Unfortunately, collagen gradually breaks down due to age and damage from the sun, and the body's ability to replace it slows with each passing year. This destruction leads to wrinkles and sagging as skin loosens, but Thermage® at Toronto's Avenue Skin Care can turn the tables on time, remodeling collagen and even stimulating the production of new collagen to rejuvenate the face and body.
Thermage® is a radiofrequency-based treatment that can be safely used on a variety of areas to tighten drooping tissue, smooth away wrinkles, and more.
How Thermage® Works
Radiofrequency energy can be used to generate heat, which is how Thermage® works to activate collagen production. A handheld device cools the outermost layer of skin to reduce discomfort, then applies focused heat to the deeper layers where collagen sits. As existing collagen is remodeled and the formation of new collagen begins, the Thermage® hand-piece then delivers another cooling dose of cryogen to the top layer.
Some initial results may be visible within 24 hours, but the main benefits generated by collagen production will become increasingly apparent in the months after your treatment session. The ultimate results are long-term, with many patients reporting years of enjoying an improved appearance.
Since the treatment involves your body’s own collagen, the results are natural looking.
What Problems Does Thermage® Address?
Collagen plays a significant role in many vital aesthetic areas, so Thermage® has proven to be a versatile treatment, applicable anywhere diminishing levels of the protein have led to signs of aging.
Thermage® can treat:
Fine lines and wrinkles
A drooping brow line
Turkey neck and sagging skin
Dimples and bulges
Depending on the area treated and the scope of the work to be done, a Thermage® session typically runs anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. No recovery time is necessary, so you can get back to the tasks and your daily life directly after your visit. You may notice some skin redness in the treated area, but this normal side effect should resolve quickly.
More Treatments Available at Avenue Skin Care
While Thermage® has proven to be a popular treatment, it is not the only option available to Toronto patients seeking a solution for wrinkles and sagging skin.
Juvederm® is an injectable that restores volume to the cheek area to fill sunken hollows and lift lax skin as far down as the jawline. Related dermal fillers smooth out facial folds and lines.
Botox is another option for addressing wrinkles, specifically focusing on wrinkles formed by muscle movement on the forehead and to the sides of the eyes.
Patients who want to eliminate spots and uneven colouring can talk to the Avenue Skin Care team to learn about treatments intended for pigmentation problems. Our goal is to deliver results that make sense for you, balancing new treatments with existing features to develop a natural and refreshed look.