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Thermage hype or reality?

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I was talking to my doctor and he said that thermage is a bunch of bunk. I was hoping someone(s) could give more about their experience and guide me on whether I'm getting good information from my doctor.

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Enough about the face...talk about the thigh areas. Thermage is a waste from my experience. It's been 6 mos. and $3k later (only front thighs treated) no results.
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I have recently had Venus freeze a multi frequencey version of thermage. I panicked after the first treatment as my facial skin lifted & my neck didn't seem to match. I've now had 4 face & 2 neck treatments. Nearly hugged my therapist, oh thats right I did hug her. the results seem temperature (RF frequency=heat) based, therapists skill & heriditary (quantity and ability of the collagen to realign evenly)
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If you enjoy sticking your head in the microwave go ahead. I had it a few years ago and it destroyed all the fat in my face and gave me huge pores. Even fillers don't last long now. Your doctor is correct, thermage is a bunch of bunk and can be very devastating. It made me look older.
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Thanks for the tip. I had it done once and it looks good. I don't feel the need to have it done again though
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Be cautious using laser on the eyes. I received an email from someone that reported that after Thermage use on her eyelids she is now loosing the fat in her eyes and appears to be losing her vision. Look into microcurrent. Much safer, natural energy vs, laser which is radio frequency (foreign energy to the body).
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Yes I did need tightening more on jawline and cheeks, no chin issues. I think if u have skin laxity in ur neck it may work but it doesnt do nada for face and I got that dent on my chin because of it. Its still there...I did Retin A, Microderm and even fillers to make it go away. They all worked momentarily. Yes I know my neighbor (54 yo male) who did it with no results. I would look into Ulthera instead...that appreciably gives more tightening and lifting
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Thank you so much for your response, Atilb. DId you have to do a lot of work in the chin and Jaw line? Or do you need only some tightening. Have you seen other people that have done Thermage?
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I seriosly think everyone is different, i did thermage lower face twice in one yer...emphasis on jawline and naso labial fold....results? I havent seen a change but I am $3000 shorter in my wallet...if you have a lot of money just do it to see if it works for u, if u dont have a lot of money invest in peels and IPLs and so forth. The chances of them working is higher
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I have had Thermage done twice in the past year and results are either so slight that I cannot see or there is no results. Either way on my FACE there was no results and I am in my late 30s and I just wanted slight tightening. Well I didnt get that. I got better results with peels and IPL than with Thermage:(
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Most of the comments in this blog are not endorsing thermage. I would love to speak and hear form someone that concretely has had the thermage in their face within the past year, specially in the jaw and chin.
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If you click on the "Reviews" tab near the top of the page, then click on the "popular tags" you will see you can select "Jaw line". This will show you reviews were the community member specifically discussed the jaw line.

Hopefully that helps you find the information you are after. :)

