"THE TREATMENT: Thermage
WHAT IT DOES:
Thermage is a one-off treatment which works by transmitting radio frequencies deep into the dermis."
Daily Mail
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"Dr Rita Rakus Is the Best!
When I decided to apply dermal fillers for my fine lines, I have researched for the best cosmetic doctor in London, and this is how I've came to Dr Rita Rakus's Clinique. Beside her most helpful and the kindest staff in the Clinique, Dr Rita Rakus herself is extremely professional, kind, guiding and she does certainly make sure that, you will receive the best treatment. She had done my Juvaderm Pus fillers, Pelleve at my first time in the Clinique and in my other visit also done my Botox as well. I am extremely happy with all my results and it is for certain that Dr Rita Rakus is the Queen in the cosmetic treatments field. From now on, whenever I need a non-surgical cosmetic treatment, I know that DR Rakus's Clinique will be my only and the most reliable destination"

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"Thermage, not only did it work but I could go out to lunch straight afterwards without a problem."

Diane C., Nottingham


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"Great service, excellent staff and best of all was the Thermage treatment - it really works!"

PA 08.03.06


"Never mind the Botox
THERMAGE
What is it?

A non-invasive procedure that works by heating the deeper layer of the skin (the dermis) to stimulate new collagen formation..."
Evening Standard
8 April 2008

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"I couldn't imagine entrusting anyone else, but Dr. Rakus with my face. After my Thermage even my mother has noticed how well I look".

R.K. 04.07.06


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“ Over the years Dr. Rakus has kept me going - I don’t know what I would do without her!  Part of her charisma is her cool, confident and quiet approach to every treatment I have had and, as a mark of the trust I place in her I am having a Thermage treatment today."

AS 25.07.06


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Flor Mayoral M.D.

"THERMAGE
What is it?
A treatment that uses a radio frequency to restore collagen in all three layers of the skin, leaving it smoother and tighter."
Sunday Mirror
January 15, 2006

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Treatment by
Richard Asarch M.D.

"Great service, excellent staff and best of all was the Thermage treatment - it really works!"

PA 08.03.06


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Treatment by
Mark Nestor M.D.

"...non-surgical procedures: Fraxel, Thermage and Body-Jet which are all available at Dr Rita Rakus' prestigious Knightsbridge clinic..."
Grazia, 1 October 2007

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Thermage Skin Treatment beforeThermage Skin Treatment
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Robert Weiss M.D.

"Thermage, not only did it work but I could go out to lunch straight afterwards without a problem."

Diane C., Nottingham


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Treatment by
Suzanne Kilmer M.D.

"I couldn't imagine entrusting anyone else, but Dr. Rakus with my face. After my Thermage even my mother has noticed how well I look".

R.K. 04.07.06


Thermage Skin Treatment before Thermage Skin Treatment
Treatment by
Martin Safko M.D.

"Dr Rakus has always embraced the latest technology and is now renowned for her Thermage® treatment using radio frequency (RF) for facial and body contouring, now also offering revolutionary new Thermage Cellulite treatment and has the fifth busiest Thermage practice in the world."
The Times Cosmetic Supplement
20 September 2008

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"My Thermage treatment has made my post-menopausal skin feel pre-menopausal again - plumper, tighter and glowing"

JW 25.09.08


Thermage Skin TreatmentThermage Skin Treatment
Treatment by
Eric Finzi M.D.

"Thermage, not only did it work but I could go out to lunch straight afterwards without a problem."

Diane C., Nottingham


“ Over the years Dr. Rakus has kept me going - I don’t know what I would do without her!  Part of her charisma is her cool, confident and quiet approach to every treatment I have had and, as a mark of the trust I place in her I am having a Thermage treatment today."

AS 25.07.06


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"I couldn't imagine entrusting anyone else, but Dr. Rakus with my face. After my Thermage even my mother has noticed how well I look".

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Frequently Asked Questions

Dr Rakus is now ranked 5th busiest
Thermage clinic in the world

Call +44 (0) 20 7460 7324 for your FREE THERMAGE CONSULTATION
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Read about NEW FDA approved Cellulite, Thermage, Body Thermage pages or Thermage After Care

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers relating to Thermage treatment
(Please click on the question to get to the answer)

DOES THERMAGE WORK?

With the new CPT machine and tip we get positive results in approximately 95% of suitable patients. However, results can be affected by a number of factors such as smoking, severe sun damage and skin disorders.

WHAT IS THE THERMAGE PROCEDURE?

The procedure is non-invasive, generally requires only a single treatment in your clinician's office and you can quickly get back to your normal routine.

