Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Thermage CPT™ System?
The new Thermage CPT System represents a significant leap forward in skin tightening and body contouring technology utilizing Comfort Pulse Technology to get skin back to its healthy, youthful appearance. This treatment is the premier non-invasive procedure to help smooth, tighten and contour the skin in a single treatment with no surgery, no injections and little to no downtime.
How does the Thermage CPT procedure work?
The procedure works by using best-in-class radio frequency technology to heat collagen fibers deep in the skin and underlying tissue. The new Thermage CPT system has an improved, more uniform heating action that causes the structures in the skin and underlying tissue to immediately tighten while stimulating collagen growth. Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced to further tighten and contour the skin.
What makes the new procedure more comfortable?
The Thermage CPT system incorporates proprietary Comfort Pulse Technology™ in every aspect of the system including a new vibrating hand piece and scientifically advanced treatment tips. The Comfort Pulse Technology delivers energy more efficiently through the new system to the area being treated while the redesigned face and body tips distribute heat more efficiently. The new vibrating hand piece also provides a more comfortable experience.
When will I see results?
Visible results are often immediate and improve over time. Measurable tightening and contouring improvements appear gradually over a two to six month time period following a single treatment session.
How many treatments will I need?
Unlike many procedures requiring four or more sessions, most Thermage® patients benefit from a single treatment. The treating doctor will determine the course of treatment that is right for each patient, based on the patient's needs and goals.
Where on the body is the Thermage CPT procedure performed?
The Thermage CPT procedure is designed especially for the face and the body. It can help tighten skin safely on most body parts, including the face, eyes, tummy, arms, hands, thighs and buttocks.
How long does the Thermage CPT procedure take?
The Thermage CPT procedure is a completely non-invasive, safe treatment that is performed only in a doctor's office. Depending on the size and location of the area to be treated, the procedure may take as little as 20 minutes or up to one hour.
Is there any special preparation or follow-up regime?
No. Unlike surgery, there is no pre-procedure preparation, such as blood work or fasting required. With little to no downtime, most patients can return to their regular activities immediately following treatment. There is no special care after treatment. Some patients exhibit a temporary redness or minor swelling after treatment, this usually resolves within 24 hours. Good skin care and sunscreens are recommended as part of your regular skin care regimen. The only signs of treatment are naturally smoother, younger and healthier skin.
How long will the effects of the Thermage CPT procedure last?
The Thermage CPT procedure helps tighten existing collagen and stimulate new natural collagen production for up to six months following the treatment. Results may last for years depending on the patient's skin condition and natural aging process.
Is Thermage the only radio frequency technology on the market today?
While there are other skin care treatments that use radio frequency energy, only Thermage utilizes proprietary mono polar radio frequency technology to deliver uniform volumetric heating into the dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin to help naturally tighten and contour underlying tissue. Also, Thermage generally achieves results in a single treatment compared to other technologies requiring multiple treatment sessions.
How much does the Thermage CPT procedure cost?
The cost for the Thermage CPT procedure depends on the areas being treated. In the U.S., the price of a face procedure may range from $2,500 to $5,000. Other body procedures vary based on area being treated. The physician will discuss his or her fees with the patient at the time of the consultation. The costs of Thermage can be significantly less than plastic surgery and the results are more natural looking than surgery.