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.

  • Younger looking more lifted eyes. Eyes look brighter. Skin feels tighter and smoother.
  • No more tired-looking eyes. Eyes appear more open and alert. Under-eye bags are reduced.
  • Make-up is applied more easily. The newly smooth skin of your eyelids makes it easier to apply eye shadow and eye liner.
  • No bruising, swelling or sutures. Wear makeup and return to your regular routine after the procedure.
  • FDA-cleared for non-invasive eyelid lifting.

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!

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