Thermage
Available In Pittsburgh, PA  

What is Thermage?

Available at The Skin Center Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, Thermage®, is a non-surgical treatment that uses unique deep-heating radiofrequency (RF) technology and a patented delivery system with comfort pulsed technology (CPT) to firm and tighten the skin by stimulating existing collagen and promoting new collagen growth. Thermage can be used on the face, eyes and body.

In Pittsburgh, Thermage skin tightening treatments are performed at our med spas located in Mt. Lebanon, PA, Wexford, PA and Shadyside, PA.

Benefits of Thermage

Just one Thermage treatment is usually all that is needed to help:

  • Tighten skin
  • Redefine body contours
  • Minimize the appearance of cellulite
  • Soften fine lines and wrinkles

How does Thermage Work?

Thermage skin tightening treatment works by promoting the contraction of the existing collagen fibers and stimulating new collagen growth. The end result is a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance with no downtime.

Areas Treated With Thermage

Improved patient comfort allows for greater delivery of skin firming energy to all areas treated, including:

  • Face
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Knees

The Thermage Treatment

During treatment, individuals may experience tolerable sensations of warmth, followed by a cool spritzing that is delivered by the unit's hand piece before, during and after the treatment tip makes contact with the skin. The treatment generally takes 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area treated.

The warming sensation experienced during a Thermage treatment is the powerful radiofrequency energy that stimulates new collagen production and contracts the existing collagen fibers, resulting in firmer, tighter skin.

For enhanced comfort, a topical gel anesthetic may be applied to the face or a mild oral sedative may be taken prior to treatment to help ensure the experience is pleasant, and optimal skin tightening results are achieved. If an oral sedative will be administered, transportation home should be arranged.

Recovery After Skin Tightening

Following the treatment, most individuals return to their regular daily activities. Some may experience mild to moderate skin flushing, which usually subsides within an hour. Most individuals feel a slight aching along the treated area that doesn't necessitate any type of pain medication. There is no special care needed after treatment, but an effective sunscreen is recommended to prolong the result.

Results are long lasting, up to two years or more in some cases and can be seen within two months with continued improvement over four to six months.*

Eyes by Thermage

Performed in Pittsburgh, Thermage skin tightening treatment for the eyes tightens surrounding eye tissue, giving the eyes a brighter, more refreshed appearance.

During a Thermage facial treatment for the eyes, a fine treatment tip is used to deliver heat energy to the surrounding eye tissue. The greater the energy, the better the results. To help counter the warm sensation during treatment, comfort pulsed technology (CPT) is used to deliver a gentle vibrating sensation with cool bursts of air to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.

Benefits of Thermage Eye Treatment

  • Tightening and toning the eyelids

  • Reducing eyelid hooding

  • Improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Softening crow's feet

Eyes By Thermage Results

One Thermage skin tightening eye lift treatment is usually all that is needed to see noticeably firmer, tighter skin around the eyes. Results may be noticeable as early as two weeks after treatment with continued skin tightening over time as new collagen is produced.

The amount of skin tightening will depend on the severity of the creping, hooding and fine lines and wrinkles surrounding the eye area. Most individuals see a gradual improvement in the eye area in as little as two weeks continuing for up to six months following an Eyes by Thermage skin treatment.

Thermage Non-Surgical Face Lift

Available in Pittsburgh, Thermage® non-surgical face lift is designed to tighten aging skin on the face, gently lift the forehead for a more rejuvenated appearance, and redefine the contours along the jaw line and under the chin with just one treatment and no downtime.*

Benefits of the Thermage Non-Surgical Face Lift:

  • Softens Facial Folds, Fine Lines and Wrinkles

  • Redefines Contours along the Jaw Line

  • Gently Lifts the Forehead

  • Smoothes Crepe-Like Skin

  • Diminishes Fine Lines Around the Mouth

  • Lifts and Tightens Skin

Thermage Non-surgical Face Lift Results

The degree of skin tightening varies from person to person. Age, skin condition and degree of skin laxity plays a role in the outcome. Some individuals have seen improvement within two weeks with continued improvement over four to six months. To date, some studies indicate that improvement lasts up to two years; other studies show that thermal collagen changes can last several years depending on the rate of the aging process. It is important to keep in mind that this treatment does not stop the aging process. Gravity will continue to take its toll on the skin, causing natural skin laxity over time.

Can a Thermage treatment be performed if I've had dermal fillers and Botox?

Yes, a Thermage treatment will not alter the placement of dermal fillers or diminish the results of wrinkle treatments such as BOTOX® or Dysport®. Actually, the combination of these treatments with Thermage skin tightening will offer the most dramatic improvement in your appearance.

Thermage for Body Contouring

The development of Thermage CPT has taken Thermage skin tightening, also known as Thermacool, to a new level by offering improved results and patient comfort so that greater levels of radiofrequency energy may be delivered more comfortably. The Comfort Pulsed Techology (CPT) delivers a gentle vibration sensation with cool bursts of air to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.

Candidates for Body by Thermage™ CPT

The best candidates for Body by Thermage CPT are non-overweight individuals with slight or moderate loose skin on areas such as: • upper arms • abdomen • inner or outer thighs. Men and women with crepe-like skin on their hands and knees, as well as those wishing to reduce the appearance of cellulite are also good candidates.

How is Thermage CPT System different than Thermage skin tightening?

The newer Thermage CPT System volumetrically heats the deep layers of the skin, while cooling the epidermis to non-invasively smooth, tighten and contour skin in a single treatment. This proprietary CPT, or Comfort Pulse Technology, allows for the delivery of more therapeutic heat energy, more comfortably than in prior systems, offering patients better results. Body by Thermage CPT at The Skin Center Medical Spa is performed with a larger 16 centimeter tip for more evenly distributed skin tightening energy, resulting in maximum skin tightening and body contouring in half the time of the standard treatment.

Does the Thermage skin tightening technology treat age spots or other skin discoloration?

The Thermage CPT is FDA-approved for skin tightening and is often performed in conjunction with Fraxel® Dual laser skin resurfacing to improve skin tone and texture and significantly lighten sun spots, age spots, dark patches and other types of hyperpigmentation. Individuals who choose to have both the Thermage Nonsurgical Facelift and the Fraxel Dual treatments are generally very pleased with noticeable skin tightening and overall improvement in skin tone, skin texture and skin color.

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