The Thermage procedure delivers heat deep into the skin to tighten existing collagen and stimulate new collagen growth. Collagen is the building block that provides structure to your skin.

Thermage procedures can tighten skin safely on most body parts, including face, eyes, lips, tummy, arms, hands, thighs and buttocks.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THERMAGE AND FRAXEL?

Thermage is a radio frequency treatment whereas Fraxel is a laser treatment. Thermage works to tighten the skin, whereas Fraxel resurfaces the skin to help reduce sun damage, scarring and fine lines.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THERMAGE AND RADIO FREQUENCY?

Thermage is a radio frequency treatment.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THERMAGE AND LASER?

Radio frequency treatments such as Thermage work to tighten the skin, whereas lasers are designed to resurface the skin to help reduce sun damage, scarring and fine lines.

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?

Thermage is the only clinically FDA approved proven non-ablative, non-invasive system that uses radio frequency energy to tighten tissue.

A hand piece with a smooth, fiat tip delivers Thermage's unique monopolar capacitive radio frequency (RF) technology, which safely heats the deeper layers of your skin. This stimulates existing collagen and promotes new collagen growth over time.

HOW MUCH IS THERMAGE?

Thermage treatments cost from £2,000.

HOW DEEP DOES THERMAGE GO?

Thermage utilises radio frequency waves that penetrate the top layer of the skin in order to tighten and stimulate collagen within.

CAN THERMAGE CAUSE SKIN/NERVE DAMAGE?

Swelling is an uncommon side effect, with a slight possibility of bruising. Although some people experience mild redness, this usually disappears within a day. Even with Thermage CPT cooling, skin damage from the heat is also possible; however hypo-pigmentation (increase or decrease in skin colouration) are rare as the treatment targets the deeper layers of the skin.

DOES THERMAGE HURT?

When the Thermage device is applied, you'll feel a deep, but brief, heating sensation - an indication that collagen is reaching effective temperatures for tightening. You will be asked to give feedback on heat sensation levels during the procedure which helps us to strike a balance between your comfort and results.

To protect the surface of your skin, a cooling spray is delivered before, during and after each application of energy.

On a scale of 1-4 (with 1 being comfortable and 4 being painful), most patients experience a 2 or 3 during treatment but every patient is different. It is normal to feel heat, but this shouldn't be uncomfortable and patients are normally able to complete their treatment.

No ongoing pain will be experienced after treatment but you may feel some tissue tightening.

HOW LONG DOES AN ACTUAL TREATMENT TAKE?

This varies from patient to patient, but as a guideline a forehead will take approximately 30 minutes with a full face taking approximately 60 minutes.  The application of a topical anaesthetic is normally left on for 40 - 60 minutes prior to the treatment and most patients can expect to spend up to 2 hours in the clinic to complete the treatment.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WORK AND HOW LONG DO THE EFFECTS LAST?

Approximately 5% of patients may see a clinical response immediately on the day of treatment; the majority will see a clinical response between 4-12 weeks with the clinical end result being seen as long as 12 months.

CAN I HAVE THERMAGE ON THE KNEES?

Yes, you can have Thermage on the knees to help tighten the skin there.

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WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

Everyone can expect some collagen tightening. The magnitude of visible improvement varies from subtle to dramatic. Generally, some improvement is immediately visible and continues for up to six months as new collagen forms in the skin.

Patients experience:

  • Overall tighter and smoother skin
  • Contouring
  • Softening of wrinkles and lines

CAN I COMBINE THERMAGE WITH OTHER COSMETIC PROCEDURES LIKE BOTOX OR RESTYLANE INJECTIONS?

Thermage makes a very nice companion treatment to some other aesthetic procedures. Your physician will advise you further.

CAN ANYONE HAVE A THERMAGE TREATMENT REGARDLESS OF AGE?

Your physician is the best person to assess a patient to determine if they are an suitable candidate for this treatment. Clinical data would show that our focus age group is ideally between 35 and 55 years of age.

HOW LONG HAS THERMAGE BEEN AVAILABLE?

Thermage has undergone extensive research and development over the past 8 years and has been commercially available for the past three years.

Combine with Body-Jet, Thermage Body and VelaShape for best results

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WHO INVENTED THERMAGE?

It was originally developed by Edward Knowlten, a plastic surgeon and Keith Mullowney, a businessman.

DID THERMAGE START LIFE AS A MEDICAL TREATMENT?

Thermage was specifically developed for cosmetic purposes and is currently used by over 2000 physicians worldwide.

IS IT REALLY SAFE?

When used by a certified physician Thermage® is a totally safe procedure.

