Young skin is firm and tight with a fuller appearance yet over time, many factors rob our skin of its youthful qualities. Age, environmental factors, sun exposure, and genetics all contribute to uneven skin pigmentation, loose jowls, sagging skin, broken blood vessels, scars, rosacea, and pesky lines, wrinkles, and folds. At Shine Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Daniel H. Lin offers you a state-of-the-art skin tightening procedure that will turn back the clock in a non-invasive, non-surgical facelift alternative. Thermage™ is a procedure that produces younger-looking skin using radiofrequency (RF) technology. Originally developed primarily for facial skin, Thermage™ is now FDA approved for use on any part of the body, including your eyelids, hands, arms, legs, and torso. Thermage™ is the only FDA approved non-invasive treatment that delivers tighter skin, renewed facial contours, and healthier collagen without surgery and injections.
Collagen is the key to skin that looks younger and healthier because it gives skin resilience and elasticity. As you age, there is a slowdown in the production of the proteins known as collagen that maintain your skin’s integrity. As collagen decreases, your skin loses elasticity and begins to sag and wrinkle and Thermage™ works by stimulating and tightening your existing collagen while promoting new collagen growth in the treated areas. Thermage™ stimulates your body’s own collagen to naturally tighten, tone, and contour your skin and it works the best for healthy people who are beginning to see the signs of aging. Collagen stimulation is your skin’s greatest ally and the revolutionary laser therapy, Thermage™, is designed to diminish the signs of aging by increasing natural collagen in the deep layers that support your skin without affecting the surface of the skin.
Thermage™ uses radio frequency (RF) energy to safely and comfortably heats the dermis layer of your skin where the collagen rests while at the same time cooling and protecting the outer layer. This wrinkle reduction technology uses FACES (Functional Aspiration Controlled Electrothermal Stimulation) to bypass the epidermis and stimulate the existing collagen and a patented vacuum system is used to isolate the exact area to be treated in order to produce results that are predicable and precise. Thermage™ causes immediate contraction of collagen, which prompts new collagen production over a period of time and this means that your results will continue to develop for several months after receiving your laser skin treatment.
During your Thermage™ procedure, Dr. Lin will place a ThermaTip™ on a hand-held device that will deliver energy to the inner structures of the targeted skin areas that it touches. The energy will create heat, and you will feel an immediate cool sensation followed by a hot sensation, and then cool again. Depending on the areas you are having treated, the procedure usually takes one hour making it a popular “lunchtime” treatment and one session can produce significant results. Thermage™ side effects may include discoloration and swelling however this typically subsides within the first twenty-four hours.
Thermage™ has several advantages over other skin rejuvenation procedures and because it is non-invasive, you will not have any scars and you may resume your normal routine immediately. Thermage™ is non-ablative, which means it does not damage the surface of your skin like dermabrasion and other laser resurfacing. Injectable fillers provide temporary facial enhancement for 4-6 months while the improvements from Thermage™ improves your skin’s tone, contour, and texture for years. If you are ready to recapture your youthful appearance, please contact Shine Cosmetic Surgery today. During your consultation, Dr. Lin will carefully examine your skin, review your medical history, and discuss any questions or concerns you might have. If the idea of turning back the hands of time appeals to you, please call and see if Thermage™ is the answer.