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Many things get better with time. Unfortunately, our skin is rarely one of them. The natural ageing process and years of sun exposure damage our skin, leading to the development of fine lines, wrinkles and loose, sagging tissue. Although these changes are part of growing older, their arrival is often unwelcome.

It is our goal here at AF Aesthetics to help you maintain the health and appearance of your skin, as well as your confidence at every stage of life. We specialise in nonsurgical procedures like Thermage FLX, the newest generation of Thermage technologies. Thermage FLX is a clinically proven radiofrequency treatment that tightens skin and produces meaningful results in just one treatment.

What Is Thermage FLX?

The Thermage system utilises radiofrequency (RF) energy to help tighten and contour skin for a smoother, younger-looking appearance. Thermage isn’t just a well-known name in the aesthetics industry — since 2002, it has built a reputation for being the pioneer in noninvasive skin tightening. Its one-of-a-kind radiofrequency technology was developed with over 70 patent applications and has demonstrated safety in more than 50 published clinical studies. To date, 2+ million Thermage treatments have been performed worldwide.

Thermage FLX is the 4th generation of this system. As the latest and most advanced version, Thermage FLX provides an enhanced experience for both clinicians and patients, offering more comfortable, more convenient and more consistent skin tightening treatments.

How Does Thermage FLX Work?

What causes us to develop loose skin and wrinkles as we age? One of the main culprits is collagen depletion. This critical protein breaks down as we get older, robbing our skin of a key ingredient in its internal support system.

Thermage FLX emits radiofrequency energy that heats the deep collagen-rich layer of the skin. The heat causes collagen to contract, which results in a skin tightening effect and encourages new collagen growth. Over the next few months, collagen is deposited and remodelled, using the body’s natural healing process to deliver beautiful, taut skin.

What Areas Can Be Treated With Thermage FLX?

At AF Aesthetics, we customise every Thermage FLX treatment to optimise results. We will tailor your skin tightening treatment to your personal areas of concern, which may include:

  • Upper Face — tightening of the forehead and subtle lifting of the brows
  • Eyelids — tightening heavy, hooded upper eyelid skin and reducing wrinkles
  • Lower Face — softening nasolabial folds and improving jawline definition
  • Neck — improving contours and definition under the chin
  • Body — improving the appearance of crepey skin on the abdomen, legs, buttocks or upper arms

Who Are Sydney Thermage FLX Treatments For?

Thermage skin tightening has something to offer for a variety of patients. It’s popular with patients in their 30s and 40s who want to address early signs of ageing and minimise future changes. For older patients, Thermage FLX can help prolong the time before plastic surgery is needed or complement the results of a surgical procedure like blepharoplasty or a facelift.

Ageing isn’t the only reason one might want to consider a skin tightening treatment. Thermage FLX is also popular with postpartum patients and patients left with a mild degree of loose skin after weight loss.

Since this treatment uses radiofrequency energy, it can be performed safely on any skin colour. Our specialists will assess your skin during an initial consultation and help you decide whether Thermage FLX suits your needs.

How Is Thermage FLX Treatment Performed?

A Thermage FLX treatment will last for 60 to 120 minutes, depending on the area being treated. First, the clinician will apply a grid pattern over the targeted area to ensure that it’s thoroughly treated. Then, they’ll continue the treatment by applying the handpiece of the device against your skin while it delivers pulses of radiofrequency energy. The pulses last only a few seconds, and your clinician will monitor the intensity to ensure the treatment never feels ‘too hot’. Thermage FLX includes an integrated cooling system that cools your skin’s surface for enhanced comfort. The procedure requires no anaesthesia.

What Is the Expected Recovery After Thermage FLX?

Thermage FLX is a safe procedure with little or no downtime. You can go back to your regular routine right away, making it easy to fit a session into your busy schedule. Some patients experience minor redness or swelling after the treatment, but this usually goes away within 24 hours. For best results, we recommend wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. Our medical professionals will provide you with aftercare advice that should be followed for safe and effective healing.

When Will I See Results From My Thermage FLX Treatment?

Your results from Thermage will not be immediate. Your body needs time to generate new collagen before you will see significant improvement. Most patients see noticeable results gradually appear in the two to six months following their Thermage skin tightening treatment.

How Many Thermage FLX Treatments Will I Need?

Positive results can be seen after a single session and will improve over time as the collagen renewal process progresses. For most patients, one Thermage FLX treatment provides the desired outcome. Some patients require a second session six months or more after the first for optimal results.

How Long Do Thermage FLX Results Last?

The effect of your Thermage FLX treatment will last from one to two years, depending on your skin’s unique ageing process. Follow your physician’s aftercare advice to maximise the benefit of the procedure. Some proactive patients choose to have annual Thermage treatments to maintain their improvements indefinitely.

Renew Your Skin with State-Of-The-Art Skin Tightening in Sydney

If you are considering a nonsurgical procedure, you are not alone. Over 13.6 million nonsurgical procedures were performed worldwide in 2019, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. As interest in noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments grows, so does the number of options available to patients.

The four specialist doctors behind AF Aesthetics are always exploring new ways patients can be treated effectively. Thermage FLX is an exciting advancement in radiofrequency technology that delivers a faster, more comfortable experience with improved results. Contact our Chatswood clinic today to learn more about skin tightening with Thermage FLX.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Thermage FLX hurt?

You will feel a brief heating sensation when the tip of the device touches your skin, followed by a cooling sensation to reduce discomfort. The Thermage FLX system incorporates vibration into the treatments, which has also been shown to aid patient comfort.

Can I treat multiple sites with one Thermage session?

We can customise your Thermage FLX treatment to include multiple face and/or body areas in one session. Since the procedure is relatively comfortable and quick, you do not need to schedule multiple appointments with rest time in between.

Thermage vs. Ulthera — what is the difference?

Ulthera is another nonsurgical skin tightening technology. The primary difference lies in the energy used: Thermage utilises radiofrequency and Ulthera uses ultrasonic waves. Ulthera is typically performed on the face, while Thermage can be performed on the face and body. Both treatments stimulate collagen production to minimise fine lines and tighten skin.

How does Thermage FLX compare to a facelift?

WIth Thermage FLX, there are no incisions or anaesthesia, and you won’t have to spend time away from work. In fact, there is little to no recovery time at all, and compared to surgery, there is a much lower risk of side effects. Thermage may be a more manageable treatment option for those with mild skin laxity and superficial wrinkles. For advanced signs of ageing, a surgical facelift may produce more satisfying results.

What treatments can enhance the results of Thermage FLX?

Thermage FLX may be combined with a number of other treatments. Injectables such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections complement radiofrequency skin tightening treatments by smoothing out deeper lines and wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle injections address lines caused by facial muscle contractions and can be used for a subtle eyebrow lift. Fillers are designed to contour the face and plump deep creases in the skin.

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