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Frequently Asked Thermage Questions

What is Thermage?

Thermage is a new technology that is used to tighten and contour the skin on your face. Thermage, unlike many other tightening or contouring procedures, is non-invasive, safe, and works on all skin types. Thermage uses Capacitive Radio Frequency (CRF) technology to improve the tone, color, and firmness of the skin on your face. Thermage is performed during a single visit to your cosmetic surgeon’s office, and the results can be seen immediately afterward.

How Does Thermage work?

The skin is made up of various layers that all have collagen fibers running through them. As a result of genetics, aging, or sun exposure, these collagen fibers can begin to break down, causing your skin to sag, wrinkle, and make you look older. Thermage uses CRF technology to penetrate all the layers of the skin to stimulate the collagen fibers, causing them to tighten your skin, improve your skin tone, and generate more collagen to keep your skin looking firmer up to 6 months after the Thermage treatment.

Is Thermage permanent?

Thermage is a non-invasive procedure, and it does not use lasers or other technology that is only effective on certain skin types. Thermage is not, however, permanent. Immediately following the Thermage procedure, you will be able to see results from the CRF technology tightening your collagen fibers. One of the largest benefits of Thermage is that it stimulates the collagen fibers in your skin, causing them to produce more collagen. This allows your Thermage to not only be long-lasting, but also improve over time. Also, the Thermage procedure can be performed again to renew the results when they begin to fade.

Where can Thermage be used?

Generally, Thermage is performed on facial areas. If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your facial skin as a result of wrinkles, creases, or sagging skin, Thermage can be used to provide you with firmer, better-toned skin. Thermage can be used:

  • Around the eyes
  • On the forehead
  • On the cheeks
  • Around the mouth
  • Along the jaw
  • On your jowls
  • Under your chin
  • Around your neck

Is Thermage painful?

During the Thermage procedure, you will feel a heating sensation within your skin as the CRF technology stimulates your collagen fibers. The heating sensation you feel will indicate that the collagen fibers are being appropriately treated. In order to ensure your comfort, the tip of the Thermage device and your skin is cool before, during, and after each time it is used on your skin. Depending on your needs, Dr. Rivkin can provide you with pain medications or topical anesthetics to make sure you do not feel discomfort during the Thermage procedure.

If you are interested in have a Thermage procedure performed on you, or if you have any unanswered questions, contact Dr. Rivkin at Westside Aesthetics in Los Angeles today to schedule your free initial consultation.


11645 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90025  |  (310) 443-5273

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