Looking after my skin is high on my priority list when it comes to beauty. I think it’s so important as good skin is the foundation of everything. I like going without makeup when I can to let my skin breathe, but when I do have to wear makeup, I’ve found that when my skin is in great shape my makeup just looks better.
So when I was given the opportunity to try the skin treatment Thermage, at my fave skincare destination, The Clinic I jumped at the chance. Thermage uses radiofrequency and works below the surface to heat the deep layers of the skin to tighten and contour the complexion. It helps to restore existing collagen and produces new collagen and the result is fresher, younger looking skin. I’m 37 now and I’m noticing that my skin is less firm and fine lines are appearing so this seemed a great way to address the issue. I had heard amazing things about Thermage, and I’m always up for trying something new that is non-invasive and non-surgical (not having to deal with needles or surgery is a tick in my book) and has no down time. I was told I would be able to walk out of the clinic post-treatment and resume normal activities which is a big plus for me. Thermage also only requires a single treatment to get the full effect so I liked the fact I could get it done in one session.
On the day of the treatment I had to have temporary grid stencil applied to my face to act as a ‘map’ on my face. The nurse systematically used the Thermage device on my skin, section by section. It felt cool, then warm, then cool and ended with a vibration. We had to do that for every single grid square. I have to be honest and say it wasn’t completely painless, for me, it really hurt! Around my mouth was particularly painful but the rest of my face was a bit more bearable. That said, someone else with a different pain threshold may think differently! All in all I was there for around two hours from beginning to end.
So what happened afterwards? I went about the rest of my day! I liked the fact that I didn’t have to do anything differently in terms of my regular routine, I could apply makeup and I didn’t have to take time off for recovery. It was recommended that I use sunscreen but I do that daily anyway so it was business as usual.
In terms of how my skin looked, at first I didn’t really notice the difference but gradually I started receiving compliments on my skin. My makeup artist Michael Brown who I work with for virtually every shoot and work event I do, commented that he could definitely feel that my skin was bouncier and fuller. It’s now a little over three months on and I’m definitely thrilled with the results and I am liking how my skin has continued to improve over time as the collagen in my skin rebuilds. While Thermage is done in a single treatment, it’s recommended to have follow ups, which I will strongly consider as I am so happy with how my skin looks.
FAQs about Thermage
The Clinic were kind enough to answer some common questions they are asked about Thermage.
- How much does it cost? $3000
- How often should you get it done? It’s recommended over 40s have it done two times per year under 40 once per year
- Is it just for face? No, you can also do the body (mums love to use the treatment post-baby for loose skin)
- When should I do it before an event? Three months before
- How long does the treatment take? Two hours
- Can I do it pregnant/if I’m breastfeeding? Not while pregnant, but you can do it when breastfeeding.
- For more info visit The Clinic
This post was produced in collaboration with The Clinic