Thermage Turns 10 – Hear What Our Community Has to Say!

A. Foley on 19 Nov 2012 at 9:00am

Thermage, created in 1995 by Dr. Edward W. Knowlton, received its FDA-approval 10 years ago this month and has since been performed 1 million times and received attention from Oprah, The Doctors, celebrities and our RealSelf community. Let’s take a look back on some of the top-asked questions, doctor insights and stats around this reported wrinkle-fighting treatment:

Average Cost: $2,425

Worth It Rating: 39%


User Q&A: If Thermage is So Great, How Come People Say They Don't See Results?

  • There is absolute scientific data that shows Thermage works for approximately 94% of properly selected candidates…The key then becomes who is a properly selected candidate? In my experience the best candidates are those with medium sized faces and modest amount of fullness along the jawline and upper neck. - Michael S. Kaminer, MD
  • Thermage generally disappoints patients since practitioners overpromise its benefits and do not choose appropriate candidates. Thermage can be somewhat effective for some patients although it fails for a large number of patients. - Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS


User Comments

  • Thermage is advertised as a one-time session, to help skin on stomach after pregnancy... well I tried it as I don't want a tummy tuck, but it didn't do anything. No change -- I'm 3 months out... I seriously doubt my stomach will change in the next few months. - Terri T


  • I had the procedure done in Houston for $2500. I had saggy eyelids, nasal folds and a series of wrinkles around eyes, lips and chin. Within 30 days everything had tighten, my jawline was very toned and defined, my cheekbones lifted to age 30 and the lines and sags at the corner of the mouth lifted. Looked 10 years younger. – bittone


All in all it seems, once again, the most important factor is meeting with a specialized doctor who can relay realistic expectations and deliver honest results. In the past 10 years, some people were happy, some people weren’t, but one thing is for sure – you’re not going to get Tummy Tuck results from a non-invasive treatment.

What’s your experience with Thermage? Are you part of the 39% who are all for it, or the 61% who say, save your cash! We’d love to hear your insight in the comments below.


photo credit: Dr. Mitchel Goldman, MD