Which Non-Surgical Procedure Will Take the Most Years Off Your Face?

MakenzieR on 21 May 2012 at 5:00pm

If you're looking for a non-surgical way to rejuvenate your face, the options can be overwhelming. You have to consider price, pain, recovery, etc., and on top of that, sift through the marketing jargon for all of the devices.

But there's one factor that's tough to research: which procedure will take the most years off your appearance?

To find out, we polled 225 people, asking them to guess the age of non-surgical facial rejuvenation patients. They were shown three before and after photos of each procedure and asked to guess the age of both the "before" and the "after."

Here's what we found:

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): Average 5.68 years younger after procedure

IPL before and after

Thermage: 6.91 years younger

Thermage before and after

Ultherapy: 6.27 years younger

Ultherapy before and after

Turns out, it's a pretty close call. But, while Thermage may take more years off, it has the lowest Worth It Rating from our community, and is about the same cost as the much-higher rated Ultherapy. IPL is the cheapest, but didn't appear to de-age faces as much as the others. Check out this comparison chart:

How many years would you need to "shave off" to consider a facial rejuvenation procedure Worth It?

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Photo credits: submitted by manufacturer; Grant Stevens, MD; Mark Beaty, MD