Radiofrequency - Thermage CPT
As time passes by, flaccidity appears especially on cheeks and neck. Nowadays there are several techniques to solve it. One of the most efficient and non-surgical techniques is radiofrequency. We have to underline that this treatment does not pretend to substitute surgery, which have special properties and deliver optimum results on certain cases, but it is an alternative for some facial flaccidity cases.
Moreover, one of the main advantages of this technique is that can be combined with other techniques to deliver long-lasting results. Thus, it can be applied at the same time as botulinum toxin injections, intense pulsed light, peelings… only if the specialized doctor recommends so taking into account each patient´s case.
It is not required
It is not required
Radiofrequency treatment rejuvenates the skin via the heat action. This feeling is produced by the radiofrequency energy reaching the collagen on the deepest layers of the skin. The heat immediately achieves to tighten the skin tissue reducing the aging signs, since it leaves the skin flatter, especially on cheeks, jaw line and neck.
This system is very safe and effective, since the generated heat, being very superficial, does not affect the body. Nowadays, hundreds of treatments have been done with no side effects. During the application of the treatment the patient may feel a brief heat, but this feeling does not cause much discomfort.
This treatment is carried out as an outpatient procedure, i.e. without being admitted.
This treatment is carried out as an outpatient procedure and with a anaesthesical cream that will make the patient more comfortable. Also, in order to protect the skin, a refrigerating system incorporated is used before, during and after each application.
As it happens with all treatments, prior medical consultation is imperative to detect any possible problem that may advise against this procedure. Nevertheless, and speaking in general terms, we can say that radiofrequency is a safe and effective treatment.
It is advisable not to wear makeup on the treatment day.
Being a non-surgical method, the patient does not need a sick leave and can do their normal activities after the procedure. In some cases, lightly reddish areas may appear that can last two hour approximately. During this time, it is vital to avoid heat focus, but once the erythema or light reddish skin disappears, patients can do their normal life.
A cooling system protects the outer layers of skin, while radiofrequency energy heats the collagen on deeper layers. The heating brings about the immediate stretching of skin´s deepest structures. With time, the production of new collagen contributes to tighten the skin much further and the patients acquire a rejuvenating look.
Collagen is a basic fibril that supports the skin structure. As time passes by, the body runs out of collagen or it gets deteriorated because of sun or other environmental factors.
Patients may experience a brief and intense heat feeling, while the deepest layers´ collagen tightens. In order to protect your skin and to have a more comfortable treatment, a refrigerating system incorporated is used before, during and after each application of radiofrequency.
It can last from some minutes up to one hour, depending of the size of the treated area. Some more time may be needed to prepare the skin prior to the treatment.
Studies prove that the appreciable improvement on skin appears gradually between 2 and 6 months after one session of treatment. Nevertheless, some patients state that they see the results before this date.
Radiofrequency causes an immediate tightening of the collagen structure, that will keep on tightening during some time. Some reports done by expert doctors assert that results remain on the skin and they depend on the natural aging process of each patient.
Most patients can resume their normal life right after the application of the treatment. Some experience a light redness on the skin, but it disappears with time. No extra care is needed after the treatment, although it is advisable to use sun protection cream as part of a good care of the skin.