I used to feel guilty about my monthly facials — at $300, they seemed so indulgent. But the UK's Daily Mail recently reported that Demi Moore spends over $150,000 a year on Thermage treatments to maintain her youthful appearance. Thermage uses radio frequencies, heating the inner layers of the skin to tighten and stimulate the formation of new collagen — and it seems like everyone, including Allure's top experts, have differing opinions on its effectiveness. So is it worth the cost?
To find out what people say, keep reading.
- The Believer: Dermatologist Patricia Wexler recommends Thermage for skin tightening, saying "You should see results in one session and continued tightening for about six months."
- The Skeptic: Dermatologist Jeannette Graf told Allure she thought Thermage "was the most over hyped anti-aging treatment." "There's a small percentage of people who do well," she said, "But there's a huge percentage for whom they do nothing and I've seen horrific burns from Thermage."
- The Tester: One Allure editor tried it and said, "It was one of the most painful procedures I had ever undergone. Even with my face numbed with lydocaine, it felt as if my skin was burning off." After one treatment she didn't notice any results.
Whether or not it works (and whether you're up for agonizing pain and an even more agonizing price tag), everyone seems to agree on one thing: Demi looks pretty darn good.