Thermage Cost: How Much Does it Cost & What Affects the Pricing?

Thermage has become a very popular treatment for those who want to take better care of their skin. From Gwyneth Paltrow to even Jennifer Aniston, it’s safe to say that if you want to get tightened skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles, this is the skin-tightening treatment you should be looking at. If you have been researching Thermage then you may be wondering why the cost of treatment is so high, and what you’re actually paying for. If you want to find out more then simply take a look below.

What Is Thermage? How Does It Boost New Collagen Production to Reduce Skin Laxity?

Thermage is a non-invasive treatment for smoother skin. It uses radio frequencies and it smoothes any fine lines and wrinkles. Some of the treatments include skin tightening on the face, neck, and eyelid.  Deeper treatments can provide you with body contouring on the thighs, buttocks, arms, and more. The Thermage procedure essentially uses technology that has been around for decades. When you look at the basics of it, you will see that heat is used to trigger the skin’s repair process and induce collagen production. The surface of the skin is tightened and gives the desired results.

Penetrating Deeper Skin Layers

Radio waves are used to enter the skin and the radio waves then travel deeper and deeper into the skin layers until the collagen layer is reached. When you’re younger, more and more collagen is generated, keeping the surface of the skin very tight and plump. As you age, you will find that your skin is less firm, because you don’t produce as much. Thermage treatments work by kickstarting the skin’s repair process, encouraging circulation while also boosting new collagen growth to tighten skin.

The skin is first cooled, and then the equipment is used to dispatch the radio waves through the tip of the Thermage. After the treatment, the skin is cooled. The skin surface is not damaged during this process and this means that there is no downtime for the treatment. The effects can be seen in a matter of months after the treatment because the skin has had time to heal. The Thermage procedure is a treatment that essentially works from the inside out, so you can get fantastic results in a very short space of time.





Who Should Undergo Thermage Treatment?

If you have fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, or sagging skin then you may be a candidate for Thermage. If you have very saggy skin or incredibly deep wrinkles, then Thermage might not be the right skin tightening option. Fillers or even surgery may be a better skin tightening option here. It will also be much more cost-effective in the long run. 


If you believe that you are a candidate then you should know that:

  • Thermage is not advised for heavy smokers.
  • Thermage is not suited to those who have extreme sun damage.
  • Thermage is not always a good option for those who suffer from skin conditions, such as acne.

What Is the Average Thermage Cost?

The cost of Thermage is usually less than the cost of other much more invasive skin treatments. The average Thermage cost starts at $1000 in the United States but it can easily go up to $5000. If you were to compare the cost of thermage to the price of a facelift, you will see that the average of that is around $10,000.

What Factors Influence Thermage Cost?

If you are wondering why Thermage cost varies so much, then you should know that there are varying influencing pricing factors. Some of them include:

  • How trained the Thermage technician is
  • How many treatments are required
  • The general size of the area that’s being treated

(Here’s some general info about the cost of Thermage from our clinic here in Tijuana)

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Why Is Thermage Cheaper Than a Facelift for Loose Skin?

Thermage is much cheaper than a facelift for a lot of reasons.  There is no anesthetic required and you won’t have to spend time away from work. You also won’t have to worry about a long recovery time, and there are very few expensive side effects. Doctors who perform this kind of procedure know that price is an influential factor and that’s why you’ll often see payment plans, making Thermage a much more manageable treatment option for those who want to have their skin tightened, and when you look at the technology that is involved you will soon see that it is very affordable.


Cost Breakdown of Thermage Treatment

If you want to find out what you are actually paying for when you undergo Thermage treatment, then this guide will help you to break it all down.

Single-Use Material

First of all, the treatment uses tips that can only be used once. When your treatment has been done, the tip will be thrown away, making sure that the procedure is as hygienic as possible.


The patent for this kind of treatment belongs to one company. This means that the tip and the radio wave device are owned by one company, which exclusively makes the equipment. There are no other companies that can go into the competition and lower the price. Even the cooling spray adds to the cost, so even though you might feel as though you’re only paying for a few sessions, you’re actually getting so much more.

Qualified Staff

Another reason is that you will need to get a lot of training done if you want to carry out this kind of procedure. Clinics have to hire specially trained staff and you also need to have a good understanding of how the tech works so you can use it properly. With Thermage, you only really need just one treatment session for firmer skin, but so much goes into making sure that you’re getting the best result.

Want to Lower the Cost? Come to Mexico for Your Thermage Treatment

Although there is always going to be a base level of cost for your Thermage treatment, it is possible for you to save on skin tightening by simply going to the right provider. If you live in the US, then you may benefit from going to Mexico for your treatment instead. In fact, if you come to our team then we will personally make sure that you are given the best level of care by our medically trained professionals while also helping you to stay well within your budget.

Dr. De La Fuente

Dr. De La Fuente is our board-certified Dermatologist practicing at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser treatment & Non-invasive procedures, Medical Dermatology and Surgical Dermatology. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Dermatology, Mexican Board of Dermatology, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, American Academy of Dermatology.