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Ultherapy vs. Thermage

Josie Holmes

Here at SKINNEY Medspa, we are proud of our anti-aging treatments and procedures. We utilize state of the art technology to provide the best results on the market to our clientele. When it comes to anti-aging treatments, there are 2 that you will most likely hear about: Ultherapy & Thermage. But what's the biggest difference between the two? 
 
With Thermage, we are focusing specifically on skin tightening and firming. The purpose of this procedure is to tighten sagging skin in the targeted areas, this can consist of jowls & submental tissue, the stomach, legs, knees, and buttocks. The total number of treatments will vary between individuals. Thermage® is a monopolar, capacitively coupled radio-frequency system that utilizes a reverse thermal gradient to non-invasively help smooth, tighten and contour skin, as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite, in a single treatment with little or no downtime. This non-invasive cosmetic treatment is used to improve the general appearance of aging skin. Thermage® is proven effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, tightening loose and sagging skin as well as smoothening its surface. It works by stimulating collagen growth using radio-frequency energy. Conventional radio-frequency devices utilizes conductive coupling which results in concentration of energy at edges of conductive electrode. Thermage utilizes capacitive coupling that helps to distribute energy uniformly in the tissue resulting in volumetric tissue heating from the framed tip. The initial bodily response is immediate collagen contractions. Water molecules separated from collagen molecules cause collagen to “denature” and therefore contract, these dermal contraction results in skin tightening. In addition, fibrous septae contraction results in contouring. The secondary, gradual results involve the wound healing response as well as collagen deposition and remodeling.  Skin tightening over time provides gradual visual change and improved collagen density over time. Thermage is one of the best skin tightening treatments that assists with smoother skin and redefined contours with one single treatment and long lasting results. There are no scalpels, no injection, all non-invasive with little to no downtime. Treatment results include collagen remodeling, improvement in overall skin tone and texture, improved periorbital wrinkles, softened crows feet & smile lines, accentuated jawline, improved appearance of jowls & submental tissue, and smoother, tighter skin on the stomach, legs, knees, and buttocks. 
 

Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the FDA for lifting the skin on the neck, chin, and brow, and improving lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. Ultherapy uses micro-focused ultrasound to lift and tighten loose skin over time, without any downtime. Ultherapy uses precise ultrasound energy to target the deep structural layers of the skin's surface. After treatment, the body's tissue repair process stimulates the production of new collagen, creating a natural lifting effect. The safety and efficacy of Ultherapy have been established through clinical studies with over 1 million treatments performed worldwide. Additionally, Ultherapy's mechanism of action uses micro-focused ultrasound with real time visualization. Because Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology, the procedure is safe on all skin types & colors. With age, skin loses its elasticity and the signs of aging become more visible. Beneath the skin's surface, structural proteins such as collagen and elastin fibers stiffen overtime which leads to a decrease in elasticity and the forming of lines and wrinkles. Ultherapy is a non-surgical way to tighten the skin using ultrasound technology. With 4 different FDA indications and over 50 clinical trials. Using micro-focused technology and DEEP - SEE Ultrasound visualization, Ultherapy delivers energy to where it will be most beneficial, leading to a lift in the neck, chin, brow and improving the wrinkles in the decollette. Ultherapy reaches the same deep tissue layer that a surgical facelift reaches, but without surgery or downtime. During an Ultherapy treatment, ultrasound waves are micro-focused at precise depths in the dermal and subcutaneous tissue, sparing the skin's surface and intervening tissue, between 60-70 degrees Celsius. Forming thermal coalition points at depths of 1.5, 3 or 4.5 millimeters. Delivery of ultrasound energy in this manner causes contraction and denaturalization of collagen and initiates the body's healing response resulting in collagen synthesis and tissue repair. This new collagen growth results in natural looking results that accumulate gradually over the of 2-3 months with visible improvement up to a year after treatment. Ultherapy is the first and only FDA cleared procedure to non-invasively lift the eyebrow, neck, chine and FDA cleared to improve the lines and wrinkles on the chest.With age, skin loses its elasticity and the signs of aging become more visible. Beneath the skin's surface, structural proteins such as collagen and elastin fibers stiffen overtime which leads to a decrease in elasticity and the forming of lines and wrinkles. Ultherapy is a non-surgical way to tighten the skin using ultrasound technology. With 4 different FDA indications and over 50 clinical trials. Using micro-focused technology and DEEP - SEE ultrasound visualization, Ultherapy delivers energy to where it will be most beneficial, leading to a lift in the neck, chin, brow and improving the wrinkles in the decollette. Ultherapy reaches the same deep tissue layer that a surgical facelift reaches, but without surgery or downtime. During an Ultherapy treatment, ultrasound waves are micro-focused at precise depths in the dermal and subcutaneous tissue, sparing the skin's surface and intervening tissue, between 60-70 degrees Celsius. Forming thermal coalition points (TCP's) at depths of 1.5, 3 or 4.5 millimeters. Delivery of ultrasound energy in this manner causes contraction and denaturalization of collagen and initiates the body's healing response resulting in collagen synthesis and tissue repair. This new collagen growth results in natural looking results that accumulate gradually over the 2-3 months with visible improvement up to a year after treatment. Ultherapy is the first and only FDA cleared procedure to non-invasively lift the eyebrow, neck, chin and FDA cleared to improve the lines and wrinkles on the chest.