It may not be the newest aesthetics treatment in town, but Thermage is still one of the most popular procedures for treating the appearance of sagging skin because has no downtime and promises immediate results. The treatment uses radiofrequency technology to remodel collagen within the skin so it looks tauter and smoother. Another factor that makes it so desirable? It is effective, not just on the face, but also on the eye area and body.
To review Thermage, we sent 39-year-old Rena to South Bridge Aesthetics Clinic. The clinic is helmed by its Medical Director, Dr. Winston Lee, and is known for offering competitively-priced non-invasive procedures. Dr. Lee has a special interest in Thermage (and Ultherapy), and we knew that Rena was going to be in good hands.
How Thermage is administered
Numbing cream is first applied on Rena’s skin and left on for approximately 45 minutes to allow its effect to set in.
Conducting pads were also pasted on Rena’s back in order to help conduct the energy from the equipment back to the machines.
Rena then settled comfortably on the therapy bed, where Dr. Lee applied probes in the shape of small pads onto her skin.
This is Rena’s impression of the procedure:
A warm sensation creeps up my face when the device first landed on my cheek. The heat continued to increase but the discomfort level is tolerable. The areas that I felt most discomfort on were around the jawline and some parts of the neck. However, besides feeling heat, I found the procedure bearable.
This portion of the procedure lasted approximately one hour and at the end of the session, Rena’s face was slightly red but she was told that this is so because she has sensitive skin. Her skin also continued to feel warm even after the procedure was over.
What happened after Thermage
While the redness on Rena’s skin persisted throughout the day, she still felt comfortable to get back to work afterwards. The redness subsided by the next day.
Right from the end of the session, Rena said that she could feel her skin tighter than before. The tightness was particularly apparent in the first three days after the session. She was pleased with the overall result:
I have obvious lines on my forehead, which I hoped Thermage would help with, but the doctor advised that I would probably only see more significant results with Botox instead of Thermage. Despite this, I still find the session an effective one.
The most obvious difference was probably that the crow’s feet around my eyes had visibly lightened in depth. I could also tell that my skin is more lifted than before. Most interestingly, I find that the improvements set in gradually after the session, and it was exciting to observe these changes.
More tips if you’re going for Thermage
- Thermage is not recommended for those who had just had fillers done, because the heat energy may melt them down.
- Try not to wear too many accessories when you are going for your Thermage appointment. You’ll need to remove your accessories (especially the metallic ones) to avoid conducting heat through them.
- Avoid trying to cool your skin down if you’re experiencing a warm sensation after the treatment. This may nullify its effects.
South Bridge Aesthetics Clinic is located at 277 South Bridge Road, and you can call 9730-8999 to make an appointment.