06 Sep Heat Up Your Anti-Aging Efforts with Thermage FLX
Thermage FLX is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment suitable for men and women with all skin tones. It tightens, lifts, and smooths with results that can last for several months. Available at RefinedMD, many clients opt for Thermage FLX when they want to delay a facelift and are interested in serious skin tightening strategies. You can use Thermage FLX on the face, in delicate areas like around the eyes and mouth, and anywhere on the body with no downtime. The very first Thermage tech debuted 20 years ago and while it was effective, it was also quite uncomfortable. Today’s fourth generation technology gives you maximum benefits with minimal discomfort.
Thermage FLX is a collagen induction therapy, but it also provides some initial and immediate benefits that you might notice right after your appointment. During your session, a before picture is taken and numbing agents are applied to further increase comfort. These work well with the latest cooling and vibration tip that helps keep the treated area chilled and you distracted with the buzzing. When the skin is nice and numb, the cream is removed and a grid-like pattern is applied to the treatment site. It helps to guide your provider and ensure optimal results.
Your Thermage FLX Experience
Even though you can get this treatment just about anywhere, most people opt for the face (including the jawline). This approach takes about 90 minutes. A gel is applied over the grid, which is a bit like a temporary tattoo, to help facilitate the session. The wand delivers pulses of radiofrequency (RF) energy to the layers of the skin where collagen and elastin are formed. The heat makes collagen contract, which stimulates new collagen growth.
With every pulse of RF heat, a short cooling sensation follows. This pattern of hot/cold repeats as hundreds of pulses are delivered to the site. It is a tolerable experience for many clients, and of course numbing aids, cooling, and vibration help. However, don’t go into the treatment thinking that it’s going to be a leisurely pamper-fest. There are times when discomfort may occur, especially in areas that don’t have much fat (like the jawline). Still, it’s a one and done procedure with results that can improve for up to six months and last for 12+ months on average.
Making the Most of Thermage FLX
There is no ideal time to start getting Thermage FLX treatments, but keep in mind that we naturally stop producing as much collagen at around age 25. This means those in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and better can benefit from this type of collagen induction therapy. Some people use it to delay invasive options like facelifts or avoid them altogether. However, results do not last forever and most people opt for maintenance sessions after 1 – 3 years, on average. Collagen induction is a lifelong pursuit, and Thermage FLX is one of the most effective ways to do it—but it’s not the only way.
Since Thermage FLX is non-invasive, it can be paired with other treatment and procedures to further stimulate collagen such as microneedling, AquaGold, laser skin rejuvenation, and chemical peels. Right after your treatment, some redness may appear—but this doesn’t always happen and if it does it is temporary. This is a no-downtime treatment so you can expect to go right back to your day.
Enhancing Collagen Production
Slowed down collagen production is just one (yet major) sign of aging. Lack of collagen makes skin more lax with poorer texture and tone. However, don’t expect muscles causing dynamic wrinkles (such as those on the forehead and around the eyes) to become static. You can combine Thermage FLX with Botox to freeze muscles that cause unwanted lines, wrinkles and folds.
Another, often overlooked, sign of aging is lost “good fat” in the face and the tops of the hands. This can be helped somewhat with collagen induction, but the real trick here is the use of dermal fillers. Fillers are usually made of a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid (HA), which provides immediate results and draws moisture to the filler site. Fillers can be injected virtually anywhere on the face to restore volume. Popular sites are the lips, cheeks, temples, below the eyes, and jawline. You can combine a filler or Botox appointment with Thermage FLX to make the most of your regimen.
Find out more about Thermage FLX and collagen induction therapy by calling RefinedMD during business hours or filling out the online contact form right now.