Skin Tightening (Thermage)

This is a sophisticated treatment designed to tighten skin and improve the appearance of skin around the face and neck. BPS are currently the only practice in the South West of England licensed to offer this treatment. Since the Thermage® procedure works by tightening deeper skin tissue, it can complement other procedures that treat the upper layers of your skin.

Procedure

The procedure tightens tissues by delivering radio-frequency (RF) energy through the skin, using a treatment wand called a ThermaTip™. This heats the deep skin layers underneath while protecting the skin surface with a cooling action. Patients feel a brief, deep heating sensation with each touch of the ThermaTip™, as the RF energy is delivered to your skin and underlying tissues. We may apply an anaesthetic cream to your face or prescribe pain medication to enhance your comfort during the procedure.

Aftercare

The Thermage® procedure requires no recovery time, so you can return to normal activities the very same day of your treatment.

Implications

Best of all, there are no needles or scalpels. There may occasionally be some local swelling, surface irregularity, discolouration, itching and a mild to moderate discomfort. These signs and symptoms usually disappear within a few days but can last a few weeks.

Expectations

Your skin should feel tighter but the maximum effect takes about three months as your skin collagen remodels. The results may last 24 months or longer, based on your natural ageing process.

Complications

The Thermage® procedure has an excellent safety record. There can, however, be blistering and very occasionally scarring. There is a tiny risk of longer-lasting surface irregularity to the skin, but this is very rare.

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