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Thermage FLX is a non-invasive skin tightening procedure developed to contour loose, crepey skin around the face, jawline, and neck areas. Thermage FLX’s advanced technology allows for a fast treatment that produces significantly enhanced results.

How does Thermage FLX work?

Thermage uses radio frequency to heat the dermal tissue and stimulate collagen. Thermage FLX is unique because of its reverse thermal treatment gradient, which allows the radio frequency energy to be evenly delivered over the tip of the handheld device. Rather than the traditional back and forth movement of other RF treatments, Thermage FLX uses a stamping motion to deliver heat just below the skin while keeping the skin surface cool. The Faster Algorithm Experience, or FLX, allows automatic calibration of the device. Our specialist uses a single handpiece and touch screen navigation to treat your skin safely.

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Am I a good candidate for Thermage FLX?

Anyone wanting to look and feel their best in Saratoga would be a good candidate for Thermage FLX. It is ideal for those who have experienced loose or crepey skin around the face but do not want to pursue more invasive treatments that come with longer recovery times.

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Is Thermage FLX painful?

Thermage FLX is a non-invasive treatment and is not considered painful. Patients have reported being quite comfortable during the procedure. You may feel experience a bit of redness, but no pain medication is required before or after. If desired, Tylenol may be taken 30 minutes prior to treatment to ensure the utmost comfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does Thermage treat?

A: Thermage treats fine lines and wrinkles on most parts of the body, including the eyes, face, neck, tummy, arms, hands, buttocks, and thighs. The procedure smoothens uneven and dimpled skin on the body to temporarily minimize the appearance of cellulite.

Q: How long does a Thermage treatment last?

A: Thermage treatments last between 45 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the treatment area, size, and location. Furthermore, you don’t need multiple treatments for optimal results; a single Thermage treatment is sufficient.

Q: When do the treatment results appear?

A: The treatment results will be immediately apparent, but you’ll continue seeing improvements for several months. Over time, as your body continues producing collagen, your wrinkles and fine lines will gradually smoothen away in two to six months.

Q: How long do the Thermage results last?

A: Thermage is a permanent procedure because it doesn’t insert fillers but rather encourages natural collagen production. However, Thermage doesn’t stop the aging process altogether, and the newly-formed collagen will also eventually get absorbed by the body, and your wrinkles will again resurface. The overall results may last several years, depending on your body’s aging process.

Q: How much does a Thermage treatment cost?

A: The cost of a Thermage treatment ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on several factors, including the type of skin concerns, size of the treatment area, and the number of treatment areas.

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What is the recovery time for my Thermage FLX treatment?

Generally, patients experience very little to no downtime with Thermage FLX. You can expect to return to your regular routine following your treatment.

How long will my results last?

Results will vary for each individual, but typically you can expect one treatment to last in the range of one to three years.

How many treatments will I need?

You can expect to see noticeable results after just one treatment. The stimulation of collagen and skin tightening will continue to develop and can take up to four to seven months before your optimal results are realized. To maintain the results of Thermage FLX as we age, the treatment is recommended by Dr. Elbert and Dr. Jacqueline to repeat once per year.

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Practice Policy Update from Cheng Plastic Surgery Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery

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