Saturday, February 14, 2009

Oprah and Thermage

Celebrity Beauty Secrets: Oprah and Thermage
How to Look Younger with a Procedure Called Thermage

Recently Oprah the queen of the popular television and marketing world had a whole show on cosmesis and anti aging. This series was one of the most viewed last year. The treatment that was most commonly associated with celebrities was Thermage. While no one actually came out and said it outright, there were a lot of hints that this treatment is the Holy Grail when it comes to the erasement of wrinkles and fine lines. Another celebrity beauty secret for anti-aging. Celebrities love it. So what is Thermage and how does it work?

Thermage is an FDA approved cosmetic procedure which can be used to tighten the skin, erase wrinkles and reduce signs of aging. It is often known as the “non surgical” face lift. Word has it that many celebrities are getting Thermage done because it simply produces results.

Thermage essentially uses a very small device that emits radiofrequency waves; the waves penetrate the skin and induce remodeling of the deeper layers. The collagen starts to tighten, the elastin regains its tone- this results in a skin which looks young, firm, rejuvenated and beautiful. There is little downtime after the procedure.

The reason Thermage is widely advocated is because it is fast, has little downtime, has minimal side effects and produces a desirable aesthetic result. Individuals who have had Thermage claim that the treatment has almost no side effects, except for mild redness and bruising. The treatment is relatively painless, there are no needles and the procedure takes less than 45 minutes to complete.

The results of Thermage are not immediate; most people begin to see improvements in their skin in a few weeks but the peak benefit occur around 8 -12 weeks. Thermage is not a permanent cure for the aged skin but physicians who perform it claim that the results may last a year or more. Most people will require touch ups to maintain the cosmetic benefit.

One of the biggest advantages for this non surgical face lift is the cost. It is very affordable. The average cost of Thermage ranges from $800-$1,500. Compared to the traditional surgical face lift which costs anywhere from $15,000-$20,000, Thermage is considered a bargain.

Unfortunately Thermage is not covered by any medical insurance plan as it is considered to be a cosmetic procedure. In the end, it all comes to money. Holly celebrities have the cash. For us, the mere mortals in the universe, it is a question of paying the rent or looking beautiful. Of course, if you can afford it, this celebrity beauty secret is one well worth investigating.

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