Getting Tighter Skin With Thermage: Where Does It Work?

Are you looking to achieve glowing, even-toned, tight skin? By minimizing or erasing acne scars, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, you can get closer to your ideal flawless skin. At Perfect Skin Center in Scottsdale, AZ, we offer Thermage cosmetic treatments that help you achieve your goals. It works in various areas, such as the eyes, face, and body.

Since it was introduced over a decade ago, thermal treatments have gained mass appeal as a non-invasive cosmetic option. The primary benefit is that it can improve the overall appearance of the skin. It works by stimulating collagen growth using radiofrequency energy.

Where Does Thermage Work?

Thermage is an unbelievably flexible, non-invasive thermal treatment that can be carried out in many parts of the body. As you grow old, your skin’s collagen naturally breaks down, leading to unwanted facial folds, wrinkles, and loose skin. Thermal treatments are a minimally invasive form of therapy, which helps tighten your skin.

It also stimulates collagen regeneration for a naturally younger look. Although it works wonders everywhere, it is particularly useful in the following areas:


Hooded eyes, fine lines, and furrowed brows can make young men and women look haggard. When used as a treatment for the eyelids, it can dramatically decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the eyelids.

As an added benefit, it can also tighten droopy eyelashes for a younger and refreshing look. Thermage removes these tell-tale signs of aging, smoothing the top and the bottom eyes for a more youthful and cheerful appearance.


As we age, the face begins to make a droopy appearance with deep lines and folds. Skin treatments fight the signs of aging by boosting the skin’s wellbeing. It can smooth facial lines, wrinkles, and induce the development of collagen.


Sagging skin, unwelcome bulges, dimples – these are the visible signs of the body’s aging process. Thermage has gained popularity due to its ability to tighten loose body skin, especially on the lower belly area.

When used after pregnancy or birth, this treatment may help tighten crepe-like skin areas. It improves the body’s contour, including enhancing cellulite’s appearance. It is a non-invasive way to smooth other areas of the skin.

Types of Thermage Treatments

The treatment reverses collagen deterioration by reaching into the surface of your skin. The deep, radiofrequency energy supports existing collagen and promotes new essential protein production. As a result, your skin will achieve a tighter and smoother appearance, with enhanced tone and texture. The most beautiful thing about this treatment is that there is almost no recovery time. The uppermost layer of the skin is not heated during the therapy session.

Today’s thermal treatments are usually divided into superficial skin tightening treatments and more in-depth body contouring treatments. Superficial treatments on the face, neck, and eyes are performed to tighten loose and wrinkled skin. In contrast, more in-depth treatments on the abs, thighs, buttocks, and arms are done to induce better contouring.

Superficial Treatments

Thermage is safe for use on the face, eyes, and body. Facial applications boost the following cosmetic issues:

  • Dull skin
  • Loose jowls
  • Reduced definition along the jawline
  • Loose skin under the chin

The treatment can also be applied to tired-looking eyes with excess skin, wrinkles, and fine lines on the upper lids. The presence of fat pads on the lower eyes can also be significantly decreased.

Deeper Treatments on the Body

The treatment addresses skin imperfections and issues on the following body areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Elbows and arms
  • Legs
  • Hands
  • Buttocks

It can also minimize the presence of undesirable bulges like love handles and cellulite. Almost anyone can enjoy the treatment irrespective of age, skin type, color, or history of previous cosmetic treatments. During our consultation, we will create a customized plan for you based on our assessment. In general, you should be physically fit and have realistic expectations and goals for the treatment.

What Should You Expect During the Treatment?

Your treatment may be performed in as fast as 20 minutes or up to one hour. The duration depends on the treatment area’s size and position. You will not need to take an entire day-off because it doesn’t have any recovery period.

With this treatment, you can enjoy superior outcomes compared to similar skin tightening therapies. These include mini facelifts. With thermal treatments, you can achieve benefits without worrying about any complications and downtimes associated with surgery. While mini facelifts need a restoration time of up to a week, you can choose a thermal treatment instead and resume your routine after the treatment.

How It Works

The aging process is known to cause collagen to decrease. When you start losing collagen, wrinkles and fine lines in your face begin to show. Surface skin solutions cannot help the development of collagen. Thermal treatments use radio-frequency technology, which securely applies heat to the various skin layers. This technique provides an instant tightening effect on the treated areas. By using the power of heat, it can significantly boost the production of collagen.

