Non-Surgical Liposuction

Non-surgical Liposuction – What Are Your Options

If you have stubborn fat that refuses to leave your body no matter how hard you exercise or how strict you are with your diet, liposuction may appeal to you. The procedure allows you to quickly eliminate excess stored fat so that you look and feel your best. If you don’t like the idea of going under the knife in the name of fat elimination, non-surgical liposuction procedures are a safer alternative.

This guide will introduce you to four of the best non-surgical options currently available. Once you are familiar with these procedures, you can discuss your options with our trained clinicians. Determining which one is the best option for you comes down to serious analysis of your body, your medical history and your goals.

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This non-surgical method from Syneron breaks the large triglycerides inside fat cells into free fatty acids. Triglycerides cannot escape fat cells and increase the size of fat cells. Once they are turned into free fatty acids, those acids can leave the fat cells and enter the lymphatic system. This leaves the fat cells with less fat, so they shrink. After a series of treatment, you will see your waistline shrink as a result of the smaller fat cells.

This treatment also stimulates drainage from the lymphatic system through vacuum massage and lymphatic stimulation. This ensures the free fatty acids leaving your fat cells can be eliminated from your body entirely.

The exact number of Velasmooth treatments you need to reach your goals will depend on your body. Typically, sessions last less than an hour, and you can receive multiple treatments each week. This is a pain-free non-surgical liposuction option, so you can get on with your day immediately after treatment.


Mesotherapy was the first non-invasive liposuction procedure to utilise injections to break apart and dissolve excess fat cells. Today, LipoDissolve is used instead of Mesotherapy, and the procedure is similar but more effective.

The procedure involves injecting a mixture of approved medication, vitamin B complex and saline into the targeted fat cells. The medication forces the fat cells to burst, releasing the fat into the lymphatic system. The liver processes the fat and it exits the body. The vitamin B complex supports the liver so the fat is eliminated efficiently.

You can use this non-surgical liposuction alternative on any area of the body, but fewer treatments are typically needed when the fat is soft. The number of treatments needed to get rid of all excess fat will depend on the amount of fat to be eliminated and your body’s response to the treatment.


The Liposonix procedure is a bit different than many other non-invasive liposuction options because it promises results from the very first treatment. Ultrasound energy is delivered to the treatment area with a unique handheld device. The energy destroys the fat cells, releasing the fat so that your body can process and eliminate it from your body. This treatment is used exclusively on the abdomen and the love handles on your sides.

You won’t eliminate all of your excess fat with one treatment, but you can lose up to an inch in your abdomen with the first treatment. Multiple treatments are needed for more substantial results.


Endermologie is a deep-tissue massage that utilises a special device designed to roll and massage the skin. This deep massage and rolling motion stimulates the lymphatic system so that fat can be properly eliminated from the body. Another benefit of this system is smoother, firmer skin that eliminates the appearance of cellulite. This procedure is often recommended as an after-surgery treatment for people undergoing surgical liposuction procedures.

You may prefer one of these treatments over the others, but only a trained, experienced clinician can determine what is safest for your body. Come in and discuss your options with our professionals to determine the fastest and most effective way to eliminate the stubborn fat clinging to your body. For other non-surgical liposuction Sydney treatments please contact Advanced Dermatology.

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Rationale Skincare

Rationale Skin care

Are you on the lookout for the Rationale skin care brand? We’ve been testing cosmeceuticals for decades and are in a unique position to assess products based on their scientific merit. We first started taking an interest in the Rationale skincare range in 2006, when founder Richard Parker and his team approached us with a pitch for their products – back when “Cosmeceuticals” was the new and emerging craze. The Rationale skin care philosophy was based on its “home grown” skincare appeal catering to clinics on the look for a professional range that works. I think we all knew deep down that the popular luxury skincare brands like Lancome, Estee Lauder, La Mer, Guerlain (the list goes on) were very limiting in their ability to produce real clinical outcomes; but it wasn’t until about this time that the results from professional ranges started to really impress us. And along with that was a flood of scientific evidence to prove we were right.  At the time, other brands like Rationale, Skinceuticals, Environ, Ultraceuticals, Advanced Dermatology and IS Clinical had emerged to fill the market void – produce real results and clinical improvements in the skin on measures that had not been seen before. The term “cosmeceutical-based skincare” was coming into the limelight to describe the new class of powerful science based skincare to fulfill this need.

