If you’ve been on the lookout for the best skin-tightening and anti-aging procedures, or seen the recent amazing transformations in the press recently (i.e. Judy Murray) then perhaps you’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about non-surgical cosmetic advancements available today.
However, the range of treatments have its own set of winning qualities, which can make choosing the perfect treatment for you more confusing. To help you with that, we’re going to break down their differences and individual benefits to give you an idea of which one may work best for you!
Despite promising almost similar skin rejuvenating effects, many skin-tightening treatments are completely different. However, their one similarity is that they produce alluring aesthetic benefits that are achieved using specific technologies.
The fact these technologies are non-surgical means no incisions, no stitches, and minimal to no downtime involved. These treatments are straightforward in-office procedures that take around an hour to complete. In some cases, it may take a bit longer, depending on the size and severity of the treatment area and whether you are getting it in addition to other aesthetic enhancements at the same time.
Ultrasound Energy and Imaging
Ultherapy treatment is the first FDA-cleared non-invasive procedure to lift and tighten the skin without requiring surgery. It is based on micro-focused ultrasound energy designed to produce a thermal effect under the skin to stimulate the body’s natural collagen. As a result, the skin becomes firmer and radiant.
How Does Ultherapy Differ?
With Ultherapy, a clinician can utilize traditional ultrasound imaging feature that goes deeper into the skin’s layers to target areas that need a collagen boost to deliver fantastic results.
Ultherapy reaches much deeper into the skin than lasers. Amongst the non-invasive skin treatments, Ultherapy reaches the deepest – up to 4.5mm. It also reaches deeper than other skin tightening modalities such as Thermage and Morpheus 8, which use radiofrequency waves.
- Morpheus 8: Contains 24 coated pins that penetrate the subdermal tissue, whilst directional Radio Frequency energy generates bulk heating in the dermis (1.5mm)
- Thermage: Thermage® FLX uses radiofrequency technology to heat the, collagen-rich layers of the skin to the dermis (1.5mm)
Unlike resurfacing lasers such as carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, Ultherapy does not break the skin surface – hence, there is no redness, and no downtime. There is also minimal risk of pigmentary complications.
Post-treatment side effects are also rare and typically limited to warmth or redness of the skin, which dissipates on its own within an hour or two. You can go back to work or have coffee with friends after your treatment without anyone even noticing!
For Ultherapy, the post-treatment results are subtle at first with progressive enhancements in the skin’s firmness, texture and luminosity becoming more noticeable in the months to come as an effect of collagen production’s magic work.
The full effect of the treatment may take 3 to 6 months to appear, and the final results may last for up to two years, depending on the person’s natural aging process and other contributing factors (e.g. lifestyle choices).
As a proactive anti-aging therapy, your doctor may suggest yearly treatments for maintenance work. Ultherapy may not work effectively on individuals with excessive fat, significant sagging, and extremely poor skin laxity.