In 2021, researchers released the paper “A survey on monopolar radiofrequency treatment: the latest update” in Dermatologic Therapy. Their goal was to measure the perceived effectiveness and side effects of some of the most popular RF treatments used by Korean dermatologists, including Thermage FLX. In total, there were 52 surveys analyzed, all of which included Thermage FLX, and by far (57.4%) Thermage FLX was considered the most effective treatment. It scored as the shortest treatment time but was also considered the most uncomfortable. Fortunately, at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, we take measures to ensure the most comfortable treatment experiences possible.
Taking an over-the-counter painkiller, like Advil, is permissible before Thermage FLX. Additionally, a topical numbing cream is applied. With these measures, most clients describe the feeling as being like a burning or prickling sensation. Additionally, the passes Thermage FLX requires are fast, so any sensations are quick. The best candidates in these surveys were considered to be those in their 40s. The degree of skin thickness was determined to be the most important factor in responsiveness. On average, treatments were to be repeated every year to sustain results.
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These researchers undertook a similar survey in 2017 and found that complication rates were even lower (and they were already quite low five years ago). They credit this to better energy delivery, which has led to a gentler treatment. Skin tightening treatments that require no needles, surgery, or downtime have understandably skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Who wouldn’t want to improve their skin laxity without downtime and surgical risks?
Thermage FLX is a celebrity favorite, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Anniston being very open about their love for the treatment. Their adoration is backed up by this survey, which was comprised of 23 questions for dermatologists with over a year of experience with Thermage FLX. Specifically, those who attended the yearly Thermageuser meeting in 2019 were asked about their thoughts on the latest Thermage technology. Thermage FLX is the latest generation, and according to the authors of the survey, it offers significant improvements compared to older models. So, if you’ve tried earlier models, it might be time for an upgrade.
What to Expect with Thermage FLX
There is virtually no preparation for this treatment, though you should avoid tanning and exfoliation before and after your treatment. On the day of your appointment, your skin will be cleansed and a numbing cream applied. Thermage FLX can be used just about anywhere you want to tighten skin, including delicate areas like around the eyes. Immediately after the treatment, your skin might appear flushed (but not necessarily). Some tingling and numbness might temporarily occur, but this should not interfere with your daily life. Most people go back to work or running errands after their treatment.
Called a surgical alternative, the results from Thermage FLX are dramatic and yet natural—literally, because it’s a collagen induction treatment that works from the inside out. This also means the results won’t be seen right away. On average, you will see full results in 3 – 6 months. It is a very effective tool for tightening and lifting the skin and can delay a facelift for several years.
Thermage for Autumn
Since avoiding the sun before and after the treatment is necessary, autumn and winter are the perfect time for Thermage FLX and many other treatments. Start your Thermage FLX regimen now and you’ll have gorgeous results by the winter holiday parties and full results by spring. You can also pair Thermage FLX with other skin-improving treatments like microneedling, laser skin rejuvenation, and chemical peels, though not during the same appointment. Instead, Thermage FLX can be part of your in-office treatment plan.
Find out more about your options for addressing skin laxity and other concerns during a consultation. Thermage FLX has no restrictions on age or skin tone, though you may need to stop certain topicals (under the guidance of your doctor) before being a good candidate. Get in touch with Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care today by filling out the online contact form or calling the office.