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Thermage is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure to reduce the appearance of cellulite and aging skin. The Thermage process uses revolutionary new technologies to re-contour the tissue of the face and body, resulting in a younger and more toned appearance. Thermage Body, also known as Body By Thermage, is the Thermage process for larger body areas, such as the abdomen or thighs.

Length of Surgery

30-90 minutes





Back to work in...


Back to the gym in...

1-2 days

Treatment Frequency



Redness, swelling, blisters


Up to $2000

Duration of results

Several years

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Thermage Body costs

Most Thermage Body treatments cost about $2,000, depending on the size of the area to be treated. Unlike similar cosmetic procedures, such as laser treatments that come with a slightly lower per-session cost, most Thermage Body patients receive the desired results with just one session, which often results in lower overall costs.

Am I a candidate for Thermage Body?

If you want to tighten aging skin or reduce the appearance of cellulite, Thermage Body may be right for you. Thermage Body can be used on nearly every area of the body, on all skin tones. Common reasons to undergo Thermage Body include recent weight loss or pregnancy, or a desire to reverse some of the physical signs of aging. Ideal candidates range in age from 30 to 60 and still have some skin elasticity.

What is Thermage Body?

Thermage works by stimulating the production of collagen, a key structural element within the skin. As part of the natural aging process, the body gradually loses its ability to produce collagen, resulting in thin, loose skin that sags into folds and wrinkles. Thermage Body is the Thermage procedure designed particularly for large areas of the body, such as:

  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Arms

Thermage Body is often seen as an alternative to surgical procedures such as an liposuction, abdomoniplasty (tummy tuck), thigh lift, arm lift, or breast lift. It can improve the appearance of cellulite (fat deposits located directly under the skin) while improving the texture and contours of the skin.

Thermage Body steps

Before your Thermage Body procedure begins, a cooling gel will be spread over the targeted area of skin to protect it from the energy being used during this treatment. During the procedure, a handheld device is pressed against the skin to deliver the radiofrequency waves. During Thermage, these radiofrequency waves will pass safely through the surface of your skin, heating the deepest layers of the skin in order to stimulate the body's natural skin renewal process. As the energy is passing through your skin, you may feel a sensation of warmth. As a result of this process, the body forms new collagen, which provides improved structure for the skin.

Thermage Body Recovery and Healing Steps

Following Thermage Body treatments, you can resume your daily routine immediately. There is no downtime, and no bandages are needed over the treated area. Because of the way in which Thermage Body works, you can expect to see treatment results occur gradually over a period of four to six weeks. Unlike many similar cosmetic procedures, only a single treatment is needed with Thermage Body. Most patients find that the results are still apparent after several years; a touch-up procedure is recommended about five years following the initial Thermage treatment.

Thermage Body Side Effects and Procedure Risks

After Thermage Body, the skin may be slightly red, although this should subside within just a couple of days. Rare side effects , occurring in less than 0.4% of patients, include swelling and blisters on or around the treated area, both of which will subside within a few weeks.

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Skin Rejuvenation Checklist

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