With Thermage®, Santa Rosa facial plastic surgeon Dr. Victor Lacombe can help you renew your facial contours without surgery. Thermage uses radio frequency technology to stimulate collagen, tightening skin and underlying tissue. The procedure can reduce the signs of aging (such as sagging and wrinkled skin) on the face, neck, arms, legs, and stomach.
Thermage uniformly heats the deeper layers of the skin and underlying tissue while simultaneously cooling and protecting the outer layer of the skin. Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced to tighten skin, resulting in healthier, smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.
With each touch of the Thermage ThermaTip™ device, you will experience a brief sensation of heat. This sensation is your indication that your collagen is reaching effective temperatures for tightening. Dr. Lacombe controls the amount of energy delivered to balance procedural comfort with maximum results.
The ThermaTip device is cooled before, during, and after heating to protect your skin and make the treatment more comfortable. Prior to treatment, an anesthetic cream may be applied to enhance your comfort.
The Thermage procedure can take anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours, depending on the size of the treatment area. Additional time may be required for multiple treatment areas. Most people return to their regular activities immediately following the Thermage procedure. Some people experience mild redness (like a sunburn), but it usually disappears quickly.
Immediately following treatment, your skin may feel tighter, smoother, and more youthful. Additional tightening improvements appear gradually over a four to six month period following your treatment session. Results may last 24 months or longer based on the patient’s own natural aging process.
You Have Options
In addition to Thermage, Dr. Lacombe’s Artemedica offices in Santa Rosa offer a variety of other non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation. To reduce the appearance of wrinkles, you may want to consider injectable fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, or other skin care treatments.
If you’re looking for permanent improvement, it may be time to consider facial cosmetic surgery procedures such as a face lift, eyelid lift, or brow lift.