Does Thermage Work on the Neck Area?

Has anyone had Thermage targeted to the neck and/or jowls? If so, how were the results?

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Thermage is excellent for neck and jowls

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I love Thermage for the neck and jowls.  This is my favorite area to treat with Thermage.  So many patients come in and complain to me that they are unhappy with that area of their face with aging skin.  Many of my patients are not affected enough to warrant a facelift or do not want a surgical procedure.  For these patients Thermage is an excellent alternative since it is a single easy procedure with no recovery time. However, if you have alot of loose skin you will not be a candidate for this non-surgical procedure.

Thermage is very good for the jowl and jawline.

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In our New York practice, the jowl and jawline is the most common, and one of the most effective, areas for Thermage. We found that tightening the lower face with Thermage decreases the need for fillers.

The treatment extends one inch below the jawline. If you have loose skin in the lower neck, then Thermage is not the answer. You may need a neck lift.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Ultherapy vs. Thermage for the neck in Los Angeles

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Thermage does improve the neck area, but I have found the Ultherapy device to work especially well to rejuvenate and tighten the lower face and neck areas. Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

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Thermage for Neck and Jowls - Limited Results Expected

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Themage Not Ideal for loose skin

Thermage has noticeable but very limited results.Like other skin resurfacing procedures it tends to tighten the skin to an extent to smooth some of the fine lines, improve pigment problems and diminish pore size. What they do NOT do well is to minimize jowls and other signs of facial soft tissue laxity. Only a mini facelift or facelift will take care of this problem in a significant fashion. This is why satisfaction after Thermage treatments are rated so low

Thermage on the neck area

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Thermage probably works best on the lower face and neck than other parts of the body. The face heals faster than the rest of your body due to increased flood supply. The higher levels of heat deposited to the cheek and jawline stimulate collagen and promote collagen growth, resulting in firmer skin and a more contoured jawline and chin.

Suzanne Kilmer, MD
Sacramento Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Thermage for the Neck

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Thermage is a non-invasive (no incision!) treatment that can tighten skin, renew facial contours, and stimulate your body to make healthier collagen—the building block that provides structure to your skin.

The procedure uses radiofrequency technology called ThermaCool that has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours. Fast and easy, Thermage requires no downtime from normal activities. And unlike laser treatments, Thermage can be performed on patients of all skin types. Thermage can be used not only for sagging facial, neck, and eyelid skin; but also all over the body, including flabby arms, hands, and legs. Now approved by the FDA for improving cellulite. Tighten and lift without surgery, injections, or downtime.

However, Thermage can have variable results if not performed by an experienced doctor. The best way to protect yourself is to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who is professionally bound to engage only in techniques that have been deemed safe--after rigorous testing.

Michelle Copeland, MD, DMD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Thermage works well for many people with jowls and saggy necks

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Not all patients are candidates for Thermage, especially very elderly individuals with inelastic skin. For those who have saggin skin but good elasticity, jowls can be lifted when the cheeks are treated along wtih the neck.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Thermage and treatment of the aging neck skin

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Dear Mary Ellen

Thermage is an excellent device for treatment of brow, eyelid, face and neck skin. It works by heating the deep layer if the skin with sound waves. Other areas where it works well is on the abdomen, buttocks and thighs to help tighten and tone the skin in these areas.

It is usually done with some oral sedation and can take 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the number of areas treated.

For the face , Botox is essential to achieve optimal skin tightening- particularly for the neck skin.

There is no downtime and maximal results are seen between 2 and 6 months and can last 2 to 3 years. For even more exceptional results in the face- it is nice to combine the use of some injectable fillers to restore facial volume.

With Warm Regards,

Trevor M Born MD

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Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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