Advances in non-surgical facelift treatments
Ultherapy vs Thermage – we have trialled and have replaced our Thermage monopolar skin tightening system with Ultherapy targeted Ultrasound therapy, for facial uplifting and rejuvenation.
After active tests and comparisons, we are confident that the Ultherapy system is superior in many ways.
As a result, we have published some of the independent findings of other surgeons worldwide below.
Aesthetica has produced this youtube- Ulthera at Aesthetica patient video on facial rejuvenation, skin tightening and non-surgical facelifts using Ulthera. Simply click on the link to access this video.
What International Doctors are saying about Ultherapy and Thermage
By Joseph Campanelli, MD – Minneapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
This facial plastic surgeon is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
The best way to determine which is better is by actual patient experience. Real Self gives that information. 71% of Ultherapy patients felt that the procedure was worth it vs 38% for Thermage.
It was this type of information that convinced us to add the procedure to our clinic.
Ultherapy is not equivalent to a facelift. However, there are significant advantages including no downtime, no scarring or bruising, and minimal pain. But most importantly the results are natural.
We felt that we needed an alternative to surgical skin tightening. More and more patients simply can not afford the time necessary to recover from a facelift or simply do not want the risk involved.
Which works better Ultherapy or Thermage?
By Joshua L. Fox, MD – Long Island Dermatologist
This board-certified dermatologist is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). The ASDS and its more than 5,000 members are at the forefront of the development of safe, in-office procedures to help maintain the health and beauty of the skin.
While the only way to know for sure is by performing a ‘double-blind study’ in which both the doctor and patient don’t know which treatment is being used. however in our practice
1) Patients see results more immediately
2) The treatment is somewhat faster than Thermage
3) We seem to get more reproducible improvement in about 80 per cent of our patients with Ulthera and a significantly lower percentage for Thermage. The pain for Ulthera also seems to be slightly less but usually requires one or more forms or analgesic.
I have had the Ultherapy machine for 4 months and have treated approximately 60 patients.
By Leonard Gray, MD – San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
1.) I had the Thermage machine in the past, and, in my experience, the Ulthera machine works much better at non-surgical skin tightening.
2.) the Ultherapy machine is less painful than the Thermage machine.
3.) Local anesthetic can be used with the Ulthera machine but not with the Thermage machine.
4.) In my office, Ultherapy is a more affordable treatment than Thermage was.
Ultherapy alternative for facial tightening
By Barry E. DiBernardo, MD – Montclair Plastic Surgeon
This doctor is a board-certified surgeon, an active member of ASAPS, a leading association for aesthetic plastic surgeons.
Ulthera is a tool for Deep tightening. Unlike the other devices mentioned which are the purpose of skin tightening, Ulthera used micro-focused ultrasound aimed at the SMAS of the muscle layer, this is visualized during the procedure by visual ultrasound.
If you have mild to moderate deep laxity and are looking for a non-surgical option, then you should look into Ultherapy.
The Ulthera was used outside the US for 3 years and has received FDA approval in Sept 2009. I have used it since that time.
In conclusion, we considered the above recommendations for Ultherapy as a natural and improved replacement for Thermage.
Finally, the results we are achieving have shown us that Ultherapy is our non-surgical facelift of choice.