Thermage – The radio-frequency facelift


Thermage employs radio frequency technology called ThermaCool which involves superheating the dermal layer of the skin, causing it to contract and as a result tighten the skin. A handheld device delivers the heat to the collagen layers while simultaneously protecting, cooling and without burning the outer layers. The premise is that radio frequency can heat the skin at higher temperatures than lasers can without burning the skin so it has more of a tightening effect than they do.

Immediately, range from 25 to 50 percentage improvements in tightening mild to moderate laxity in the nasolabial folds, forehead, the skin surrounding the eyes, and jowls. Over the following two to six months, new collagen is produced to further tighten the skin and more recontouring may be seen. Results are variable and more than one treatment may be required.

Radio-frequency waves are especially used to deliver energy to tighten, shape and firm loose skin on the neck, face and body without surgery, injections and little to no downtime. It is also often used to tighten loose skin on various parts of body especially the abdomen and thighs. Women aged 35 to 60 normally have the best and most predictable results.

Thermage cannot replace lose volume and treat deep wrinkles.

This treatment can be quite uncomfortable and light pain medications will be offered prior to treatment. Your skin may be slightly red for a few days after treatment.

Results may last 24 months or longer based on the patient’s natural aging process. Patients can return to their regular activities immediately.

$2,500 to $11,000 depending on area

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2 Comments on "Thermage – The radio-frequency facelift"

  1. Plinee says:

    I signed up with a package that included thermage treatment at a Joy International (Toa Payoh branch). The result of the first treatment was good for the first few days, in that my skin felt fresh and clean, and it was noticeably brighter. The skin returned to normal (less bright) after that. I am waiting to see the results after the next few treaments.

  2. Mary S says:


    I am a bit confused with thermage.. is it only a skin tightening treatment? no a fat removal option? And do you have any testimonials to provide? I’ve read a few but they are mixed!

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