No one welcomes the signs of aging that can appear on the face. Over time the skin begins to wrinkle and sag along the brow, cheeks, and jaw, making you look tired and older than you feel. These signs of aging can appear on the hands as well, making the skin look wrinkled and thin. Cellulite is also an unwelcome sight that can bother residents of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills at any age. Thermage is a quick, non-invasive treatment that lifts and tightens wrinkled, sagging skin and improves the appearance of cellulite.
Claire’s Thermacool™ Facelift
How it Works
Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to treat all three layers of the skin: the outer layer (or epidermis), a collagen-rich layer underneath (the dermis), and the innermost layer that contains additional collagen fibers (the subcutaneous or fat layer). When the collagen in these layers breaks down due to age and exposure to the elements, your skin begins to dry out and wrinkle. Treatment can stop and even reverse the collagen breakdown process by safely heating the skin, immediately tightening and encouraging new collagen growth over time. Most skin rejuvenation treatments only target surface skin, and as a result do nothing to restore collagen.
Non-surgical Face Lift
Our patients from Beverly Hills and Los Angeles can choose a simple Thermage facial treatment for non-surgical face lift. Thermage causes the skin to contract and tighten lifting the face, brow, and cheeks, with no downtime. The procedure is safe, requires only topical anesthesia, and is complete in as little as an hour. You can return to your normal activities immediately after treatments with no downtime.
At Marina Plastic Surgery, our practice director, Charlie, and Dr. Stevens himself were some of the first “patients” treated with the Thermage ThermaCool™ facelift. They both were impressed with their results. “I could see Charlie’s brow and lids lift after only 3 days” says Dr. Stevens. “Her photos document a significant lift after 1 week; however, most people will see the maximum lift in a few months.”
Cellulite, the dimpled, orange-peel look to the skin that is often found on the thighs and buttocks, is mainly due to genetic factors that cannot be controlled. Thermage radiofrequencies target the problem – the underlying collagen fibers can lose their flexibility and squeeze fat into pockets that give the skin a dimpled look. After a single treatment, collagen increases and becomes more flexible, and fatty layers are softened, which together enhance skin tone.
Other options for Los Angeles cellulite reduction include SmoothShapes®, which utilizes innovative laser technology.
Thermage can be used to smooth and tighten the skin on your hands in only one treatment, without the need for surgery or injections. After treatment, most patients notice that the fine lines and wrinkles on their hands are less visible, and the skin is tighter and more radiant. Improvements continue to develop for weeks after treatment, as increased collagen production continues.
What to Expect
Our trained and certified staff performs Thermage treatments in our office. In almost all cases, the procedure requires only one session that takes from 20 minutes to an hour. General anesthesia is not required, but you may request light pain medication prior to the procedure. Each time the Thermage device delivers radiofrequency energy to the under-layer of your skin, you will feel a mild heat sensation.
Most of our patients resume their regular activities right after treatment. Almost immediately, your skin will appear smoother and tighter. Over the next few weeks, you should continue to see improved skin texture as more collagen is produced.
Improvements from Thermage treatments, which can even be used on tanned and dark-toned skin, appear gradually, and are usually fully reached after 4 to 6 months.
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