Can Thermage Cause Jaw Pain?

About 2 weeks ago I had botox and then about 4 days after that I had thermage with a treatment that was suposed to be a lymphatic drainage. A couple days ago, I started to notice a dull pain in my upper and lower jaw on the left side. Over a 24 hr period it became extreme. I compare it to when my wisdem tooth was comming in and it was infected. Could this be due to the treatment

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Thermage and jaw pain

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Hi Megan. 

Insidious onset pain in the jaw (or over any tissues that have been treated with radiofrequency) over a week after treatment is unlikely (imo) to be related to the treatment. First 48 hours maybe but unlikely after. 

It is more likely that you have a concurrent issue such as TMJ dysfunction, bruxism or Dental abscess. First port of call for me would be your dentist.

Kind regards



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thermage is not typically used for lymphatic drainage. Thermage is a radio frequency device used to treat wrinkles, lines, laxity and acne.  There is no relation between the jaw pain you have and radio frequency treatments as the depth of penetration is not affecting bone tissue. It likely is a coincidence that there is pain in the area a few days post treatment.  Seeking the advice of your dentist is advisable and a follow up visit with your cosmetic physician.

R. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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