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Ultherapy vs Thermage

When it comes to non-invasive skin treatments to reduce facial lines and loose skin, Thermage and Ultherapy are two methods that are both similar and yet different. Although the battle rages on about ultherapy vs thermage, knowing some of the similarities and differences will help in making a choice for which one to choose.

The Similarities of Ultherapy and Thermage

Both treatments are designed to tighten the skin. Through heating, the deeper layers of the dermis, tighten skinned is achieved as a result of the increase in collagen production. Thermage or Ultherapy can be used to tighten loose skin on the neck, tighten the jawline, lift the eyebrows and reduce loose skin and fine lines surrounding the eye area. Both are effective treatments that deliver significant skin appearance and avoid the need for cosmetic surgery. However, both generally require additional treatment within a few years for optimal results.

The Differences in Ultherapy vs. Thermage

The differences between Thermage and Ultherapy include:
• Method
• Technology
• Depth of penetration
• Pain
• Downtime

Each of these treatments uses a different method to heat underlying layers of the dermis. Thermage uses monopolar radiofrequency. This creates an electrical current, which is resisted by the deeper dermis tissues. The result is that heat is built up in the dermis and new collagen develops. Over a time period of three to six months, the skin tightens and appears plumper. On the flip side, Ulthera uses micro-focused ultrasound energy to heat the skin in a specific area but at a much greater depth than Thermage.

When it comes to the pain factor, Ultherapy is typically less painful. Often, pain meds or anti-anxiety meds are prescribed to help reduce pain. There is a moderate pain with Thermage treatments too, but methods are used to reduce the pain. Vibrational elements are used to trick the nerve fiber that sense pain and ice sprays are used to cool the surface of the skin. In addition, most doctors give patients an injection like Toradol to help reduce discomfort.

There is no downtime with Ultherapy treatments. Mild redness and swelling tend to dissipate within several hours after treatment. Knowing the similarities and differences between Ultherapy vs Thermage will help you determine which cosmetic skin treatment is the best choice for your needs.

As a matter of fact, P. Alexander Ataii M.D. has provided well over 3,000 procedures to treat scars, lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and stretch marks.


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