To be honestly, I have no idea that why the friends around me indulge in gaining the latest information about aesthetics. The conversation topics among girls included having toxin on the jaw line or IV drop treatment for lightening skin. It seems like everyone want to make the best use of their time in the UK ,as an oversea student, to become more beautiful.
In terms of the most popular anti-aging technology during these years, it must the Thermage FLX, which is the rage on Instagram, Facebook and Xiaohongshu. I have been paid attention to this technology since 2018 and finally tried it in the end of last year. Today, I will share with you my experience of having the Thermage FLX treatment in the UK.
About my skin condition
I just got master degree in the UK last year, and I’m currently working in London. And I’m over 25 years old now.
In fact, my skin condition is quite stable without many problems. However, there are some issues come out gradually with the increase of age, such as visible skin laxity and a loss of collagen. Particularly the problems of smile line, sagging cheeks and cervical stripe.
I have used the beauty apparatus which aims for lifting for a while. Although I can feel the changes, it cannot last for too long and it’s difficult for me to use it continuously every single day. I found out that many girls shared their experience about doing the Thermage FLX on the website. Due to their sharing, I know that I made a right choice.
I’m now living in London, and the aesthetic industry here is relatively advanced around the world. Under strict supervision from the UK government, it’s almost impossible to find counterfeit medications or illegal apparatus. That’s the reason why I don’t need to worry about the safety. Additionally, even many celebrities in China will fly to the UK in order to have some aesthetic projects. Clearly, people still know how to benefit from the advanced technique in developed countries.
Thermage vs. Ultherapy
When it comes to the youthful rejuvenation programs, the two most popular methods of such kind are, without a doubt, Ultherapy and Thermage. Both of them are approved by FDA to soften lines and wrinkles, and tighten skin. Also, the cost of these treatments is similar.
However, the main difference is that Ultherapy is more suitable for older people who have more facial fat and skin laxity because Ultherapy can improve the sagging in the face and tighten skin. On the other hands, Thermage targets at the young people with mild relaxation and mild sagging due to its efficacy of rejuvenation and collagen regeneration.
According to my situation, the doctor and I both believe that I’m a candidate for Thermage after the face-to-face consultation.
If you can afford them, of course you can choose to do both Thermage and Ultherapy.
The principle of Thermage FLX
Thermage FLX is an anti-aging device with radiofrequency energy and it can be used as non-invasive treatment for smoothing wrinkle and tighten skin.
The principle behind this treatment is that radiofrequency will into your body and works below the surface. It can generate regular vibrations and then trigger applied heat. This heating action causes deep collagen structures in the skin to immediately tighten. Over time, new collagen is produced by the body to further tighten the skin so that it can smooth wrinkle , tighten skin and remodel your contour.
The Process of Thermage FLX treatment
I booked my Thermage FLX treatment in Ai Beauty Clinic in London in the UK. This is an appointment-based and very professional aesthetic clinic. Also, Ai Beauty Clinic is one of the aesthetic clinics which firstly introduced the Thermage FLX in Europe. During my internship period in London, my Chinese colleague had the PRP project at Ai Beauty’ Clinic. She was satisfied with the experience and recommended this clinic to me.
The situation in the UK is different than in China, many clinics here may have a single or several doctors to be on call. Ai Beauty Clinic is a large-scale and famous aesthetic clinic, and its four floors building is located on the most prosperous place, oxford street in London. Moreover, Ai Beauty Clinic has extremely high reputation because it was reported and introduced by many magazines and television interview program.
The Thermage FLX has just been introduced into European countries so that only few clinics at industry leader position can be authorized. The rest of them still use the old version Thermage, the fourth generation.
Firstly, I made an appointment with the online aesthetic advisor. Then, when arrived on time, the reception lady will come and lead you to the process.
After went upstairs, I need to fill in the relevant information by using the iPad.
The next step is to do a VISIA skin test, which is the most advanced skin analysis technologies on the market. Basically, the VISIA system provides a clear, multi-dimensional portrait of your skin problems, then this data will become scientific evidence for doctors to determine that if you are a suitable candidate for Thermage FLX.
During the face-to-face consultation, the doctor will also analyze to you according to your skin type and personal situation. Additionally, the principles of how Thermage works and operating procedures will be explained.
After everything is well-prepared, you can start the treatment.
Facial cleansing and sterilization are essential before the treatment, but the numb cream is not necessary. Thermage FLX is less pain than the older generation, and most of people can tolerate the pain of it. Also, the doctor explained that the feeling of pain means the heat can achieve the best result.
