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THERMAGE Negative Side Effects & Efficacy
I am contemplating undergoing Thermage treatment (900 pulses) for cost of $2550. What is the efficacy rate? We all know what the positive outcomes are of this treatment, but I would like to know what are the possible negative outcomes and what are the causes? I am told that my doctor's assistant is "trained and certified" to do the treatment (doctor chooses not to do the treatment because it takes 2 hours) taking away her ability to do more consultations, etc. I really am trying to find a reputable procedure to tighten the jowl line and neck. The Titan procedure I had done in July 2009 did not really give much results for cost of $1000. Your objective information and advice is appreciated.
In our practice, fractional laser resurfacing has largely replaced radiofrequency treatments. It seems to be more effective. There are other skin tightening treatments as well. If the neck is significantly loose, patients will typically spend a great deal of money before they eventually get the facelift that would have benefited them most in the beginning.
On another site the patient satisfaction rate with THERMAGE was 41% or 59% were dissatisfied! I too agree with Dr Brent that Fractional CO-2 treatments are MUCH better, especially the Smart Skin Laser. But remember nothing replaces a mini facelift/ From MIAMI Dr. Darryl J. Blinski
I have noticed an intersting phenomenon in my practice over the last few years as it relates to Thermage. I have done Facelifts on at least 10 patients who had muliple Thermage treatments prior to their Facelifts and I have found that there was fat necrosis in the subcutaneous plane which made the Facelift much more difficult to perform because the skin flap was much more delicate. I am not 100 percent sure that this is solely related to Thermage but it seems to be the most likely culprit in my opinion.
Thermage and Titan are different technologies, but I would be skeptical of you getting results that are that much better with Thermage. I also have my nurse do the procedure, but in California only nurses and doctors are allowed to operate the machine. I would insist, if you do have it done, that a nurse do the procedure.
That being said, Thermage has subtle results and will really only work on mild jowling in patients that are relatively on the younger side (below 60).
Even though I have the device, I am always hesitant recommending it. Skin tightening is tough - if you can do a combination of Thermage and fractional CO2, that would give the best results.
Suzie48 THERMAGE STOP AND INVESTIGATEMarch 14, 2013 1:32 PM
I HAD EYE THERMAGE DONE IN NOVEMBER 2012. EFFECT DISASTROUS, MY UNDER EYE IS NOW MUCH THINNER, I LOOK TIRED AND OLD (PAST MY 48 YEARS)
EVERYONE I SPOKE TO PRIOR TO HAVING TREATMENT SAID I DIDN'T NEED IT, BUT I FELT THAT MY EYES WERE ALWAYS PUFFY. TO DESCRIBE HOW THEY LOOK NOW: BAGS ARE NOW FLAT ON MY CHEEK WITH NO VOLUME. I HATE IT, IT HAS COST ME £1700 AND MY CONFIDENCE.
Thermage is a technology that has been around for over 10 years we highly recommend it. Great results when it is effectively done when done by someone that has not much experience with the technology the side effects could be fat loss
For more information: http://www.drjsalomon.com/body_thermage.asp
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