Ultherapy and Botox are two common treatments used for lessening the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. Each one has its own benefits and drawbacks, and neither is recommended for every single patient who visits our Beverly Hills aesthetics practice. Find out what the pros and cons are for both of these popular anti-aging treatments to help determine which method is right for your needs or if a combination treatment could be beneficial for you.
The non-surgical Ultherapy treatment is uses ultrasound technology to focus on the skin's foundational layer, stimulating collagen growth that gives the skin its full appearance, elasticity and a healthy glow. Since Ultherapy is still somewhat new, its effects are estimated to last for a year or two; however, for some patients, the results may last even longer. Ultherapy's effects start appearing quickly after treatment and improve gradually several months after treatment.
Botox is a form of botulinum toxin that has been safely formulated to be injected under the skin and into the underlying muscle where lines and wrinkles have formed. This helps to smooth the appearance of the skin by inhibiting muscle movement in the targeted area, as frequent muscle movement in the face causes the development of fine lines and wrinkles while also increasing the depth and permanence of these wrinkles. For example, you may develop wrinkles around your eyes (crow’s feet), forehead lines and/or frown lines due to animated facial expressions. While Botox shouldn’t prevent you from expressing yourself in that way, it will relax the muscle enough to slow down the aging process. Botox usually lasts for several months, with most regular patients getting Botox injections two to four times per year.
While Botox focuses on inhibiting muscle movement to prevent wrinkles, Ultherapy works in the foundational layer of the skin to lift it, restore fullness and improve elasticity. Since it uses ultrasound technology, Ultherapy is completely non-invasive. Botox is minimally invasive and requires maintenance injections every few months. Essentially, if you’re looking to lift and tighten your skin, you may want to choose Ultherapy. If you’re concerned with forehead lines and wrinkles, Botox, or a Botox alternative such as Dysport, will most likely be recommended.
Each treatment has its own benefits and purpose. However, these two non-surgical treatments can be combined for advanced facial rejuvenation, achieving a facelift look without the need for a scalpel.
Botox injections can be administered after an Ultherapy treatment safely and with great success. Many clinics, including Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center in Beverly Hills, administer Botox shortly after an Ultherapy procedure to help prevent or soften the deep set forehead wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet. The combination of the two dermal treatments provides a more comprehensive result. Use Ultherapy to give your face a lift, and use Botox to minimize wrinkle-inducing facial muscle movements. If you also need to restore facial volume, you can go a step further and talk to us about dermal fillers, such as Juvederm Voluma, Sculptra or Radiesse.
If you have wrinkles, folds, or sagging skin, contact our aesthetics clinic in Beverly Hills. An experienced aesthetic medical specialist will discuss the options with you and help create a personalized treatment plan that meets your individual needs and helps you achieve the youthful look you seek.« Back to Articles & Tips