You know the saying youth is wasted on the young! As a self proclaimed tweakments aficionado I was was out to FILO Aesthetics faster than you can imagine to hop up on the bed and see was this treatment really worth the hype. 


 Thermage, a trusted global leader and a pioneer in non-invasive skin tightening, have just launched Thermage FLX in Ireland.Thermage FLX is an award-winning non-invasive treatment that smooths, tightens, and contours the skin and creates a younger looking face  with one single treatment. It has been replicated many times but never that effectively. This new machine is the first of its kind. Superior results and greater patient comfort are at the core of this new system. It costs €2000 per treatment and usually it is recommended to have one a year. Great for people that are bust and don’t like injections. That being said, it is perfectly ok to do both. You just need to space the treatments appropriately. 


I had a few questions for AnneMarie ahead of the treatment and she reassured me about everything. Like that any redness from the treatment would soon dissipate. This means I wouldn’t have any down time and if I had been working I could have done this procedure over a long lunch and been back to work with no one knowing. But I did it after work and was able to do my grocery shopping after. Then there was the fact that I shouldn’t expect to see immediate results. It could take from 3 – 6 months to see the benefits of the treatment. This is because the skin has to have time to rejuvenate itself. So I will be back in three months. 

When it came time to do the treatment my face was cleansed of SPF and the team had requested that I came to the clinic makeup free and hydrated.  Then Anne Marie tattooed a temporary grid on my face. The grid was designed for her to follow during the treatment. It helps them keep track of the areas of the face they are working on. They did four full passes across each area and then some extra ones focused on areas of concern. HELLO JOWLS. There were little pulses and some areas of the face were slightly more sensitive but the machine is designed to offer different patients different levels and I was at the mid range. 




The technology : Non-invasive anti-aging treatments use Radio Frequency *RF to penetrate the layers of the skin.Thermage FLX uses Monopolar Radio Frequency *MRF that penetrates much deeper than RF, for the face and body.MRF waves heat energy designed and engineered for tissue remodelling, the production of elastin and new collagen in the skin.Unlike most invasive procedures, which primarily affect the most superficial layers of the skin, the resulting heat of the Thermage FLX treatment works mainly on the deepest layer of the skin, the dermis, without affecting the upper layers that are above it, such as the epidermis.As heat is a stimulation that promotes contraction of the underlying tissues, especially at the dermis level, soft tissues found within that area of the body compress, realign, and force the skin to produce new collagen.The Thermage FLX cooling tip vibrates and cools the surface of the skin to help aid comfort during the treatment.


With healthy new collagen present from the deepest level of the skin, exposing such soft tissues to further MRF waves help sculpt and tighten those tissues resulting in an overall younger looking appearance, that reduces crepey laxity and creates a more youthful and elastic surface for the skin.After a single treatment of Thermage FLX, skin is smoother and tighter.Post treatment, as Thermage FLX works from deep within, a secondary healing response continues depositing and remodelling collagen, and it does not stop there.


So with that in mind I will be back in three months to show you further results. I have included some results photos from other patients for now. 


by Mary-Jane O Regan