Bringing new life |to sagging skin

lifestyle November 17, 2016 01:00


Whether you have an oval, round, heart-shaped or rectangular face, the actual shape of your face changes as you get older.

Whether you have an oval, round, heart-shaped or rectangular face, the actual shape of your face changes as you get older. If loose skin is a problem and you need a solution, but surgery isn’t an option, non-surgical technology such as Thermage can address changes when it comes to turning back the clock.

How does Thermage treat loose skin? First, a mini dermatology lesson. The skin is made up of three layers, the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The lower layer of skin, the dermis, is made of collagen that provides the support structure for the skin. As we age this collagen support breaks down which causes sagging skin.

Thermage uses monopolar radiofrequency (RF) energy to deliver a uniform volumetric heating effect through the treatment handpiece. The energy then flows out into the dermis layers of your skin to help tighten existing collagen and stimulate new collagen production. This will help decrease hooding in the eye area, tighten loose jowls and create definition in the jawline, as well as firming up sagging skin under the chin. 

The result is a natural looking, smoother, tighter skin, softened wrinkles and lines and an overall younger looking appearance, all without having to go under the knife.

Generally you’ll see results within 3 months but the improvements to the skin after a single treatment can continue up to six months. 

And the look lasts for up to two years. There’s no downtime or side effects. There’s also no follow-up care so it’s possible to resume your normal beauty routine soon after.

Thermage has stood up to the test of time and has developed s new Total Tip version, which offers greater comfort and more dramatic results than the original.

Thermage Total Tip safely delivers as much as two times more bulk heating volume, thus allowing more tissue to be heated to a higher temperature, delivering better results while maintaining superior patient comfort.

As with all cosmetic procedures, Thermage should only be performed by a qualified physician so it’s important to do your research when selecting the clinic where you intend to get it done. If you think you are a candidate, you should consult a dermatologist and raise any questions or concerns you may have.

THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL MD| is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and |certified in dermatological laser surgery. Send your questions |for her to