This is generally considered the best non-invasive, firming treatment for the face and body, Thermage works by stimulating the deep dermis with a radio frequency impulse. This electric current is delivered to the surface of the skin and heats the deep structures, provoking a stimulation of the fibroblasts, the cells producing collagen and elastin.
This treatment is similar to Simonin or Polaris treatments, but needs only one session and has the effect of lasting up to two years, by stimulating natural collagen.
A sophisticated cryogenic gas cooling system (ThermaCool®) protects the superficial layers of the skin, just before and after the electric stimulation. All skin types can benefit from this treatment. At the end of the treatment, the skin is slightly red but allows the patient to undertake any normal activity. Of 190'000 treatment done worldwide, only 0,4 % were with side effects such as: mild oedema, redness, superficial burns, but all disappeared within a few days. This treatment therefore has no need for medical recovery time (aftercare) and can be performed at any time of the year.
Firming of the skin, by tightening of the collagen starts to be visible a couple of months after the treatment and increases for 4 to 6 months. The result can last up to 2 years or more.
To get the best result the temperature of the deep dermis must reach a certain level, depending on the patient. The skilled technician fixes the appropriate setting of the machine according to the comfort of the patient, thus ensuring the pain level is kept to a minimum.
For more sensitive patients, a mild sedation with temazepam, as well as gas analgesia, using mixture of oxygen and gas (MEOPA ) may be used. This induces a slight euphoria, but does not cause drowsiness and therefore allows driving after the treatment.
Too much loose skin may not react to the stimulation. Any permanent filler treatment such as Dermalive, Artecoll or Silicone, may react to the radio frequencies, as well as any metal implant in the skin (gold thread) or devices such as pace makers for the heart. Dental amalgames do not react to the radio frequency.
Botox® for the upper face and Thermage® for the lower face are ideal combinations. Another perfect combination is fibroblast grafting (Esthegen) to regenerate the skin by grafting 90 million of the patients own fibroblasts, (cultivated in a laboratory), then 6 months later Thermage® to stimulate these young cells and boost the collagen production
The treatment time is around two hours, needing no repetition for a further period of up to two years.
Each patient is treated with a treatment tip, from Thermage Corp, bought specifically for each individual patient. This tip determines then the number of shots, the setting according to the patients skin resistance and the cooling process.
The cost of treatment can vary from Fr. 3'000. for a small zone ,up to Fr. 5'000.—for larger areas.