Thermage for the face: what you need to know
Almost every year in the arsenal of cosmetologists appear from 5 to 10 innovative procedures that can significantly improve the condition of the skin without plastic surgery. Thermage for the face, which promises a lasting lifting effect after one procedure, is considered one of such novelties! So what is this thermage and is it really as cool as they say? We understand.
The ancestor of this method of improving the skin structure is considered to be the diathermy procedure (from ancient Greek. "Through heat"), which has been actively used by doctors since the beginning of the 20th century. Only this procedure was aimed not at rejuvenation, but at increasing the activity of the vegetative nervous system using high frequency current. The side effect of applying current for therapeutic purposes turned out to be quite tempting: the metabolic processes were accelerated, the lymphatic drainage improved, the blood circulation increased, the muscles relaxed, the skin became much smoother, cleaner and younger.
Only now, until 2004, no one has decided to use diathermy for cosmetic purposes because of too great a depth of current penetration. The fact is that too strong, uncontrolled exposure to high-frequency impulses does not always bring positive results: collagen can simply stop being produced, causing even greater flabbiness, oval prolapse and accelerated aging of tissues. As a matter of fact, in unskilled hands, thermage can also lead to such a side effect, and it will be very difficult to turn back the time and restore collagen production. That's why you need to choose only proven medical salons and beauty salons with specialists who have certificates for training thermal.
What is thermage?
Thermage is a non-invasive, non-surgical and gentle way to correct age-related skin defects. It can significantly tighten the soft tissues of the face, eliminate ptosis of the eyelids, smooth fine and deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds, get rid of pigmentation, scars, scars and post-acne, strengthen the contours of the oval face, neck and chin, get rid of flabbiness and sagging skin.In general, without an operating suspender and Botox injections, it is possible to smooth out the signs of aging (both the first and very pronounced ones), and the result from the procedure is rather long - up to 3-4 years. By the way, the lifting effect has a cumulative and incremental effect, which will increase with each day after the procedure.
The effect of thermage is based on the effect of radio-frequency irradiation of tissues, due to which the skin temperature rises to 60–70 degrees, the tissues heat up, blood flow increases, the metabolism accelerates, and collagen “wakes up”, starts to lose water, thickens and works from the inside, tightening the skin and smoothing wrinkles. But, unlike the protracted diathermy, during thermage, the current penetrates to a small depth, without bypassing the subcutaneous fat layer. During the procedure, you will feel only a slight vibration, perhaps a tingling, a change of hot and cold touches. Thermage lasts from 20 to 60 minutes depending on the area of the treated area.
As a result of the procedure, you get all the pleasures of a complete surgical lift, but without compromising the integrity of the skin, long-term rehabilitation, possible infection of tissues, serious side effects and significant limitations.All that a cosmetologist can forbid you after thermage is to refuse to visit a bath, hammam, sauna, solarium for a few weeks, to limit physical exercises and hot baths. All!
In order to achieve the most stable and visible result, it is recommended that thermage be taken in a course of 6-10 procedures. The number of sessions is determined only by the cosmetologist, depending on the severity of the problems. To maintain the skin in tone, it is recommended to undergo one procedure per month, and a full re-course in 2–4 years.
Perhaps the only minus of the procedure is its price, which varies from 2,000 to 3,000 dollars per session. Moreover, it is not always necessary to do a course of thermage - often just one procedure is enough that will retain its effect for many years.
How to recognize cheating?
Due to the fact that in just one procedure, a cosmetologist can earn a lot of extra money, especially tricky salons began to offer clients "improved" methods of thermage, which really have nothing to do with it. This thermage is carried out only on a special device ThermaCool from the company Thermage. Others have not yet been invented.Therefore, without hesitation, having come to the salon, ask for documents on the equipment on which the beautician was going to do the procedure for you.
If this is not ThermaCool, then you just want to shake out the money, providing a completely different procedure, the effect of which will not be the same as it was promised. Especially do not believe in cosmetologists who say that they will spend the thermage at home. The apparatus for the procedure costs fabulous money - not every salon and medical clinic can afford it, what to say about private cosmetologists.
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