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Thermage FLX Skin Tightening

When your skin is smooth, firm, and contoured, whether on your face or body, it helps you look more fit, healthy, and youthful. However, during many natural processes of life like aging, pregnancy, and weight changes, collagen in the skin breaks down and is not readily replaced. Over time the skin becomes thin, crêpey, and loose. The skin specialists at SBA Dermatology & Plastic Surgery offer Thermage® FLX for people from Houston and surrounding communities. This FDA-cleared, clinically proven treatment effectively tightens and tones the skin without surgery.

As Houston's #1 provider of Thermage  – having performed over 1,800 of these no-downtime treatments since its introduction in 2003 – we have the experience needed to tighten lax skin in the upper and lower face, around the eyes, and on the eyelids. With our body treatments, we can achieve flatter, smoother, firmer skin on the tummy, legs, arms, buttocks, love handles, and knees. We use the latest advances in Thermage technology, Thermage FLX  which includes:

  • 25% faster treatment times since the treatment has a greater surface area coverage
  • Optimized energy delivered with the AccuREP technology that allows for automatic calibration
  • Patient comfort with new vibration elements and cooling blasts
  • Single handpiece for consistent treatment from head to toe without having to change the handpiece mid-treatment
  • Touch screen navigation that is user-friendly for the treating provider

To find out more about the improvements that are possible with Thermage, request a consultation or call our office at 713-850-0240.

How It Works

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Thermage is an FDA-cleared, clinically proven non-invasive radiofrequency (RF) therapy for the treatment of periorbital wrinkles and rhytids including the upper and lower eyelids, non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and rhytids and temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite. It can tighten and contour the skin on the face, neck and body without surgery and without downtime. Through radiofrequency energy, Thermage heats the collagen in the lower layers of the skin. This process causes the deep collagen structures of your skin to tighten immediately so you'll see firmer skin right after treatment. The heat energy also stimulates collagen production, so your skin will gradually tighten further over time giving you a more youthful appearance.


Your Beautiful Skin

We can safely and effectively use Thermage on the face, neck, arms, abdomen, and thighs through a variety of specialized treatment tips that deliver precise amounts of energy to specific depths of the skin.


Face and Neck

Thermage rejuvenates the entire face by tightening skin and stimulating collagen thereby softening wrinkles and fine lines. This treatment can reduce jowls and redefine the jaw line. It can also tighten and smooth the neck and reduce excess skin under the chin. Many of our patients use it as an effective, non-surgical alternative to a face lift. Treatments usually take between 45 and 90 minutes. Our facial Thermage procedure can also be coupled with any of the dermal filler treatments like JUVÉDERM® in our Houston center. We start with the Thermage to tighten and then use the proper filler to add volume where needed. Often we can use less filler if we treat first with Thermage.



An effective, non-surgical alternative to an eyelid lift, Thermage can renew the appearance of the entire eye area. It can safely treat the very thin and delicate eyelid skin. To maximize safety, we place a metal shield under the eyelids during treatment. Above the eye, tightened skin and reduced hooding can give the eyes a brighter, more refreshed look. We can also use Thermage to reduce under-eye bags. Patients enjoy having more lifted eyes with tighter, smoother skin all around.



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Thermage is ideal for men and women who are not significantly overweight but would like to firm sagging skin and reduce unwanted bulges that aren't improved by dieting and exercise alone. It can even improve the appearance of cellulite. Commonly-treated areas include the abdomen, "love handles," hips, thighs, buttocks, and arms. It can also tighten loose, stretched-out skin on the abdomen from pregnancy.

We make these treatments faster and more comfortable than ever with the enhanced Body Tip 16.0, which allows a typical treatment in about 90 minutes. The new tip delivers heat deeper into the skin than the original Thermage body tip. This deeper heating can deliver body contouring in addition to skin tightening. The Thermage Comfort Pulse Technology system enhances both results and patient comfort.



We perform Thermage skin tightening treatments in our Houston office. While no anesthetic is necessary, you will feel a brief heating sensation with each pulse of radiofrequency energy. To protect your skin and increase your comfort, a cooling spray is delivered before, during, and after each pulse of heat. Most patients require only a single treatment; occasionally a second treatment is desired and performed 6 months or longer after the first treatment.

After the treatment there is no downtime. You can return quickly to your normal activities. Side effects are generally mild and may include redness and swelling, which usually disappear quickly. There is no special care needed after treatment, but sunscreen is recommended as part of good skin care.

Some improvement is seen immediately as the treatment tightens your existing collagen. More improvement occurs over the next 6 months as Thermage stimulates new collagen growth. Final improvements can last approximately 2 years.

To find out more about Thermage FLX and many other facial rejuvenation treatments, request a consultation online or call our office at 713-850-0240.