Today Rationale makes a range that is broken down into: Hydrators, Hydravitale, Enzyme Activators, masks, and body creams. The Rationale essential six skin care line consists of PROCERAMIDE EMULSION PREPARATORY CLEANSER, CATALYST SKIN REFINING SERUM, IMMUNOLOGIST NIACINAMIDE SERUM, SUPER ANTIOXIDANT ACE REJUVENATING SERUM, PHOTODYNAMIC LIGHT ACTIVATED DAY CREAM SPF15 and DNA REACTIVATING NIGHT CREAM.

Our first assessments of the products, almost ten years ago now, were positive.  Dr’s Freilich and Leung from Advanced Dermatology conducted extensive testing for our clinical reviews.  We were particularly interested in their Niacinamide and Retinaldehyde products – whilst the chemistry and compositions were not perfect they were ground-breaking ingredients that came with some very reasonable clinical research. Now we jump to 2014 and the Rationale skincare range now consists of more than 15 products that are distributed in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the USA. These products started by being sold exclusively in medical salons but we’re now seeing them being sold online. A doctors code is required to purchase from their website, but it seems you can obtain the doctors code from other websites without even seeing a doctor.

On the plus side it’s been tremendously fast growth for a company with some very humble beginnings. Founded by Richard Parker, a non-medical professional who claims to have begun his work by teaching himself about cosmetic science at the library, we are impressed.

When looking for a skincare brands it’s essential that you do your research in order to align the brand’s claims and promises with your own needs. We’ve made a lot of progress in the field of Dermatological science over the last ten years and Advanced Dermatology is in a unique position to asses brands like Rationale skin care for their merits and not just marketing hype.

Have you had an experience with Rationale that you would like to share? If so please post your comments about it below.

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Thermage Review

Solta Medical


Solta Medical is an aesthetics devices company involved in the research, manufacture, and marketing of various laser, ultrasound, and radiofrequency machines to get rid of acne, wrinkles, and facilitate permanent hair removal. The company was founded in 1996, and was originally known as Thermage, Inc., the namesake of its first product. Since then, Solta Medical has developed a variety of devices, like Fraxel Restore, a non-ablative laser to treat large surface areas; Thermage NXT, an upgraded version of the first model; and Clear and Brilliant, a laser technology to stimulate collagen production and provide laser skin resurfacing. In addition to developing products, the company has also completed a number of acquisitions with such companies as Aesthera Corporation and Liposonix. Because of an expanding portfolio, the company changed its original name, Thermage, to Solta Medical, to place all brands under one umbrella and prevent consumer confusion.

Clear and Brilliant

One of Solta Medical’s best-known products is the Clear and Brilliant laser. According to the company, this device was created for gentler procedures that could be conducted on a regular basis. This is in contrast to more traditional laser facial procedures that are often followed by several days of swelling and pain at the treatment site. Solta Medical further suggests that treatments with this device are similar to a spa visit, and do not cause significant pain or discomfort during the procedure.

To leverage a more relaxed image for this device, the company positioned the Clear and Brilliant laser as a treatment for younger people, as opposed to a solution for skin tightening or to get rid of wrinkles. This could possibly have been a move by Solta Medical to take some of the stigma away from laser treatments being perceived as a corrective procedure for older individuals, and to differentiate themselves from competitor devices like Lumenis, Candela Laser, and Syneron.

However, although Clear and Brilliant is marketed as a gentler alternative, a significant number of counter indications make it prohibitive for many people. For example, this Solta Medical device is not recommended for those with melasma, scleroderma, or patients who have used retinoid cream within the two preceding weeks. The number of counter indications for the Clear and Brilliant laser is large, so avoid being dishonest with your physician if you choose this procedure, as permanent problems could occur if she doesn’t have your complete medical history.

Solta Medical’s Thermage

Thermage is Solta Medical’s flagship product and was its first push into the aesthetics devices market. Unlike Clear and Brilliant laser, Thermage utilizes radiofrequency waves to heat up collagen in the dermis which helps tighten skin. Collagen fibers are what give skin elasticity, but they tend to deteriorate with age. This Solta Medical device helps stimulate the natural collagen production in the body and slow the aging process. Thermage is most commonly used to treat wrinkles and sagging skin.

Fraxel Laser

The Fraxel laser in another device marketed by Solta Medical and focuses on treatment of the dermis and the epidermis at the same time. This fractional laser works in two different aspects; first, it can resurface top layers of skin to remove adult acne scars and pigmentation issues; second, the laser penetrates deep into the dermis to heat up collagen fibers and stimulate production of this protein.

