If you’ve been searching for an all-in-one skin rejuvenation treatment, you may want to consider our Vancouver skin clinic’s ThermaFrax skin tightening and rejuvenation. This effective combination treatment provides your skin with the best of both Thermage ® and Fraxel ® laser. Your skin will appear younger, smoother and more vibrant.
For a consultation or to inquire about ThermaFrax, contact us.
What is ThermaFrax ®?
Our Vancouver, BC ThermaFrax treatments combine two of the most effective non-invasive skin rejuvenation technologies available: Thermage and Fraxel Dual Laser. Thermage tightens the skin, restoring collagen and stimulating new collagen growth. Fraxel laser improves skin tone and texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines, brown spots, acne scarring, surgical scars, and stretch marks.
Thermage employs radiofrequency technology to tighten and renew collagen at specific depths below the skin’s surface. Fraxel converts light energy into heat, contracting and stimulating collagen and promoting new skin cell growth to renew the surface skin. Both treatments are non-invasive and leave the surrounding tissue intact.
Benefits of ThermaFrax ®
ThermaFrax improves the most significant signs of aging, resulting in:
- Smoother, fresher, tighter looking skin
- Reduced lines and wrinkles
- Redefined contours and firmness
- Improved skin tone and texture
- The removed or reduced appearance of brown spots and age spots
- Renewed collagen
Am I a good candidate?
Though most people can safely have a ThermaFrax treatment, a consultation will determine whether you are a good candidate. You shouldn’t have ThermaFrax is you have: active acne, predisposition to excessive scarring, active infections, predisposition to hyperpigmentation, or a history of slow healing.
You may be a good candidate or ThermaFrax if you have:
- Visible lines and wrinkles
- Loose, sagging skin
- Poorly defined facial contours
- Dull skin tone
- Rough skin texture
- Brown spots or sun damage
Before the treatment
- If taking oral Accutane, you must wait one year after stopping the medication before having a ThermaFrax treatment.
- Stop all tanning from the sun, tanning booths, or self-tanning products at least 2 weeks prior to your treatment.
- Avoid taking medications containing anti-inflammatories (such as Advil, Motrin, Celebrex, Aleve, Voltaren or ibuprofen) 10 days before treatment And for at least 1-2 months after the treatment. Tylenol is fine.
- Stop all skin care products that contain, glycolic acid, Retin-A, retinol, Kojic acid, mandelic or salicylic acid 2 weeks prior to your ThermaFax treatment.
- If you are using a pre-bleaching cream such as hydroquinone to help avoid post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, stop using it 2 days before treatment.
- Tell the doctor or technician if you have ever had a cold sore. The doctor can provide a prescription to reduce the chances of a flare-up.
- Be sure to have a meal within an hour of arriving for your appointment.
- Arrange a ride home as you may be given medication to help you relax and make the treatment more comfortable.
What happens during the treatment?
Your ThermaFrax treatment will begin with Thermage CPT skin tightening on day one. A technician applies a vegetable dye grid to the treatment area to ensure the skin is evenly treated. A gel is applied to your skin to ensure complete contact between the Thermage treatment tip and your skin. Comfort Pulse Technology (CPT) vibrates and cools the skin, making the treatment more comfortable.
Once your skin has calmed down from the Thermage treatment, this can take up to one week for some people, you will return to have your Fraxel Laser.
During the Fraxel treatment, your eyes are covered by eye shields. A technician will roll a hand-held laser back and forth over the treatment areas. You may feel moderate prickling and heat, which is relieved by a cold air blower. You’ll also hear the Fraxel laser beeping in the background.
Most patients find the ThermaFrax treatment quite comfortable.
Treatment time: Thermage 1 hour for medication to take effect and 90 minutes for the treatment. Fraxel– 60 minutes for numbing and 45 minutes for treatment.
(Results vary by individual patient and results cannot be guaranteed)
After the treatment
After a Fraxel treatment, your skin will be pink and slightly swollen. Other common effects in the week following the treatment are: tiny red or white dots, scabbing, bronzing of the skin, and peeling. During this time, treat your skin gently, and avoid skin care products containing acids, retinol, or abrasive ingredients. Do not force the skin to peel. Use only mild cleansers and moisturizers.
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil) or any product containing ibuprofen for as long as possible; taking Tylenol is fine.
- You may return to any normal activities the following day.
- Avoid steam rooms, excessive exercise and swimming for 1 week.
- Don’t make important decisions or sign legal documents for the rest of the day
- Avoid direct sun exposure for 2 weeks after your treatment.
- Use a minimum 30 SPF broad-spectrum sunblock daily for the first 2 weeks post-treatment.
- To maintain your results a 30-50 SPF should be worn year round and in all weather.
Recovery time: Little or no downtime, though some people take 1 or 2 weeks of social downtime until peeling resolves. Full results of Thermage treatments will be seen in 3 to 6 months.
How many treatments will I need?
You may repeat this treatment in 6 months if you wish. Clients over 50 may have a maintenance treatment 6 months after their first, for maximum results.
Other treatment options
Other options for smoothing and firming the skin:
- Collagen Injections
- Ablative Laser treatments that remove some of both the dermis and the epidermis. Our clinic uses Fraxel, which is non-ablative.
- Laser treatments that stimulate collagen by targeting only the dermis, leaving the epidermis cooled and unaffected (non-ablative treatments).