Thermage Operation

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Non-surgical skin tightening and lift by thermage

Among the modern aesthetics procedures, thermage is an application used for tightening the skin, renewing facial lines (lifting effect) and forming a healthy collagen tissue (Collagen is the building stone of your skin) without a skin incision.

Thermage can only be applied by doctors specializing in cosmetic treatment. Your doctor will explain to you how to apply this treatment in the most beneficial way without any damage.

The most frequently asked questions and answers about this new treatment procedure are listed below.

What is the thermage procedure?

The thermage procedure uses a patented radio wave (RF). It is clinically proven to tighten the skin, eliminate wrinkles, gently lift the skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours. Unlike other applications, the incision-free and non-surgical Thermage procedure is applied fast and easily, and it is a treatment applied in only one session that does not require any downtime and healing process.

The Thermage device has been certified and approved by the FDA as a non-surgical (non-invasive) treatment for removal of wrinkles and facial lift.

How does the Thermal device work?

The Thermage device uses a sophisticated treatment tip called Therma-Tip. This tip delivers a controlled amount of radio waves. With each touch to the skin, the Therma-tip device uniformly heats a large volume of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin and its underlying tissue while simultaneously protecting the outer layer of the skin by cooling. This deep uniform heating action causes deep structures in your skin to immediately tighten. Over time, new and reconstructed collages are produced to further tighten skin, resulting in a healthier, smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.

How long will the effects of the Thermage procedure last?

The Thermage procedure leads to immediate tightening of the collagen structure with additional tightening over time. According to the reports published by experienced doctors, the results of Thermage maintain its permanence for 2-5 years or longer based on the natural aging process of the patient.

Is the Thermage procedure safe?

The Thermage procedure has an excellent safety report. In over 70,000 estimated worldwide patient treatments, the reported incidence of side effects is less than 1%. The most frequently reported incidents are classified as swelling, redness, and bumps only on the treated area. These side effects have usually disappeared in a few days or weeks.

How long after can I return to my daily life?

Most patients return to their regular activities immediately after the application. No special care or application is needed after the treatment unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

How much does the Thermage procedure cost?

The procedure costs depend on the size of the treatment area. Naturally, as the size of the treatment area expands, the costs increase proportionally. Your doctor will inform you about the cost of the procedure during the examination.

How does the patient feel during the procedure?

With each touch of the Therma-tip device, you will experience a brief, short-time heating sensation on your skin and underlying tissue as the radio waves are delivered there. This heating sensation indicates that the collagen is reaching effective temperatures for tightening. The Therma-tip device is cooled before, during and after heating to protect your skin and make the treatment more comfortable. Prior to the treatment, an anaesthetic cream or nitrous oxide may be applied to enhance your comfort. Additionally, your doctor may also prescribe relaxants and/or pain medication.

When will I realize the results?

Recently published studies on the Thermage procedure show that effects of measurable tightening can appear by 10% immediately after a single treatment session is finished. With the stimulation of collagen production, its effects begin to be noticeable from the 3rd week and a rejuvenation process continues up to 12 months. However, the patients who have undergone the procedure have reported that they saw earlier signs of rejuvenation immediately following the treatment.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

A single session of THERMAGE treatment has produced successful results patients who have undergone the procedure. Your doctor will determine the course of treatment which is right for you.

How long does the session take?

The duration of thermage session time may vary from 30 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.

Which regions are applicable?

In case the skin elasticity (tightness) is deformed due to aging or external environmental factors, the Thermage procedure can be applied to women or men of all ages in the following treatment areas.

Treatment areas:

Facial treatments;

  • Droopy eyebrows and eyelids due to forehead loosening
  • Loosening and wrinkles in the eye contour area
  • Cheek wrinkles and sagging
  • Double-chin sagging
  • Neck wrinkles
  • Loosening and wrinkles in the low-neck area
  • Eyelid loosening (upper and lower)
  • Abdominal sagging and loosening after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Sagging of the legs and buttocks
  • Sagging in the waist area
  • Sagging in the arms
  • Sagging in the hands
  • Sagging and uneven skin surface after liposuction
Author: Doç. Dr. Erdem Güven
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