I had this done reciently to my mid face and under my chin. I had had co-2 done and while in the doctors office the office manager showed me a picture of the doctor. He had done just one side of his face with the Thermage. The difference was dramatic. One side of his face was tighter, thinner and 'higher' than the other. Subtle but dramatic when seen on the same face. I immediated scheduled an appointment to have the Thermage.
I had previously (like many people) looked at the pictures and opinions on line and hadn't thought much of the proceedure. Upon more intense research I found the people who seem to get the best results have good skin to begin with are no more than middle age and use the highest settings. I fell into all those catagorys. I also think doing mutiple proceedures. IE co-2 and Thermage multiplies the results. The trick is to start early (say at 40). I'm older than that but have always taken great care of my skin and it shows. So yes my skin firmed up and the pre jowels i was getting went away and my jaw line is nice and tight again. I will do this next on my neck.
I get co-2 once a year and that to is a slow steady improvement. Once is not enough, but multiple treatments seem to make a dramatic change. Being a guy I want a natural look and want to seem middle age for as long as technology will allow! Not just a personal vanity but also a BUSINESS one. 55 now and I really want to put that face lift off till 60....and so far so good. most people think I'm 10 years younger than I am. The doc get most of the credit.
A note on costs. I shopped around for my doc when I started my skin proceedures and checked references but also point blank asked the office manager if i would get discounts on services if I became a regular and had yearly work. I chose the doc whos references were good and extends those discounts and is flexable.
Oh and the 'pain'....well I had just below the highest setting and yes it has short bursts of pain which could be a REAL issue for some. I clenched my teeth for the whole proceedure. But had no numbing or valum. You might want to take both. I do believe the new machines do NOT have the same burning pain effect at all. So you might want to check that out. I will do this again in about 18 months. and continue with the yearly co-2.
I'm a firm believer in these proceedures now.