Solta Medical suggests that this treatment may need to be repeated up to five times to see good results, with several weeks in between treatment. This is because the Fraxel laser causes micro damage in the skin, and you will need time to heal. However, because this Solta Medical laser is strong, it is important to find an experienced physician to perform the procedure in order to avoid potential skin damage.


Isolaz is a treatment designed to get rid of acne by destroying bacteria inside pores and loosening skin for better acne medication absorption. The device works by first suctioning small areas of skin into a small vacuum tip, and then shooting broadband light waves into the pores, eliminating bacteria. This Solta Medical device then loosens pores to help topical acne products penetrate deeper into the skin.


DermaWand is an at home non-surgical device which claims to reverse the signs of ageing, giving you toned, wrinkle free and younger looking skin. DermaWand uses radio frequencies, which provide instant stimulation, giving you a massage like effect and delivering enriched oxygen along with thermal energy. The infomercial on TV will show you the benefits of using DermaWand and the results they claim you can obtain while using their product for only three minutes twice a day, all from the comfort of your own home. DermaWand promises to reduce enlarged pores, provide you with an even skin tone, plump up your lips by reducing the vertical pucker lines above them, and reduce puffiness around the eyes and get rid of the hooding caused by drooping upper eyelids.


Does the Derma Wand Truly Work?

Unlike the radio frequency (RF) machines used by medical specialists, DermaWand is lower in amplitude and is thus safe for use at home. However, it is not powerful enough to give you the measurable noticeable results. DermaWand uses the same high frequency technology used in beauty spas and salons. Radio frequency is emitted through electrodes. With the help of this technology, topical skincare products applied by estheticians are more easily absorbed into the skin. They can then stimulate the production of collagen and increase elasticity, giving your skin a more tight and toned texture and appearance. The results are not long lasting.

The DermaWand applies stimulation at 168,000 cycles per second, making your skin appear lifted and toned if combined with product use. Better results are promised if used in conjunction with a serum of a higher pharmaceutical grade. Regardless of the quality of the product, the results are not permanent.

Using the Derma Wand

It is important to carefully follow the regime detailed in the DermaWand product instructions. Some highlights include:

•    Start using DermaWand on the lowest power setting and gradually increase to the level that suits your skin type
•    Cleanse and dry your skin completely before using the device
•    Never use the higher level settings around the eye area
•    Apply moisturizer and repeat use of the DermaWand for two to three minutes
•    Discontinue use in cases of excessive peeling, redness or constant dry-feeling skin
•    DO NOT use DermaWand if you are pregnant
•    DO NOT use DermaWand if you have a skin condition or have skin that is prone to broken capillaries

Online User Reviews for the Derma Wand

A quick search of DermaWand reviews will find that most individuals noticed only a slight change in the texture of the skin after using the device for a couple of months. Many reported being afraid to use it in the area around the eye. Others reported a hesitancy to increase the power level as the zapping sensation caused on the skin while using the device was unpleasant.

Derma Wand: Is it Worth the Price?

DermaWand does not work overnight. In order to be successful, you have to be diligent and patient. You may not notice any change at all until after at least six weeks of continuous use.  While this product may work for some with particularly responsive skin qualities, it is certainly not effective for all.

The DermaWand price point is attractive when compared to a non-surgical facelift or a traditional surgical facelift. However, the results are barely measurable and thus the DermaWand, at approximately $200, may in fact be a huge waste of money, especially given the fact that it is mostly effective at making good quality – expensive- products penetrate the skin.

Choose wisely. If you are looking for real results, a trip to the cosmetic physician’s office is almost certainly in order. If you are willing to spend time and wait for minimal results that last only as long as you use the device, then the DermaWand  may in fact be a good at home solution for your skin care needs.

Cosmetic Surgery Thailand

Cosmetic Surgery in Thailand

Medical tourism has grown in popularity in recent years. Patients in increasing numbers travel to foreign countries in search of less expensive medical treatment. Thailand is one of the favourite destinations for medical tourists seeking cosmetic surgery procedures. Cosmetic surgery in Thailand is far cheaper than in Australia and of at least equivalent caliber, if not sometimes even better.

Those looking for information about cosmetic surgery in Thailand often seek out agencies that can be found on-line. These specialised travel agencies can guide you, the prospective patient, through the costs associated with this type of travel, provide a variety of options and choices, and explain the process and the details to help you with your decision-making process. Most reputable agencies are completely transparent about the pricing of your cosmetic surgery in Thailand. Medical fees are separated out from travel, accommodation and agency service fees. Patients can choose to pay fees in their currency of choice, the Thai Baht or Australian dollars, whichever is most convenient.

