The Thermage CPT™ is now the flagship model from Thermage. In further developing the NXT system, the manufacturer sought superior results and greater patient comfort, as many had described treatment as quite painful. Hence they have introduced their proprietary Comfort Pulse Technology™ to this system and a vibrating handpiece for more comfortable treatments.
The Comfort Pulse Technology™ is a new method of energy delivery for the device which interweaves pulsed radiofrequency delivery with cooling bursts mimicking that found with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS therapy, often used for alleviating joint and muscle pain or labour pains. It disrupts the brain`s neural response and thus is aimed at improving comfort during the Thermage treatment.
How does it work?
Before the treatment, an anaesthetic cream may be applied to the skin, as depending on the device used (particuatly the older devices) the sensation of the treatment has been likened to “snapping elastic bands against the skin”, which some people consider to be a little painful. With the Thermage CPT™ device this is likely to be deemed unnecessary unless you are particularly pain sensitive.
A grid pattern stencil is transfered onto the skin of the area to be treated which the practitioner uses to place the device head on for precise treatment. This is then followed by a cooling gel. The practitioner will also attach a self-adhesive “return pad” to the patient’s stomach or back to allow a path of travel for the radiofrequency current back to the generator (i.e. to ground them).
Each time the device touches the skin it delivers a controlled amount of RF energy and heats a large area of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin and underlying tissue; whilst also protecting the outer layer of the skin.
This heating action causes deep collagen structures in the skin to immediately tighten. Over time, new collagen is produced by the body to further tighten the skin, resulting in healthier, smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.
Depending on the size and location of the area to be treated, the procedure may take as little as 20 minutes or up to two hours.
What can it be used to treat?
Commonly used to treat the forehead (lift brows and tightens forehead skin), under the eyes (thickens skin and tightens and lifts the upper cheek skin), cheeks (lifts slightly and diminishes enlarged pores), mid-face, jaw line (diminishes jowling and sagging along the jaw line), and the neck (tightens skin and diminishes wrinkling of the neck). Also for body contouring, such as tightening in the abdomen, and reducing the appearance of cellulite.