Disclaimer: Results, recovery, and risks vary by the individual.
The following information is meant as a guide only.
Tighten and Rejuvenate Skin with SL Aesthetic Clinic’s Thermage FLX in Singapore
Our Thermage with Comfort Pulse Technology (CPT) has been upgraded to the Thermage FLX (Faster Algorithm Experience)! Now you can tighten and smoothen loose skin on the face, wrinkly crepey eyes, jowls and jawline faster and more comfortable than before.
What is Thermage?
Introduced in 1995, Thermage is no new-comer to the world of skin-tightening. Thermage has thus far received FDA approval for the treatment of wrinkles on the face and eyelids, and can also be used on other parts of the body.
Thermage uses monopolar capacitively coupled radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten and contour skin. This specialised monopolar technology allows the RF energy to penetrate deeper than lasers, into the dermis and subcutaneous tissues. It is in these layers where collagen is stimulated, resulting in the tightening of the skin.
The top-down heating approach of Thermage means it is able to treat many superficial skin concerns – wrinkles, pores, and texture. Thermage’s skin tightening results typically fully realise after 6 months, and can last lasts up to 2 years.
It is important to note that results will vary by the individual. Age is an important factor that determines how long results can last. As a general rule of thumb, the older you are, the less responsive you’ll be to collagen-stimulating procedures such as Thermage.
Thermage FLX vs Thermage CPT
With the upgrade, Thermage FLX is essentially the same as its older CPT cousin, but outperforms in the following ways:
- Treatment time is reduced by 25 to 33% due to an increase in the surface area of the FLX handpiece.
- The FLX’s new vibrating cryogen feature takes patient comfort even further than the CPT.
- The FLX also features the new AccuREP technology which optimises radiofrequency delivery into your skin. This increase in precision and consistency means potentially better results than the CPT.
Thermage FLX treats a range of skin concerns:
- Chiefly, it is indicated for the tightening of crepey skin
- Smoothening wrinkles and fine lines
- Improving skin texture and pore size
- Visibly firmer skin
- Collagen production stimulated over time for longer-lasting results
Benefits of Thermage FLX
- No surgery or injections – Thermage FLX is non-invasive, no cutting, no needles.
- A single treatment – One treatment (30-90mins) can deliver results for most patients.
- Little to no downtime – Go right back to life as usual with no need to miss work or fun.
- Lasting results – Results improve over time and can last for a year or more.
- Thermage FLX can be used to treat wrinkles on many parts of the face, eyes, and body.
- Can be coupled with other skin tightening treatments for beneficial results.
Safety of Thermage FLX
Thermage FLX is safe and FDA approved for the treatment of wrinkles and skin tightening and is the only treatment that’s FDA approved for the eyelids as well.
When is it too early to start Thermage (or any other anti-ageing treatments)?
The saying that Prevention is Cure holds very true here. Anti-ageing treatments such as lasers and Thermage FLX should be can be used preventively before your skin loses all its collagen and elasticity.
Waiting till your skin becoming saggy and wrinkly means it will be a lot more difficult to treat and will involve a more financial and time investment. Results will also never be comparable if you start with preventive treatments. Starting early, on the other hand, means you’re able to maintain and keep your skin looking youthful for longer.
Skin tightening results with Thermage FLX & HIFU
While Thermage FLX heats the skin from top-down, HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) heats the skin from the inside-out. The two procedures work synergistically to give a 3-Dimensional non-invasive lift.
But which is better? In fact, both are effective skin lifting treatments, each one performing differently than the other.
Due to its top-down heating approach, Thermage FLX addresses concerns in the dermis – skin texture, pore size, wrinkles, firmness. The non-invasive, non-surgical HIFU with its inside-out heating mechanism goes into the deeper layers (e.g., SMAS or even deep fat layer) to lift skin that’s sagging from gravity, much like a facelift. This is why having both treatments done means you stand to reap benefits from both treatments.
Thermage FLX is FDA approved and is a safe and effective procedure when performed by a trained professional. Speak to our doctor to know more.
Depending on your skin condition, most patients see tighter skin, improved skin texture and tighter, firmer skin. Wrinkles are also smoothened, and delicate eyelid skin is strengthened for a more well-rested appearance.
After a Thermage FLX treatment, your skin may feel taut and smooth to the touch. Additional tightening and smoothing may occur over 3 to 6 months.
After assessing your needs, the doctor can perform the treatment in approximately an hour for a treatment of the face (longer for the body), subject to the doctor’s schedule. Otherwise, a later appointment can be made for the procedure itself.
Thermage FLX results can last up to two years. Results vary by the individual and lifestyle choices.
Thermage FLX comes with a vibrating cryogen feature that enhances patient comfort by distracting the nervous system with a cool and vibrating sensation.
Pain and comfort vary by the individual. Speak to our doctor to know more.
Because it is non-invasive, downtime is minimised with Thermage FLX. You are free to return to daily activities immediately after treatment. Makeup can be applied immediately after the treatment session.
Some redness can be seen in patients after treatment, and generally disappears within several hours. Blisters, though rare, may appear after the procedure. Occasionally, mild swelling may be noticed after the treatment but resolves in two or three days.
As with all treatments, downtime varies by the individual.
Thermage is suitable for patients desiring a non-invasive method to improve their sagging or ageing skin. The procedure is suitable for all skin types, and for both men and women. As with all medical procedures, you should be sure to disclose all of your medical history and current habits such as smoking and use of blood-thinners, medications, birth control pills, or supplements.
Thermage FLX may be unsuitable in the following circumstances:
- Patients with unrealistic expectations, such as those who seek to reverse skin ageing and return to their younger self
- Patients using a cardiac pacemaker or other active implants
- People that are hypersensitive to heat
- Overly sensitive skin conditions such as eczema
- Recent chemical peel or dermabrasion
- Pregnant women
Pre-care: Ensure that you’re in a good state of health and not recovering from a bacterial or viral infection. Please ensure that you’re well hydrated before the procedure.
Post-care: Avoid the consumption of alcohol, swimming, strenuous exercise and going to a sauna for a day.