Potential complications (that are now at a rate of incidence at less than 0.2%) are burns, scarring, temporary nerve damage, surface irregularities and unwanted fat lysing. These complications occurred under prototype use and are rarely seen now.

Thermage systems are now into their 3rd generation with over 24 safety interlocks.

HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD A THERMAGE TREATMENT?

Over 450,000 patients worldwide.

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HAVE ANY INTERNATIONAL OR UK AUTHORITIES APPROVED THERMAGE?

Thermage is approved by the FDA in the USA and CE marked in Europe.

WHERE ELSE IS THERMAGE AVAILABLE OUTSIDE THE UK?

USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Asia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Ireland. It is due for release in Australia, New Zealand and Korea in the very near future.

WILL MY SKIN GO BACK TO NORMAL WHEN THE TREATMENT EXPIRES?

Your skin will continue to 'age' as normal.

WILL MY SKIN FEEL ANY DIFFERENT TO THE TOUCH AFTER A THERMAGE TREATMENT?

It may feel a sense of tightening. Skin tone will usually alter over the course of the first 4-12 weeks.

WILL IT MAKE MY SKIN MORE SENSITIVE?

There is no clinical evidence to indicate that this is an issue

CAN THERMAGE CAUSE SKIN CANCER?

Thermage is NOT a laser. Radio-frequency has been utilised over the past 75 years and we have no clinical evidence of any evidence of this problem occurring.

Combine with Body-Jet, Thermage Body and VelaShape for best results

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WHY DOESN'T THE THERMAGE 'BEAM' GO RIGHT THROUGH MY HEAD?

Because Thermage is NOT a laser.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THERMAGE AND OTHER LASER SKIN TREATMENTS LIKE POLARIS OR AURORA?

Thermage is NOT a laser. It creates a 'volumetric heating effect' at depths more than that of other treatments whilst protecting the epidermis.

SHOULD I APPLY A SUNBLOCK BEFORE MY THERMAGE TREAMTENT AND FOLLOW-UP WITH AN AFTER-SUN LOTION?

Because Thermage is cooling consistently during the procedure there is no after-care required- the epidermis is protected at all times.

HOW SOON AFTER MY FIRST THERMAGE TREATMENT CAN I HAVE ANOTHER ONE?

Because it can take up to six months for the clinical end result to be observed you should not have another treatment before this time.

WOULD IT BE SAFE TO HAVE THERMAGE EVERY 2 YEARS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?

At this point Sigmacon have no clinical data in this respect, but a Thermage treatment should last between 3-5 years.

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IF I HAVE REPEATED THERMAGE TREATMENTS DOES IT GET LESS EFFECTIVE OVER TIME AND WILL THE COLLAGEN IN MY SKIN EVENTUALLY BECOME 'EXHAUSTED'?

Thermage targets between 5-35% of the collagen during the course of one treatment dependent on the number of passes.  Whilst collagen is constantly stretching and becoming more and more lax there is the ability to target that collagen and create contraction.

CAN THERMAGE BE PERFORMED ON THE BODY?

There is constant on-going research regarding Thermage technology and treatment to help improve the skin on the upper arms,abdomen and knees may be appropriate for some patients.

WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED TO BE A THERMAGE PRACTITIONER?

Practitioners need to be a qualified plastic surgeon, cosmetic doctor, dermatologist or physician with a minimum of six years laser experience.  This is a PHYSICIAN operated device —you will not see Thermage in beauty spas.

HOW ARE PRACTITIONERS TRAINED?

Sigmacon spend a total of 20 hours with each physician familiarising them with the system and treating their first six patients alongside them. Sigmacon then return to them after they have completed six patients on their own to observe another four patients before we certify them. Only then are these physicians listed on their web site as 'certified users of Thermage' under 'Physician Locator 'for consumers.

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HOW SAFE IS THERMAGE DURING/AFTER PREGNANCY?

Thermage is not safe for use if you’re pregnant or breast feeding. It is also not advised if you’re not sure whether or not you could be pregnant.

How quickly after pregnancy you could use Thermage would depend on a number of things. It’s not advised if you’re breast feeding. It may also not be advised immediately after a difficult birth or a Caesarean section. This is something that can be discussed at your consultation.

WHICH MEDICAL CONDITIONS ARE CONTRA-INDICATED FOR THERMAGE?

Diabetes, heart conditions, patients with pacemakers, hearing implants, metal devices inserted in the body or compromised sensitivity.

I HAVE VERY FRECKLY SKIN: WILL THIS MEAN THAT MY THERMAGE TREATMENT WILL BE MORE PAINFUL?

