Thermage vs Ulthera – which is better?

Dear Dr. Irwin, I am a 39 year old asian woman. I get problems of deep nasolabial fold, wrinkles over forehead and start to have a puppet line at the angle of mouth. I have tried the Tripollar stop (the home RF device) and found very subtle changes over the face with no effect on my forehead wrinkles and the puppet line. I have considered Ulthera and Thermage. Which one is better? Or do I need other kinds of treatment to improve my problem? Thank you very much for your attention. Best regards, Vivian

Learn more about the technology behind Thermage in our Guide to Thermage. For more information on skin treatments, read our article on laser treatments for sagging skin. My opinion on this hasn’t changed so far.


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