by Dr. Maria Costarella
Thermage is a new non-invasive treatment that reduces the signs of aging giving a more youthful appearance. This type of treatment is conducted solely and exclusively of qualified and certified doctors. Your medical specialist will be able to evaluate how this treatment can benefit you.
Thermage uses a radio technology patented procedure which is approved by the American FDA and called ThermaCool that can create a genuine remodeling of the contour of the face.
The technique already tested alongside the technical laser facial rejuvenation that exploits the effects generated by the application of heat at skin level, the heat damage indeed changes the structure of collagen fibers with the contraction and that variation in the length and the diameter.
The device uses a sophisticated ThermaCool peak "ThermaTip" that releases controlled energy in the form of heat that allows the heat to enter evenly to the deepest layer of the dermis without creating damage to the skin surface.
This deep heating action causes an immediate contraction of collagen fibers which constitutes the "base" of the skin structure.
In fact, this thermal shock generates multi-production of new collagen fibers by the fibroblasts conditioning and remodeling the skin.
With Thermage a lifting effect on the entire skin is achieved by renewing facial contours, smoothing out wrinkles, and tightening the skin without any incisions.
An application of a local anesthetic cream is applied an hour before the therapy to minimize any nuisance. Patients have described the feeling as being deep heating sensation with a minimal amount of pain.
During the treatment, an immediate contraction occurs significantly improving the jaw profile, raising the eyebrows and cheeks, and reducing of furrow between the nose and the cheeks. In further weeks additional tightening of the skin will occur and gradually up to six months, new collagen fibers are newly formed giving you the essential look.
Each treatment lasts about an hour excluding the preparation time of the anesthetic. Typically, you need a single sitting.
Commonly there is a slight reddening of the skin that remains for a few hours. Most patients return to their immediate activities.