BEAUTY

The Biggest Myths Around Thermage Skin Tightening, Busted

Separate fact from fiction when it comes to this popular treatment.

These days, anti-ageing feels like a bit of a dirty word.

We’re seeing growing older as more of a privilege and embracing all that comes with it: the wisdom, the grey hairs, and even the laugh lines and crow’s feet that come with a lifetime of happy memories.

While we no longer believe that beauty is intrinsically linked to being young, the conversation is now focused on doing whatever makes you feel the most confident and comfortable in your own skin.

For some, that means looking after their skin as best as possible, using products and treatments designed to target specific skin concerns with a focus on an end result of well-functioning and healthy skin.

One such treatment? Thermage FLX.

Beloved by some of the world’s most well-known faces, the non-invasive treatment uses focused radiofrequency energy to kick-start the body’s own natural renewal process by encouraging new collagen production.

With over 3.3 million treatments performed worldwide since 2002, and over 50 published clinical studies, Thermage is a proven and effective treatment with a robust safety profile for those looking to smooth, tighten and contour their skin. But there are still some common misconceptions about the treatment.

Here, we separate fact from fiction.

Myth: Thermage Gets Rid Of Fat

Truth: As a “skin-tightening” treatment, Thermage is often confused with fat-melting procedures. Instead, Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deeper, collagen-rich layers of the skin.

The applied heat causes collagen to contract and encourages new collagen to start growing, helping to create smoother skin.

Myth: Thermage Is Painful

Truth: While earlier Thermage treatments were associated with a very painful sensation and only modest results, the technology is now in its fourth iteration with a much more comfortable treatment method.

Previously 45 per cent of patients found the treatment too painful, and only 68 per cent found it met their expectations. Now, only 5 per cent find it too painful, and 94 per cent find that Thermage does meet their expectations.

Thermage FLX treatment face
The latest iteration of the technology, Thermage FLX, is more comfortable, with patients reporting a brief heating sensation during treatment. (Credit: Supplied)

Thermage FLX combines Comfort Pulse Technology (which uses vibration during treatment for increased patient comfort), and AccuREP™ technology which makes energy delivery more precise, so the right amount is delivered to the skin with every pulse.

So, what does a Thermage FLX treatment feel like? Expect a brief heating sensation when the treatment device’s tip first touches the skin, followed by a cooling sensation that helps protect skin and minimises discomfort.

A Thermage FLX treatment is designed to be tolerable, with clinicians asking for feedback on the level of heat sensation throughout the session (which can take anywhere from 25 to 90 minutes, depending on the target area) to help manage your comfort levels while delivering maximum results.

As for the side effects, skin may be slightly red post-treatment, but there is little to no recovery time, with most people able to resume regular activities immediately after their session.

Myth: Thermage Only Works On The Face

Truth: The term “collagen” mostly makes us think of our face, but Thermage FLX is an effective treatment for any fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin on the body.

While it’s commonly used on the face—particularly the eyes, forehead and jawline—it’s also proven to work on other areas of the body, like arms, stomach, hands, thighs and buttocks.

As for the time it takes to see results? While most patients can see and feel results immediately after treatment, improvements can continue to occur for us to six months post procedure, as the body regenerates collagen.

Brought to you by Thermage FLX.

This product is not available for purchase by the general public. Please consult your practitioner to see if Thermage is suitable for you.

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