Which is the Right Treatment for Loose Skin?

Sofwave™, Ulthera & Thermage FLX: Which Treatment Is Right for You?

By Ysabel Vitangcol on May 22, 2023

As we age, sagging or loose skin becomes a problem. Some of the popular picks among our patients for addressing skin tightening are Sofwave™, Ulthera and Thermage FLX. Let’s explore the key differences, benefits, and drawbacks of these treatments!

Procedure Type

Some of the most popular treatments in Belo Medical Group for skin tightening and lifting – Sofwave™, Ultherapy (also known as Ulthera) & Thermage FLX – are non-invasive procedures. Due to the intensity of the energy or technology used, topical numbing cream applications are optional. Worry not – the discomfort is mild and tolerable. 

Since this is an out-patient treatment, the length of the session goes as long as much as 1½ – 2 hours. Approximately 45 minutes is dedicated to applying and setting the topical anesthesia, and the remaining time goes to the actual procedure itself.

Technology used

All three treatments use similar but also different technologies. 

Thermage FLX, the most advanced of the three, uses radio frequency (RF) and Comfort Pulse Technology™, the latter being a more modern delivery method of radio frequency. This contains cooling bursts that are synonymous with those used for relieving joint muscle or labour pains. Simply put, this aims to improve the patient’s comfort whilst their Thermage FLX experience.

A cutting-edge treatment that works by delivering low energy waves to targeted areas of the face and neck, specifically the dermis, the layer of the skin that plays a vital role in tissue tightening, Sofwave™ uses “SUPERB™” (Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam Technology) that stimulates collagen production and improves skin elasticity, also designed to minimize downtime and optimize patient comfort. 

Similar to Sofwave™, Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy, specifically microfocused ultrasound with visualization (MFU-V), another recently developed technology that helps in lifting the skin and improving its laxity.

Penetration & Results

All treatments have their distinguished ‘intensities’, and results may vary depending on the patient’s age and severity of skin laxity. This is why we always recommend a consultation with one of our Belo doctors in order for them to recommend what procedure best suits the patient’s needs.

Because Ulthera causes facial muscles to contract and shrink, it penetrates the deepest among the three treatments onto the skin. This results in mild redness and even soreness that can last from 3-7 days. Results can last in as much as 18-24 months.

Meanwhile, Sofwave™ penetrates from shallow layers up to the middle, hitting the ideal spot for collagen and elastin production –  It is these two components that give the skin a smooth and youthful appearance.  It takes approximately 6-9 months for these results to last, though some of our Belo Sofwave™ patients have seen results lasting to about a year.

While Belo Thermage FLX uses what is considered as the “gold standard in tissue tightening“, this is an advanced heat technology that penetrates the dermis and subcutaneous tissues (middle to deep layers), helping firm up AND produce collagen. Patients see results through the course of 10-12 months.All treatments target the ‘triangle of youth’ portion of your face, which is composed of a person’s high cheekbones, full cheeks and a well-defined jawline to help your skin prevent turning that aging triangle upside down.

What treatment should I do?

Sofwave™, Ulthera & Thermage FLX are all powerful skin-sculpting treatments that can help you restore your youthful radiance. Each treatment offers unique benefits, allowing you (and your doctor) to choose what best suits your specific concerns and desired outcomes. It is still up to the recommendation of a trained Belo physician as s/he must first examine the patient’s skin condition to determine if they are a suitable candidate for either of the treatments.

Treatment prices may vary, depending on the doctor’s recommendation. Call 8819-BELO (2356) or click here to book a consultation today!

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