No.  Thermage is 'colour blind' and does not target chromophores to operate. It does not affect the epidermis and can be used on most skin types.

IS IT SAFE TO HAVE THERMAGE IF I SUFFER WITH SKIN CONDITIONS LIKE VITILIGO, PSORIASIS, ECZEMA AND ACNE?

We do have some clinical results on acne, however, this is something that requires assessment by each independent physician.

IS THERE AN AGE WHERE A THERMAGE TREATMENT BECOMES POINTLESS?

Thermage is more focused on the 'age of skin' rather than the 'age of the patient'. Each patient needs to be independently assessed by a qualified practitioner to ensure that they are a suitable candidate for the treatment.

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WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THERMAGE?

www.sigmacon-treatments.co.uk

WHAT CELEBRITIES HAVE HAD THERMAGE?

Celebrities including TV star Amanda Holden have all been quoted as being fans of the treatment, with Gwyneth Paltrow praising Thermage for making her look refreshed. Carole Malone (journalist) has been featured on Celebrity Fit Club having her Thermage treatment while Thermage has also been shown on Oprah no less than 8 times in the USA to date.

For more information on Thermage treatments please visit

For optimum results combine Thermage with Fraxel and Body-Jet

Call +44 (0) 20 7460 7324 for your FREE THERMAGE CONSULTATION
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"Dr Rakus has always embraced the latest technology and is now renowned for her Thermage® treatment using radio frequency (RF) for facial and body contouring, now also offering revolutionary new Thermage Cellulite treatment and has the fifth busiest Thermage practice in the world."
The Times Cosmetic Supplement
20 September 2008

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"...non-surgical procedures: Fraxel, Thermage and Body-Jet which are all available at Dr Rita Rakus' prestigious Knightsbridge clinic..."
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"I have been a client of Dr Rita Rakus for 4 years. My loyalty is based upon quality of service, in every way. Dr Rakus not only puts me at ease, she also provides a pain-free procedure with great results. I attend The Orangery in Bath which is a clean, modern environment with exceptional staff members who are polite, friendly and always greet with a smile. I would recommend both Dr Rakus and The Orangery to my family and friends, something that I believe speaks volumes in itself."

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"Lip Enhancement"

Dr Rita Rakus knows about lips! She was very confident during the procedure and gave me the result I wanted to have. My asymmetrical lips are now corrected and they look beautiful and so natural. The only downside is that her filler treatments are a bit pricey. However, I will definitely recommend her treatments to anyone who wishes to get beautiful natural lips!


"Never mind the Botox
THERMAGE
What is it?

A non-invasive procedure that works by heating the deeper layer of the skin (the dermis) to stimulate new collagen formation..."
Evening Standard
8 April 2008

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R.K. 04.07.06


"Thermage
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Thermage is a safe, incision free treatment, clinically proven to deliver tighter skin and refine facial contours."
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My hairdresser (people who always notice!) made me thrilled when she said “What have you done to your makeup.  It looks good, you appear refreshed and your jawline is tighter. A new face cream? Tell me about it”

It wasn’t makeup or creams, but Thermage performed by Dr. Rita Rakus. I’ve trusted her for many years now and I know that if she suggests a new treatment I can rely on her judgment. I’m so pleased that I had Thermage.

Lynda W 15.03.06


Body Thermage beforeBody Thermage after
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N Supapannachart M.D.

“ Over the years Dr. Rakus has kept me going - I don’t know what I would do without her!  Part of her charisma is her cool, confident and quiet approach to every treatment I have had and, as a mark of the trust I place in her I am having a Thermage treatment today."

AS 25.07.06


Thermage Skin Treatment beforeThermage Skin Treatment
Treatment by
Robert Weiss M.D.

"THE TREATMENT: Thermage
WHAT IT DOES:
Thermage is a one-off treatment which works by transmitting radio frequencies deep into the dermis."
Daily Mail
April 3, 2006

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"Thermage is a pioneering, non-invasive facelift developed in the US to treat oily skin, acne, wrinkles, sun damage and skin laxity."
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"Thermage, not only did it work but I could go out to lunch straight afterwards without a problem."

Diane C., Nottingham


“ Over the years Dr. Rakus has kept me going - I don’t know what I would do without her!  Part of her charisma is her cool, confident and quiet approach to every treatment I have had and, as a mark of the trust I place in her I am having a Thermage treatment today."

AS 25.07.06


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"Thermage
Now available for the body
Contouring: What is it?
Thermage is a safe, incision free treatment, clinically proven to deliver tighter skin and refine facial contours."
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