Post-operatively, agencies arrange for convalescence in Thailand in the type of accommodation of your choice and for the length of time of your choice, or at least as long as your surgeon recommends. Follow-up at home with local providers is arranged and the agency is often available to facilitate communication with your Thai surgeon for post-operative questions.

A number of cosmetic surgery options are available to you in Thailand. Some of the specialized treatments offered are:

•    Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty

•    Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty

•    Breast enhancement surgeries

•    Chin augmentation

•    Facelift

•    Brow lift

•    Body contouring or liposuction

•    Ear surgery or otoplasty

•    Nose job or rhinoplasty

Before you commit to having plastic surgery in Thailand or in any foreign country, there is much you need to consider. You should examine the features and safety standards of healthcare in Thailand or your country of choice. Online marketing of medical tourism destinations can be deceptive. Host organisations try to attract patients to their country for the purpose of profit. Once we understand this, we must attempt to decipher which website is providing reputable information and which is not. Online reviews, personal referrals, and thorough due diligence are imperative.

Factors to Consider when Seeking Surgery Abroad

While Thailand and several other developing nations have an excellent reputation for cosmetic surgery, you should consider some very real possibilities.

  1. You are going to a country where English is not the first language. There may be surgeons or other health care professionals who do not understand your language. Communication of expectations, details and even informed consent can become challenging in this situation.
  2. You may be asked to pay for procedures in advance (we don’t recommend it!).
  3. Malpractice laws may not be as strict. Your surgeon may not be legally responsible for adverse events as a result of your procedure.
  4. Australian medical travel agencies partner with hotels and hospitals in Thailand. They get kickbacks from doctors and hotels for promotions and offers. Keep this in mind when you are being “upsold” multiple procedures or add-ons. So is cosmetic surgery in Thailand really safe?

Is Cosmetic Surgery Thailand Safe?

Despite the above caveats, cosmetic surgery in Thailand is almost always as safe as it is in Australia. Thailand has earned the reputation for performing superior quality plastic surgery at inexpensive prices. Thailand is one of the leading locations in the world for delivering medical, surgical and cosmetic services. Physicians, surgeons and dentists in Thailand are well trained in gold standard procedures using state-of-the-art technology.

Consider the pros and cons, weigh the benefits and risks and make an informed choice. If you have tried non-surgical cosmetic alternatives and are still seeking cost-effective cosmetic surgery, Thailand may offer you an excellent option.

Facelift Without Surgery

Facelift Without Surgery?

Wrinkles and sagging skin are associated with ageing. Until very recently, doctors and their patients have considered a facelift operation as the only option for treating these conditions and restoring a youthful-looking appearance. But surgery has many costs associated with it, not all of them financial. It requires time off work and activities of daily living, pain, and acceptance of many potential risks.

A facelift without surgery has no permanent side effects and if there are any at all, they are mild and temporary. A facelift without surgery works deep inside the skin to stimulate the growth of collagen. Unlike surgeries, the outer layer of the skin is not harmed in any way with this treatment.

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What is a Facelift without Surgery?

In a facelift without surgery, your physician uses a device to deliver targeted ultrasound or light energy that penetrates deep into your skin to breakdown the collagen and promote the skin’s natural healing mechanism. In a matter of just one treatment the regenerative process is initiated. The benefit of a facelift without surgery is that you resume your regular life immediately after the procedure. You will likely not even require any pain medication.

Reputed brands like Refirme, Ultherapy and Thermage are the most commonly used technologies for facelifts without surgery. They utilise the latest technologies available to provide you with younger and fresher looking skin.

Benefits of a Having a Facelift without Surgery

If you are considering this type of procedure, you will most likely want to know what the potential benefits you might enjoy are. Well, if you are being treated with lasers, we know that lasers eradicate old epidermal pigmented cells and stimulate new collagen growth. Ultrasonic treatments, while also stimulating new collagen growth, also reduce the appearance of lines, lift the brow line reducing the potential for hooding of the eyes, smooth out crows’ feet near the eye, lift the jawline and neck, and improve the skin tone. All non-surgical facelift treatments require little-to-no downtime.

Patients choose a facelift without surgery over traditional surgical facelift because there is little downtime, no scarring, significantly less risk and the financial costs are considerably less.

What Products Can I Use at Home to Give Myself a Facelift without Surgery?

