- 1 About Thermage Skin Tightening for Body
- 2 Benefits of Thermage
- 3 Treatment Areas
- 4 How Does It Work?
- 5 The Treatment Process
- 6 Recovery and Results
- 7 Cost
- 8 Alternatives to Thermage for Body Skin Tightening
- 9 Choosing a Doctor for Your Procedure
Thermage is a one-time, nonsurgical procedure that tightens loose skin on nearly any part of the body.
Thermage is a radiofrequency treatment that firms and tightens loose skin by remodeling existing collagen and stimulating the growth of new collagen and elastin. This treatment is non-invasive (no needles), non-ablative (doesn’t damage the top-most layers of the skin), and non-surgical (no incisions or punctures), and is very comfortable, requiring no numbing and no downtime for recovery. This makes it a top choice amongst our busiest patients.
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About Thermage Skin Tightening for Body
Thermage is a non-invasive treatment that safely and effectively tightens lax skin on the body with no downtime. This treatment utilizes radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin. Using radiofrequency, your cosmetic physician can target deep into the skin’s layers to stimulate the production of collagen. This will help repair damage to existing collagen and elastin support fibers, and stimulate the growth of new elastin and collagen, for firmer, tighter skin. These changes are extremely natural and long-lasting since this procedure stimulates your body’s own natural processes and results in the growth of new cells. Because Thermage uses radiofrequency to create precise heat within the deeper layers of the skin, the procedure is completely safe and very effective for all skin types and tones.
This treatment provides great results after just one treatment. However, it does not prevent the natural signs of aging from occurring. For this reason, patients may return for additional treatment to maintain their youthful results. Patients are often able to notice improvements in your skin immediately, and the results will continue to improve over the following months, as the new collagen is being produced. The final results of this skin tightening treatment can be long-lasting. To find out more about this non-invasive procedure, please contact the Reflections Center near you and schedule a private consultation with one of our cosmetic physicians who specialize in nonsurgical skin tightening.
Benefits of Thermage
Traditionally, skin tightening was only achieved through surgical procedures or invasive lasers. Thermage skin tightening treatments offer an array of benefits to ensure that you receive the natural-looking results you desire, without the downtime or risks of these more invasive treatments. Some, but not all, of these benefits include:
- Non-Ablative (meaning it doesn’t remove the skin’s surface – which means shorter recovery and completely safe and effective for all skin tones)
- No surgery involved
- No Downtime
- Little to no discomfort
- Attain a more naturally youthful aesthetic
- Improved skin quality
- Natural repair of skin at cellular level – makes for long-lasting results
- No Risk of Scarring or tell-tale signs of having had “something done.”
Over a million patients in 80 countries have experienced the amazing non-surgical skin tightening produced by Thermage.
Thermage has been FDA-Approved to tighten loose skin, improve the look of cellulite, and create small reductions in fat. With over 10 years of use and over 50 clinical studies proving how effective Thermage is, this treatment proves you don’t have to have surgery to tone and tighten loose body skin.
If you’d like to learn about Thermage treatments for the body, please visit our Thermage for Facial Skin Tightening page.
In specific, these are the treatment areas we have seen the best and most consistent results for:
Loose Skin on the Belly (Abdomen)
Fluctuations in weight and hormones, age-related changes, and pregnancy can all leave the skin on your stomach loose and hanging. No amount of weight loss or exercise regimen can solve this problem. Loose skin stems from damage to the collagen and elastin fiber support structures in the deeper layers of the skin. Thermage is the perfect treatment to repair this damage, because it precisely targets those deep layers of the skin with radiofrequency heat, to stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin. This makes Thermage’s results both completely natural and extremely long-lasting.
Wrinkles on the Knees
For women, wrinkles just above the knees are a dead giveaway of our age. What starts out as a wavy, cellulite-like appearance to the skin just above our knees becomes a series of fine lines and wrinkles as we age and our skin loses more of its firmness and tightness over the years. Oftentimes, this has nothing to do with how thin or not-thin we are, or whether we’ve gained or lost weight over time – it’s just a problem area many women struggle with. Thermage works to restore and tighten the skin from below by rebuilding collagen support. It’s one of the only treatments that actually works for this unique concern.
Crepey and Wrinkled Upper Arm Skin
Most women find that after a certain age their upper arm skin becomes thin and crepey and begins to sag. Changes in our hormones contribute to the loss of collagen support in this particular area, and any excess fat weighs down on this skin, making the problem much more pronounced. Thermage treats this skin issue by tightening and firming up loose and crepey arm skin. For those with excess fat, Thermage can easily be paired with CoolSculpting or SculpSure to create a completely non-invasive (no needles and no surgery) and downtime-free solution.
Thermage for Cellulite Treatment
The Thermage procedure system is FDA-cleared to improve the appearance of cellulite. The cellulite procedure is the newest in a suite of procedures under the Body by Thermage umbrella, which provides contouring and tightening of the skin of the abdomen, arms, and legs.
There are 3 main underlying causes of cellulite:
- Skin loses firmness as collagen support is damaged or diminishes with age or hormone-related changes
- Excess fat gets trapped within the lower layers of the skin
- Fibrous septae connect the skin to the fascia below. Irregularities in these fibers create deep dimples.
