What is Thermage® FLX?
Thermage® FLX is the latest generation of Thermage® radiofrequency technology. The FDA-cleared device is designed to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles using non-invasive energy. The patented Thermage® FLX technology offers significant results through the deep-heating of collagen-depleted layers of skin. Controlled radiofrequency works on a cellular level to build up collagen in the dermis and rebuild the frayed collagen matrix that has been affected by aging, sun damage and other factors.
How does Thermage® FLX compare to traditional Thermage®?
Both traditional Thermage® and Thermage® FLX work by heating deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen remodeling. The Thermage® FLX device optimizes the delivery of RF energy using an algorithm called AccuREP. This feature automatically measures the amount of energy delivered to the area and adjusts to achieve the best results. The Thermage® FLX device also has a larger treatment tip and vibrating handpiece that reduces treatment time by 25%.
The newer generation platform is also designed for optimal comfort and safety. Vibrations “trick” superficial nerves to feel less heat than they would otherwise, and the applicator delivers bursts of cold air intermittently with the warming RF energy. These features minimize the risk of burns while also maximizing the shorter treatment time.
Who is a Good Candidate for Thermage® FLX?
Almost anyone can be considered a good candidate for Thermage® treatment. People who have mild-to-moderate sagging skin are more likely to benefit from this treatment than people with severe facial sagging. Ideally, patients seeking skin tightening treatment with Thermage® are between the ages of 30 and 65 experiencing the early stages of aging. Additionally, treatment works best for patients who are looking to improve the appearance of their neck, brow, and eyelid areas, as well as the cheeks and jowls.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated With Thermage® FLX?
Thermage® skin tightening is usually performed on different parts of the face and neck. Due to the slightly larger applicator tip, Thermage® FLX may be well-suited to treating loose skin on the thighs, abdomen, chest, jawline, and upper eye area.
How Long Does Thermage® FLX Usually Last?
The way that Thermage® FLX works is by stimulating the natural production of collagen. Patients may see some improvement right away after their treatment, but this only gets better with time. Collagen remodeling after radiofrequency treatment may continue for about six months. This means that the skin can continue to look firmer and younger for even longer.
The results of Thermage® FLX can last many months. However, this is dependent on several factors. The skin is constantly changing in response to our biology and lifestyle habits. Good skin care, sun care, and nutrition can work in our favor as we seek to mitigate the signs of aging.
Is Thermage® FLX Painful?
Treatment occurs in a grid-like pattern. After placing the ink grid over the treatment area, the provider determines the appropriate amount of energy to deliver to each section of the skin. The handpiece applies energy and also bursts of cool air. While the absorption of radiofrequency thermal energy can be slightly uncomfortably warm, patients typically describe the treatment as tolerable without the need for anesthetic.
How Many Treatments Will I Require to See the Best Results?
Thermage® FLX is designed to achieve profound results in one treatment session. Because the collagen-production that stems from one treatment typically stops about six months after the appointment, it can be beneficial to schedule subsequent Thermage® treatments at about that interval. With one or two treatments a year, the body’s production of collagen may be well-sustained.
When Can I Expect to See Results from My Thermage® FLX Treatment?
This radiofrequency treatment has a powerful effect on the deeper layers of your skin. The objective of treatment is to stimulate profound collagen production, which works to firm and tighten the upper layers of the skin. You can expect to see an immediate change in the appearance of your skin after your Thermage treatment as a result of tissue contraction. This may be subtle at first. It will continue to improve as new collagen protein comes into the area to help remodel the matrix that has been affected by age and sun damage.
Is there Anything Special to do Before or After Getting Thermage® FLX?
One of the many benefits of Thermage FLX is that you don't have to take special precautions ahead of time, nor make special arrangements for recovery. This non-surgical face and body rejuvenation treatment works below the surface, so you don't have to worry about significant side effects. Before your procedure, your provider may suggest that you take an anti-inflammatory medication to assist with comfort. After your procedure, you can expect to return to your normal activities without any special care. That said, you may develop mild to moderate swelling and redness. This usually lasts no more than 24 hours.
I have Dermal Fillers. Can I Still Get Thermage® FLX?
You can! According to peer-reviewed clinical studies, Thermage® FLX is a nice complement to most dermal fillers. Furthermore, it can be combined with Botox® and other neuromodulators. Combining this skin tightening treatment with injectables can enhance the overall effects of your treatment. This is possible because each component of the combined treatment works on specific concerns. Where Thermage restores more youthful texture and tightness to the skin, neuromodulators smooth the dynamic wrinkles caused by facial movements and dermal fillers can build out younger-looking facial contours.
Can I Combine Thermage® FLX with Other Treatments?
Aging doesn't affect the skin and your overall appearance in one specific way. Often, people who seek Thermage® skin tightening have additional cosmetic concerns. These may relate to sun damage or aging. In these instances, the doctor can explore ancillary treatments that can address concerns like sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles.
How Can I Extend My Results from Thermage® FLX?
The right sun protection and skin care regimen are paramount to prolonged results from any beauty treatment. In fact, what you do on a daily basis matters regardless of your participation in clinical or surgical treatments! Your aging skin benefits from daily cleansing, toning, moisturizing, sun protection, and the application of nourishing serums. Some of the suggestions for maintaining your Thermage FLX results include using products that contain vitamin C, retinol, and other antioxidants. Products with peptides and built-in SPF are also integral to your long-term skin health. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to skin care. You may benefit the most from a consultation with a licensed esthetician.
Schedule A Consultation
For more information on Thermage® FLX, or any of our other cosmetic treatments, call Dr. Serebrakian today. Call 415-461-5755 in Larkspur. Dr. Serebrakian serves patients in the Larksur, Pinole, San Francisco and surrounding areas in CA.