Thermage

thermageThermage is a safe, non-invasive, no downtime, single treatment, cosmetic procedure that is clinically proven to tighten, contour and rejuvenate skin to help naturally restore a more youthful appearance. Immediate results are visible and continue to improve for up to six months.  The Thermage procedure is fast and easy, and requires no downtime from normal activities.  Unlike lasers, the procedure can be performed on patients of all skin color.  Our skin has three layers: the top layer called the epidermis, the collagen-rich dermis and the subcutaneous layer of fat and collagen fibers. Collagen is the protein that gives the skin its suppleness. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen resulting in wrinkles and slackness. The Thermage procedure uses patented radio-frequency technology to heat the dermis and the underlying tissue causing the collagen to tighten; this process, while stimulating the production of new collagen, also assists in the reduced deterioration of your current collagen.  To minimize any discomfort to the patient, the outer layer or epidermis is kept cool in order to protect it.  During the treatment, patients feel heat with each energy pulse followed by a sensation of cold. Your skin will look smoother after only one Thermage treatment.  Thermage may be used to tighten skin on the face, around the eyes, on the arms, legs, thighs, buttocks, stomach and hands.  It may also be recommended to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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HOW DOES THE THERMAGE PROCEDURE WORK?

The procedure works by heating deep collagen fibers in the skin and underlying tissue. This deep uniform heating action causes the deep structures in the skin and underlying tissue to immediately tighten.  Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced to further tighten skin and renew facial contours.

HOW LONG DOES THE THERMAGE PROCEDURE TAKE?

The Thermage procedure is a completely non-invasive, safe treatment that is performed only in a doctor’s office. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, the procedure may take as little as 20 minutes or up to three hours.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Thermage produces results in just one treatment for the majority of patients.  The treating doctor will determine the course of treatment that is right for each patient, based on the patient’s needs and goals.

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Immediate results are visible, and improve over time.  Measurable tightening and contouring improvements appear gradually over a two to six month time period following a single treatment session.

WHAT DOES THE THERMAGE PROCEDURE FEEL LIKE?

The patient experiences a brief, deep heating sensation as energy is delivered to the skin and underlying tissue.  This deep heating sensation is an indication that collagen is reaching effective temperatures for tightening.  Patient feedback on the level of heat sensation experienced during the procedure will help guide the provider to balance procedural comfort with maximum results.  The provider may offer light pain medications prior to treatment to minimize sensation.

HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS OF THE THERMAGE PROCEDURE LAST?

Thermage immediately tightens existing collagen and stimulates new natural collagen production for up to six months following the treatment.  Unpublished reports by experienced cosmetic doctors indicate that results may last for 3 or more years and are based on the patient’s natural aging process.

IS THERE ANY SPECIAL PREPARATION OR FOLLOW-UP REGIME?

No.  Unlike surgery, there is no pre-procedure preparation, such as blood work or fasting required.  One can return to regular activities immediately following treatment and there is no special care after treatment.  Some patients exhibit a temporary redness or minor swelling after treatment, this usually resolves within 24 hours. Good skin care and sunscreens are recommended as part of your regular skin care regimen. The only signs of treatment are naturally smoother, younger, and healthier skin.

IS THE THERMAGE PROCEDURE SAFE?

Thermage has an excellent safety record. With over 190,000 estimated worldwide patient treatments to date the reported incidence of side effects is less than 0.4%.  The most frequently reported incidents are classified as swelling, redness, bumps, and blisters on or around the treated area.  These side effects have disappeared in a few days or weeks.  A rare (<0.11%) but longer lasting side effect described as a surface irregularity has also been reported. Consult with your physician regarding this and any other questions you may have on the safety record of the Thermage procedure.

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What Our Patients Say
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  • …Mesos Florida office staff were the best. Everyone was friendly, and Courteous. They made me feel at ease right away. He is a very caring Doctor who spent as much time with me as I needed. He answered all of my questions and concerns. I was very pleased with the results of my surgeries. Robin my nurse and Kerry were both exceptional. I could not be more happy with a Doctor and his crew.

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    Anonymous/Lady Lake, FL
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    Anonymous/Lake Mary, FL
  • “I recently went to Mesos to have a laser peel done.  The staff did a wonderful job at explaining what was going to happen before , during and after the procedure.  This was an important component as I work full time.   I especially appreciated that they are very honest and realistic about results you can achieve from their services.  I felt that they under promised and over delivered!  I wanted to write this so that if someone out there needs reassurance like I did, that you will be very happy the day you see your ” before” and “after” pictures.”

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    Stephanie L/Central FL
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    Marsha M./The Villages, FL
  • I have been to other plastic surgeons here in The Villages and I have to say that Mesos has the most personable and friendly staff of any of the others I’ve visited. I got the “”liquid facelift”” and just have to say that Larry is an absolute artist. The staff is very knowledgeable, made me feel very comfortable and I completely trust them. I HIGHLY recommend Mesos!

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    P. Moore/The Villages, FL
  • EXCELLENT FACILITY… very clean and modern inside,  staff is responsive and knowledgable, the procedures I have had done I am highly satisfied with I highly recommend this office to others for cosmetic procedures.

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    Jamie/Central FL
  • HIGHLY SATISFIED – I would highly recommend Mesos. Not only did I have a procedure done that I am satisfied with, my family flew from Puerto Rico to also second that recommendation!!

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    Colleen/Lake Mary, FL
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    Eileen H./Central FL
  • Amazing!! – I can’t say enough good things about my experience at Mesos. From the second you walk in, everyone is super friendly and make you feel comfortable. I came here for derma fillers and will never go anywhere else. My face looks great and its all thanks to Larry!. He is such a doll and does such a good job!. He really knows what he is doing and will make you look amazing.

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    Amanda Hope/Central FL
  • “…very truthful and informative. He let me know what to expect so there were no surprises. He explained to me the worst case scenarios (including possible remedies) and he explained best case scenarios. My results thus far have exceeded what I had imagined. He was personable, professional and his staff really put me at ease. Follow-up appointments were relaxed and he gave me a chance to talk and ask questions. I also felt that he and his nurses listened to me and addressed anything I did not understand. I would highly recommend him.”

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