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Mini-Thermage (Athron C ): Skin Tightening and Body Contouring

What Is Mini-Thermage?
The Mini- Thermage® system relies on heat to tighten the underlying layers of the skin. This produces an instantaneous and marked reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin in the neck or brow area. Thermage® is also an effective method of skin tightening for other areas of the body. It is painless, non-invasive, and requires no recovery time, yet offers immediate and consistently excellent results
Patients who desire more subtle results and quicker recovery times than are possible with surgical face lift procedures are often ideal candidates for Mini-Thermage. Skin tightening with the Mini-Thermage  system is also beneficial for patients who are developing prominent folds and sagging in areas of the face but are not considered suitable candidates for a traditional face lift. Mini-Thermage® is an excellent treatment option for patients who wish to reduce the appearance of subtle facial wrinkling and sagging skin. If you want to rejuvenate your face without undergoing a more invasive procedure like face lift, Mini-Thermage may be the ideal treatment for you.
Ideal Mini-Thermage Candidates
Mini-Thermage  treatments are designed for patients who desire more subtle results than are possible with a surgical face lift. Ideal candidates for the treatment include:

  • Patients who are not candidates for surgical face lift
  • Middle-aged women beginning to show signs of neck/brow/eyelid sagging
  • Middle-aged women beginning to show signs of drooping jowls/cheek folds
  • Patients who want to achieve subtle lift or tightening of the face without invasive surgery
  • Patients who have had a prior face lift and desire further tightening of the skin
  • Poor candidates for Thermage® include patients who are looking for more dramatic results, such as those that can be achieved with a surgical face lift.

Before undergoing the procedure, you will have a consultation with a cosmetic dermatologist, who will go over all of your treatment options, the cost of Mini-Thermage , and determine your candidacy.

Mini-Thermage vs. Surgical Face Lift
Mini-Thermage is a facial cosmetic treatment aimed at reducing subtle fine lines and wrinkles, cheek folds, and droopiness in the face by way of a quick, non-invasive procedure. Surgical face lift is a better option for patients who would like to achieve more dramatic and longer-lasting results. Results of face lift can last from five to ten years, whereas Mini-Thermage treatments typically last approximately two years. Face lift involves the surgical tightening of facial muscles, the rearranging of underlying facial structures, and the trimming of excess skin. Surgical face lift is also more feasible an option for patients who can afford the expense and the recovery time associated with an invasive cosmetic procedure. Mini-Thermage treatment does not require incisions or any downtime. Mini-Thermage  is also a potentially ideal alternative for patients who are not eligible for face lift.
Although Mini-Thermage  is often suggested as an alternative to more invasive cosmetic facial procedures, patients should not consider it a substitute for face lift. Individuals who have very loose skin, heavy faces, deep jowls and wrinkles, and other more advanced signs of aging in the face may not experience significant improvement afterMini-Thermage. Additionally, individuals interested in treatment should be fully informed of Thermage® risks and treatment benefits. A skin care specialist can help evaluate your individual needs and determine if Thermage® is an appropriate option for you.
What to Expect after Treatment
Immediately following the Mini-Thermage procedure, results will be subtle, but they should be visible. The skin should be tighter and firmer, with better elasticity and a more youthful overall appearance.
Side effects from Mini-Thermage are rare and generally minor, but in some cases patients may experience mild redness, bumps, and blisters in the recently treated areas. These symptoms usually disappear on their own in a few days, though they may last for a week or more. In extremely rare cases (less than 0.08 percent of those treated), a longer-lasting complication described as a “surface irregularity” has also been reported.
Mini-Thermage results vary according to the condition of the patient’s skin and especially the collagen fiber network. Mini-Thermage generally improves the appearance of each patient’s skin to some extent, but patients with healthier skin tend to experience more dramatic results.
Some Mini-Thermage results should be visible almost immediately after treatment, but one thing that makesMini-Thermage truly unique is the fact that the patient’s appearance will actually improve over the months following treatment. This is because Mini-Thermage stimulates the skin to grow new collagen of its own in addition to stimulating the existing fibers. Mini-Thermage uses the body’s natural processes to improve a patient’s appearance rather than relying on surgical techniques or artificial materials.