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I've had Thermage twice in 2 years. I saw results immediately. I think what really happens is the results are immediate and then they hold for some time. The reason the results only seem to hold is because you're aging and it's tightening at the same time. I think people seem to forget that you are aging at the same time. You have to keep doing it in order to "keep up" with aging. Same goes with fillers, besides aging you re-absorb the stuff too. With Thermage your wallet takes a hit but also you have to sit through the treatment which "depending on the setting" can be painful. I thought the pain was very manageable; however, I think I had an exceptional technician, who kept cool air tube in my hand and I could control where I put it along with her "zapping the crap out of me". You just have to laugh about this. First you pay a whole bunch of money and you're going through a bit of a painful process. Here's the payoff though. My husband, just yesterday, which is two years later, says to me....I don't know why you are spending so much money on that laser honey, "YOU DON'T NEED IT". OK so that's when I knew the money was well spent. If your husband will say you don't need it, you look great, you've spent your money wisely. I'm 46. I started looking like I needed an "emergency facelift" at 42. I've managed to now look about mid 30's with fillers, peels, ipl, and Thermage. I've also done Fraxel. It's money well spent but it's a good amount of money. I want to try Ultherapy, but I hear it's painful, but easier on your wallet, with the possibility of better results. I don't know. I feel lucky so far. I worry if Ultherapy is like the "microwaving" and might ruin all the work I've had done so far. Also, if you go to all this work, you'd better start, eating right, getting lots of sleep, loose weight if you can, take care of your skin, stay out of the sun...do everything else you know will keep you looking young, you can't just party like it's 1999...because you're trying to conserve on your looks. Living hard causes...excellerated aging. Just look what happened to Whitney Houston.
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And in the wrong hands, and at the incorrect setting it is devastating. It does melt the fat and collagen in your face. Mine has taken years to look better.
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That is why it’s so important to research more than just online ratings. I had it in 2005 and it worked beyond my expectations (was getting deep parenthesis on each side of mouth and did not want to use filler). I used a board certified Dr. in Boise at the time and had no bruising, burns, or melting. Of course we keep aging and my high cheekbones were sliding south so in 2011, I was looking at doing it again but that Dr. had moved on to only Ultherapy. Did it and it helped the laxity, and removed the under eye hollows, and surprisingly dissipated most of the mild rosacea but the cheekbones are still sliding...So now what to do is the issue since the front view looks great and at 54 I am not ready for a face lift - only want to do it once : )
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Hello, I would like to know if you think is advisable to have thermage only in the jaw. Or is there a better treatment now?
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It does work... please keep in mind that these alternative options are not the same as serious surgeries that provide huge massive results. Several treatments are required. I was told to have 8 done on my legs. I had 2 done on my face. I liked the results. A little uncomfortable, more so on my legs which I found to be more sensitive than the skin on my face.
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Ah why dont doctors come out and tell you the truth? A males face and skin may be different than a females. I have had theramge done and I have a dent on my left cheek and I promise you it wasnt there before since I am vain enough to take plenty of pictures of myself ti monitor my progress. No one want sto take responsibility! They keep saying"Ah machine is better now, the head is different..."!! None say it MAY cause fat loss since we are heating the skin, it MAY burn your skin since we are microwaving it HOPING for it to contract...results initially are good since face heats up and swells. When swelling goes u are either left with the same face(hopefully) or more pruned face! Since u evaporated all the moisture out of it. If they did u would never do this super expensive procedure! These docs have to pay for their machines and I think they dont tell their patients the whole truth!
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Guys i have consulted many doctors on thermage and the conclusions are ranging from i dont like it to it burnes your collagen. When i asked them you personnaly use it on your face they answered unanonimously no! I still keep fantacising about having thermage but i am scared too,maybe they are right..and it is no good.i even tried to pick my skin with a simple needle but it holrs your skin throug so as a remaining mark you will have tighter pores ...i do not know what to do,this thmage techniqe prmisis to hole the deep layers of the skin. So logically it does not leave marks

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This is a good link that gives some opinions on how effective thermage is:
http://medicalspamd.com/solta-thermage-fraxel/post/136192
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I am a male, 47, 5'11", in shape and had Thermage because I am on camera a lot with work. I had two thermage sessions about 4 months apart in 2010. It takes 6-9 months to see full results, immediate results are nice in that it adds some volume, your skin feels tighter at first than it is and a little glow.. in the middle months the layers under your skin are reacting and building so that the surface looks smoother and less wrinkled. I was happy with the results, which I could see on camera. Friends ad family commented that I looked "rested", "fresh faced", "your skin looks great", "you look younger than last year when I saw you"... it is not dramatic ... you must remember that subtle changes to your face, very subtle, are more noticeable to others. I zero damage with Thermage, and I have typically sensitive fair skin. I have also tried other in-office procedures to help keep a rested, fresh look. You also need to eat right, drink lost of water and sleep well. If you don't all this is a waste of money. You can't mistreat your body, be a negative person, eat poorly and miss sleep ... it simply fights against the money you spend to have things like Thermage done. I read so many of the posts in this forum, and they sound like "bs" and people either had bad treatments or did not listen to advice post treatment - granted people have a right to their opinion. This is mine. If you can't afford it, then don't do it... if you can, try it and educate yourself on how to make it work for you.
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Well you use the BS word, excuses but that's exactly what i think of your review, if it all comes down to good behaviour, taking care of your body etc that's a " contractio in terminis", why needing thermage ???
I can effort it, testimony of that is all the costs i have done out of own pocket to repare the damage thermage has done to me, including complete facelift and regulary fillers because due to thermage all the fat of my face was melted AWAY.
And if you call the reactions of some posters here BS, well i have my idea about the intelligence off people who come in front off cameras, this is my opinion
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Hilde: I couldn't agree with you more. And actors aren't that bright for the most part, I live in L.A., trust me.
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1 year + for long term investment and anything less than a year is short term investing?

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It is hype. Does not do much.Uneven fat loss spots developed on my face after Thermage.
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