SAG­GING-SKIN WOES BEGONE

Look­ing for quick skin-tight­en­ing and face- and body-con­tour­ing from top to toe? Dr Kelvin Chua of SL Clinic says the lat­est ver­sion of Ther­mage can de­liver all this bet­ter than pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tions and with less pain.

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Ther­mage – a treat­ment that uses a non- in­va­sive de­vice to emit ra­diofre­quency pulses to tighten col­la­gen in the skin and gen­er­ate fresh col­la­gen – is said to soften wrin­kles and tighten sag­ging skin. It has been evolv­ing since it was launched in 1955 and the lat­est ver­sion, Ther­mage To­tal Tip CPT, de­creases po­ten­tial pain and de­liv­ers faster re­sults, says Dr Kelvin Chua of SL Clinic.

HOW MUCH PAIN MIGHT I FEEL WITH THIS LAT­EST VER­SION?

The lat­est ver­sion of the treat­ment re­duces the po­ten­tial for pain in two ways: It heats and cools skin more uni­formly for more con­sis­tent sen­sa­tions, and the de­vice has a new tip that vi­brates, pro­vid­ing a dis­trac­tion. At the same time, numb­ing cream may be used. There may be slight red­ness af­ter­wards – just like with pre­vi­ous ver­sions – but this should be fairly easy to con­ceal with makeup.

DOES IT GIVE BET­TER RE­SULTS?

Be­cause the new tip heats skin more uni­formly, it of­fers greater com­fort and can treat a larger area with each pulse. You’ll see im­proved re­sults across the board, in­clud­ing soften­ing of wrin­kles around the eyes, mouth, fore­head and neck, in­creased col­la­gen con­trac­tion and re­mod­elling.

MUST I STILL WAIT TO SEE RE­SULTS?

As be­fore, you’ll see grad­ual re­sults over time, peak­ing about three months af­ter the treat­ment. But un­like be­fore, you could also see im­me­di­ate ben­e­fits. Some pa­tients have no­ticed a more de­fined jaw­line, im­proved con­tour­ing of the cheeks and re­duced na­solabial folds straight af­ter treat­ment. The re­sults are still sub­tle enough for you to be sure friends, fam­ily and col­leagues won’t be ask­ing if you’ve “had some­thing done”.

WHAT PARTS OF THE BODY CAN BE TREATED WITH IT?

The same de­vice tip can be used all over the face ( ex­clud­ing the eye­lids) and body. That means you can also treat a sag­ging tummy, butt and thighs.

HOW LONG DOES A SES­SION TAKE?

It de­pends on the size of the area treated, but it’s usu­ally around 30 to 45 min­utes for each body part. If you’re us­ing a numb­ing cream, add about an hour for it to take ef­fect be­fore you be­gin treat­ment.

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