage is commonly used for certain areas that require skin lifting, tightening and contouring.
- Face, Neck and Chin area
- Eyelids, upper & lower regions
- Arms, back of arms
- Tights and knees
An important point to note is that Thermage is the only US FDA and HSA approved treatment for regions around the eyes so if you are keeping late nights and/or hiding those dark eye circles and puffy eye bags behind layers of makeup, this treatment should interest you.
Post Treatment Results
You can expect slight redness, tingling during treatment with only a local anesthetic or numbing cream applied. Slight soreness can be expected post treatment and painkillers provided if required.
- Procedure takes about 45-90 mins
- Minimal downtime
- Desired results seen upwards of 6 months
- Lasts about 12-18 months
- Best repeated once annually
The collagen stored from the accumulated stimulation will be comparatively better than their unstimulated skin of the same age. Individual results may vary based on the severity of your signs of aging before treatment. Like Ultherapy, Thermage works to tighten and stimulate the skin matrix. This complements with treatments such as Thread Lift and Fillers which look at tissue repositioning and volume replacement respectively. You can also consider Hyaluronic Acid Injections or Salmon DNA Injection.
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