I want to know about this Thermage - is it just RF? What is the most effective treatment for melasma?

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Thermage and melasma

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Sun and heat can worsen melasma, and because Thermage delivers heat to the skin, it carries the risk of aggravating melasma.  Therefore Thermage should not generally be used in a patient who has active melasma.

Thermage Tightens the skin

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Thermage is utilized for tightening the skin and to produce new collagen.  Thermage is not used for Melasma.  Melasma is best treated with Cosmelan and chemical peels.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with these procedures for the best cosmetic results.  Best, Dr. Green

Thermage indications

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Thermage is a skin tightening procedure which can tighten loose skin on most areas of the body. It is not recommended to treat melisma.

Baruch Jacobs, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon

Thermage skin tightening

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Thermage radio frequency tightens and lifts saggy skin on the face, abdomen, arms and thighs.  It is not a treatment for melasma.  Please consult a cosmetic dermatologist who can assess your melasma and skin type and formulate a treatment plan for you, starting with sun protection.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

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