What is Thermage?
Thermage is FDA-approved for the temporary treatment of cellulite on both the face and body. It has also received approval for the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Thermage employs capacitive radiofrequency (CRF) energy to break down and shrink the fat cells responsible for visible cellulite. According to its maker, Thermage is capable of smoothing out cellulite dimples, improving wrinkles, and promoting the growth of new collagen — the protein responsible for skin’s strength and elasticity.
What Can I Expect During a Thermage Treatment?
The Thermage treatment is prefaced by the administration of a pain medication — just enough to ensure that you are effectively comfortable during your procedure. Your doctor will then cleanse your skin before applying the Thermage instrument to your skin. You may feel some mild soreness as the radiofrequency energy begins to heat your skin, but a built-in cooling device will keep the heat at a tolerable level.A Thermage treatment can take anywhere from thirty minutes to several hours depending on how large of an area is being treated, but most people only require a single treatment.
When Will I See Results from Thermage?
Thermage only takes one treatment, but it takes several months to see full results. This is because your body needs time to heal and repair itself after treatment. Some patients may also experience swelling, redness, mild blistering, bumps, or other minor side effects. These will disappear within just a few days.