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Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
What is Thermage® CPT and how is it different from "regular" Thermage?
Thermage® is a patented radiofrequency (RF) technology that has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours, tighten loose and sagging eyelid skin and also improve the appearance of cellulite - the applications have not changed, but the results and the delivery comfort have improved.
Thermage CPT is the newest technology which incorporates an advanced treatment tip for more uniform and longer-duration deep dermal heating (the action which creates the tightening) - and includes an innovative vibrating handpiece that makes the treatment far more comfortable.
In May, 2013, Thermage introduced the Total Tip - an improved version of Thermage effectiveness with deeper heating, increased coverage and faster results.
Why is improving comfort levels such a big factor?
Originally, Thermage was, quite frankly, a painful procedure. In order to effectively heat the tissue levels to start the collagen firming and production, the heat levels have to be high and this in turn made Thermage admittedly a tough procedure for a majority of patients to tolerate. Turning down the sensation of heat without turning down the heat means we can get better tightening results because patients can tolerate a higher level of energy.
Initially your skin will be cleansed to remove any residual oils. A sheet of paper with grid markings will be transferred to your skin to indicate which areas might need additional tightening and to guide Dr. Pilest or our Thermage nurse and assure full coverage of the area to be treated.
Much like making alterations to an article of clothing, the Thermage® treatment is customized to provide the most benefit for each individual patient. A special pad will be placed on your back. This pad completes the "circuit" for the RF energy. You will lie on a comfortable table and a paper transfer will be used to place a "grid" on the areas of your face to be treated. This grid ensures complete and uniform treatment and assists in the customizing of the treatment. Some areas will require more "passes" of the thermatip™ than others to achieve the desired results.
During the treatment you will be asked to provide feedback on the level of heating you feel from the RF pulses. This feedback allows the best selection of RF energy levels to be used and makes certain you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Once the treatment is completed, the grid is removed.
"... I am so excited about this treatment I am carrying around my before pictures which were taken in your office. I am 2 months post treatment and the results are beyond amazing. The next few months should only reveal more incredible results. I am telling everyone how excited I am about this procedure and you are more than welcome to share my joy with other patients." Joyce McBroom
You will experience a brief, deep heating sensation as the RF energy is delivered to your skin and underlying tissue. The vibrating handpiece dramatically changes the perception of discomfort and many patients have compared the procedure to a massage.
The deep heating sensation is your indication that your collagen is reaching effective temperatures for tightening. Dr. Pilest or the Thermage nurse controls the amount of energy delivered to balance procedural comfort with maximum results. You will experience a short blast of super-cooled air immediately before and after each pulse, which helps to significantly add comfort to the treatment.
The Thermage® procedure can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of pulses required. Body areas will take more time.
Immediately following a Thermage® procedure, your skin should feel tighter, smoother and more youthful. Overtime, you will notice additional tightening.
A single Thermage® treatment has produced results in the majority of patients. Results are generally fairly subtle and will not give you a "just treated" appearance. Some patients are more proactive and choose to have annual procedures to further tighten skin in the lower face or to maintain a firm and sharp jaw line.
Recently published studies conducted by Thermage® show that measurable tightening improvements appear gradually over 2 to 6 months after a single treatment session. However, many patients have reported seeing an earlier response.
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The Thermage® procedure causes immediate tightening of the collagen structure, with additional tightening over time. Unpublished reports by experienced cosmetic physicians indicate that results may last 24 months or longer based on the patient's natural aging process.
Thermage® has an excellent safety record.
Most people return to their regular activities immediately following the Thermage® procedure. Some people experience mild redness (like a sunburn), but it usually disappears quickly. No special care is needed after treatment unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Pilest or our Thermage nurse.
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Patients with excessive skin redundancy will not see the same results as those who have mild to moderate sagging.
The only way to properly assess your suitability for the Thermage® treatment is through a consultation with Dr. Pilest. Skin thickness, degree of laxity (looseness), amount of skin sagging, and overall skin condition and tone are factors used in determining the potential benefits of treatment.