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Thermage – RF Skin Tightening – Laser Treatment – Newport Beach, CA

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Radiofrequency (RF) skin rejuvenation, also referred to as RF skin tightening, is an advanced nonsurgical treatment that is commonly used in the field of plastic surgery. Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Ed Domanskis, offers this cosmetic treatment to help combat the signs of aging on the skin. During the treatment, the sound waves produced by the laser are able to reach deeper layers of the skin to impact the underlying tissues. This promotes the production of collagen and initiates the tightening of the superficial layers. The result is a smoother, tighter skin surface. Dr. Domanskis is proud to offer Thermage, which is a radiofrequency laser treatment that offers good success in reducing moderate to severe wrinkles and other skin irregularities.

Introducing Thermage

For those who are ready to make some changes to their skin but aren’t sure about having an invasive procedure, Thermage is a great solution. Thermage is performed in-office and does not require anesthesia. Dr. Domanskis may prescribe an oral pain medication to be taken prior to the procedure. While the procedure results in limited pain, there can be some discomfort for some patients. This laser device uses radiofrequency energy waves to target problem areas on the face, as well as on specific areas of the body. It can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and saggy skin, and smoothen and soften skin irregularities. It is a noninvasive procedure that has very little downtime afterwards, so patients can resume their busy schedules without missing a beat.

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Thermage FAQs

What Does Thermage Do?

The technology behind Thermage is radiofrequency waves applied directly to the areas that need improvement using both a cooling and heating technique to affect the collagen fibers below the skin’s surface. A grid is temporarily marked on the areas to be treated. A lubricant is applied and a grounding protective pad is also placed on the skin. Then, the electrode is applied to the skin to determine the optimum settings. This is followed by applying about 600 individual bursts of waves directly to the skin. Each wave lasts about 1.6 seconds and during this time, the skin is cooled to prevent damage to the epidermis. During this process, the collagen is disrupted by heat and shrivels/contracts and finally cools again. The latter decreases the unpleasantness of the pulse.

When Will I See Results?

The procedure takes about one hour. The grid pattern is removed as is the grounding pad. Any redness or swelling is very unusual. Thermage helps about 80% of the people that our office works on, and in most cases, the results are immediately apparent. It is the least effective in someone with severe sun-damaged skin.

How Long Does A Session Last?

Sessions vary according to what is being done. Typical facial sessions last up to 45 minutes. Body treatments can last up to 90 minutes. Areas that are targeted include the area around the eyes, the jawline, and the neckline. Those are often the regions that we see sagging and wrinkles.

Is It Only For The Face?

Thermage can be used on other parts of the body, not just the face. Body treatments can help reduce unsightly bulging, dimples, and wrinkles. We already know that the signs of aging aren’t just limited to the facial area, so why not treat the entire body? The process works the same regardless if it is performed on the face, tummy or thighs.

Side Effects and Downtime?

Although all patients are different, the most common side effect is a slight redness to the skin within the treatment area. Because this is a noninvasive treatment, downtime is minimal. Most patients resume normal activity directly following treatment.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.