If you are looking for products to use at home to give you a facelift without surgery, consider the line of products offered by Advanced Dermatology. This skin care range regenerates skin cells from deep within the skin so that the skin lifts itself from inside. These at home facelift without surgery products block enzymes that break down collagen and stimulate cells which produce new collagen deep inside the layers of the skin. They also restore facial radiance and fight discoloration and hyperpigmentation. Over time these anti- ageing treatments lift facial contours, smooth and soften wrinkles from within, leaving you with a clear, dewy, youthful complexion.

Advanced dermatology has six products, which used in combination will give results you want. This includes a healing foam cleanse, followed by super youth serum, deep wrinkle firming skin quench, overnight resurrection and daily sun defense. An additional product is the youthful boost eye gel that helps to minimise dark circles, bags, crows’ feet and wrinkles, giving the area around your eye a youthful twinkle.

The active medicinal ingredients used by Advanced Dermatology are full of amino acids, vitamins and peptides that target and help to slow down and even reverse the signs of ageing.

Facelift without Surgery: At the Clinic or at Home

There are now clear alternatives to the traditional surgical facelift. Before going under the knife, many men and women are choosing to visit their medical skincare physician to discuss non-surgical treatment options. A facelift without surgery can be achieved with clinically proven results using laser, radio-frequency and ultrasound technology. In addition, diligent use of good quality products can be an effective at home lifting treatment. Ultimately, the decision is yours. Choose the right treatment for your skin under proper medical supervision.

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Non-Surgical Face lift

Do Non-Surgical Facelifts work?

Non-surgical facelift is a non-invasive treatment intended to freshen and rejuvenate the face without surgery. The face is the most visible part of a person and is thus what creates a huge part of any first impression. Over time, the skin loses elasticity and freshness as a result of age, exposure to the environmental elements, gravity, and lifestyle factors like smoking, among other things. Unlike in other areas of the body, your facial skin is attached directly to the muscles. With age, these muscles begin to tire and droop making your skin sag and wrinkle.

With a non-surgical facelift procedure, newer non-invasive technologies, like laser or ultrasonic waves can be used instead of the traditional surgical method for regaining skin tightness. These technologies combined with injectable fillers to prevent wrinkle-producing facial expressions, can help you to achieve incredible results.

While a traditional facelift surgery cannot be completely replaced by a non-surgical facelift treatment, the non-invasive alternative definitely produces impressive results and can boost your self-confidence.

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Non-Surgical Face lift Targets Several Areas

With the help of a non-invasive facelift, you can improve the appearance of your face, and specific concerns that may be affecting you. These may include draping skin on the neck and chin. Neckbands, also known as turkey neck, are caused due to the prominence of the platysma muscles, accumulation of the fat and saggy skin on the neck.

Another very common effect of ageing is hooding of the eyelids from loss of elasticity in that delicate area. Loss of collagen and elastin fibers causes the padded support below your eyebrows to droop and shrink. Non-surgical eyelifts, and non-surgical necklifts can be part of the non-surgical facelift procedure.

Which Non-Surgical Facelift Option is Right for you?

Since non-surgical facelifts come in so many different forms, it is advisable to understand which treatment will suit your skin best, and select the right one under proper medical supervision. Trained professional physicians, with an intensive understanding of the facial muscles and skin anatomy and physiology, can guide you effectively to understand these treatments. They use proven technologies and methods of tightening the skin and muscles where required in a non-surgical facelift. From taking the very first session of treatment, you will see great and fabulous results; your skin will look fresher and healthier.

A lot of at-home brands promise to show results from the very first use, but beware: These products are high on promises and low on results. Non-surgical face-lift kits for home use (like DermaWand) do not have the efficiency to provide you with the results you expect. Reputed medically administered brands like Thermage, Refirme, and Ultherapy have a long history of safe and effective non-surgical facelift treatment.

How Does Non-Surgical Facelift Technology Work?

Collagen is a natural protein that keeps your skin firm, toned and elastic, giving the skin its youthful qualities. Thermage non-surgical facelift tightens the existing collagen and stimulates fresh collagen production, leaving your skin smoother and younger looking. Thermage works best the earlier in life one begins the treatment.

Ultherapy is another brand available in non-surgical facelift treatments. It is approximately equivalent to Thermage in its ability to produce results. After the age of 50, these treatments can help to prevent further sagging of the skin. The Ultherapy ultrasound tightens the skin subtly and is best used to maintain tight jawlines and band necks. The treatments are useful for non-surgical brow lifts as well.

