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Thermage Plastic Surgery

Thermage plastic surgery is ideally suited for people starting to see signs of aging such as formation of jowls, loose skin, and wrinkles and creases around the nose and mouth. Thermage plastic surgery is not designed to be a substitute for a face-lift, but is a non-invasive procedure, unlike a facelift. If you are beginning to form jowls, a turkey-gobbler neck, or are losing skin elasticity of the face and neck, you will most likely see a remarkable improvement after thermage plastic surgery. Thermage plastic surgery will also help people with active acne and acne scars, providing visible improvement after just one treatment. Thermage plastic surgery is also a great alternative to a face-lift if you have a medical condition that prevents you from having a face-lift, or if you prefer not to have invasive surgery. Thermage plastic surgery can offer you results without the downtime of invasive plastic surgery.

If you decide that Thermage plastic surgery is fitting for your situation, here is what you can expect for the procedure. First things first, you won't need makeup for this, so you'll have to remove any cosmetics when you arrive for the procedure. An oral pain medication will be administered to reduce any discomfort that you might feel. Then the doctor will apply local anesthesia in strategic places around your face to numb the area. A grid will be applied to guide treatment and then the Thermage plastic surgery treatment can begin.

Your doctor or a technician will hold the treatment tip over your skin, while the Thermage plastic surgery machine delivers cooling and radio frequency at the same time. To prevent burning your skin, cooling is necessary to allow the maximal amount of radio frequency treatment to be applied. The treatment tips of the Thermage machine are ½-inch to 3/4-inch square in size delivering pulses of energy, each of which takes 2-7 seconds. Approximately 450 pulses are required to treat the entire face.

The amount of local anesthesia applied by your doctor determines the amount of discomfort you will experience during Thermage plastic surgery. Some patients may feel nothing at all; some mild or intense warmth, and some may possibly experience pain with each application of energy. Talk to your doctor regarding your tolerance of pain before the treatment and how they plan to control your pain and make the procedure tolerable. The treatment setting used will determine pain or discomfort. The higher the setting, the more significant the results, but also the greater chance for pain or discomfort. For this reason, it is important to obtain and continue a high level of local anesthesia throughout the Thermage plastic surgery procedure. This allows the doctor to treat patients at the highest appropriate level while also avoiding discomfort.

The whole procedure from start to finish can take anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes. Preoperative preparation for treating the full face takes about 30-45 minutes while the actual treatment takes 60-75 minutes.

Most patients experience some redness and swelling after the procedure. Redness may last 1-2 hours, but occasionally lasts for a few days depending on skin sensitivity. Swelling is usually mild to moderate, but lasts usually about 3-7 days. Fortunately, the more swelling and redness you have, the better results you are likely to see.

With any procedure the final results depend on the individual. Results are seen at different times for different people. Some will see improvement in as little as one month after Thermage plastic surgery, while others begin to see improvement after 2-3 months. Improvement can continue for a total of six months after the treatment. In some cases, a few people fail to see substantial improvement after the first treatment and are encouraged to have a second treatment six months later. Consult with your plastic surgeon to determine if Thermage plastic surgery is right for you.