Introduction to Body Contouring & Non-Surgical Facial Contouring
Everybody knows that being satisfied with your appearance is one of the keys to possessing a confident demeanor and putting your best foot forward. Contrary to what all the magazines tell us, however, being completely happy with your face and body isn’t always as simple as watching your diet and using the perfect skincare routine. Due to genetics, aging, or other factors, the body retains isolated pockets of fat despite good eating habits and regular exercise, and the face gradually droops and sags, creating jowls, a double chin, or a wrinkled neck.
Fortunately, new technologies can help to fix these problems. Using new ultrasound techniques like Ultrashape Power® and Ultherapy®, we can contour the body and face for a smoother, sleeker look that brings you closer to the appearance you’ve always wanted. Best of all, these new techniques can do all that without the invasiveness of surgery.
Ultrashape Power® is an ultrasound technique that contours the body by breaking up stubborn pockets of fat. First, 3-D mapping allows a personalized treatment plan to be created. Next, a hand-piece is used to deliver high-frequency ultrasonic waves like the ones that are commonly used to examine pregnant women or heart patients. These ultrasonic waves target surface fat with energy that causes the cells to implode. Once a sufficient number of fat cells collapses, the pocket of fat will be noticeably reduced. This can lead to a reduction of 1-3 inches of fat painlessly and permanently in just a few weeks.
What Does VelaShape™ Do?
Velashape™ is a noninvasive treatment that can be used to tighten loose sagging skin on the body. Through the use of gentle radiofrequency and infrared energy waves, collagen and elastin is promoted. It is used to improve the appearance of cellulite, tighten loose sagging skin (great for arms, knees and post pregnancy improvement) and stretch marks. It can be used to treat almost any body part. A series of 3-6 treatments spaced anywhere from 1-2 weeks apart is recommended with improvement noted generally noted after the first treatment. It is a great complimentary treatment to Ultrashape Power® to reduce fat then tighten the loose skin.
Who’s a Good Candidate for the Treatments?
Since these procedures are noninvasive and very safe, they’re a good option for any healthy person who wishes to contour their body or face without resorting to surgery. Ultrashape Power® is an especially good option for those who have stubborn, isolated pockets of fat that just won’t respond to normal diet and exercise techniques, while Ultherapy® is a good choice for patients who are experiencing the first signs of aging that can’t be held off by normal skincare methods. Candidates also include patients who are not ready or candidates for invasive surgical procedures
What’s the Recovery Like for the Treatments?
Since ultrasound treatments are very safe and require no anesthesia or incisions, no major recovery period is needed. In most cases, patients will feel comfortably returning to normal activities immediately after the procedure. The only common side effect is minor swelling, or minor bruising but in most cases this is gone within 24 hours.
Body Contouring FAQ’s
Q. How many treatments will I need?
A. It depends on the extent of the problems that you would like to have treated. In most cases, Ultherapy® patients are satisfied with the results of a single long treatment, although shorter future treatments may be desirable to maintain the results. For Ultrashape Power® candidates, the three treatments are needed. If you’d prefer more extensive contouring, more treatments may be necessary.
Q. How long do treatments take?
A. Ultherapy® takes 60-90 minutes for a full-face treatment, although this can be reduced if you have just one problem area. Ultrashape Power® treatments normally take no more than half an hour, since the technique targets a very specific fat deposit.
Q. Will I see results right away?
A. Ultrashape Power® results are seen fairly quickly. Patients often notice their clothes becoming looser within 4-6 weeks of beginning treatment. Results from Ultherapy® are normally visible as a simple healthy glow immediately after the procedure, but they typically continue to improve for 2-6 months after treatment as the collagen continues to regenerate.
Q. How long do the results last?
A. Fat cells that have been destroyed by Ultrashape Power® will not grow back, so the results will be permanent as long as the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle. Likewise, the rejuvenation caused by Ultherapy® is long-lasting, but normal skin aging will resume within a year after the procedure, so good skincare is necessary to maintain that fresh look.
Q. What can I do to maintain the results as long as possible?
A. Since Ultrashape Power® will not prevent new fat deposits from forming, a healthy diet and regular exercise are key to maintaining your slim new look. For Ultherapy® patients, continuing a good skincare routine and avoiding unprotected sun exposure will keep your skin looking healthy, firm, and smooth long after your procedure has ended.