What is the Difference Between Ulthera and Dermasweep? Is One Better for Wrinkles?

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Dermasweep for resurfacing is not traditional dermabrasion

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Dermasweep is an excellent choice for superficial resurfacing the skin. The esthetician typically uses the less abrasive bristles to rejuvenate the skin through minor epidermal resurfacing. It works excellent and frequently is followed by an epidermal infusion.

Ultherapy is completely different and uses ultrasound to attack collagen beneath the skin.

West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

Ulthera is a non-surgical lift procedure; DermaSweep exfoliates.

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Ulthera or Ultherapy is a relatively newer device which utilizes ultrasound energy to lift and tighten saggy tissues of the brow, face and neck.  It has FDA clearance for non-surgical browlifts.  It delivers a fair amount of energy, thus it has some discomfort associated with it.  An effect is usually seen immediately but really takes 3-6 months to achieve your result.  It does not replace a surgical browlift or facelift but is ideal for those who wish to avoid any surgery or those with mild signs of aging.

DermaSweep, is a non-particle microdermabrasion system, which is highly effective at exfoliating the skin. A vitamin infusion is also usually incorporated.  This helps maintain a fresh, rejuvenated appearance to one's skin.  It can effect deeper wrinkles if used at a more aggressive level, i.e. dermabrasion.  The superficial treatments are performed in the office by an aesthetician where a deeper, more agressive treatment would be performed in the operating room with some sedation or anesthesia.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Ultherapy or DermaSweep - Williamsville and Buffalo Niagara NY

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Thank you for posting this question which will give guidance to many regarding treatments that treat skin texture versus laxity ..

Ultherapy is FDA cleared to treat laxity of the skin - treatments with such high intensity focused ultrasound will stimulate collagen growth and make the skin maintain its structural integrity.

DermaSweep is a non invasive procedure that improves the texture of the skin and adds little to the deeper layers or supporting structures of the skin, like SMAS. 

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Ultherapy is for deep lifting and microdermabrasion is for superficial skin texture

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Ultherapy and microdermabrasion, such as Dermasweep, treat very different issues with the skin. Microdermabrasion can exfoliate the skin and rarely does anything for the long term improvement of wrinkles.  Laser resurfacing or actual dermabrasion, which is used less commonly these days, or plasma resurfacing can reduce the wrinkles that are present at rest from sundamage and age, not the lines that result from muscular contraciton.  Ultherapy does nothing for superficial lines or texture as the focused ultrasound energy delivers focal heat to the deep dermis and connective tissue layers to help lift the skin. Often, Ultherapy is done in conjunction with superficial treatments, not necessarily at the same time, though.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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How are Ultherapy and Dermasweep different?

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Ultherapy is an ultrasound based procedure that creates new collagen below the skin surface to lift and tighten the skin.  Dermasweep is a micro-dermabrasion device that improves the appearance of the skin surface.  The effect of Ultherapy should last for severl years, for Dermasweep several weeks.  As far as wrinkles are concerned, Ultherapy is the better choiceof the two, but depending on which wrinkles you are concerned about, may not be the best choice amongst all treatments.

Joseph Campanelli, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon

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