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The Differences Between Thread Lifts and Ulthera That San Jose Bay Area Residents Should Know

Posted by August 28th, 2019 in News

If you’ve been considering getting cosmetic work done, you’ve probably heard of Ulthera. The San Jose Bay Area, after all, is full of people who’ve enjoyed the benefits of this treatment, which include firmer and smoother skin. And as one of the most effective nonsurgical and noninvasive treatments around, it continues to grow in popularity among those eager to shed signs of aging.

There are several other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. However, the one that we focus on here is the thread lift. So how is Ulthera, San Jose Bay Area residents may ask, different from thread lifts? Read on to learn about the key disparities between the two procedures.


Ultherapy uses a wand-like device to send focused ultrasound energy to layers of tissue just beneath the skin. This stimulates the body’s natural capacity to produce collagen, which is a protein in your body responsible for rejuvenating the skin.

In thread lifts, the cosmetic surgeon uses bio-absorbable sutures to stitch areas of the skin to give them a subtle yet noticeable lift. This also promotes collagen production for more youthful-looking skin.

Invasiveness and pain

Ulthera, your Bay Area physician will assure you, is noninvasive. Injections are unnecessary unless you and your doctor opt for an injectable anesthetic. Yes, the procedure does cause discomfort, but this is often manageable and can be further reduced by a topical anesthetic.

Thread lifts are invasive as they involve injections and stitching. Anesthetics can reduce the pain of the procedure, but the stitching itself will still feel weird.

Procedure duration and number of sessions

Ulthera often requires only a single session, which lasts between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the area(s) treated.

The thread lift procedure can be done in multiple sessions, each lasting 15 to 60 minutes.

Potential side effects

Ulthera can give rise to temporary and mild side effects including redness, tingling, numbness, and swelling. Patients can resume regular activities, including work and strenuous physical exercise, immediately after the treatment.

Thread lift side effects include mild swelling, tenderness, bruising, and the odd feeling of having threads in your skin. Patients are advised against engaging in activities that require constant or extreme facial motion for a few days, and strenuous physical activities for around three weeks.

Duration of Effects

The results of both thread lifts and Ulthera, San Jose Bay Area residents should know, can last over a year, though there are cases of these effects lasting up to three years.

Are you considering undergoing Ulthera? Our San Jose Bay Area clinic counts this treatment among its many specialties. If you’re looking for photos of Ulthera before and after our San Jose Bay Area treatment, feel free to browse the Rejuvé website. Once you’re ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tang, please call (408) 740-5320.

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