Thermage vs Ultherapy: Choosing the Right Anti-Aging Procedure

Thermage vs Ultherapy: Choosing the Right Anti-Aging Procedure

When you want to look your best but don’t want to endure invasive procedures, two of your best options are Thermage and Ultherapy. Both promise to tighten your skin and remove wrinkles without surgery, but which one is right for you?

To help you decide, let’s take a closer look at these two no-cutting-but-cutting-edge beauty procedures that can help you regain your healthy youthful glow and take years off your appearance.

Thermage: Heating Things Up

Thermage is a non-invasive and FDA-cleared skin rejuvenation procedure that treats crow’s feet, crepey skin, jawline jowls, upper eyelid hooding and sagging, and loose skin on the body.

Thermage tightens the skin and removes wrinkles on your face and body. This versatile beauty treatment is safe for all skin tones and types and can be used almost anywhere on your body:

  • Around the eyes
  • Along the jawline
  • Backs of the hands
  • Arms
  • Stomach
  • Knees
  • Thighs
  • Butt

Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to heat the dermis — the layer just below the surface of your skin – to between 104 degrees and 131 degrees Fahrenheit, triggering an immediate collagen contraction. As new collagen slowly develops, you will be blessed with firmer, smoother, and tighter skin.

As an added bonus, Thermage has been cleared by the FDA as a treatment that temporarily improves cellulite and dimpled skin. Thermage gives you smoother, more beautiful skin by stimulating collagen growth and increasing circulation.

Best of all, Thermage treats sagging skin in one treatment, eliminating downtime.

Ultherapy: Sounding Things Out

Likewise, Ultherapy is also non-invasive and FDA-cleared. It lifts and firms the skin on the face, neck, and chin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles on the upper chest.

As the name suggests, Ultherapy utilizes focused ultrasound heat energy to stimulate collagen growth. Even better, providers can use ultrasound imaging to specifically target the tissues that need the most help. Ultherapy penetrates deeply into skin layers that once were only accessible through invasive surgical means.

Best of all, the results of this single-treatment, no-downtime procedure improve over time.

Comparing Thermage and Ultherapy

The ultrasound energy used in Ultherapy reaches the deepest skin layers easier than the RF technology utilized by Thermage. This means that each procedure is superior for different types of problems.


  • Better at reducing wrinkles and bulges
  • Produces noticeable results faster
  • 45- to 90-minute sessions


  • Tightens skin better
  • More precise
  • Less painful
  • Produces longer-lasting results

Making the Right Choice for You

Thermage and Ultherapy both have distinct advantages for similar issues. Choosing the right one depends on your specific skin problems and beauty goals.

If you live in the Chicago area, your first and best resource is Beauty and Body by Mia. As one of the area’s leading aestheticians, Mia Valleskey can help you achieve your beauty goals and enjoy a more youthful and healthy appearance.

To learn about skin rejuvenation or to schedule a consultation, contact Beauty and Body by Mia TODAY

The Differences Between Ultherapy vs Thermage Treatments

The Differences Between Ultherapy vs Thermage Treatments

The Differences Between Ultherapy vs Thermage Treatments

As you consider Thermage or Ultherapy, it’s important to know the similarities and differences between the two. Ultherapy treatments are used to lift the skin at deeper layers than Thermage treatments do, which is why it takes more sessions with Ultherapy to see results than with Thermage. 

How Does Ultherapy Work? 

Ultherapy is a non-invasive FDA-cleared procedure. This treatment uses ultrasound energy beneath the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen production. Ultherapy treatments are more suitable for tightening areas around the jaw line, lifting eyelids, tightening neck skin, and diminishing wrinkles.  Menopausal women will benefit from Ultherapy more than Thermage because of hormonal changes that cause laxity in skin tissue

How Does Thermage Work?

Thermage uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to deliver heat deep into tissues, stimulating new collagen production.  When performed on the face, the procedure tightens glandular tissues which is why it’s primarily used to improve facial contours such as smoothing out lines across the forehead or between the eyes.  Thermage is also used to tighten the abdominal area, that is the advantage of doing Thermage on larger areas. A single treatment takes about 30 to 90 minutes depending on the treatment area, and there is little to no downtime.

How many treatments do I need?

Thermage treatments take about an hour while Ultherapy takes 30 minutes.  These procedures can be performed on any part of the body including your face, neck, arms, hands, chest, or abdomen. 

In terms of downtime, both treatments require only minimal recovery with no invasive incisions or stitches necessary for either procedure.   Both procedures have similar results when performed on men with great results achieved after 3-4 sessions with 2-3 treatments within a year.  Most individuals only need one treatment.  For severe skin laxity, two treatments may be more beneficial.

These procedures can be performed on the same day as other non-invasive procedures that you use for self-care, including chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and both Ultherapy and Thermage enhance other skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser resurfacing and injectables like Botox. 

Call Beauty & Body by Mia to Find Out More

If you want to find out more, then reach out to me. I am more than happy to explain the differences, or even set an appointment for you to come in talk about which treatment is the best one for you and your results.