We will use a handpiece with a flat tip during the treatment and move it against the treatment area. The goal is to direct radiofrequency energy into your skin’s deeper layers. The device heats the skin to reinforce existing collagen and encourages the skin to create more collagen. You may expect to experience a brief, warm sensation. When the radiofrequency energy is being emitted, you won’t need to worry about your skin being burnt or damaged.

Does It Require Special Preparation?

Unlike surgery, planning for pre-treatment is not mandatory. We will not require you to undergo special medical tests or fasting. An hour before the session, we may give you a dose of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. However, you may also choose to undergo treatment without any premedication.

After your session, there is no special care required for recovery. You may only experience temporary redness or small swelling. These typically resolve within the day, without further interventions. We may recommend that you maintain a healthy skincare routine and avoid excessive sun exposure. In time, you will enjoy the benefits of the treatment, which includes smoother, healthier skin.

Is It Compatible With Other Cosmetic Treatments?

This treatment can be used in combination with other skin rejuvenation options, such as Fraxel or vascular laser. In many cases, the treatment is also safe for those who have had dermal fillers. Thermage is safe to use over skin areas infused with most types of fillers.

What Results and Benefits Can You Expect?

You can expect immediate results that keep improving over time. Improvements in your skin quality and contour may appear progressively over two to six months after a single therapy session. The treatment helps reinforce existing collagen in the skin while encouraging the new development of collagen for up to six months. Do you actively maintain a good skincare routine and live a healthy lifestyle? Cosmetic benefits may persist for the years to come.

Laser skin tightening has been shown to deliver impressive results, including:

  • Enhanced skin texture
  • Diminished or softened wrinkles
  • More defined jawline contour

Also, it provides significant advantages over other cosmetic therapies, including:

Precise Treatments

Laser skin tightening allows us to treat problem areas with precision. The technique ensures consistent and more defined outcomes every single time.

You will usually need two or three visits and experience downtime with other cosmetic treatments for a few days after the therapy. With Thermage, you don’t have to undergo such extended periods of rest. The treatment itself, as well as the recovery, is easy and quick.

Safe and Painless Experience

The technology used in the treatment makes it much better and less invasive than cosmetic surgeries like facial lifts. Cosmetic surgery can make anybody anxious, as we have all seen cases where it went wrong.

On the other hand, thermal treatment is a non-operative operation with nothing for you to worry about. There is no discomfort, incisions, or stitching involved. Your body will be protected from any damage.

Experience Little to No Downtime

Because there is no surgery, the recovery time for this treatment is short. Some skin-tightening surgeries will need at least 3-4 weeks for recovery, depending on your body’s immunity. But those who opt for a thermal treatment do not have to heal for such a long time. You can enjoy your results and go back to your routine instantly.

How Soon Before You See Visible Results?

How quickly you will gain visible results from thermal treatments will differ. They can develop over time, as the normal regeneration process for your body begins. Observable effects are seen in most cases within two to six months from a single therapy session. Based on your skin condition and the natural aging process, these effects can last for years.

Those who have the most superficial treatments get the fastest results. You can experience continuously developing results for up to six months and observe the following improvements:

  • Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tighter skin
  • Smoother skin surface for improved texture
  • Minimized skin imperfections


How Many Treatments Will You Need?

You need only one treatment to take advantage of this revolutionary technology. You’ll begin to enjoy tighter, firmer, and smoother skin over some weeks after the treatment. This treatment delivers results so promising that it is the first and only FDA-cleared device for non-invasive eyelid therapies.

In many cases, you can improve laxity in the facial and neck areas after one treatment. Many cases also reveal continuous improvements for at least six months after a single therapy session. Those who live a healthy lifestyle can experience collagen improvement that can last several years.

Who Are the Best Candidates for the Treatment?

The ideal candidates for the treatment are those with mild to moderate skin problems. They also must not need to change or physically modify any existing muscle or fat. The best candidates also have only slight skin damage caused by sun exposure. Non-smokers are also preferred for the treatment. For your safety, keep note that thermal treatments can be done just about anywhere on the face or body in which loose skin is present. However, it cannot be used in tattooed areas.

Thermage may not be the best option for addressing dense layers of internal fat or overly lax muscles. It can’t dissolve excess fat or strengthen muscles. It can only restore the skin that has started to lose its elasticity due to age.

Experience the Most Advanced Thermal Treatment

Invasive surgery is no longer your only option when it comes to erasing the signs of aging. Are you ready to experience safe, non-invasive cosmetic treatments that can turn back time on your skin? Contact Perfect Skin Center in Scottsdale, AZ, and schedule your appointment today! We look forward to making you feel and look younger by using the most advanced technology and techniques.


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