Refirme is a skin treatment that tightens the skin, reduces wrinkles and jowls without invasive surgery. The Refirme mechanism emits bipolar radio frequency (RF) and infrared light to heat skin and shrink collagen fibers, making the skin tight and smooth. Refirme offers a great non-surgical facelift alternative thanks to its combination of RadioFrequency and optical technology. Feedback from patients indicates excellent results with most patients leaving the office noticing instant changes that became more pronounced over time. The areas that were most notably improved were the neck and jaw line. In addition, patients consistently note that their skin looks radiant and feels smooth and supple after a Refirme NXT treatment.

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Thermage Sydney

Thermage Sydney is a revolutionary non-surgical skin treatment procedure by which one can reverse the visible signs of ageing. It is an FDA and TGA approved treatment for facelifts and body laxity and used frequently in Sydney.  The face, eyelids, back of the hands, the neck and the body are the areas where Thermage is known to work effectively. One question that is frequently asked is: does Thermage work? Thermage is a non-surgical procedure by which radio frequency is focused on your skin to energise the body’s natural renewal process. Thermage uses a combination of heat energy and cooling effects to protect the skin and keep the patient comfortable through the procedure. The latest technology includes Comfort Pulse Technology, known as Thermage CPT, which sends cooling effects in between gentle vibrations to make the treatment more comfortable. In spite of all the precautions and comfort, we need to keep in mind the fact that not all of us are the same, and thus we all respond differently to treatment.

So does Thermage Sydney treatment really work?

People impacted by the effects of ageing want the benefits of a facelift but many prefer a non-invasive, non-scarring and a non-surgical method. Before we answer the question, “does Thermage work?” we will first take a look at how Thermage works. With age, the natural collagen fibre, which gives the skin its shape and elasticity, wears out. A number of factors like sun damage, exposure to environmental toxins, and pollution, and smoking accelerate this process. As a result, the skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Thermage applies captive radio frequency, which penetrates into the deep layers of the skin. It primarily uses mono polar radio frequency devices, which reach the subcutaneous layer which is made up of fat and collagen. The frequency waves are then converted into heat energy that stimulates the existing collagen and signals the skin fibroblasts to increase the production of new collagen. This process shows immediate results by tightening and rejuvenating the skin. The heat also increases blood flow, resulting in an increase in the metabolism of the fatty layer. The result of all of these processes is younger looking face, with skin that appears tighter, has less face and neck sagging, and fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

How does Thermage work?

Thermage has shown impressive results on the face. However, in addition to its use for non-surgical facelifts, Thermage can also be used to tighten and tone the skin around the abdomen, the eyes, and other body parts like buttocks and thighs. After pregnancy, many women want to get rid of the stretched out skin around the abdomen. Thermage is effective for the midsection in this group of patients. It can also be used in the case of patients who have lost a lot of weight. With age, the skin around the eyes begins to droop and puffiness and bags start forming beneath the eyes. This problem can be addressed with Thermage as it can tighten the drooping eyelids.

Does Thermage work for patients who are not good candidates for a surgery?

Yes. Thermage is an effective way to get younger looking skin for those who are not good candidates for surgery or those who do not require a complete face lift. Some of the results that can be achieved using this treatment include:

•                Tighter skin with a smooth tone
•                Reduction in the appearance of wrinkles
•                Less jowls
•                Fewer lines on the forehead
•                Smoothed out crows’ feet
•                A tighter jaw line
•                Smoothed out scowl lines between the eyebrows
•                Eyebrow lift
•                Reduced hooding of the eyelid
•                Reduced vertical lines above the lips
•                Improvement in the appearance of acne scars
•                Tightening of the skin around the arms, thighs and buttocks
•                A radiant complexion

