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I am considering it and I read all the horror stories on the Archives. I called my PS and was told they monitor their patients closely, see them every three months for a year after Thermage. The nurse said they have never had a complaint. They gave me three names w/phone numbers for paitients who had Thermage. I have only reached one of them and she is thrilled with her results from three years ago, plans to have another treatment next month for a few isolated spots.
I plan to call back and ask for more phone numbers to get more information before I make a decision.
The PS is Ruth Hillelson in Richmond VA. Anyone have experience with her?
Thermage, even by the company's own admission, does not last 3 years! I'd be VERY skeptical...I had thermage, and it didn't do anything...at least I wasn't injured by it! (Had chin/neck lipo and was told it would tighten up the skin afterwards, so I did the face as well). At first the PS and esthetician said my eyes were lifted a bit--only thing they could say positive after my complaints....baloney! It was the temporary serum I use! My PS doesn't give refunds for anything...however, on his brochure it says that if you are not happy with the results of Thermage, he will credit half of the price you paid toward another procedure such as a facelift. Obviously, this speaks volumes! There are countless FDA complaints (check their website), and at best, the success rate is <50%..would you spend 1000 or 2000 dollars for those low odds? There also have been a number of lawsuits...some settled and some pending. Thermage is like moving into a new neighborhood with a high crime rate...why take the risk? Had I found these boards before I had it done, I definitely would have taken a pass.
Does this office in Va. have any other lasers? It has been my experience that a dr. pushes whatever equipment they have purchased. They are expensive, and of course want to get there moneys worth out of the purchase. I would be skeptical if I were you. I know I went once for a price on fillers and they tried to talk me into the titan. I was never even there for that reason. I didn't have the titan, for $2200. nor the fillers.
I'm very, very interested to know what the person you got ahold of was pleased about her Thermage-- new mottled skin quality? loss of fat? scar tissue? okay, some of that was sarcastic, but really. What did she say made her pleased? very curious.
Judytoo wrote:Betty, I'm very, very interested to know what the person you got ahold of was pleased about her Thermage-- new mottled skin quality? loss of fat? scar tissue? okay, some of that was sarcastic, but really. What did she say made her pleased? very curious.
I have talked to three of Dr. Hillelson's patients now and all reported that their loose skin was tightened up slightly (not as much as a true facelift). One said she could definitely see more definition to the underlying bone structure. She and three of her friends (whom I have not talked to) had it done together about 18 months ago and all are very pleased.
I asked all three of the patients if they had ever experienced (or heard of) any of the serious negative results you wrote of. They all said "Definitely not'.
Judytoo wrote:I asked all three of the patients if they had ever experienced (or heard of) any of the serious negative results you wrote of. They all said "Definitely not'.
I guess they didn't read the consent form and disclaimers that they had to sign prior to treatment.
I am convinced that Thermage is like 'the emperor's new clothes'...you want to hear that you look better and it did what it was supposed to do, so that is what you hear and believe. I know the PA, nurse and PS kept telling me how much tighter and better, with lifted eyes I looked. I didn't see it, and neither did my real friends (the honest ones).
I am convinced that Thermage is like 'the emperor's new clothes'...you want to hear that you look better and it did what it was supposed to do, so that is what you hear and believe. I know the PA, nurse and PS kept telling me how much tighter and better, with lifted eyes I looked. I didn't see it, and neither did my real friends (the honest ones).[/quote]
I am sorry that you experienced such negative results.
Is it going to be necessary that you have plastic surgery to correct any damage? Or perhaps you would choose not to undergo such a surgery.
I'm one of the lucky ones....I didn't suffer any damage....just no results at all. (I loved the way I looked the first day--apparently, the procedure 'swells the skin' a bit, so it is really smooth and you don't see any wrinkles at all--within a day, this was gone and I was back to my old self. PS said it takes approximately 3-6 months to see a result from Thermage.) Some people who have posted with divots and loss of facial fat do have fillers or fat grafting/replacement done.
I am in the process of suing my practitioner after undergoing thermage nine months ago. I have had it done in london and the consequencies are horrendous! Now I now they are quite typical, even though I had new tip etc. I will definitely try to raise awareness of the possibility of the damage that thermage can deliver through every avenue I can think of! I realised something wrong was happening to my face very early on and I made the doctor who performed thermage document my "progress" on monthly basis! I am still in discomfort and was told recently by "top" !!! dermatologist Nick lowe that the "refinements" can go on for up to a year!!! I know what I call those "refinements"....God if only I have found this site earlier ! I stambled upon it when feeling suicidal and decided to search internet for "thermage disasters". [/b]
Thank you for posting personal & valuable info.
It sounds as though some of you have suffered horribly because of Thermage.
I have an appointment on Tuesday morning to have it done.
After reading all these posts, I think perhaps I will cancel, deposit the money in a "for my real facelift" fund... and wait a couple of years for the "it".
Fat loss in the face is exactly the worst thing for someone who is hoping to remain looking young.
I just can not believe there is not one positive post on this message board about Thermage!
Has anyone tried Smoothbeam?
Thermage is a RIP OFF! I spent $3,525.00 and wound up with NOTHING!
I wish a lawyer would file a class action suit against the company that sells that machine.....I would think that doctors would want to sue them too! The worst mistake of my life!
I had thermage done to my eye area only about 3 weeks ago. I was told that this is a new type of thermage. It did look better at first, and that was due to the swelling. Then it reverted to pre-thermage. I don't know what horrendous side effects you all are talking about. Right now, my eyes look a bit better and more wide open. I would say I see some improvement in my lids already.
I was told that they do a lighter treatment and six months later, I am supposed to go in for a second treatment. The cost is 1,500.00 per treatment. I will wait to see what kind of results I get from the first round before I decide on another round, but so far am not unhappy or happy with the treatment, though I do see a slight improvement in my upper lids. Have not had any side effects.
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