Not Ready for a Facelift: Learn How Thermage Tightens Loose Skin With Radiofrequency

Not Ready for a Facelift: Learn How Thermage Tightens Loose Skin With Radiofrequency

With healthy lifestyles and medical advances extending the active years of your life, physical reminders of the aging process may not be well-received, since you probably feel much younger than your wrinkles and creases suggest. In the past, addressing these signs of aging in their early stages simply wasn’t practical. Moisturizers and other topical methods weren’t particularly effective, and plastic surgery was a treatment with risks and long recovery times.

Below the surface

One of the problems with lines and wrinkles is that the problems that show on the surface often start in the deeper layers of your skin. Previously, any invasive treatment technique meant a period of recovery, so that your skin’s surface returned to its normal appearance. What the medical aesthetic field needed was a way to address the dermis without affecting the epidermis.

Addressing the collagen layer

Thermage® uses radiofrequency energy, combined with cryogenic effects to alter collagen tissue in the middle layers of your skin. It’s natural for your body to lose collagen tissue, typically starting in your late 20s. Along with losing collagen, you can also lose elastin and hyaluronic acid, so your skin becomes drier and less flexible.

Yet, your body retains the ability to make new collagen. When you suffer a serious cut that causes a scar, that light-colored tissue is often due to new collagen made by your body to repair the injury. The theory behind Thermage is to create a controlled healing response, so that your body creates new tissue that promotes younger-looking skin, as well as restoring support tissue below the epidermis, resulting in smooth, moist, and elastic skin whose appearance is more in line with the way you feel.

How Thermage works

The Thermage applicator starts by using vibration and cooling on the surface of your skin. These keep you comfortable and limit the effects that the treatment has on your epidermis. Radiofrequency energy projects heat through the outer layers of your skin into the dermis.

Collagen is selectively warmed to about 10 degrees above your normal body temperature. You may feel a little warming effect, but this is moderated by the surface cooling of the applicator. This increase of collagen temperature signals the body that existing collagen is damaged, and the order goes out to start new collagen production. Meanwhile, the warmed tissue is gradually removed through the lymphatic and circulatory systems, gently metabolized out of your body.

The effects of Thermage treatment

As the new tissue builds up, your skin gains more support and fresh moisture. On your face, you’ll see a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Overall, your skin takes on a more youthful and healthy appearance.

However, Thermage treatments aren’t limited to your face. You can experience tighter skin virtually anywhere that aging shows its effects on your body. Thermage can even temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite in some people. Treatments have little recovery time. If you see side effects at all, these are similar to mild sun exposure and typically fade within a day. Thermage usually creates the desired effects with a single treatment session.

What you can expect from Thermage

Thermage results vary from person-to-person. Your body and skin condition ultimately affect the amount of rejuvenation that treatments provide. Scheduling a consultation with a medical aesthetics professional at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center is the best way to learn what you can expect from Thermage treatment. Call or click today.

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