Product Review: Thermage®, Skin Tightening Treatment That Brings The Heat

Product Review: Thermage®, Skin Tightening Treatment That Brings The Heat

Product Review: Thermage®, Skin Tightening Treatment That Brings The Heat
June 19
15:16 2016

Contrary to popular belief, the road to beautification need not require a scalpel and stitches – sometimes all you really need is a little heat.

“The Thermage® skin tightening treatment is a radiofrequency device that delivers heat deeply into the skin to tighten existing collagen and stimulate the production of new collagen,” said Dr. Martie Gidon, a cosmetic dermatologist and director of Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa in Toronto.

She has been offering the Health Canada-approved Thermage® at her clinic for over a decade, regularly updating her device with the newest Thermage® model available.

“This treatment is for individuals who are not yet ready for plastic surgery or do not want it, or cannot have surgery,” explained Dr. Gidon. “Any area that has loose, wrinkly skin can be treated.”

“The most popular areas that patients seek treatment for are the face, including the eyelids, as well as the tummy, arms and thighs,” added Dr. Gidon. Thermage® can also help treat cellulite.

“Moreover, it can be used as a preventative measure, with some people starting treatments in their 30s to maintain firm skin and prevent sagging,” expanded Dr. Gidon.

“Multiple pulses are delivered into the skin and multiple passes are performed in a specific pattern to cause the tightening and lifting of the skin. There is surface cooling before and after each pulse to protect the superficial skin and to ensure that the heat is delivered deeply into the skin,” clarified Dr. Gidon.

“Thermage® has an excellent safety record,” emphasized Dr. Gidon, “and if it is performed by well-trained hands and according to the manufacturer’s specifications, the only real side effect would be a small risk of developing a blister, which will heal within a few days. The treatment may be somewhat uncomfortable in certain areas though, so oral analgesics such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be taken prior to the treatment,” recommended Dr. Gidon. “There is no downtime after the procedure, and you can return to your normal routine immediately afterwards.”

“Most individuals will start to notice an improvement in their skin within one month, but it takes three to six months to see the full benefit, with results usually lasting about 18 months,” explained Dr. Gidon.

“Patients usually repeat Thermage® treatments at 12 to 24 months, since they are happy with the results and want to maintain youthful-looking skin. With the newest updated Thermage® device and new tips, patients are seeing results sooner and are noticing more tightening.”

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