Non-surgical procedures sit at the forefront of cosmetic surgery, as they provide virtually no downtime, scarring or pain. They aren’t used to create dramatic improvements, but they can alter the face and body with noticeable improvements. Thermage and Ulthera are both effective devices to treat loose, sagging or wrinkling skin on the face and neck. Each person needs individualized care and a specific type of treatment approach, which means your dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon will be able to recommend the type of treatment option that is best for your skin type and cosmetic goals.
Thermage: This device is based on radiofrequency, which focuses the energy into the body to stimulate the natural renewal process. At first the device emits a cooling effect on the skin for comfort and safety of the epidermis, which is the uppermost layer of skin. The treatment tip is then placed against the skin and radiofrequency energy penetrates into the skin’s tissue. The tissue is heated and the collagen, which is what makes up the skin’s structure, begins to remodel. Cold is then delivered onto the epidermis to soothe and cool the skin down and then the natural tightening begins.
Ulthera: Ultherapy is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin on the brow, neck, and under the chin.This procedure can lift skin on hard-to-treat areas, while using safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin.