Thermage FLX

Thermage FLX is a fourth-generation system for non-invasive skin tightening that is state-of-the-art. Thermage FLX maximizes the use of radiofrequency energy to tighten skin and produce new collagen. With its revolutionary system of energy delivery and comfort pulse technology, Thermage FLX gives better results and more comfort during treatment than earlier generations of Thermage as well as many other tightening devices on the market.

How does it work?

Skin thickness, strength, tone, and resilience are all affected by the loss of healthy collagen and elastic fibers. Over time, the young outlines shift, and skin laxity and drooping emerge. Thermage FLX delivers radiofrequency radiation to the skin’s deepest layers, stimulating the skin to manufacture new, healthy collagen in the months after treatment. In many individuals, Thermage FLX tightens the existing collagen, resulting in an instant improvement in contours and tissue tone.

Areas of treatment

Every treatment and technique that involves “lifting vectors” is used to enhance results because every individual has a unique collection of problem areas to be treated.

Upper Face – improve skin thickness and raise the brows subtly; we tailor the procedure to improve symmetry between the right and left brows.

Eyelids – enhance skin texture and provide a slight lift in certain patients.

Lower Face, Neck – tighten skin and soften the look of facial creases (nasal folds) to create a younger contour; enhance the jawline to create a more youthful contour

Improve the thickness and tightness of the skin on the body.

Who is a good candidate of Thermage FLX?

Thermage FLX is safe to use on any skin color because it employs radiofrequency energy. Patients with mild to moderate skin laxity and modest UV damage have the best results. The degree of skin laxity and photoaging are important factors in determining a person’s response. A person’s age is less crucial with Thermage FLX than with earlier devices; for example, a person over 65 years old with minor skin degradation and laxity may experience significant improvement.

Who should avoid Thermage FLX?

People who have an implantable pacemaker, an Automatic Implantable Cardioverter/Defibrillator (AICD), or any other implantable electronic device should not undergo Thermage FLX. Thermal FLX should never be used on a pregnant or nursing woman.

How it is performed?

Thermage FLX uses radiofrequency energy to target the deeper, collagen-rich layers of your skin during the procedure. One of Thermage FLX’s benefits is its unique mechanism, which vibrates and cools the skin’s surface layers to promote comfort throughout the operation. Throughout the therapy, the goal is to deliver heat energy that feels warm but never “too hot.” The Thermage FLX device is applied to the treatment region in a pulse-like pattern.

How long does it take?

Thermage FLX sessions can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on your specific needs (area(s) treated, location).

What are the Side effects?

The majority of patients have minimal to no side effects and are able to resume their normal activities almost immediately. Minor swelling or redness may occur on occasion, but this usually goes away within 24 hours. If you see anything strange or have any concerns after your surgery, contact your dermatologist right away.

 

References:

Polder, K. D., & Bruce, S. (2011). Radiofrequency: Thermage. Facial plastic surgery clinics of North America, 19(2), 347–359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsc.2011.04.006

Burns J. A. (2005). Thermage: monopolar radiofrequency. Aesthetic surgery journal, 25(6), 638–642. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asj.2005.09.017

Robb-Nicholson C. (2005). By the way, doctor. Can you tell me anything about a new cosmetic treatment called Thermage?. Harvard women’s health watch, 12(12), 8.

Hodgkinson D. J. (2009). Clinical applications of radiofrequency: nonsurgical skin tightening (thermage). Clinics in plastic surgery, 36(2), 261–viii. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cps.2008.11.006