In short, yes. Thermage is a great option for skin tightening on its own, but many patients want to resolve more than 1 concern. It's perfectly safe to combine Thermage with another treatment. Adding a fractional laser treatment can further improve the condition of your skin by gently resurfacing it. Injectable fillers can target specific wrinkles for a truly customized result. Most doctors will be happy to work with you to develop a more comprehensive treatment plan to help you get exactly the results you want. Good luck!
Thermage results depend in part on the skin's ability to produce new collagen. Very sun damaged skin will not respond as well. A series of fractionated laser resurfacing treatments will do more to tighten and improve texture and color of sun damaged skin. Thermage can be done safely in patients with rosacea and otherwise healthy skin - it wont aggravate their redness or pimples. However, it is not a treatment for either of those concerns. Thermage can be used in conjunction with other procedures like pigment or vascular lasers, laser resurfacing, fillers, botulinum toxin and ultrasound.
Absolutely. Thermage can achieve tightening of the skin for laxity. Other modalities like fractional lasers can help the texture of the skin. Fillers can help volumize the face from volume loss. IPL can also help rejuvenate your skin and reduce pigmentation.
In fact, I think Thermage is best in combination with other treatment options. Thermage targets the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate tightening and new
collagen. There are several other therapies that it can be combined with to get
the best possible outcome.
Thermage is excellent in combination with other procedures. Our practice performs Thermage in conjunction with a fractionated CO2 laser (Smart Skin +). This combination tightens skin by increasing collagen, smooths lines and wrinkles, and corrects pigmentation issues. The two procedures complement the results of the other.
Thermage can also be used in conjunction with injectables (Botox, fillers) and with IPL to address pigmentation issues. Your provider should do a thorough consultation to determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs.
You asked a very important question. I always explain to patients that the different lasers have very different goals and area best used to treat your face in combination for the best results. Thermage works on skin tightening with amazing results. Thermage, however, will not help improve the texture or sun damage on the skin. The V-Beam laser effectively treats the rosacea or redness from sun damage and the Fraxel or Clear&Brilliant (mini-Fraxel) treats the pigmentation and fine lines on the skin. I have videos of all of these procedures posted for you to review. Please consult a board certified dermatologist for the best cosmetic results.
Im often doing thermage in combination with multiple lasers and skin care. A package I offer my patients is pulsed dye/VBEAM laser for redness first, then thermage, then fractional lasers like Clear + Brilliant , Fraxel or CO2 on top with microneedling. This makes the skin look absolutely amazing. I suggest finding a cosmetic dermatologist with experience in lasers, radiofrequency and combination treatments. Best, Dr. Emer.