Thermage Treatment Vs Laser For Skin Tightening

Thermage Treatment

Non surgical skin tightening procedures are gaining increasing popularity these days because they are not invasive, cost much less, have no major unpleasant side effects compared to cosmetic surgery.

Non surgical treatments makes use of one or more of the energy technologies like laser light, radio frequency, infra red light energy or ultra sound wave energy to heat the collage in deep skin layers to stimulate natural collagen production in the skin. As the skin produces its own collagen, it becomes firm.

Thermage treatment and Refirme are two popular treatments used for eliminating wrinkles on the face, neck or arms, loose skin that occurs after weigh loss on stomach and thighs, and loose skin after pregnancy etc. Both treatments have their pros and cons. Let us compare both.

Thermage treatment: Makes use mono-polar radio energy to stimulate collagen production.

Pros
– Often requires only one session
– Results can last up to 2 years
– Requires no downtime or healing time
– Can be effective anywhere on the body

Cons
Thermage cost is often greater than Refirme.
– There are no major thermage side effects, but slight blistering and redness can occur which will subside in a few days.

Laser skin tightening – Refirme: It is a combination treatment which makes use of both bi-polar radio energy and light energy (laser or infra red).

Pros
– Can be mild on the skin, virtually involving no pain
– Results can last up to 2 or more years
– No harmful side effects
– No downtime or recovery time requirement
– Cost per session less than thermage treatment
– Some doctors believe bi-polar energy used by Refirme is easier to use to monitor collagen heating.

Cons
– Multiple sessions (2-3) are necessary.
– Can be very effective on the face, neck and arms but not on the stomach and thighs.

Often times, doctors prefer to use combinations of different treatments for increased results. For example a combination Thermage treatment and Refirme can be suggested for best results.