Thermage Boston - Facial Lift Wellesley
William LoVerme, M.D.
now offers an advanced technique of
tightening skin that uses a unique form of radio frequency energy to tighten
loose or sagging skin, producing a kind of “facial lift” without an incision
or extended recovery time.
This technique is called the Thermage™ procedure. It is also
sometimes known as Thermacool or Thermalift. The radio frequency (RF) energy
uniformly heats the dermis (inner layer of skin) while cooling and
protecting the epidermis (outer layer of skin). It is designed to tighten
deeper layers of skin while helping to initiate the production of new
collagen, which occurs over a period of time.
Each time treatment is delivered there is an immediate cool
sensation, followed by a brief hot sensation, followed by a cool sensation.
will assess the need of each patient and prescribe the most
effective method to minimize discomfort. Generally, the patients are given
narcotics such as Vicodin or Demerol along with an antianxiety medication
such as Xanax or Vistaril. For this reason most patients will need a ride
home. Anesthetic creams are not used with this procedure because the newest
consensus guidelines show that we need to have some feedback from the
patient as to how much pain they are having. This absolutely minimizes the
Depending on the size of the area treated, the procedure
itself may take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. This treatment
is effective on the skin of the forehead and can lift the eyebrows and
enhance the appearance of the eyes, making the eyes look more open, less
tired, more alert. The jowls can also be elevated and the fat of the neck
can appear very minimized.
The FDA has recently approved this procedure for other areas of the body as
well and it can be used very effectively for tightening skin of the arms,
hands, abdomen and thighs. It does not replace surgical lifts in these areas
but certainly tightens the skin without any scars or healing process.
A patient may return to normal activities almost immediately, as there is
usually no “downtime”. Minimal redness is seen in some patients but it
usually disappears just hours after treatment. Heat-related complications
can occur but are very uncommon when used with the new guidelines. There is
no special care needed after treatment. However, as a part of good skin care
regimen, sunscreen is recommended. Results are rarely immediate and can take
up to six months for the final effect. Most patients see a significant
effect after two months.
The results of the treatment can last anywhere from several months to
several years, depending on the aging process of the patient.
While not a substitute for a surgical facelift, the Thermage™ procedure can
be used on patients with a moderate amount of sagging skin and wrinkles. The
Thermage™ procedure is sometimes referred to as a “mini-face lift.”
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