Thermage is an FDA approved treatment for combating the appearance of wrinkles, which has been helping patients with wrinkles around their eyes since 2002, facial wrinkles since 2004 and body cellulite since 2005. As with any procedure, there are some things you need to keep in mind before electing to undergo the treatment. Below are five things to consider before getting thermage treatment.
- The cost. Depending on the area you are treating and where you are located, a thermage session can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $4,500 dollars. One of the main reasons that the treatment is quite costly is because the tips used are disposable, to make sure that the procedure is conducted safely and that each tip is sterile. There are also several consumable parts, including the coolant, the coupling fluid, the grid, the return pad etc. All of these parts and substances are top of the line and do not come cheap, which means costs for your surgeon.
- Number of sessions. Patients typically only need one session to complete the treatment, but it is important to bear in mind that if you are not completely satisfied with the initial results, you will not be able to undergo any follow up treatments for 1.5 to 2 years after the first.
- Previous cosmetic procedures. Studies have shown that thermage treatments can be safely performed on patients who have had botox or fillers injected, laser therapy or plastic surgery. This is one of the major upsides of this procedure, because you do not need to worry about complications arising due to previous work.
- Your candidacy. Thermage is best prescribed for people between 30 and 60 years of age, with mild to moderate skin laxity. It is safe to use on all skin types, but you must keep in mind that the treatment, while popular and effective, is not a surgical procedure and will not provide you with long-term surgical results.
- When thermage cannot be done. Severely obese patients are not good candidates for thermage, nor are people with skin that has been damaged beyond repair by the sun. You can not have thermage done if you have metal implants in, or too close to the area where you would like the procedure performed. You can not have thermage done if you have habits or conditions that impair wound healing, as the surgery specifically seeks to damage (or wound) the surrounding collagen and relying on the skin to create new, healthy collagen in the area.
The bottom line is that thermage is a safe, effective and popular procedure which has been undergone and enjoyed by thousands. It is costly, but the effects are noticeable and there are not too many prerequisites if your skin and body are healthy. If you are considering thermage, keep the above consideration in mind before you receive the treatment.