Planning on getting a skin tightening procedure for your crow’s feet, laugh lines, jowl or forehead lines caused by aging? You might decide to go on a surgery for that. But, before leaving to get that operation, we would like to introduce you to a non-invasive skin tightening procedure that would take less time to perform, no incisions and you’re ready-to-go afterwards. It is called Thermage.
It uses a patented radio frequency program that is used to tighten skin by heating the collagen protein underneath your skin. Collagen is known for its tensile strength, which gives the skin firmness and elasticity. A person who is undergoing the process of aging, over sun exposure, stress or genetics can minimize the amount of collagen on the skin thus leaving the skin to sag and to lose its youthful glow.
Technically Thermage works on the layers on the skin, specifically the inner layer which is the dermis where collagen can be found. The radio frequency that it emits in every pulse, heats the collagen underneath it. It awakens or activates it while cooling the visible layer of the skin which is the dermis to protect it from being burned.
This skin tightening Thermage is best suited for patients who require 1 to 2 millimeters of facial lift. This is also recommended for those with lax skin in the abdomen caused by child birth, chicken wings in the upper arm, cellulites in the inner thigh or in the buttocks.
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Prior to the procedure, the skin must be prepared. It should not have lotions, ointments, perfume or make up, so as not to alter the results. Then, an oral pain relieving drug is taken to minimize discomfort during the procedure. A topical anesthesia is placed on the site to numb the skin. A grid is then drawn as a guide. The actual procedure then follows.
A Therma tip is now placed on the skin. It releases the radio frequency energy beneath your skin. You may experience a slight tingling or prickling sensation and that indicates that the Thermage is taking effect. It heats and stimulates the collagen under your skin. It is relatively safe because the outer layer of your skin is being cooled before, during and after the procedure preventing it from getting burned. As a result, the collagen structures in the dermis contract, tightening the skin. The procedure may only take a few minutes to 2 hours depending on the area of treatment. After the procedure, there is no special care and the patient may resume their daily activities right away. But as maintenance, good skin care like sunscreen protection must be a applied to protect your skin.
The side effects of Thermage are rare since it is performed non-invasively. It may include swelling, redness bumps or dimpling. Some may have discoloration, it may lighten or darken the skin area, but it will subside after a few days or in a week since it is just superficial.
In comparison, Thermage is the most beneficial in comparison to the other skin tightening procedures offered nowadays. To be detailed, here are the reasons:
1. COST. Thermage cost less compared to surgical face lifts.
2. LESS PAIN. Since it is non-invasive, pain brought by surgical lines is not experienced. There may be a slight discomfort but that indicates its effectiveness.
3. NO DOWNTIME. There is no recovery period required and you can resume all your activities right away.
4. ONE TIME. You can do it in just one session and will find the results in a positive way. If the patient wants to have another treatment, an interval of 6 months is given for the collagen to act.
5. EXCELLENT RESULTS. Immediately after the procedure, you can see and feel the changes in your skin. Depending on the patient, some will experience it after awhile because the collagen is gradually acting on the skin.
Thermage is the solution for your dream of achieving a younger looking skin without spending much.
It is very important that before undergoing any type of procedure like this skin tightening treatment, you must be aware and haver researched on information regarding this. Being aware doesn’t require much time. It just needs motivation to know the things you want to know.
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