Vanquish™ is Your Liposuction Alternative

If you’ve been looking at your options for fat reduction, then you know that there is a dizzying selection of options. However, there’s no need to undergo a surgical, invasive procedure if you don’t want or are unable to. There are many different non-invasive fat reduction techniques and Vanquish might be the solution for you.

Vanquish Destroys Fat Cells Without the Hassle

While some non-invasive fat removal treatments require a handpiece or technology applied to the skin, Vanquish takes it one step further and requires no contact. It works by applying focused, multipolar radio-frequency transmitters to the fatty areas, which heats the fat cells. This causes them to release their fatty contents, which are gradually absorbed by the body as waste. This means your results only get better over time.

Vanquish Produces Effective Stomach Fat Removal

Vanquish is most effective in the fatty areas around the stomach, where most people carry a little extra fat. The best candidates for Vanquish are those that are at or near their ideal body mass index— more drastic results can require a minimally-invasive procedure like Liposuction or its laser-assisted variants. The best way to determine which procedure is best for you is through a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in Louisville.

Vanquish Requires a Quick and Easy Treatment Session

Although the treatment might sound painful or high-tech, Vanquish treatments can be very relaxing and tolerable. Patients usually lay on a table while the RF transmitters go to work on stomach fat, causing a warming sensation which can be adjusted if it becomes too hot. These sessions are usually grouped together in a series of 4 to 6, spaced a week or two apart. You can also speak to your aesthetician about combining Vanquish with non-invasive skin-tightening options.

To learn more about Vanquish and create your treatment plan, contact our office and schedule your consultation, during which you can discuss your options with Vanquish and our other laser treatments.

EMSculpt®: Your Complete Body Sculpting Solution

If you’ve heard of non-invasive fat removal or have even undergone a few treatments, then you should know about EMSculpt. This groundbreaking procedure can be your next step or your finishing touch as the only non-invasive fat removal procedure that also builds muscle at the same time. Interested in EMSculpt? Here’s what you should know.

How Does it Work?

This procedure uses High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology to induce muscle contractions beyond what the body can achieve on its own. This causes the muscles to remodel their structure by building mass and burning fat. This is different from other body sculpting procedures that might use heat or cooling to destroy fat cells without the benefit of muscle toning. EMSculpt can also be used as a non-invasive butt lift technique.

Who is a Candidate?

Unlike other body sculpting procedures, EMSculpt exists for patients interested in putting the finishing touch on their body. If you’re working hard to slim down and want to see more definition or muscle tone, EMSculpt can help you get there. Generally, patients with less than an inch of pinchable fat find best results with EMSculpt.

What is the Treatment Like?

Although it might sound extreme, EMSculpt is not painful and instead feels like an intense workout, although you can rest and relax while the treatment happens— which only requires a 30-minute session to be effective. These are usually spaced 2-3 days apart to allow the body time to rest and recover. This treatment can even be tailored to your specific needs and can be repeated as many times as necessary.

What About Recovery and Results?

Because EMSculpt is non-invasive, there’s no downtime like a surgical procedure would require. That means you can get right back to your busy schedule and don’t need to prepare or take any post-care steps. Most patients see and feel real results right after treatment, with their results improving over the course of a few weeks after.

If you’re interested in learning more about EMSculpt and want to schedule your consultation, contact our office and speak with our skilled and experienced aestheticians to create your EMSculpt treatment plan.

Is Vivace Right for You?

Are you dealing with unwanted acne scars that just won’t go away? If so, Vivace may be able to help. This treatment is a convenient, comfortable, non-surgical solution to aging or damaged skin. Not only can it lessen the appearance of acne scars, it can also firm the skin by stimulating the production of collagen.  Typical treatment areas are the face, neck and chest, but it can be used on other areas as well.

What is Vivace?

Vivace is a new treatment that combines two highly-effective techniques: microneedling and radio-frequency. Super fine, gold-plated needles, approximately the size of human hair, are mechanically inserted into the skin while also releasing radio-frequency energy into the deeper layers of the dermis at various specified depths to maximize the benefits of this treatment.

Who is a Candidate?

Vivace is actually very versatile, in the sense that it can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions and concerns, as well as all skin types and colors. Vivace treatments trigger the skin’s self-rejuvenating process, increasing collagen production while firming the skin.

Vivace is effective at treating skin textural issues, fine lines and wrinkles; but especially good at treating acne scarring. Acne affects so many people and unfortunately severe acne often leaves highly pigmented marks long after the spots have healed. Vivace will speed up the cell-renewal process and help the scars heal faster than they would have on their own.

What Can I Expect?

