Thermage® vs. Facelift: Which Is Right for You?

Closeup portrait of a happy middle aged woman with hand on chinEven the best skincare regimens can’t stop the inevitable signs of aging that will affect your face as the years roll by. Eventually, the natural aging process will result in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and a loss of youthful volume and firmness. With so many cosmetic procedures available, how can you know which is right for you? Here’s a look at two popular options, Thermage® and facelift, and what sets them apart from each other.

What Is Thermage®?

Thermage® is a nonsurgical treatment option to combat the effects of aging in two different ways. First, it uses heat that permeates the deeper layers of the skin to strengthen existing collagen and stimulate new collagen production. As a result, these deeper parts of the skin are plumped, giving the skin a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Secondly, Thermage® uses radiofrequency energy which tightens, firms and rejuvenates the skin and instantly diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Thermage® can be a wonderful option for those with mild to moderate aging concerns who want to avoid surgery, anesthesia and scars.

When a Facelift Is Best

Nonsurgical treatments like Thermage® can deliver great results, but they do have their limitations. A facelift can yield more dramatic results for those with advanced signs of aging. During a facelift, your surgeon will lift sagging skin, tighten underlying facial muscles and remove excess fatty deposits. A facelift can leave you looking refreshed and rejuvenated, so you can feel confident in your appearance.

Which Is Best for You?

The best way to decide which anti-aging option is best for you is to talk with a surgeon who is experienced with both procedures. After discussing your concerns and goals and evaluating your skin, he or she can make recommendations about which is right for you.

Dr. Lee B. Daniel, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
244 Country Club Rd
Eugene OR   97401