What is Thermage Treatment and How Does it Work?

woman side profile with hand on neck, showcasing a skin tightened jawline

For years, cosmetic treatments were a private affair in Singapore. Those who sought the various treatments kept it to themselves thanks to the conservative nature of most Asians and Singaporeans. Today, things are different, as more people are embracing aesthetic treatments, especially non-invasive ones. It is slowly becoming the norm, and many people don’t mind discussing the various treatment options, and those that they believe are most effective.

Thermage skin tightening treatment is one of the premier, non-invasive aesthetic treatments in Singapore. It involves the use of patented monopolar radiofrequency technology, which heats hidden collagen layers. With no needles and cuttings, the heat produced during treatment gets to the inner layers of the skin and stimulates the body to kickstart the renewed production of collagen. Read more about how Thermage Skin Tightening Treatments can benefit you here.

The reason younger people have firm skin is that their bodies produce large quantities of collagen, a protein responsible for firm skin. Unfortunately, as one gets older, the production of collagen starts declining. This is why older people start developing fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. The slow production of collagen is unavoidable. It is a process that everyone goes through as they get older. This is why anti-aging creams have collagen as a primary ingredient. 

How Thermage Treatment Works

Your facial skin has three layers, the surface, middle and subcutaneous layers. The subcutaneous layer, known as the fat layer or dermis, has plenty of collagen fibers, but most of the collagen is concentrated in the middle layer. As you grow older, the collagen in the skin layers starts breaking down. This breakdown could be due to weight loss, sun exposure, genetics, or habits like smoking. In some cases, the reason behind the slowing collagen production may not be apparent. 

When administering Thermage treatment, the doctor will use a handheld device to transmit radiofrequency energy into the dermis (inner layers of the skin) without damaging the epidermis. As the heat penetrates the internal skin tissues, the collagen fibrils contract, and thicken. This reaction results in the tightening of the layer of skin below the surface. The treatment lasts between 30 and 90 minutes, with no downtime. 

Long-term impact of Thermage Treatment

Over time, the fibril layers heal from the impact of the heat and reshape as new collagen starts to form. This further tightens the skin. This is why some results are visible immediately after the treatment, but the skin gets even better after some time. Although most anti-aging creams contain collagen, none stimulates the skin to produce more collagen. 

The outcome from a single treatment varies from one person the next primarily because one’s aging process and skin condition affect how quickly the treatment works. For some people, a single treatment will leave them with visibly youthful skin for a year or two. Others may need more sessions to get the results that they desire. Some physicians suggest including the Thermage treatment in your annual skincare regimen. 

Thermage treatment can be used on any part of your body, starting to show signs of aging. These include the eyelids, backs of hands, the neck, and the chest. Some parts of the body tighten much faster than others, so the results will vary. Whatever the outcome, there is no doubt that Thermage is a game-changer in the cosmetic industry for skin tightening, mainly among non-invasive treatments.