Thermage Vs. Lux Deep IR for Skin Tightening?

How does the Lux Deep IR skin tightening treatment compare with the Thermage skin tightening?  Which one is better for tightening loose skin on the neck and stomach?

Doctor Answers 3

Thermage can be very effective IF properly performed.

HI! It is difficult to tighten the skin of the neck with any non invasive treatment. But, in NYC, we have seen good results with Thermage for the jawline and the loose skin of the stomach.

The results can be major, or subtle, and you have to have realistic expectations going in. But Thermage is safe, there is no anesthesia, no scar, and no down time. We have a lot of satisfied Thermage patients.

You need to use a big treatment head to deliver enough energy, which is more expensive. Some doctors cut corners here, and that is one of the reasons for the variable results.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Minimal results

There are minimal changes from these non-surgical skin tightening treatments.  If you have any more than the most minimal laxity present, you will likely be disappointed and won't be offerred a refund. 

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Skin Tightening Lasers- Do Not Get Caught Up In Brand Names

Skin Tightening Lasers- Do Not Get Caught Up In Brand Names


First of all you should ask -"Do they really work?" I would urge you to find a responsible and knowledgable plastic surgeon and not focus on brand names as this is the least important part of your decision.  As far as longevity- the six week results of your intervention are as permanent as anything in your body can be.  you will continue to age depending on your genetics and environmental factors.

The problem with noninvasive skin tightening is that everyone wants it and everyone wants to believe it works.  The result is practitioners of all sorts capitalizing on this demand.  The truth about skin tightening interventions is that almost all of them work AND NONE OF THEM WORK.  What I mean by this is that there are many ways to convert energy into heat inside or below the skin causing contraction.  The problem is that to deliver clinically effective results the tissue needs to reach at a minimum 43 C which is uncomfortable and can be scary for the patient and the practitioner.  This often results in ineffective treatment and wasted time and money.  I have developed extensive experience with noninvasive technologies mot because I'm a fan but because my patients demand it.  After using several "best in class" technologies to deliver definitive results, my patients were relatively pleased but I was underwhelmed.  THis is why I started using  a treatment that we call Maerckks Multimodal Therapy(MMT) in my practice.  All this is is an intelligently designed multitechnology treatment customized for the individual patient.  I use multiple diffferent frequencies and administration systems for radiofrequency delivery, three different ultrasound frequencies, infrared pulsed light, two different laser systems in concert to deliver immediate significant results that are hard to argue with and continue improving for weeks.  I think the only way to get real results is to combine technologies under the direction of a plastic surgeon that understands the capabilities and limitations of noninvasive skin tightening.  No one technology really delivers anything significant.  Also realiize that even my MMT results that I am very proud of do not remotely compare to what I can achieve with surgery and the cost can approach or exceed that of surgery depending on location and individual patient findings

Rian A. Maercks, MD
Miami Physician
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

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