Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to trigger the production of collagen by creating thermal injuries deep below the skin’s surface, stimulating the body’s natural healing process. It targets the skin’s deeper layers without damaging the surface of the skin. It is approved by Health Canada to both tighten and lift skin with a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require downtime. It is especially effective for patients who want to improve the appearance of loose skin on the lower face and treat sagging skin on the cheeks and jawline.
In addition to treating loose, crepey skin on the lower face and jawline, Ultherapy is an excellent option for patients who want to reduce wrinkles on the décolletage (upper chest), minimize sagging brows, and smooth crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes.
Fractional Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin rejuvenation treatments using Pixel, a fractionated Erbium laser, penetrate the skin with thermal energy that creates micro-channels while leaving adjacent skin tissue undamaged. Like other skin tightening treatments, fractional laser procedures stimulate new collagen production by prompting the body to repair these controlled wounds. We use a topical or oral medication or mild sedation when needed to ensure that patients remain comfortable during these treatments.
The Thermage® procedure uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to safely heat the deep layers of skin and stimulate new collagen growth. This in turn promotes younger-looking, tighter & firmer skin. We use Thermage to tighten loose skin on the face, including the area around the eyes, the abdomen, and the thighs.
Thermage is an effective option, although Ultherapy can penetrate deeper into the skin using ultrasound energy. If you’re looking to target the lower face and and décolleté area to treat crepey skin, laxity, and tighten and lift skin, then Ultherapy is the method of choice.
Both Thermage and Ultherapy take about the same time to perform. But, in general, you can expect to see full results from Ultherapy 2 to 3 months after treatment. Results with Thermage can take 6 months.
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Dr. Weinberg does not endorse or lend his name to any specific product, medication, or device. The information on this page is meant to familiarize prospective patients with some of the commonly available treatments/products and devices in use for specific issues and is intended for general educational purposes only. Decisions regarding treatments in a specific patient must be made in the context of a medical consultation.
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