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Thermage® Skin Tightening

This minimally-invasive treatment utilizes radiofrequency waves to tighten and lift the skin, addressing mild to moderate wrinkling and sagging on the face and body.



Thermage® Skin Tightening

This non-invasive therapy uses radiofrequency waves to tighten and lift the skin, helping to give an overall youthful-looking appearance.


Thermage® is used to address mild to moderate wrinkling and sagging skin, and is suitable for all skin types. Depending on the instrument used, it's also sufficiently versatile to be used on many areas of the face and body:[2]

  • Face and neck, including forehead, brows, jawline and around the mouth.
  • Around the eyes, such as crow's feet and the upper and lower eyelids.
  • Body, including the stomach, legs, arms, décollatage, and buttocks.

This information is general in nature and is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Please consult a healthcare professional for advice relevant to your particular circumstances.



Thermage® at a Glance

Thermage® technology delivers the energy of radiofrequency (RF) waves into the collagen found in the visible outer layer of skin (the epidermis), the deeper layer (the dermis), and a fat layer below the dermis that also contains a web of collagen fibres. The heat produced by the RF waves separates water molecules from the collagen fibres, causing them to contract and thicken for an immediate skin tightening effect. These remodelled collagen strands are now stronger and able to provide greater “lift” to the skin, for an improved appearance. The pulses of RF energy also encourage production of new collagen over a period of time, for the long-lasting results of Thermage® treatment.

What are the Risks Associated with Thermage®

The technology delivers heat energy to the deeper, dermal layers of the skin, using a handpiece that regulates the temperature to stay within a range that remodels existing collagen and generates new production, but without overheating the surface layers of skin. Possible effects on the skin may include:

  • Surface irregularities—not usually evident immediately post-treatment, but may appear up to 1 or more months post-treatment.
  • Numbness or tingling that typically resolves within a short period of time, but may persist for several weeks.
  • Overheating in the upper layers of skin may cause burns and subsequent blister and scab formation. There is also a possibility of scar formation.
  • Lumps or nodules under the skin may occur primarily in the neck area - these usually resolve within 1 or 2 weeks without long term complications. Swelling may occur and typically resolves within 5 days, but can persist up to several weeks..

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    Thermage® References

    Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this glossary. Regulations regarding usage constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

    1. Thermage® FLX, Technology & Innovation. Available at Accessed April 2024.
    2. Thermage® FLX, Results. Available at Accessed April 2024.
    3. Australian Skin Clinics. Skin Treatments; Thermage®, Pricing Available at Accessed April 2024.
    4. Thermage® FLX, How it Works. Available at Accessed April 2024.
    5. Thermage® FLX, Frequently Asked Questions. Available at Accessed April 2024.
    6. Thermage® FLX, What is Thermage® FLX? Available at Accessed April 2024.
    7. Thermage® FLX, Homepage. Available at Accessed April 2024.
    8. Thermage® FLX, Important Safety Information. Available at Accessed April 2024.

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