How Does Thermage® Work?
Thermage® received FDA approval in 2002 for eye wrinkle treatment, in 2004 for facial wrinkle treatment and in 2005 for cellulite and body laxity. Thermage® is a procedure in which heats the skin to make it firm, toned and devoid of scars.
Does it work? Yes, it does. The Thermage® treatment is available in around 80 countries, with thousands of treatments with a very high success rate. In this article, we will understand how Thermage® works.
Understanding the Thermage® Working Process
Anyone with an understanding of Ohm’s Law and electromagnetic energy will easily comprehend the Thermage process. If not, we have broken down the process for a layman to understand. Thermage is the process of directing electrical current in the deep tissues of the skin.
As the current meets the cells, the cells resist, and the resistant produces heat energy. This heat energy causes the old collagen cells to break and stimulate the growth of new collagen cells, which makes the skin firm and toned.
When the collagen cells denature, the hydrogen bond breaks and the structure becomes short and thick. In the weeks following the procedure, the bond shortening produces the visible tightening effect.
The denaturing occurs when the deeper tissue reaches a temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Celsius, which is 25-35 degree Celsius higher than the normal skin temperature on the surface. The heat energy also stimulates blood flow, which leads to an improvement in the body metabolism.
The heat in the Thermage® process dome from radio frequency (RF) waves, in a monopolar channel. The RF waves come from a handpiece, and it is monopolar because the energy does not return to the handpiece, which would have to happen if was bipolar RF.
The monopolar RF wave can reach the deepest layer of the skin. Before and after the RF pulse delivery, there is a cooling period which helps to prevent any kind of damage happening on the skin.
The Thermage® Process
Is anybody eligible for the Thermage® process? No. The therapist will ask about your medical history and ask you to fill out a consent form after the form is complete the treatment starts. Photographs of the treatment maybe can be taken for before and after comparison.
Before the heat transfer process begins, the therapist sends test pulse and asks the person if the heat is tolerable. The heat is transferred through a tip, and these tips come with predefined pulse rates. The Thermatip for face delivers 600-900 pulses, and the Thermatip for the body delivers 900-1200 pulses.
A Thermage® session lasts between 45 to 120 minutes, depending on the severity of the condition. In between every pulse, there is a cooling period.
The person undergoing the treatment may feel as if the skin is vibrating, which is more noticeable on a bony structure. The heat is sometimes painful but tolerable.
Immediately after the treatment, the person will feel visible tightening, edema and sometimes transient erythema. There is nothing to worry as the edema and erythema will vanish in 24 hours.
If there is visible tightening, it means the treatment was a success.
The Thermage® treatment is a safe procedure, and non-invasive. Since its FDA approval in 2002, various generations of Thermage® devices have been produced – ThermaCool TC, ThermaCool TC-3, ThermaCool NXT and the latest one is the ThermaCool CPT device. With each new generation device, the side effects have become less frequent.
Only one Thermage® session is enough to see visible results, and the impact continues for a year or two. Even if someone has had Botox injections, laser therapy or plastic surgery, the person can still avail Thermage® sessions. Thermage® is a safe, non-invasive, anti ageing treatment that improves skin texture and appearance.
For more information, you can contact your Local Thermage Sydney Experts.
Source: Courtesy of Xara Skin Clinic Sydney, Australia