Thermage® works primarily on the third part of aging, sagging, which comes from collagen loss over time. It also works on the first part of aging to some degree, the surface fine lines, especially around the eyes and lips.
As we age we lose about 1% of our collagen thickness per year. Thermage® uses radio waves to heat deep collagen. This heat causes an initial collagen contraction which then stimulates the collagen to grow. The collagen growth occurs over a 6 month period to produce the final lifted result. It works well for people with mild to moderate skin laxity, generally ages 35 to 65, or for anyone of any age who has previously had a FACELIFT.
*Thermage® procedure helps to smooth, tighten and contour facial skin, softening wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead, giving you improved skin texture and reducing the shagging of your skin.
*Thermage® also affects deep beneath the skin surface, helping to redefine your jaw line and reduce excess skin under the chin.
For most people a single treatment is all that is needed, although it may be repeated if needed. Thermage® typically lasts 2 to 5 years, but one is always ahead of where they would have been had they never had Thermage®. Thermage® helps sagging skin in the face to help lift the brows, lift the cheekbone, improve the laugh lines and reduce jowls. Both Dr. Riopelle and Donna Riopelle have had two Thermage® treatments, the first in 2003 and the second in 2006. At a recent family reunion with 40 of Donna’s relatives who hadn’t seen them in over 10 years, several commented “you and Jeff look exactly the same as last time we saw you. You’re the only ones who look like you haven’t aged a bit.”
One great thing about Thermage® is that the company has been very committed to research and development. Thermage® has had numerous upgrades over the years. The most recent improvements include the superficial eyelid tip, which tightens the eyelids, the lip tip to reduce lip lines, and the facial superficial- deep tip which not only lifts, but reduces fine lines.
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Eyes By Thermage®
Eyes by Thermage® is the only procedure that helps smooth and tighten skin and decrease wrinkles and hooding in the eye area without surgery or infections, and little to no downtime.
Dr. Riopelle and Donna Riopelle have worked with Thermage on some of the studies to bring Thermage to you. Call Riopelle Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center at (925) 275-9333 to schedule an appointment!
For most patients, measurable results appear gradually in the two to six months following a single treatment session and can last for 1-2 years depending on your skin condition and aging process.*
*Recommended by physicians as part of an annual skin rejuvenation maintenance program.
Unlike many cosmetic procedures requiring multiple sessions, Thermage FLX delivers results after a single treatment. Best of all, results continue to improve over time.
The Thermage FLX™ system incorporates vibration on the face and body treatments, which has been shown to provide patient comfort.
You’ll feel a brief heating sensation when the treatment device’s tip touches your skin, followed by a cooling sensation to help protect your skin and minimize any discomfort.
Some patients have temporary redness or minor swelling after treatment, but this usually goes away within 24 hours.
Most patients return to their regular activities immediately following treatment. No special care is required afterward, aside from basic skin maintenance and sunscreens as part of a regular skincare regimen.