No matter how gracefully we age and how well we take care of our skin, volume loss, fine lines, and wrinkles are inevitable. As we get older, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, which are responsible for skin's elasticity and youthful fullness. The good news is that there are now multiple non-surgical options for slowing the hands of time and reversing signs of aging. Some of the most popular treatment methods for skin tightening use radio frequencies and ultrasound. With so many options, patients see better results using such non-surgical methods. However, many options mean more to choose from. Which treatment is right for you? This article will compare two popular head-to-toe non-surgical skin tightening technologies: Exilis vs Thermage.
Both Exilis and Thermage are FDA approved to treat sagging skin and unwanted lines or wrinkles, but there are key differences between each of these technologies.
The biggest difference is the treatment method. Exilis utilizes a combination of ultrasound waves and radio frequency transmissions to deliver the best results possible while Thermage focuses only on radio frequency therapy for effective skin tightening.
Choosing Exilis vs Thermage is largely a matter of preference and is something your aesthetic provider will discuss with you during your personalized consultation. There are some subtle nuances between each that will help our team determine which method is best for your needs.
With Thermage, a special radio frequency device is used to heat the deepest layers of your skin to tighten and stimulate collagen production. While this may sound uncomfortably hot, Thermage includes a built-in feature that concurrently cools the surface of your skin during treatment to keep you comfortable.
You may have seen ultrasound therapies like Ultherapy advertised as a facial rejuvenation treatment for effective non-surgical skin tightening. Exilis actually combines the effects of radiofrequency (like Thermage) and ultrasound waves (like Ultherapy) to treat certain skin concerns faster and more effectively
Though your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific skin goals, there are a few instances where choosing Exilis is beneficial.
First, Exilis offers a much faster, deeper-penetrating treatment, which means that you can be in and out of the office in as little as 20 minutes; however, treatment time depends upon treatment area size and the number of treatments required will vary depending on the patient’s needs. Another benefit to Exilis is that there is no real downtime because your skin does not stay red like it does after Thermage.
One potential benefit of Thermage, however, is that many patients only need one treatment, while Exilis requires more than one treatment. However, treatment series tend to be less expensive than one-and-done skin tightening methods.
It’s important to remember that indications for each treatment method vary from patient to patient. A consultation with one of our providers will help determine which treatment method will be best for your needs. The skin tightening treatment method that we recommend will depend upon the treatment area on the body, skin type, and desired outcome. Both Exilis and Thermage provide great results for patients when used by an experienced provider.
Aging is inevitable, but looking your age doesn't have to be. Skip the invasive surgeries with non-surgical skin tightening instead. At Lasky Aesthetics in Los Angeles, we believe that you should look as vibrant and youthful as you feel. Our friendly team of experts is always ready to answer your questions and help formulate a treatment plan that will get you to your beauty goals as quickly as possible. To find out which treatment option is best for you, contact us for a consultation today.« Back to Articles & Tips