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What is a Thermage Treatment?

Updated on June 20, 2010

In this world we live in today, the quest to look younger is endlessly being sought after. Many new discoveries have made it possible to enhance one's appearance without major surgery. One of these cosmetic discoveries is called Thermage treatment. It was approved by the FDA in 2002 and praised by Oprah Winfrey in 2003. Her adoration and approval of this procedure created an immediate frenzy and had many running to have this done.

Thermage treatment is used to treat sagging, wrinkling, and undefined skin. If used on the face, it can create definition in the jaw line, and improve loose, sagging jowls. It has the ability to eliminate under eye bags, improve eyelid smoothness,  and smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It can give a more refreshed, energetic look. Thermage treatment is also used on other parts of the body where you have sagging and bulging skin. It can temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite.

Thermage treatment uses a device called a ThermaCool. The tip of this ThermaCool is touched to the surface of the skin, penetrating heat to deep layers of the dermis by using radio-frequency. This heat stimulates internal collagen. Collagen is what gives our skin it's elasticity. In response to the newly produced collagen, the skin immediately reacts by tightening.

There is little discomfort felt during this procedure. When the ThermaCool touches the skin, you will feel a brief heating sensation followed by a cooling sensation. There is a cooling spray used to protect the top layer of skin. The sensation thats felt is a sign of the effectiveness of the treatment. Your skin may be slightly tender at first but should improve within a few days. Some redness could appear but will dissipate within 24 hours.

Since a Thermage treatment is short and non-invasive, you could easily fit it into a busy lifestyle. It requires little downtime. Average treatment last about 45 minutes on the face and up to two hours on other parts of the body.

Results can be immediate or may gradually continue to improve over the next few months as new collagen begins to build in the deep layers of your skin. The severity and condition of your skin will determine how many treatments will be required to reach desired optimal results. For some, it may take only one. For others, several may be necessary. These matters and any other concerns should be discussed with your doctor beforehand. The new changes to your skin can last over several years dependent on your body's aging process.

The average cost is around $2000.00 per treatment. The fee will vary according to different regions and the physician that is used. Of course, this average cost is only the physician's fee. Miscellaneous cost can occur. It is wise to be well informed on any other associated cost that may be incurred.

If you are looking for a way to improve and enhance your appearance and have a more youthful glow, this may be for you. It is important to find a well established physician that has extensive knowledge and experience in this field. He should be honest with you, and determine if you can benefit from this. Do your research and be informed so that this experience can be a most pleasant one.


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      rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi

      Kenneth Avery

      Thank you so much for the kind words. So glad that you like my article

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Voted up; Useful; Awesome; Interesting. Great read. Keep up the fine work that I am sure touches many people.

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      rls8994 7 years ago from Mississippi

      Thanks for the comment winsome! I believe laugh lines show a person with good character so a few laugh lines are good!

      Hi James, Glad to know you have missed me! I have been going through a lot lately and have not been able to focus much on writing. However, I am now about ready to start again. Thanks so much for your kindness. You are very sweet. :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Why have you not written anything new lately? I have missed you.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Informative RS, I think if you are going to have lines, let them be laugh lines. =:)

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      rls8994 7 years ago from Mississippi

      Well thank you James. That is very sweet of you to say. :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Your new pic is fab!

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      rls8994 7 years ago from Mississippi


      I'm sure I could use this too in some areas but for now I will have to be happy with what God has given me also! Thanks for the nice comment! Good to see you again! :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      This is all news to me. I could use this treatment I suppose. Then again, maybe I should just be happy with the face God gave me. :D

      Your article is well done. Thanks!

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      rls8994 7 years ago from Mississippi

      Lol! Sags and crevices can give character too so we should all have have a little sagging! Thanks so much for your comment!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I had never heard of Thermage before thanks for the information though I think I will stay with sags and crevices :)

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      rls8994 7 years ago from Mississippi

      I know habee, me too!! This little discovery sounds wonderful! Thanks for the comment!


      This is fairly new to me also. Just found out about this kind of treatment recently. It sounds really great! Thanks so much for your comment!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never know about this before. But I think this useful for us. Great treatment. Good work, my friend!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I want this! Thanks for the info!

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      rls8994 7 years ago from Mississippi

      Cheeky Girl

      From everything I have read so far, it seems to be perfectly safe. I have not seen anywhere of it being harmful. For anyone that is thinking of doing this, I would tell them to be sure and ask all these questions to their doctor and then to be sure they feel comfortable with his/her answers. I have seen pictures of results and they are really amazing. I tried to put some of those pictures with this article and my computer did not want to cooperate.

      Thanks so much for the comment! I appreciate it!


      Yes, Men are having procedures such as this more than ever. I guess they want to be nice and smooth too! Thanks for the comment!

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Interesting read... think I will just keep the sags, bumps and lumps I have accumulated and watch the diet and get my exercise. Men are getting more and more into things like this...


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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Thanks for an interesting hub on something I have never heard of before. Is this safe? Using Rf radio to heat the dermis of the skin? Would it cause health problems similar to rumoured issues around mobile phones and microwave equipment held close to human tissue? I am just a wee bit scared of anything with the mention of RF or radio waves being used.

      If it has been checked and is safe then well done to whoever developed it. Most interesting. I will check it out on the web, not that I have read this. (Not that I need it done, but I know people who'd be interested!)