What Do Doctors Use Thermage to Treat?

is thermage only for wrinkled face or can it do other things for skin and body? thank you!

Doctor Answers 4

Thermage is an excellent choice for body contouring

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With the latest version of Thermage, we have been able to treat loose skin in the abdomen, hips, and upper arms. Although the results aren't quite as good as surgery, there is almost no down time from Thermage, and patients do get significant skin tightening without the scars associated with surgery.  Of course this is all in addition to treatment of the face, neck, and eyelids...Talk to a qualified cosmetic surgeon to see if this might be the right approach for you...


Mount Kisco Plastic Surgeon

Thermage can be used to treat face,eyelids, neck, abdomen, arms, legs, buttocks, etc.

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Thermage is very versatile and can treat cray paper textured skin, sagging foreheads, droopy eyelids, deep smile folds, jowls, sagging necks, cellulite, imperfections after liposuction,inferior quality of knee skin, sagging inner thighs (where liposuction can be more risky) and other areas.

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

This is a collagen stimulating treatment

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Thermage is a non-surgical (no incision!) treatment that can tighten skin 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, abdomen, and legs. Now approved by the FDA for improving cellulite. In only one treatment, patients report smoothing of dimples with lasting results. Tighten and lift without surgery, injections, or downtime.

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

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Because Thermage works by stimulating the production of...

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Because Thermage works by stimulating the production of new collagen in the skin, it works best in general for mild to moderate skin laxity caused by collagen breakdown (typically from aging and sun damage.)

However, a newer application is for cellulite, and we have been getting good results. Thermage won't reduce fat, but the "orange peel" skin and "cottage cheese" texture is related in part to the collagen in the tissues in and under the skin, so it makes sense that Thermage technology could have an effect.

I have tried other devices on the market for cellulite, but Thermage seems to be the clear winner.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

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