Like every other cosmetic treatment, preparation is necessary before treatment. This treatment is for people who are 35 years and older. If you have a health condition, it is always best to discuss with your physician before making an appointment. This is a non-invasive treatment, but you must be absolutely sure that you are an ideal candidate. More information about Thermage Skin Treatments can be found here.
Once you decide that this is the best treatment option for you, you will need to go to the doctor’s days before the treatment to ensure you are both agreeable on the problem areas and how to proceed with treatment. You may not be able to work on every part of your body, especially if you want to work on more than your face.
You should also take pre-treatment photos so that you can see the visible changes after the treatment. You will also need to remove all makeup and jewelry. Your face and any other body part that will be undergoing this treatment will need to be cleaned with soap and water.
The doctor will apply a grid on your face to guide the treatment. This will ensure no part of your face is overlooked, and that there is no overlapping when radiofrequency energy is applied to stimulate collagen production.
The Thermage Treatment Process
Once you are ready for the treatment, the doctor will apply a coupling fluid on the treatment areas. No injection, sedative, or painkillers are given because they are not necessary. The fluid applied is the medium that allows electric and thermal contact between the skin and the equipment used. As your skin continues to be stimulated, a cooling spray is applied simultaneously to cool the skin and prevent the outer skin from burning.
People have different pain thresholds, so while others may not feel a thing, others may experience intense pain. The doctor will determine if you need pain killers based on your response. The doctor will keep asking questions as heat is applied to assess your level of comfort or discomfort. This way, he can make adjustments, such that the outcome is not compromised, while at the same time ensuring your comfort.
The treatment duration will depend on the body part and the number of times the tip is passed on the affected area. So, some areas can take half an hour, while others can take up to 2 hours.
Since the skin is subjected to heat, with certain areas experiencing prolonged exposure, you should expect some redness and swelling. However, this will only last a few hours or days, depending on how quickly your skin heals. If you need to get back to your daily life, you can easily cover the redness with makeup.
Collagen starts growing immediately after it is stimulated, so you should expect to see some changes now. However, as more collagen grows, your skin will keep improving. You should keep track of the changes and keep your doctor in the loop so that he can confirm if everything went well, or if you need follow up treatments.
Most people who undergo Thermage Treatment can go for years without needing another session. Even though your skin still looks good, it may be best to get one treatment a year to ensure the constant production of collagen because the body is still aging, so production will still slow down at some point.