Thermage CPT F.A.Q.

What FDA clearances does Thermage have?

Thermage is FDA cleared for the non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite. In addition, Thermage is the first and only system to receive FDA clearance for non-invasive eyelid treatments.

Is there any special preparation or follow-up regime?

No. Unlike surgery, there is no pre-procedure preparation such as blood work or fasting. And there is no special care required after treatment, aside from basic skin maintenance and sunscreens as part of a regular skincare regimen. Since the Thermage procedure has little to no downtime, most patients return to their regular activities immediately following treatment. Some patients exhibit a temporary redness or minor swelling after treatment, but this usually goes away within 24 hours.

What does the Thermage procedure feel like?

Each time the treatment device touches your skin, you’ll feel a brief cooling sensation, followed by a deep but brief heating sensation, followed by another cooling sensation. The heating sensation is a sign that the deep layers of your skin are reaching effective temperatures for tightening. Throughout the procedure, your physician will ask for feedback on the level of heat sensation to help balance your comfort with maximum results.

When do the results appear, and how long do they last?

Visible results may be immediate, and they may appear over time in the course of your body’s natural collagen rebuilding process. For most patients, measurable tightening and contouring appear gradually in the two to six months following a single treatment session. Results can last years depending on your skin condition and aging process.

How many treatments will I need?

Unlike many laser procedures requiring four or more sessions, Thermage treatment delivers results in a single treatment for most patients. In fact, when it comes to skin tightening and contouring with little to no downtime, Thermage is the only single treatment, non-invasive procedure on the market.

How do Thermage results compare with those of other treatments?

Some people want the dramatic results of surgery. Others want the more subtle, gradual results of a non-invasive treatment with no downtime. This is where Thermage succeeds, delivering improved skin tone, texture and tightness. When lotions and potions are not enough and surgery is too much, Thermage is a safe, effective solution.

How is Thermage technology different from other tightening procedures?

Unlike some other procedures, Thermage involves no surgery, no injections and little to no downtime, and Thermage works on all skin colors—on and off the face. While laser treatments and other radiofrequency procedures also tighten skin, no other treatment heats as deeply as Thermage. By heating the innermost layers of skin, Thermage is the most effective at tightening collagen and stimulating the formation of new collagen, which results in tighter skin and an overall younger looking appearance.

Is Thermage CPT Safe?

Yes, it is very safe! The ThermaCool TC system by Thermage CPT is FDA approved.  Hundreds of patients have used this and very few patients had minimal side effects and no patients had lasting of adverse effects.  Before the FDA approved this, the Canadian HPB approved the Thermage CPT treatment as a non-surgical brow-lift and a non-surgical tightening of wrinkles around the eyes and face.

How is Thermage CPT done?

The main structural component of the skin is the protein collagen.  This protein gives the skin strength and elasticity but, as we age, our bodies produce less collagen and the existing collagen stretches, resulting in sagging skin, wrinkles and loss of facial and bodily contours.  The Thermage CPT procedure uses a patented radio frequency to send a controlled and precise zone of heat deep into the dermis (deep layer of skin) and the underlying tissue.  At the same time, the epidermis (top layer of skin) is being protected by continual cooling.  This heat causes the collagen in the skin to tighten which reduces skin sagging and wrinkles, while renewing the natural contours of the skin.  Thermage CPT also causes new collagen production to occur over time.  Thermage CPT is the only non-invasive and non-surgical method available today to effectively tighten loose skin and achieve a non-surgical lift. 

Where is Thermage CPT performed and how long does it take?

Thermage CPT is performed in the OC Med Spa offices and is an outpatient procedure.  Generally, Thermage CPT treatments take less than one hour, but can vary based on the size of the treatment area.

How does Thermage CPT compare to Titan?

Thermage CPT is FDA approved to treat certain wrinkles and can achieve in a single treatment what can take Titan several treatments.  Thermage CPT uses radio frequency which has been proven to treat wrinkles and has been used much longer than Titan.

What does Thermage CPT feel like – is it painful?

No, it is not painful.  Our patients usually feel a brief “hot” sensation followed by an immediate cooling sensation.  These sensations are caused by the “pulsing” from the radio frequency instrument used to perform Thermage CPT.  One hour before your procedure, an anesthetic cream is applied to the area to minimize these hot and cool sensations.  Your comfort is the primary concern of OC Med Spa.

How will I look right after the treatment?  Are there side effects?

Some of our patients experience some redness which will go away in a few hours.  The doctors at OC Med Spa personally oversee this treatment to ensure minimal risks for a positive, more youthful outcome for you!

How soon are results noticeable?  How long do the results last?

Initial results are visible within a few weeks as “tightening, smoothing, improved tone and texture” is seen in the treated areas.  The long-term results occur over time as the healthier collagen tightens and the wrinkles in the skin lessen.  Studies show that the results can last from several months to several years, all depending on the individual aging process.

How many Thermage CPT treatments are required and how much do they cost?

One single treatment can reduce excellent results, but some patients require more than that.  We generally recommend one treatment to each specific area that is being treated.  New studies will show how to change treatment plans and techniques.  The cost of treatment can vary and is determined by the extent of your procedure as it is customized just for you.

When can I return to my normal routine?

Immediately!  This is a non-surgical procedure and usually, there is no downtime.  You may experience some redness, but this usually resolves itself shortly after the treatment.