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Thermage CPT is an energy-based medical device that is manufactured by Solta Medical and is used in skin-tightening procedures. Treatment with this system is non-invasive and non-ablative and can help patients reduce the appearance of their fine lines and wrinkles and can also lift and tighten the skin to make it look more youthful.
Thermage CPT’s versatility lies in the interchangeable, single-use treatment tips that can work with it. Each of these tips are designed for specific treatment types and body areas, so Thermage CPT can, in turn, be used for a broad range of skin tightening treatments in various treatment areas. Broadly speaking, Thermage CPT can be used for more superficial treatments that are aimed at tightening facial, neck, and eyelid skin, and it can also be used for deeper treatments aimed at body-firming and body-sculpting; the latter type of treatments are typically used on the thighs, arms, buttocks, and arms.
Patients who benefit most from a Thermage CPT treatment are those in their 30s to 60s with mild to moderate skin laxity or Grade I or II cellulite. Furthermore, this treatment is suitable to tighten skin in patients after weight loss or childbirth. As treatment with Thermage CPT is not affected by skin melanin, it is safe and effective on all skin types.
Both facial and non-facial areas can be treated with the Thermage CPT system, depending on the treatment tip used. The Face Tip works on the skin of the face and neck to tighten and firm loose sagging skin. Here, it can help tighten the jawline, reduce pronounced nasolabial folds, lift the brows to open the eyes, and reduce wrinkles and lines. Non-facial areas such as the stomach, thighs, upper arms, and buttocks can be treated with the Body Tip. Meanwhile, the Eye Tip is specially designed to treat the delicate and thin skin around the eyes, including the upper and lower eyelids, to reduce wrinkling and hooding. The Total Tip can be used to treat the body, neck, and face.
As we age, skin begins to sag and lose its elasticity and starts to display unwanted signs of aging like wrinkles and loose skin. This loss in skin elasticity can be attributed in part to the breakdown and reduction of skin collagen.
Thermage CPT harnesses monopolar radiofrequency energy to induce volumetric heating of deep dermal layers without affecting the superficial layers of the skin so as to produce a tightening effect in two ways. First, the heating causes available collagen within the deep dermal layers to denature and shrink, causing an instant tissue tightening effect. Volumetric heating also induces, through the inflammatory cascade, the synthesis and deposition of new collagen to the treated tissue. This enhances the initial skin firming and tightening effects whilst improving skin texture and tone.
Treatment with the Thermage CPT system is noninvasive and non-ablative. The procedure should be done in a clinical office setting by a licensed physician who has received appropriate training. Often, pre-procedure photographs are taken prior to the start of the treatment session so that the results of the session can be assessed empirically.
Prepare the treatment area by cleansing the skin. Next, apply a temporary grid to the treatment area through ink transfer. This grid will assist with appropriate Handpiece placement during the treatment session. Next, apply a thick layer of Coupling Fluid to the treatment area.
Using the Handpiece with an appropriate treatment tip for the body area and indication being treated, deliver energy pulses to the treatment area. Pulses are laid down following the grid using a low-energy, multiple-pass protocol. Pulses should be placed in a non-overlapping fashion to minimize the risk of thermal injury. After the entire area is covered, extra pulses can be placed in areas of concern that require extra tightening.
Afterwards, remove the grid markings, and then cleanse the skin one final time.
A single Thermage CPT treatment session produces instant and visible skin-tightening effects that continue to gradually improve over a period of two to six months after treatment. The results can last for a few years. The duration of effect varies by a patient’s aging process.
With radiofrequency-based treatments, the most important concern is to avoid thermal injury to the skin due to excessive heating of the skin. The Thermage CPT device accounts for this with the incorporation of cryogen bursts that are interspersed with energy delivery. This helps to ensure that the skin remains at the optimum temperature throughout treatment. Additionally, Thermage treatment tips are only able to deliver a pre-set number of pulses specific to their model; These pulse limits can help protect the skin.
Patient selection is important to the success of treatment. Thermage CPT is contraindicated in patients with an implanted medical device, such as pacemakers; patients with any type of metal implant at or near the proposed treatment site; patients who are pregnant; and patients who have an ongoing skin infection.
Thermage CPT has a favorable safety profile. Complications with it are rare. Post-procedural skin redness and swelling are anticipated reactions that are temporary and expected to dissipate shortly after the treatment session. Some adverse events that have been reported with the use of the Thermage CPT system include skin injury resulting in scabbing, crusting, or blisters; temporary numbness, dysesthesia, or tingling at the treated site; and small tissue irregularities or depressions that are normally temporary but may be permanent.
A great advantage of Thermage CPT treatment is that it requires minimal downtime; In other words, patients can resume their normal activities right after they leave the doctor’s office.
The prices of an aesthetic treatment with the Thermage CPT system varies by region, practitioner, and what is being treated. In the United States, most patients pay around $1,000 to 4,000 for one treatment session with the Thermage CPT system.