“Which would be better for my face/neck laxity: Venus Freeze or Ulthera?”

After a consultation with one of our doctors who determines you are a good candidate for one of our non-surgical procedures like Venus Freeze or Ulthera, how do you decide which procedure is right for you? Nancy Dugan, our technician specializing in the energy based procedures suggests the following:

Patients who are deemed good candidates for non-surgical procedures may consider combining the effects of Venus Freeze and Ulthera. Though they work in different ways, they are in fact complimentary procedures. Each works in different, but partially overlapping skin layers. The Ulthera is a single procedure that works on 3 depths: 4.5 mm, 3.0mm and 1.5 mm into the skin. It bypasses the surface and does its work underneath; tightening the skin, building collagen, lifting and improving over a period of up to 6 months after the treatment. It can be done for the brow, temples, under eyes, cheeks, upper neck, lower neck and décolleté. It is non-ablative, and works beneath the surface, so there is little to no outside evidence of the treatment, and no down time. Patients usually repeat the Ulthera yearly, though there are some who want more improvement that do it 2 or 3x per year. There are ways to customize the Ulthera treatment for patients with thicker or thinner skin, and techniques to address different patterns of laxity and wrinkling.

Venus Freeze works via radio frequency and magnetic pulses in a non-ablative fashion as well, though not as deep, nor is it as invasive as the Ulthera treatment. It also tightens the skin and builds collagen, though it requires weekly (6-10) treatments to do so, then we usually do a monthly touch up with the regular facial treatment. It’s a terrific way to enhance and speed up the effects of Ulthera, so we consider them to be complimentary treatments that can be used together or separately. Venus Freeze treatments can be started anytime after 2 weeks following an Ulthera procedure. It can be used on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, thighs, buttocks, back, stomach & flanks/hips. The body treatment with Venus Freeze tightens the skin, shrinks fat cells, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. For actual fat reduction, we have Vanquish. . . but that’s another story!

Just for comparison, because the subject often comes up, laser/light treatments work in the upper area of the skin to “ablate” the surface, after which the skin will heal in a more youthful pattern. Laser treatments can go as far as 1.5mm deep, which may require healing time, and create peeling, redness etc. Lasers are superior at improving the surface texture, capillaries, and brown spots. Ulthera and Venus Freeze are not lasers. They are skin tighteners that work under the skin, and don’t ablate the surface like a laser, which is why they don’t require downtime.