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FORMA Lift and FORMA Plus: Options for Ultimate Skin Tightening

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 What are the FORMA Lift and FORMA Plus Treatments?

The FORMA Lift procedure can treat sagging skin on the entire face and neck and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, lower eyelid bags, nasolabial folds, jowls and smile lines. FORMA is safe for use on all skin types and is ideal for individuals looking for a non-invasive and natural approach to skin lifting, tone, texture and irregularities.  As your skin ages, it loses elasticity, thins, and the texture becomes uneven.  FORMA delivers finely controlled deep heating to stimulate collagen, improve skin elasticity, to lift and tighten the skin.

The FORMA Plus is a non-invasive solution to tone and tighten sagging skin on the body. This treatment is perfect for larger areas of lax skin undermining your toned, youthful physique. Bystimulating the production of collagen, FORMA Plus offers a reduction in body folds for smoother, firmer and more toned curves and contours. FORMA Plus is safe for use on all skin types and is ideal for all areas of the body, including the upper arms, lower abdomen, inner and outer thighs, bra line and back and the knees.

What are the benefits of a FORMA treatment?

With the advancements in radio frequency thermal treatments like FORMA Lift & FORMA Plus, you will notice immediate improvements in your skin texture, tightness and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Enjoy renewed confidence with smoother and tightened skin
  • Reduce deep wrinkles and improve fine lines and wrinkles
  • FORMA Lift & FORMA Plus are safe for all skin types
  • Almost immediate visible improvement that only gets better with time.
  • Accelerate collagen production by the application of a thermal wrinkle treatment in addition to contracting the skin.
  • Wear sleeveless tops, shorts and bathing suits again with confidence
  • Both are non-invasive treatments with minimal discomfort
  • Enjoy a youthful and more toned skin contour
  • Long lasting skin tightening and smoothing of wrinkles
  • No expensive surgery or downtime

How does the FORMA treatment work?

FORMA is the first auto-adjusting, non-invasive, thermal skin treatment for deep and uniform tissue stimulation. FORMA uses radio-frequency power that flows uniformly between the electrodes to provide a comfortable thermal experience with immediate and subsequent contraction. This advanced treatment stimulates the formation of new collagen and improves the skin’s elasticity for long-lasting and remarkable results. The technology used for the face and body are the same, but the handpieces differ in size; a larger handpiece for the body and a smaller handpiece for the face. FORMA offers two configurations of non-invasive sub dermal heating for collagen remodeling; RF current flows between electrodes to provide a comfortable thermal experience while the built-in ACE  (Aquire, Control, Extend) temperature controls allow for the attainment of clinically proven optimal epidermal temperatures.

Is FORMA Treatment Right for Me?

FORMA is for clients of all skin types and is appropriate for individuals seeking a non-invasive and natural looking approach to improving body contours, facial wrinkles and skin laxity. This treatment can fit into any lifestyle and beauty regimen. This treatment is clinically proven to be absolutely comfortable and safe while easily managed into your routine. FORMA can be used in areas that demonstrate fine or deep wrinkles with or without skin laxity and can be used on the face (FORMA Lift) or on the body (FORMA Plus). Clients have reported that their skin feels smoother and more defined with less wrinkles after a full series of this procedure.

How many treatments are required?

Our facility recommends six FORMA treatments, spaced at about one week apart.

What can I expect at my FORMA Treatment?

Prior to treatment, all makeup, creams and lotions will be cleaned from the treatment area, and pre-procedure photos will be taken.  After the face has been cleansed, your trained laser technician will begin the treatment by applying the FORMA handpiece to the treatment area with customized energy settings and patterns for your individual skin. The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes to an hour for the full face, and about 45 minutes to one hour for larger areas of the body depending on the client’s specific conditions. FORMA is an essentailly painless procedure with no downtimes due to its precise technology and deep-layer targeting of the skin. Clients have even reported that the heated handpiece sensation is comparable to a warm massage! Slight redness in the treatment area is common post-procedure, and this subsides within a few hours.

The FORMA Lift and FORMA Plus Handpieces

 What can I expect after treatment?

Immediately after treatment, you may experience some redness and swelling, but both typically diminish in about 48 hours.  Over the next few days, you may experience some itchiness or skin sensitivity (to touch or temperature). Both are indications of the natural rejuvenation process and typically diminish within a week post treatment. During this time, exercise increased care of the treated area.

Your therapist will go over post-care and a skin care regimen to help you maintain your rejuvenation results with FORMA. It is very important to wear a minimum SPF of 30 when going outdoors.

Can FORMA be used in combination with other treatments?