The Thermage Procedure

Most medical clinics in Sydney that provide Thermage have similar steps to the treatment process. The procedure begins with the removal of your make up with a gentle cleanser. Next, a rubber-grounding pad is placed on your abdomen. Then the treatment really begins – pulse by pulse, one side of your face is treated at a time. You will see immediate results after one side of your face is done. You may be even be offered a look in the mirror. However, it takes four to six months to see full benefits of Thermage. The process of producing new collagen will continue for a couple of years after the treatment. A big advantage of this process over other laser skin tightening treatments is that it does not require repeated sessions to maintain the texture and tone of the skin. Some laser treatments suggest ten or more sessions to get the full effect. Even with its higher per session price tag, Thermage treatment is more cost effective than laser treatment. Thermage is not painful and thus does not require anaesthesia before your treatment. However, mild pain medication can be given for patient comfort or as a precaution. Most patients only feel a brief sensation of heat every time the Thermage is pulsed into your skin. The Thermage device releases cooling cryogen spray to keep a check on the temperature of the skin. Precautions are taken by the physician to reduce the chances of burning. The temperature on the surface of the skin is maintained at around 40 degrees Celsius whereas the temperature ranges between 65-75 degrees Celsius in the deeper tissues. The treatment is quick and could last for one or two hours, depending on the size of the target area. Preparation for the treatment and administration of any local anaesthetic or sedative could add to the time. It does not require any particular patient preparation apart from removing make up and cleansing the skin – even this is sometimes done by clinic staff, depending on individual office procedures.

Potential Risks or Side Effects with Thermage

Thermage is has been approved by most national regulatory agencies and has many built-in safety measures to reduce risks and unwanted changes. Like any other medical treatment, Thermage does have a few potential side effects, which are temporary and minor. Newer devices like ThermaCool (TC), ThermaCool (TC-3), ThermaCool (NXT) and ThermaCool Comfort Pulse Technology (Thermage CPT) help reduce the occurrence of side effects.

The side effects may include:

  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Bups
  • Swelling
  • Crusting/scabbing of the skin
  • Herpes eruption (for those with the virus)
  • Numbless
  • Pigmentation
  • Acne, and
  • Skin surface irregularities

None of these unwanted side effects are permanent and they will heal within a very short period of time. Swelling and redness dissolve within a couple of hours. Only in rare cases will they persist for up to a few weeks. Some individuals may experience soreness, tingling or a burning sensation for a few days. Some rare risks of Thermage are bruising, soreness and surface irregularities of the treatment area. These symptoms generally disappear in a couple of days without any specific treatment. This means that there is literally zero downtime required with Thermage treatment. Patients can immediately return to work or their regular activities of daily living the same day. Recently, Thermage device manufacturers have released even better technology. The third generation Thermage has doubled the size of the tips giving more options for the number of pulses, and thus speeding up treatment to larger areas. The added cooling element on the tip makes the procedure virtually painless and much more comfortable. Repeatedly, Thermage patients have reported that they chose the Thermage treatment option over other alternative because of its zero downtime.

Is Thermage safe for everyone?

Anyone who has a pacemaker, an internal cardiac defibrillator, a skin infection in the target area or a female who is pregnant should NOT undergo Thermage. Obese patients will not see good results from this treatment. Patients with a metal implant of any kind should not have Thermage done on those areas. The procedure involves breaking or wounding of collagen and requires your body to have a healthy healing system to produce new collagen; therefore, patients with a condition that impairs wound healing should not have it done. For a Thermage treatment around the eyes, patients who have had recent corneal or lasik surgery should let their eyes recover first. Most importantly, before undergoing the treatment, ensure that you discuss your medical history with the treating physician and be sure you understand the potential risks involved in the procedure.

Are results from Thermage immediate?

Immediate results following a Thermage treatment are visible, but subtle and sometimes less obvious to others around you. Your skin will appear more youthful with a tighter and firmer texture within days or weeks. Your skin will feel smooth and supple, with a radiant glow. It is important to reiterate that the results of Thermage vary from person to person depending on the condition of the skin and the network of collagen fibre under the skin. Striking results have been reported in patients with healthy skin, though a marked improvement can be seen in everyone undergoing this treatment. The most remarkable part of this process is the cumulative and continued improvement over time after the initiation of treatment. The body’s natural process is enhanced and stimulated after Thermage treatments making your skin continue to “act” younger. Instead of using artificial material to make your skin appear more youthful, your body’s natural system is stimulated to produce the desired effects.

Does Thermage Work for Individuals Who Have Had a Prior Traditional Facelift?

Patients who have previously undergone a surgical facelift and are now experiencing a sagging, flaccid look to the skin and recurrence of fine lines and wrinkles, are a good candidate for Thermage treatment. It has been shown that Thermage is a safe method for all skin types. It is most effective for individuals between the ages of 35 and 69. Although physicians are making continuous progress in anti-ageing technology, after a certain age, skin becomes too elastic for Thermage to be effective.

How much does Thermage cost?

