My doctor suggested I get Thermage done weekly. Is this safe? Has my skin been put in jeopardy?

I am 34 years old with healthy skin. I've had Thermage done for preventative measures and to soften the fine lines on my forehead. My Dr. said it's safe and recommends that I get it on a weekly basis as he is using a "different type" of Thermage machine. All of the research I've done has been consistent in recommending six months between treatments so I want to get a second opinion due to the conflicting suggestions between my doctor and my online research. Has my skin been put in jeopardy?

Doctor Answers 4

Thermage and Treatment results

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My patients love Thermage.  Thermage is the type of treatment that is done once a year or once every two years.  It is not done every two weeks.  It takes 4 to 6 months to see the treatment results.  For the best results I would consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with Thermage.  I highly doubt that this doctor has Thermage.  Perhaps it is the BBL or some other skin tightening laser.  Best, Dr. Green

Thermage Frequency

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Performing Thermage weekly would be an unusual protocol.  The results of Thermage take 6 months to appear and typically last about 2 years.  Many of our patients have the procedure performed yearly to maintain their great results and continue stimulating collagen production.  I would ask your provider for more information about precisely which machine he is using, as weekly treatment is not a regimen I have seen recommended by the company or trainers.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Thermage or Ultherapy - Williamsville, NY

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Thermage treatments need more frequent application than Ultherapy.

Ultherapy need not be repeated sooner than a year. I have performed Ultherapy since 2011 and patients started to return 3 years later for maintenance therapy or "touch up treatments".

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Don't do it

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I have had up to 4 Thermage machines at once.    Now have one but prefer Ultherapy.    Only device approved by the FDA for non surgical lifting and tightening per se.    No evidence that weekly or monthly Thermage is worth it.    Have your surgeon show to evidence.    

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

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