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.
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 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.
With the upgrade, Thermage FLX is essentially the same as its older CPT cousin, but outperforms in the following ways:
Thermage 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.
While Thermage 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 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 is a non-invasive, non-surgical skin tightening treatment that uses monopolar capacitively coupled radiofrequency (RF) energy to penetrate into the dermis and subcutaneous tissues. It is in these layers where collagen is stimulated, resulting in the tightening of the skin.
Thermage is able to treat superficial skin concerns – wrinkles, pores, texture, dimples.
Thermage can be used to tighten skin and smoothen out wrinkles on :
Thermage 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 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 results can last up to two years. Results vary by the individual and lifestyle choices.
The saying that Prevention is Cure holds very true here. Anti-ageing treatments such as lasers and Thermage 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.
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. 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 may be unsuitable in the following circumstances:
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.
[20 Mar 2020] Written by Dr. Kelvin Chua
Dr Kelvin Chua started his surgical training in Australia, teaching for several years in the hospitals, and spent time in dermatology and surgical rotations.
Over the course of 15 years, Kelvin has since performed more than 1,000 successful cases of liposuction procedures and Botox and filler treatments under his belt. With a keen interest in non-invasive facial contouring and lifting techniques as well as liposuction for body contouring procedures, he also performs HIFU, Thermage FLX, Fractional CO2 laser, Radiofrequency, hair loss management & treatment, as well as moles and lumps removal.
With a strong passion for inspiring others through teaching, Kelvin is a motivational speaker at Republic Polytechnic, an appointed trainer for aesthetic institutions and cosmeceutical companies, and is a mentor to aspiring aesthetic doctors.
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