Potential Risks and Complications of Thermage

Thermage? is a noninvasive, nonsurgical option for tightening loose, sagging skin that has lost its vibrancy and elasticity. It is most often used on the face, especially as a cure for droopy eyelids. Thermage? can be used almost anywhere on the body, including the abdomen to restore skin that had been stretched by pregnancy.

Thermage?, like many noninvasive treatments, stimulates the body to produce more collagen than it usually would. As the body heals and replenishes its collagen, it fills in the fine lines, wrinkles and droopy skin, restoring a youthful and polished look.

Potential Reactions to Thermage? Treatment

Unlike dermal fillers or injections, Thermage? uses no foreign chemicals or substances, so you won't need to have an allergy test weeks before the treatment. However, the plastic surgeon will likely give you a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated, as well as oral painkillers to help reduce any discomfort during or after the treatment. If you have any known allergies to pain medication or anesthetic, Thermage? may not be the best treatment for you.

Discomfort during and after Treatment

You may feel soreness or a burning sensation on or under your skin for a few days following the treatment. Thermage? relies on heat energy to stimulate the skin, so if you burn easily or have very sensitive skin, you may feel these side effects more than others. You can use over-the-counter painkillers to reduce your discomfort until you have healed, although it is wise to avoid ibuprofen and acetaminophen as these have inflammatory properties.

Thermage? is generally considered a safe procedure and side effects are rare and often temporary. Side effects can include blisters, scarring, peeling and flaking skin, redness and dimpling. Typically these side effects disappear on their own in a week or two after the treatment. If these side effects persist, inform your plastic surgeon as soon as possible.

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