One of the best features of this treatment is the minimal downtime. Post treatment, you might experience redness and sensitivity but that will typically subside within a couple days, most patients are red for less than 24 hours. The number of treatments needed will vary, but once your proper amount of treatments are completed you should see a drastic improvement in the overall health of your skin, as well as the lightening of any hyper-pigmentation.

If you are located in the Louisville or Lexington areas and are interested in getting a more even-toned and healthy complexion, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Introducing Vivace!

The Holy Grail it seems in plastic surgery, at least over the last 15 years or so, is skin tightening without surgery. We know that a modern facelift can restore a youthful shape of the face as well as tighten the overlying skin of the face and neck. Because a facelift necessitates making of incisions, some type of anesthesia, as well as the perceived downtime away from work or family, there are a multitude of patients who would opt for a noninvasive or minimally invasive modality to accomplish the same goals. While we do have neurotoxins such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, which can paralyze underlying muscles rendering the overlying crease less deep, as well as a plethora of different fillers, either made from hyaluronic acid or other substances, to make the face more youthful, none of these entities will tighten the overlying skin or improve upon fine lines for texture.

For the last 20 years or so we have had ablative lasers using wavelengths of carbon dioxide or Erbium, whether in a fractional or a full field coverage of the face that can produce skin tightening, these lasers need to deliver their energy to the deeper portion of the skin called the dermis and do not have the ability to spare the outer part of the skin called the epidermis. Therefore, when doing ablative laser resurfacing, when the outside layer of skin is removed, some downtime is necessary for healing and, until the outside skin has grown back, make up cannot be used during this healing process. This forced patients scheduling these more aggressive procedures during periods of time in which they could accept these downsides in order to obtain a result of skin tightening, correction of texture and fine lines, as well as the improvement in brownish discolorations.

Some of the newer technology, have used radiofrequency (RF) as a method of tightening skin. These radiofrequency waves, commonly used in telecommunications, have also been used in surgery for over 75 years, mostly in surgical or dermatological applications for both removal of superficial skin blemishes or cutting, and coagulation of blood vessels during surgery. RF works by rapidly stimulating the oscillation of molecules causing internal friction and thereby heat. The heat produced by RF is thought to ‘injure’ the deeper part of the skin causing an inflammatory response by the patient producing new collagen and elastin. Both of these entities, when increased, produce a more elastic and tightened skin appearance.

The first wave of RF devices applied the heat from the outside-in with some type of method of cooling to allow the heat to preferentially be absorbed in the dermis. Because of the human intolerance of outside-in heat of temperatures in excess of 43°C, there was some limitation in how much tightening one could get in a single session. Multiple weekly or biweekly treatments are necessary to produce the desired effect.

The next advancement in the application of RF was to place the heat under the skin using a long insulated needle. Here, using local anesthesia, higher temperatures at the bottom of the skin could be reached and still tolerable by the patient. The technique is called ThermaTyte and we have had this for several years now. It’s very effective for skin laxity around the belly button as well as neck. It does have some downtime, as a fair amount of dilute numbing medicine needs to be placed beneath the skin to make it tolerable.

The latest advancement in the application of RF for the tightening of skin utilizes the placement of this energy through the skin using tiny, hair size needles, known as microneedling. Microneedling involves, either with a roller or piston type stamping method, the insertion of an array of needles into the skin. No skin is removed and the hole simply closes within hours. While open, topical application of serums, that would otherwise not be absorbed, can be placed over the skin allowing them to gain entry to the deeper layers. The improvement in the quality of skin texture is limited only to the length of the linear hole that is made into the skin. Radiofrequency heat energy can be added to the end of the needle so microscopic injuries in the deeper portion of the skin can be made. We can control not only how much energy, but also how long the energy is applied, as well as the exact depth of its placement using a computerized screen. This new device is called Vivace.

 

Vivace uses an array of 36, 1/3000th of an inch wide, goldplated needles attached to a computerized mechanism that when placed on the skin can pierce the skin and deliver the radiofrequency energy in a fraction of a second. The technique does require the topical application of a numbing cream for about 45 minutes prior to the procedure. Because not all of the skin can be treated in one session, a series of treatments is necessary to produce the desired result. Multiple treatment depths can be done in the same session. We are commonly treating skin laxity of the face, stretch marks of the abdomen and legs, active acne as well as acne scarring using this new exciting technology.

So far, we have found this technique to be extremely useful in producing nice results in all the patients. Because the energy bypasses the outside layer of the skin, any skin color or amount of skin tan is amendable to this treatment regimen. After the procedure, we have seen that the skin is merely red or pink for a few hours. Makeup can easily be applied the following day. Some patients have found that there is a gritty feeling texture to their skin but is usually not visible under makeup. We recommend a series of at least four treatments at 4 to 6 week intervals. It seems we finally have a method to treat all patients in all seasons with issues of acne scars, stretch marks, skin laxity of different areas of the body.

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