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Thermage® Risks & Benefits


Thermage ® skin treatment should only be performed in a doctor’s office by a Thermage®-certified professional. The Thermage ® procedure has been found to have few side effects and even fewer long-term risks. The benefits of Thermage®, however, endure far beyond the actual treatment.

Thermage® Treatment Benefits

The benefits of Thermage ® treatment include firmer, younger looking skin. Patients may notice an immediate improvement in the treated areas after their Thermage ® procedure, though further improvements often occur gradually in the weeks and months following treatment. In any case, one of the major benefits of the treatment is the longevity of Thermage ® results.

Thermage® skin treatment can effectively be used to achieve a wide range of results, including:

  • Tighter, smoother skin texture
  • Reduced jowls
  • Softer wrinkles
  • Softer scowl lines
  • Softer crow’s feet
  • Softer forehead lines
  • Reduced acne and softer acne scars
  • Improved jawline

Thermage® treatments achieve these improvements by targeting the deeper structures of the skin to stimulate collagen production. For patients who do not necessarily need a full face lift or are not good candidates for surgery, Thermage® may be a good option.

Thermage® Risks and Side Effects

Thermage® skin treatment has a long history of safety, and negative reactions to the procedure are rare. However, there are several Thermage® risks and side effects that you should know about before you undergo the procedure. The most frequently reported side effects are swelling and redness in the treatment area. These side effects usually dissipate within a few hours, but may last for a few weeks in extreme cases. Some patients have reported bruising as a result of their Thermage® treatment, but this is extremely uncommon.

Most patients do not require pain medication immediately following the procedure; however, some patients do experience tingling, soreness, or a burning sensation for a few days. These rare Thermage® side effects appear to be most prevalent along the jaw line.

A rarer but longer lasting Thermage® side effect is surface irregularity of the treatment area. This side effect has been reported in less that one-tenth of a percent of Thermage® patients. Nevertheless, it is important to discuss any concerns you have about potential side effects of the procedure, as well as your medical history, with your skin care specialist before undergoing treatment.

Locate a Dermatologist Who Offers Thermage®

After you’ve weighed the benefits of Thermage® against the potential risks and side effects, the next step is to contact a qualified cosmetic dermatologist in your area. Only after a consultation with a skin care specialist can you be sure that Thermage® is the right skin treatment for you.

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