Type of Energy Used
Both of these procedures help in restoring collagen production in the deep layers if your skin. But the type of energy being used in these procedures is different. Ultherapy makes the use of ultrasound energy and thermage makes the use of radio frequency energy. Both processes tend to create heat.
Both energies permeate the skin surface for increasing the collagen production. But ultrasound energy goes deep into dermal layers, fats and even the SMAS for having more dramatic and noticeable skin tightening. The expert performing Ultherapy has more control on the depth of the treatment than the person actually performing thermage.
Goal of Treatment
This determines the most major distinction between the two. Thermage is more about treating wrinkles on the face and in under eye area for improving wrinkles and bulges on the body.
Ultherapy is the only non invasive treatment being approved by the FDA for skin tightening on neck, chin and brow area. The treatment also enhances the look of the skin on chest area too.
The specific treatment areas for both the procedures are also a tad bit different. Ultherapy treats three major areas:
- The brow
- The chin and neck
- The chest
The treatment is being approved by the FDA for skin tightening in the chin, neck and the skin near the eyebrows.
Thermage also helps in treating many body parts. Those areas are:
- The face
- Eye area
- Abdominal area
When this procedure is done on the face, thermage is approved by the FDA for treating the wrinkles, area around the eyes. It comes in handy for curing the droopiness around your eyelids and removes the bags and dark circles under the eyes.
As both the processes are non surgical processes, none of them needs a long downtime. On the basis of your personality and preferences, you can resume your work right after you are done with your treatment. You may have some swelling and soreness in the treated area. Time taken to recover may also depend on the method you chose and the area being treated. The time could range from 45 minutes to an hour for smaller areas. And may take more time for larger areas.
The results may also vary with the type of procedure being chosen. As both treatments involve rebuilding collagen, it may take a few months to see the ultimate results from both.