Thermage FAQ

What is Thermage?
Thermage is a dermatological, cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the skin. It uses a radio frequency to target the dermis layers and promotes collagen growth while bypassing (and thus protecting) the epidermis layer.

What can Thermage treat?
Thermage has been clinically proven to tighten and smooth the skin on the face and body. Since the first device became available in dermatologists offices a decade ago, many patients have used Thermage to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, to tighten sagging skin or loose jowls, and to help contour and define the skin. Thermage can be used to treat wrinkled or sagging skin on the entire face or body.

How does Thermage work?
It creates a younger appearance by using radio waves to penetrate into the dermis layer, tighten collagen and stimulate collagen production. The radio energy heats the skin and stimulates the body’s natural healing response. There are no artificial materials or injections; the results will be a completely natural, more youthful-looking you.

Is Thermage safe? Does it hurt?
Thermage is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that has been FDA approved in the US and CE marked in Europe. It is available in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, and parts of Asia, as well as many other countries. A topical anesthetic cream is applied before the procedure to numb the skin, and for added comfort, the Thermage procedure will be alternated with a cooling cream. Many patients report a heating sensation, and sometimes minor pain, but most are able to tolerate the sensation; otherwise, mild painkillers may be advised by our dermatologists (we are now servicing the Summit & Ridgewood New Jersey areas). General anesthesia is not used.

Will I require recovery time?
Most patients require little to no downtime after a procedure, and resume daily activities immediately after the procedure. Some patients experience some sensitivity, bruising, and swelling after a Thermage treatment, but this often fades quickly as the skin begins to heal and produce new collagen.

How soon will I see results?
Because Thermage works by stimulating the body’s natural healing process, patients may not see an immediate improvement after a procedure. As the body begins to produce new, more elastic collagen, tighter, more youthful skin will be revealed within a few weeks of treatment. These rejuvenating effects will continue to improve up to six months after the procedure.

Is Thermage right for me?
An experienced dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology can help determine whether Thermage is the correct treatment for you; there are locations conveniently located throughout the New York and New Jersey area, including Summit & Ridgewood. Thermage has been shown to be effective on all skin types, dark or fair. It can work on all areas of the body. However, Thermage focuses on addressing slightly different concerns than other treatments; Thermage is mainly for the tightening and rejuvenating of the skin from within. Since it does not touch the outer layer, it is less effective in treating skin conditions such as scarring or spotting.