Reporting Stephanie Stahl
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Younger looking, tighter skin. There’s a new FDA approved therapy that’s supposed to make it easier on patients with even better results. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl shows you how it works.
Victoria James works hard to look good, but she’s self conscious about her knees.
“I’ve tried all kinds of firming creams. And I’ve tried obviously exercise. And I was a dancer for a long time and if that doesn’t help then what will,” said Victoria. She’s petite and in good shape, but the 57-year-old says the skin around her knees is saggy and lumpy.
“It does inhibit what you feel comfortable wearing,” said Victoria. Tired of covering up, she’s about to try a hot new treatment.
A skin tightening therapy, called Thermage, has come out with what’s being called a new and improved tip, that delivers radiofrequency heat. The heat used to plump collagen and smooth out wrinkles was painful. The new tip vibrates, so patients don’t feel as much pain.
“It makes it much more comfortable,” said Dr. Jeylan ElMansouri, with Jardin Medical Spa. She says vibration can disrupt the way the brain perceives pain.
“The vibration of the tip affects the superficial nerves, so the brain is confused,” said Dr. ElMansouri.
It’s called Thermage CPT. In addition to the vibration, the maker says it delivers more heat for better results.
Each knee takes about 45 minutes, with the tip being repeatedly moved across the knee, back and forth.
Stephanie asked Victoria, “Would you say it hurts?”
Victoria replied, “No.”
A comparison after one knee is finished, shows a tighter and lifted knee. And it’s smoother. It will take six to nine months to see the full results, which are supposed to last after just one treatment.
“I’d like to do it everywhere. The knees are a good place to start,” said Victoria.
Thermage CPT costs from $1,500 to $2,500, and can be used to firm skin on the body and face. Doctors say it’s less invasive than surgery, but the results won’t be as dramatic.
Reported by Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3