Thermage® is an excellent treatment option for patients who wish to reduce the appearance of subtle facial wrinkling and sagging skin. If you want to rejuvenate your face without undergoing a more invasive procedure like face lift, Thermage® may be the ideal treatment for you.
Ideal Thermage® Candidates
Thermage ® treatments are designed for patients who desire more subtle results than are possible with a surgical face lift. Ideal candidates for the treatment include:
- Patients who are not candidates for surgical face lift
- Middle-aged women beginning to show signs of neck/brow/eyelid sagging
- Middle-aged women beginning to show signs of drooping jowls/cheek folds
- Patients who want to achieve subtle lift or tightening of the face without invasive surgery
- Patients who have had a prior face lift and desire further tightening of the skin
Poor candidates for Thermage® include patients who are looking for more dramatic results, such as those that can be achieved with a surgical face lift. Before undergoing the procedure, you will have a consultation with a cosmetic dermatologist, who will go over all of your treatment options, the cost of Thermage®, and determine your candidacy.
Thermage ® vs. Surgical Face Lift
Thermage ® is a facial cosmetic treatment aimed at reducing subtle fine lines and wrinkles, cheek folds, and droopiness in the face by way of a quick, non-invasive procedure. Surgical face lift is a better option for patients who would like to achieve more dramatic and longer-lasting results. Results of face lift can last from five to ten years, whereas Thermage® treatments typically last approximately two years. Face lift involves the surgical tightening of facial muscles, the rearranging of underlying facial structures, and the trimming of excess skin. Surgical face lift is also more feasible an option for patients who can afford the expense and the recovery time associated with an invasive cosmetic procedure. Thermage® treatment does not require incisions or any downtime. Thermage® is also a potentially ideal alternative for patients who are not eligible for face lift.
Although Thermage ® is often suggested as an alternative to more invasive cosmetic facial procedures, patients should not consider it a substitute for face lift. Individuals who have very loose skin, heavy faces, deep jowls and wrinkles, and other more advanced signs of aging in the face may not experience significant improvement after Thermage ®. Additionally, individuals interested in treatment should be fully informed of Thermage® risks and treatment benefits. A skin care specialist can help evaluate your individual needs and determine if Thermage® is an appropriate option for you.
Locate a Skin Specialist in Your Region
If you wish to reduce the appearance of fine lines and sagging skin on your face, Thermage ® may be the treatment for you. As Thermage ® is a non-invasive procedure, candidacy requirements are minimal compared with surgical alternatives. Use DocShop to locate and contact a cosmetic dermatologist in your area who can help you determine whether you are a suitable candidate for Thermage ® treatment.