Based on our review the average cost of a Thermage treatment in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane is approximately $3,000, with the newer Thermage CPT often being only slightly more expensive. The cost of a Thermage treatment session in most capital cities of Australia could range anywhere from $2000 to about $5000, depending on the target area. Some clinics and cosmetic services centres offer a discount if you book future sessions in advance. The price may seem daunting in spite of it being a more cost effective treatment when compared to other available alternatives. The process is expensive for several reasons. For the purposes of sterility, the tip of the device used is disposable. Other supplies used such as the coolant, the coupling fluid, and the grounding pad also add to the expense. Training and technology are also factors that contribute to the cost. Overall, Thermage in Sydney is still less expensive than a surgical facelift or the number of laser treatments required to achieve and maintain results. Many doctors provide financing options and offer payment plans to manage the cost of the treatment. Make sure you consult with your physician and his or her staff about the details.

Will Thermage Work for Me?

While one should never consider Thermage a replacement for a facelift surgery, it can be a viable alternative in many cases, especially in younger patients who are displeased with their appearance even in the earliest phases of ageing.

Watch the Results Develop over Time

After a Thermage treatment, it is important to be patient. Enjoy waking up each day looking a little younger. While you may not observe immediate results, they will happen. Past Thermage patients have seen remarkable changes in their skin. Within a matter of four to six weeks after an initial treatment, jaw lines become more defined, puffiness around the eyes is dramatically reduced, the brow line is smoothed out, and fine lines and wrinkles become softer and less apparent. Most patients do not experience any side effects and may even get back to work within a couple of hours or sometimes even immediately after treatment. Visit your skin care physician to learn more about Thermage treatment.

*All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Thermage is the trademark of the Valeant family of companies. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Syneron Laser


Syneron: a Leader in Aesthetic Lasers

Syneron Medical is a company that specialises in manufacture and sale of aesthetic medical products to skin care clinics, physician offices, and hospitals. The company’s products include systems that tighten skin, remove hair, and treat wrinkles in minimally-invasive ways, sometimes requiring little healing time. Syneron was founded in 2000 by Shimon Eckhouse, and currently has corporate offices in both California and Israel. The company expanded its sales into China in 2008, and has since been selling its products on a global scale. Syneron distributes a number of different laser solutions, including the Syneron Emax, the Elos Hair Removal system, and other sublative laser machines that allow physicians more latitude in providing aesthetic treatment experiences.

Syneron eMax

The Syneron eMax laser provides aesthetic medical professionals with the ability to offer their patients a number of different skin care treatments, and all with one machine. The Syneron eMax is an FDA-approved unit that delivers bi-polar radio frequency light and diode laser energy to the skin in order to remove hair. At the same time, the device cools the skin to minimize patient discomfort during treatment.

Syneron eMax features a dermal monitoring system that allows the user to track the temperature of the epidermis with each delivered pulse. The eMax device can also be instantly upgraded with the purchase of tools and adapters that the physician can usually install herself, without the need of technical support. The Syneron eMax also features a wheeled platform, making it easy for physicians to move the unit from one room to another to perform multiple treatments. This is not a big concern for patients, but can be a helpful feature for physicians who may have a limited budget and can only purchase one machine.

Syneron Sublative Treatment

Syneron products all use sublative treatment, which is performed by delivering radio frequency (RF) energy into the skin in a precise pattern to target smaller treatment areas. This allows physicians to treat wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other skin problems without harming the surrounding areas. Syneron sublative treatments are also relatively simple to perform and usually only require half an hour to an hour for the physician to complete.

Although Syneron sublative treatments were originally thought to improve customer satisfaction by offering them a wide variety of treatments with a minimum down time, it’s important for patients to understand that these procedures can cause discomfort, itching, and in some cases peeling of the skin the way a laser facial does. However, sublative treatments are thought to be nonetheless safer for a wider variety of skin types.

Elos Hair Removal

Elos hair removal technology is at the forefront of Syneron systems, which combines laser and light energy with radio frequency for a more stable treatment delivery, which improves the experience for the patient. This type of dual heating delivers more localised heat to the area that’s being treated while it protects the surrounding skin. The software contained with Syneron hair removal units has the ability to read and maintain the external temperature of a patient’s skin during any given treatment, thus mitigating chances of skin damage. This technology also allows for the physician to cut short the duration of any energy burst to prevent accidental damage and to minimize any irritation or redness after the treatment.

There are a number of advantages to using Elos hair removal technology as compared to other aesthetic treatment delivery systems. Mostly these advantages come from the physician’s ability to have greater control during procedures and to tailor treatment more closely to the patient’s needs. However, this also means that the physician must be more experienced in such treatments so as not to make errors while using the Syneron Elos machine.

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