Thermage, reviewed (including a Thermage before-and-after photo)
Interested in trying a professional skin tightening treatment? Thermage is one such cosmetic procedure that promises to smooth and tighten your skin, for a more youthful appearance.
Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about Thermage, including bh’s Skye’s Thermage review and impressive before-and-after photos…
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What is Thermage?
Thermage is a non-invasive, radiofrequency cosmetic procedure that helps to smooth, tighten and contour skin for a more youthful appearance. Tailored to strengthen existing collagen and stimulate new collagen growth, it uses a combination of heat energy and cooling to effectively heat the deeper layers of skin, stimulating existing collagen and elastin and promoting new collagen growth.
The treatment aims to deliver natural-looking results on all skin types, both on the face (including eyes) and body (stomach and thighs).
Visible results can be seen in three to six months after a single procedure (and continue to improve in the months following), but follow-up treatments are recommended once every 18 months to two years, for maintenance.
Are there any side effects?
Potential side effects may include redness, swelling, blisters, bumps and rarely, surface irregularities (but these are usually mild).
How much does Thermage cost?
A Thermage treatment can cost anywhere between $1500 and $3000, depending on the size of the area being treated, as well as the individual clinic performing the treatment.
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bh’s Skye’s Thermage review:
“Thermage is a treatment that promises to help smooth and tighten your skin for a more youthful, yet still natural-looking appearance – so naturally, I was excited to try it!
I arrived at Clear Complexions in Balmain for my treatment and after a 30-minute consultation and ‘before photo’ shoot with a trained professional, the nurse walked me through the process from start to finish. She explained what it would feel like, how long it would take and the post-care involved.
After some facial analysis, which showed clearly the amount of sun damage on my face and reminded me of how important it is to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays, we moved into the treatment room.
To prep my skin for the procedure, my makeup was removed and an alcohol solution was wiped over my face and neck. A temporary 'tattoo' was then applied, which transferred a grid-like pattern over my entire face and neck. This grid acted as a guide for the nurse, to ensure all areas of my face and neck were treated. Each grid is the same size as the head of the Thermage treatment tool that the nurse uses, and each grid was targeted up to four times throughout the treatment for best results.
The thermal procedure offers ‘comfort Pulse technology’, which is a gentle vibrating sensation that is added for your comfort. Each time the device touches your skin, you feel a brief heat sensation, followed by a cooling sensation. Throughout the treatment, the nurse asked for my feedback in relation to my comfort levels, which was great to help balance my comfort with maximum results. All in all, the treatment was relatively painless with minimal discomfort and I felt comfortable throughout the process.
Immediately after the treatment my skin was cleansed and it felt plump and smooth. I didn’t see a huge difference in terms of the tightness of my skin right away, but three months post-treatment, I’ve noticed improved tightness particularly around my jawline and my eyes. I was really happy with the treatment, and knowing and seeing the benefits, I would happily have it again. Please note: I always wore an SPF following the treatment, which is recommended.”
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