I think there are a variety of factors at play here. We use Thermage frequently at our practice, and have had great results with it. That said, it's important to note that Thermage is a noninvasive procedure, and while it has minimal side-effects and recovery time, it will not provide results comparable to a surgical lift. Unfortunately, some patients do opt for this procedure expecting surgical results, and are disappointed by the more subtle lift that they achieve.
Moreover, Thermage is highly technique dependent. Although it looks like a simple procedure, each pulse must be mapped out along a series of vectors to provide the best lift. If you do opt for Thermage, please consult a practice with extensive experience in its use, and who can provide you with their before and after photos to give you a realistic idea of the results you can expect.
other newer technologies, it can be challenging to find a dermatologist or
plastic surgeon who’s spent enough time to “get to know” the procedure and the
results that are possible with it. Patients end up visiting practitioners who
aren’t as skilled or experienced, and their results are uneven as a result—and
so are the charges for the service. I use Thermage® at my practice and have
nothing but great things to say about it. I think you’ll feel very positive
about your results if you visit someone who’s familiar with Thermage® and can
deliver the best outcome for you.
benefits are gradual and subtle, this can be hard to see sometimes, that’s why
before and after pictures are very important. When getting a Thermage treatment
it is important to keep in mind that you will not get the same benefits as a
facelift so making sure you have the right expectations will improve your
vary from office to office some of the factors include how many pulses you are
receiving, what areas are being treated and who is performing the procedure.
It is best
to consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist to see if you are a good
candidate for Thermage.
Thermage, even in its most advanced iteration, has very modest and subtle effects. There are many superior radiofrequency alternatives on the market such as Exilis Elite and TruSculpt. Prices vary depending on the center.