A thermal face lift requires no incisions or any invasive procedures. It uses radio-frequency waves that penetrate the skin. These radio waves help to tighten skin by heating the layers beneath the skin and causing them to contract while building up collagen. Since heat is involved, some irritation does occur but this can be countered with an anesthetic cream. The procedure is approved by the FDA and takes only an hour to complete. It is effective for the areas around the eyes, namely the cheeks, eyes, and brow.
Most results aren't visible until months afterward, but immediately afterward there are some visible changes. Thermacool is one of the only FDA approved non-invasive treatments available for wrinkles. Though it is not as dramatic as a face lift, it can help to remove fine lines and crow's feet around the eyes.
I would if I needed it. I have seen some wonderful results.
It builds the elastic tissue in skin so that it springs back instead of sagging.
In surgery, though rare, there is always the risk of blood clots, infection, coma, and death.
It's not surgery so those risks are not really an issue. The issue is that you could end up with lumps on your face. I know that if it works, the results look great - I guess I'm just chicken.
Never said it was surgery..I was comparing the safety of each.
I have never seen anyone develop lumps...
I posted this to let people know there are options..not to fight.
I'm not fighting, Deborah, just pointing out my concerns. If you're thinking of getting it done, I felt you should be aware of the risks, that's all.
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I'm not. I'm a Nurse and do this for folks at times.
Do I look like I need it?
Deb,I have no idea what you look like. Many people use photos that aren't their own, so I don't make assumptions. And your OP says nothing about why you posted.
I can't understand why you're so sensitive about my reservations. I'm only stating what I discovered when I did my research. Surely as a nurse, part of your job is to make people aware of any risks involved in procedures.
I have never seen any negative from this procedure. It can take up to one year to see final results.
Many people judge their results right away and get upset.
This type of procedure is the safest so far.
I don't hide behind avatars..not everyone here does.
I found nothing in your posts that say Thermal Face lifts are not good.
If there was something there it was probably someone who expected results in a month...
Try asking a doctor to show you before and final result pictures of his patients..
In this post I should have said regular surgical face lifts can cause blood clots etc...
Seeing I stated the radio waves (thermal face lift) was noninvasive.
I thought when I said surgery (as a comparison) people would know I wasn't speaking of the thermal treatment. ..but some things have to be explained...
I wouldn't. I researched non-surgical facelifts about a year ago, because the "lunchtime lift" sounded like a good option. I stumbled across a forum where women who'd had Thermage facelifts shared their horror stories.
That was enough for me! I don't care if problems are only one in a million, I'm still not willing to risk that one in a million will be me.
Basically, Thermage and Thermacool work to stimulate the growth of collagen deep under the skin. Trouble is, every individual is different and it's not possible to predict how the collagen will build up. On some people, it grows unevenly so they're left with big lumps under the skin. The only way to fix it is plastic surgery.
I went for phototherapy (Omnilux) instead. I even wrote a Hub about it. It's not as effective as Thermage but it's pretty impressive.
How old are you, Maddie?
I felt the same as you at 50. In fact I was quite smug about the way I looked. You think differently when you start to look like a bag lady.
To each his own...some folks like to look their best.
I've been thinking of doing something like this for a while. I'm still trying to decide exactly what to do. I was hoping to find some kind of dermabrasion that would smooth out the skin around my upper lip. That's the only prune looking area on my face. I'm beginning to be self-conscience of it. Is there a special cream that works better than all the others? What about pure vitamin c? Or just a plain collagen cream? I've used many, but none really smooth it out.
Dermabrasion used be performed with a fast rotating wire brush. Now laser is used to turn the skin surface into ashes.
The problem is that it makes the treated skin different from the other skin. It's hard to describe. Some base makeup no longer clings to it as well as it used to. Sun will damage it easier..later the skin may seem even more wrinkled.
Talk to a Plastic Surgeon about the best treatment. They can treat some types of skin problems with lights..
Deborah, why don't you write a Hub about it with full details of how safe it is, etc?
I can't understand why you're getting so snippy.
Snippy? well calling me snippy doesn't help...
I've been on these formums for 5 months..I have said..I'm a perioperative nurse, my name is Deborah but the last name Sexton is my pen name, my avatar is me, my husband is a Jewish Rabbi born in Israel, I'm a Kabbalist..etc..
I don't want to write a hub about medical subjects..it's my job and I work from 6-14 hours a day..I like to write about other subjects...and get away from medical.
I posted this to let people know they have options because so many people are happy with the procedure..
SNIPPY? stop being so rude by calling me names..
Just above one of your posts I said I would do it if I needed it.so asking me if I was thinking to have the procedure told me you weren't listening or was ignoring what I said even though you responded to my comment.
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