Thermage + Fraxel = ThermaFrax

Posted on November 25th, 2009 by Michelle

ThermaFraxgraphSometimes you can’t have one without the other. Oreos and milk. Yin and Yang. Gin and tonic. Now, aesthetic specialists want you to believe that if you’re having Thermage, you should throw in a Fraxel procedure for good measure because both will be enhanced.

So which came first, the business expansion or the treatment?  Last year Thermage bought Fraxel (Reliant Technlogies.)  This year, they changed the company name to Solta Medical, called the two-fer ThermaFrax, and started offering special pricing to docs who promoted the double whammy:  Solta Medical… announced the expansion of its industry-exclusive customer loyalty program which allows physicians to lock-in preferred pricing for Thermage and Fraxel treatment tips along with other preferred customer benefits to help physicians grow their practices and increase practice profitability.”

Thermage is a non-invasive radiofrequency (laser) procedure for tightening and contouring skin that has met with mixed reviews, but Solta claims a 90 percent satisfaction rate. Fraxel, a minimally invasive fractional laser technology, wins raves for its success in resurfacing aging and sun-damaged skin, erasing wrinkles, scars and discolorations. Skin color is not a factor with either procedure.

They are both touted for minimal downtime and are considerably cheaper than surgery, though the effects last 6 months to two years, compared to 5-10 years for going under the knife. And having ThermaFrax done is generally a bargain compared to having the procedures done separately, with the average cost about $3,300 for face/neck treatment.

With the number of people seeking minimally invasive cosmetic procedures rising by 5 percent in 2008, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a growing number of doctors are now suggesting ThermaFrax as a tandem treatment.

The question is, are they doing it because in this case,  1+1 really does =3, as says Dr. Robert Weiss, founder of the Maryland Laser, Skin and Vein Institute?  Or is it because Solta Medical is giving providers plenty of incentive to package its products together.

The reasoning goes that if you’re gonna make it tight, shouldn’t it also be smooth? For some people, sure. But do you buy (and therefore spend) more than you need just so you can use the $1-off coupon?

  • Cosmetic Surgery Directory has a minimal explanation of what the procedure entails.
  • Even Solta Medical, which owns both companies and is promoting the combo, has nothing on their website.

So, I guess we’re on our own.  Know anyone who has had either process?  We’d love to interview them.  Sassback!

One Comment on “Thermage + Fraxel = ThermaFrax”

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