The typical results of Thermage skin tightening are the firming and recontouring of loose, wrinkled skin, according to The Patient's Guide. The procedure is most often used to treat the face and neck, but it can also help tighten skin on the abdomen, thighs, arms and hands.
Women often request the procedure to tighten a post-pregnancy abdomen or minimize the appearance of cellulite, explains The Patient's Guide. The treatment works on all types and colors of skin. The Thermage device delivers radio frequency energy into deep layers of the skin. Its heat triggers the production of new collagen. As it heats the skin's deeper layers, the device emits a cool spray that protects the epidermis, or surface layer, from damage. The procedure requires no recovery time. People can return to their daily routines immediately.
A treatment session may last from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on how much of a person's skin is being treated, reports The Patient's Guide. A patient may feel some discomfort from the heat, so a doctor may recommend an oral analgesic before the treatment begins. Generally, no follow-up care is needed. Side effects from Thermage treatments are rare but may include redness, swelling, blisters and bumps at the treated area. If side effects persist or become troublesome, contact the doctor. Patients notice their skin is tighter right after the procedure, but most results emerge gradually, over several weeks, as new collagen forms.