Thermage is a treatment that stimulates collagen production. Collagen support is what gives our skin a firm, bouncy feeling. So for Cellulite reduction, this helps to improve skin that has an overall wavy appearance (sometimes called the “orange peel” effect).
Thermage has undergone an extensive clinical evaluation over a period of approximately 21 months before its release. The treatment requires no downtime and provides long-lasting results after only one session. Results become evident a short time after the procedure and continue to improve for up to six months.
How Does It Work?
The Thermage treatment uses radiofrequency energy to treat lax skin on the body. This energy is used to target deep into the dermis and promote collagen production. When the skin is heated to a certain temperature, this induces the body’s natural production of collagen which will help repair and tighten the skin. This will ultimately reduce the look of wrinkles and restore the skin’s youthful appearance by causing the skin to lift and tighten naturally. During your treatment, the area(s) will experience collagen contraction and remodeling. This jumpstarts the building of new collagen, which will continue for the next few months, providing gradual repair of the skin for lasting results.
The Treatment Process
Because the Thermage treatment is entirely non-invasive, there is typically no need for an anesthetic. The procedure itself can take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours depending on the size of the area being treated. Your cosmetic physician will begin the treatment by gliding the Thermage handpiece over the designated area. You will experience a heated sensation with each pulse of radiofrequency, although the feeling is very tolerable. This will be repeated until the entire region has been treated. As the physician makes several passes over this area, she will monitor your comfort and make adjustments to the radiofrequency power, if necessary. Through this procedure, Thermage technology will help restore your skin’s natural elasticity and youthfulness. Once the procedure is complete, you will be able to return to your daily routine without missing a beat.
Recovery and Results
Because the Thermage treatment is non-invasive and causes no damage to your skin’s surface, there is no downtime.
You will be able to leave our office immediately, without any restrictions. You will be able to notice an improvement in the quality of your skin instantly, and the results will continue to improve over the next few months.
Thermage results typically last anywhere from 18 months to two years depending on your aging process. Although one treatment is all you need to receive positive results, we do recommend that patients return to our office annually to gauge and best maintain their results.
The cost of your Thermage treatment will depend on the location and size of the treatment area but is most commonly be between $1500 and $3500. The price may also be affected if you choose to combine this treatment with additional procedures. To obtain your custom Thermage quote, you can start by contacting Reflections Center and scheduling your complimentary consultation.
Alternatives to Thermage for Body Skin Tightening
Depending on what you are looking to achieve and the condition of your skin, you may be better suited for an alternative treatment. At Reflections Center, we offer various procedure to ensure that there is not only a treatment for everyone, but the right treatment for each patient, provided by top cosmetic physicians.
Some alternatives to the Thermage treatment include:
Exilis Ultra 360
The newly upgraded Exilis Ultra 360 offers not only radiofrequency heating, but Ultrasonic treatment, too. This treatment is incredibly comfortable and very affordable. Best of all, patients report seeing results very quickly with this treatment, so it works well for those planning to unveil their results at an upcoming event in the near future, such as a reunion, wedding, or summer pool party. However, patients will need to have a series of Exilis treatments for best results, and the results are not as long-lasting as Thermage.
Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
If you’re willing to consider an invasive procedure using micro-cannulas, performed under local anesthesia, these treatment options usually offer more profound results than Thermage:
ThermiTight and PrecisionTX
ThermiTight is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers radiofrequency energy through a micro-cannula wand. PrecisionTX is a similar treatment that uses laser energy applied from below the skin’s surface to create the same effect. In either of these procedures, a wand is run underneath the skin to heat the collagen bundles from below. The use of a heat-sensitive camera allows your physician to be extremely precise with these procedures. Unlike Thermage, you will need to be numbed for either of these procedures, and you can expect a day or two of downtime, in addition to some swelling.
Cellulaze is a minimally invasive treatment that treats cellulite’s underlying structural causes by liquifying and removing excess fat cells, remodeling collagen, and releasing the fibers that tether dimples down to the underlying tissues. In this way cellulaze provides comprehensive and very effective cellulite treatment. However, there is some significant bruising expected with this treatment and a few days of downtime.
Choosing a Doctor for Your Procedure
When it comes to choosing a cosmetic physician for your skin tightening or cellulite treatment, there are a few things we think are important:
- Choose a doctor who specializes in skin tightening (vs. removing loose skin with tummy tucks and body lifts): the process of tightening and repairing loose and damaged skin is very different than removing excess skin with surgery. Most physicians don’t do both of these things, so choose a doctor who specializes in the type of procedure you’re most interested in.
- Choose a doctor with lots of experience: you want someone who focuses on cosmetic body skin tightening and who has lots of experience. Ask to see their before and after gallery so you can judge their amount of experience and quality of results.
- Having options means you won’t feel pressured to choose a procedure that’s not exactly right for your body, budget, or lifestyle: Reflections offers patients a variety of options – from surgical to non-invasive, from very affordable to investment-worthy, and from small improvements to big changes, our team of cosmetic physicians will help you to select the right treatment for you.
The first step is to schedule a free consultation with one of our cosmetic physicians. Contact us today to start your journey towards a happier, more confident you!