Non-surgical face-lift to renew skin contours… Thermage reduces the signs of aging skin
I’ve had a stressful year and my face is showing it. I feel like I’ve developed a turkey neck and have lost elasticity in my skin. It’s not a huge amount of droop, but just enough to try to stop before it sags some more. I’m really not interested in cosmetic surgery or any other invasive procedures. Although, I desperately want to look better, I don’t want to look different like so many of the aging celebrities who suddenly look like “refreshed” aliens. My friend had mentioned a treatment called Thermage and was interesting in learning more about it. (Tempe, AZ)
The fear alone of possibly resembling a freeze-frame alien who landed on a red carpet is enough to give me the heebie-jeebies. I totally understand your concerns about going under the knife or using injectables to combat the war on looking older than your years. Avoiding the sun, taking care of your skin, eating healthfully, and staying fit should go unsaid as the best ways to maintain a fresh appearance.
But sometimes, we need more…
“Thermage turns back the clock a bit, but not the face of the clock,” notes Stephen P. Bracci, MD, a Board Certified Laser Surgeon and the Medical Director and Founder of the VERVE® Skin Laser Centers, one of New York’s only laser centers to operate directly under a Board Certified physician. With Thermage, “you are not putting anything in or taking anything out, and it is not as aggressive as plastic surgery“. Dr. Bracci adds, “Everyone can go out to dinner. There’s minimal down time and it very rarely causes swelling”.
In essence, a non-surgical face-lifting experience!
The non-surgical facelift renews facial contours and tightens skin in moderation; therefore people look better, but not different. According to Dr. Bracci, after a skin rejuvenation procedure, you gradually begin to see the outcome, with results most evident in 2-4 months, and some sooner with outcome lasting about 2 -3 years.
The incision-free Thermage device reduces the signs of ageing skin, by tightening skin and stimulating new collagen growth with the heat from radio frequency waves while the outer layer of skin is simultaneously protected with a cooling spray. The Thermage website states that the heating of collagen to critical temperatures, launches a natural biological reaction that causes the collagen to contract and thicken. This process, called denaturation, provides the initial results of tighter, smoother looking skin.
According to a study published in the June/July issue of the Facial Plastic Surgery Journal, visual contouring changes that are unique to the Thermage Procedure are better explained by the selective heating and tightening of the fibrous “threads” that run through the fat. Dr. Bracci notes that the heating of deep tissue to cause shrinkage of the skin results in a natural-looking and uniform appearance as opposed to plastic surgery’s tightening of the skin in one direction.
–July 28, 2005
Dr. Stephen P. Bracci www.Vervelaser.com / Thermage®, Inc. www.Thermage.com
The Thermage procedure for Skin Tightening is available only in the offices of qualified physicians who specialize in cosmetic procedures. It is also called ThermaLift, ThermaCool, and Radiothermoplasty the Thermage procedure. As with any medical or cosmetic procedure, please ask your licensed medical practitioner if you are the right candidate for Thermage and be aware of any possible risks before undertaking.