A treatment grid is applied to the face to guide and direct treatment, so all necessary areas are treated without inadvertent overlapping of RF delivery.
A hand piece should be connected to a disposable treatment tip. Since I choose to do the treatment on my face and neck area, all I need is the Thermage face tip. If you are going to do the eye area, you will need another professional Thermage eye tip.
Each Thermage treatment requires single use treatment tip for each person, and Thermage tips are timed to expire within two hours after firing the first shot. However, I don’t have to worry about this issue because doctor will open the package of tip in front of you at the last moment before the operation.
The grid on the face will guide the application of the handpiece, the tip for face and neck areas is specially designed and totally has 900 REP. Thermage did cause discomfort for me, only a little bit feeling of heat and pain, which was completely tolerable for me. Overall, it took almost an hour to complete the treatment.
Before & After
After the treatment, I checked the mirror and saw some redness and swelling on my face, which are normal because of the high temperature.
Then, the young lady took me downstairs to have facial mask in order to restore and soothe my skin. When the swelling and redness were slightly released, everything is done and I can go home to get some rest.
In the next one or two days, the redness or swelling will gradually reduce. Because Thermage is non-invasive, it won’t damage the skin surface. This means you can go out and work with normal makeup without affecting your normal life. Just pay attention to sun protection and add more water.
In general, it was a great experience of Thermage in London. The process is well-defined and the doctor is also very professional. The experience of the fifth generation Thermage was very comfortable as well.
It’s important to know that Thermage is not a device with immediate effect because the it takes time to stimulate collagen growth. The result will slowly appear after 1–3 months.
I did the treatment in October 2019. Now, it is February 2020, more than three months after my treatment day. Here are my before and after photos:
The Q&A about having Thermage FLX treatment in the UK
Q: What’s the differences between Thermage CPT and Thermage FLX?
A: The latest technology is to replace the tip of the fourth-generation with Thermage FLX tip. With the brand-new AccuREP technology, it can do the automatic calibration and tune the energy delivery system. As a result, it can improve the effect and keep patients more comfortable during the process. Besides, Thermage FLX shortens treatment times 33%, which means it can greatly reduce the discomfort. Finally, the new generation device includes the function of 3D vibration, which is gentler than Thermage CPT.
Q: When can I see the result after the Thermage treatment?
A: Tightening and contouring improvements appear gradually over one to three months following a single treatment session. Usually, the significant effect will be seen after six months.
Q: How long does it last?
A: Measurable results begin to appear after a single treatment. New collagen will be naturally generated to the tissues in the next 6 months, then result in continuous improvement. Normally, this can last for 2 to 3 years.
Q: Is there pain for the fifth generation of Thermage? Is that true people can have the treatment without numb cream?
A: It depends on individual’s pain sensitivity. Compared to the fourth generation of Thermage, the new one is more tolerable to pain, and there is a decrease of treatment time. Basically, most people can accept it. Those who are really afraid of pain can also choose to put numb cream without affecting the result.
Q: What’s the aftercare of Thermage?
A: After the treatment, use nonirritating skincare product as much as possible. Also, avoid the activities at high temperature environments within 1 week, such as hot spring or yoga. In addition, pay attention to sun protection, drink more water and use the facial mask.
Q: Why does Thermage can smooth wrinkles by only one section to achieve the result instead of six to ten times?
A: Thermage FLX is the only anti-aging device with the technique of skin tightening by using radiofrequency around the world . It’s can increase collagen production and just one treatment can effectively firmer skin, soften lines and wrinkles and improve jawline definition. As a result, you will look younger and gorgeous.
Q: what’s the difference between Thermage and other treatments?
A: Thermage is non-invasive procedure that it doesn’t require lengthy downtime, which is why Thermage so successful. It provides comprehensive improvement of firmness and skin texture with almost no side effects. If your skin care products cannot completely solve your current skin and aging problems, and plastic surgery is not acceptable for you,Thermage would be the safest and most effective option.
Q: What’s the cost of Thermage treatment in London?
A: The price I paid is about 3,600 pounds at the Ai Beauty Clinic. Before choosing this clinic, I also compared the prices of several other clinics in the UK. To be honest, the prices are almost the same. The reason why I choose Ai Beauty Clinic is that their Chinese interpreters can help you to be more convenient to communicate. In China, the price of the fifth-generation Thermage ranges from 60,000 to 80,000 RMB in large-scale plastic surgery hospitals, while the price in small hospitals is unknown for me.