It’s a sad fact of life that ageing deteriorates the body’s largest organ, the skin. Women and men alike weigh up and take advantage of a plethora of cosmeceutical procedures to fight the unfortunately inevitable signs of ageing. Let’s face it; the desire to look good is global, and the industry is worth billions. Vanity is a very powerful tool.
Thermage is the latest potent weapon against ageing skin that has travelled from LA to Sydney. It’s rumoured to be profoundly effective but it doesn’t come cheap, with sessions costing between $2,000 to $5,000. Although that’s very expensive, the treatment is endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah, so you just know it has to be great. The Goop founder clearly knows her beauty products.
These are the things you need to know about the beauty industry’s newest anti-ageing treatment.
What is Thermage?
If you’ve ever wanted to turn back the clock on your skin and smooth out those unwanted bumps and lines, then start saving for Thermage. However, before you sign up for glowing skin, there are few things you should know.
First of all, the anti-ageing treatment is a non-surgical procedure devoid of knives or needles.
Thermage emits a radio frequency from a handheld machine that targets a series of points on the selected treatment area. This is accurately defined beforehand with a kind of grid, which is temporarily and lightly imprinted onto the face. Thermage is ideal for Botox or collagen devotees who love a youthful look but are wary of needles.
The radio frequencies heat up the deep layers of the skin to re-invigorate your body’s collagen renewal process and tighten your existing collagen to produce baby smooth skin.
Thermage is particularly effective because the kickstarted collagen continues to rejuvenate for up to nine months. Many people then have a top up treatment, but the high costs means that this is an individual choice.
Does it hurt?
Although heat is involved in reaching the deeper layers of the skin, the surface is not really affected. Most people happily return to work with minimal downtime. The treatment is reported to be uncomfortable throughout the procedure, but apparently far less so than needles or surgery.
Due to the high frequency radio waves, Thermage should not be administered during pregnancy. However, breastfeeding mothers are fine. One reputable Sydney clinic that performs Thermage is The Clinic in Bondi Junction. Several testimonials attest to the natural results and non-invasive nature of the treatment, as well as the exponential improvement.
Where can it help me?
The great news is that this revolutionary treatment is not just confined to the face. Your stomach, derrière, hands, and thighs can all benefit from the treatment.
Many Sydney clinics including The Clinic in Bondi Junction charge about $3,000 for the treatment and claim that results appear progressively between two and six months following treatment, and can last for up to a year.
The treatment is recommended once in 12 months, which makes it arguably more cost-effective than other well-known anti-ageing methods. You can see the results for yourself in the ‘Before and After’ photos below.