What is Thermage?

Thermage or Thermacool is a new noninvasive technique that uses radiofrequency technology to deliver heat to the deeper layers of the skin while cooling the surface layers. This allows for the contracture of the collagen in the skin and promotes the deposition of new collagen. Over time, as the collagen is deposited, patients report that their skin feels thicker and appears more youthful.

Thermage is an outpatient procedure, performed with the aid of a local anesthetic. It does not produce the same degree of correction as can be achieved with either surgery or a CO2 resurfacing. However, in most cases, it is a useful, minimally invasive technique with no significant downtime.