Working in the industry I’ve heard about, and seen the results of, Thermage FLX and always wanted to know more so I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to trial the treatment recently. I went along to Skin Renu in Balmain to see the lovely and very knowledgeable, Jess to give it a whirl. I’m happy to report that it was an easy, relatively-pain-free procedure for me and as we went along Jess explained how it works and what to expect. Here is what I can share about my experience trialling Thermage FLX
What does it claim to do? Thermage FLX claims to give an overall more youthful, and most importantly for us natural appearance by tightening skin, smoothing crepe-like textures and improving laxity.
How does it do it? Using radio frequency pulses, Thermage FLX stimulates the bodies own response systems to build new collagen and also tighten existing collagen.
Who is getting Thermage? Mostly 50-somethings who aren’t keen on going down the route of injectables and fillers. It’s chosen because it isn’t that dramatic change to your face where you’ve clearly had some “work done” and don’t really look like yourself. Thermage FLX is all about ensuring you still look like you, just on a good day a few years ago. Pretty neat!
What area can it be used on? Thermage FLX is most commonly used on the entire face and neck. You can focus on sections (many women just treat their eyes) or you can get all of your face and neck treated in one session. Some women are also using Thermage FLX on the body, especially if there has been recent weight loss or post-pregnancy to tightening loose skin.
What is the procedure like? You are given a barrier cream and the device is moved over sections of your face as the pulses click. The treatment heats the skin and simultaneously has a cooling action. For me, there are a few twitchy moments and at one point I had to sneeze. Other than that, I could almost say it was relaxing. Don’t fret if you’ve had laser hair removal and are concerned it will feel the same, our experience was much less painful though some women still have a Panadol before the session. The procedure can last anywhere between 30-90 minutes depending on what areas you’re focusing on.
What is the downtime? I walked out of the clinic looking like I had been on a light walk with a slightly flushed face – this calmed down within the hour. As my therapist Jess explained would happen, my face looked instantly improved. Jess says this is just an indication of what your skin will look like in a few months time and then it will settle after a couple of days. All of the work actually happens gradually and the skin continues to improve, peaking at the six-month mark.
How much does it cost? RRP is $3,000 for the forehead, crows feet, frown lines, cheeks, jowls and neck. Some salons offer area-specific treatments, just the eye area for example, for a reduced price. So ask around and concentrate on problem areas if you prefer.
Does it work? In my experience, yes! I’ve had other radio frequency treatments and so far this is the greatest result. I’m pleased to say my experience is similar to what I have seen in colleagues. Like most things, results differ, however, I’ve heard rave reviews from co-workers and I’m glad to say it lived up to the hype for me.