Yes, FORMA can be used in the same treatment session, or a few days after other treatments. Many FORMA clients will combine this treatment with our Fractora Advanced RF Micro-Needling Treatment, creating the ultimate skin renovation treatment that addresses all in-demand facial concerns including skin laxity, uneven skin tone, uneven skin texture, wrinkles and pigmentation. Fillers and other Injectable treatments provided by Dr. Kurz can also be combined with this treatment for an even more pleasing results and to simultaneously address the 3 Ds of aging skin.  Read our blog on injectable dermal fillers here, or our blog on Botulinum toxin here on Dr. Kurz’s site.

Are there side effects or possible complications?

Your technician will provide you with specific instructions about what to expect for your particular treatment and how to minimize side effects. Some possible side effects include local pain, skin redness (erythema), swelling (edema), damage to the natural skin texture (crust, blister, burn), change of skin pigmentation (hyper or hypo pigmentation), and scarring.

Hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin) is a possible but rare complication of the FORMA treatment. If you have a history of hyperpigmentation, your laser technician will discuss this with you at your personalized consult. If hyperpigmentation occurs, it usually starts about 4 weeks after a treatment and is generally very reversible. Sometimes, it is just the way some people’s bodies respond to skin stress states. Low dose hydroquinone cream (2 – 4%) – applied sparingly to the hyperpigmented areas, twice a day for 2 weeks, will typically improve this condition.

How quickly will I see results?

Visible results can be seen immediately, but typically after two weeks the most noticeable results will appear. Improvements continue up to three months after treatment. FORMA will improve many of the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, as well as deeper skin laxity ; however, with the passage of time and with environmental exposure, skin ages as we do.  If you are exposed to a lot of sun and do not use sunscreen, the underlying issues will return sooner.  We encourage our clients and provide directions to follow an effective preventative skin care regime and keep it protected from the sun, so that the skin will continue to look younger and healthier. Quality sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are excellent protection for overall skin health.

Excellent results are also dependent on client compliance and lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise. It is important to note that the FORMA treatment does not remove fat cells, but tightens lax skin for a more toned and defined appearance. Our clinic also offers TiteFx for non-invasive body contouring along with fat cell destruction, or BodyTite Radio-Frequency Assisted Liposuction for even more dramatic results.  For more information regarding body contouring with liposuction, read this informative article by clicking here.

 

With all medical aesthetic procedures, more dramatic results can be expected with stronger and more invasive treatment modalities. For more information on BodyTite RF Assisted Liposuction, please call the doctor’s line at (250) 561-7224 or visit our sister site www.kurzplasticsurgery.ca.

TiteFx, the Non-Invasive Body Contouring Solution

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The TiteFX body contouring procedure provides the next generation of non-invasive lipolysis.

What is TiteFx?

TiteFx is the first and only non-invasive body contouring and cellulite technology proven in peer reviewed and published human studies to both permanently kill adipose tissue and contract the skin.  TiteFx addresses problematic fatty tissue in larger body areas such as the abdomen, back (flanks), and thighs. TiteFx works by using different clinically proven modalities including radio-frequency energy and negative pressure applied to the skin and underlying fat. TiteFx (also known as BodyFX) is a non-invasive alternative to traditional liposuction and can be precisely targeted to specific areas of the skin to remove unwanted fat cells, with only minimal patient discomfort and no down time.

Am I a good candidate for TiteFx Treatment?

The TiteFx procedure is suitable for mild to moderate local fat deposits and is safe for all skin types. Prior to your first treatment, our laser technicians will go over the treatment in depth, in a personalized consultation, and your 6 treatment series will be scheduled for a weekly one hour appointment. Body contouring is most appropriate for clients with a body mass index (BMI) in the “normal” range with areas of disproportionate fat accumulation. Men and women of any age can be treated and the most common areas to be treated include upper and lower back, arms, abdomen, hips, “love handles” or thighs. Each area typically takes 45 minutes to one hour for a full treatment. Other options are available for skin tightening for the face, click here to read more about the FIRM facial, or “skin tightening only” for other body areas. It is important to note that body contouring methods are not an effective weight loss technique, although some minimal loss of weight can be seen with the destruction of fat cells.  For general weight loss, diet and exercise are still the best solutions.

Excellent results after a full treatment series and fantastic client compliance

What does the treatment feel like?

The treatment feels warm on the skin and a vacuum sensation is felt on the treatment area. Upon reaching the ideal temperature during treatment, a pulse is released and felt as a strong tap on the skin. Most patients find TiteFx comfortable, with minimal discomfort from radio-frequency heat energy and the electromagnetic pulse. There will be relative heat felt within the treatment area and a burst of energy during the electroporation pulse. During the entire treatment, the treated temperature levels are constantly monitored and kept at the optimal temperature of 40-43°C – providing safe and accurate feedback of your skin temperature and comfort levels.

What can I expect at my first treatment?

At your first treatment, measurements will be taken of the treatment area as well as weight, and pre-procedure photos will be taken. Since your skin will be heated to an optimal temperature of 40-43°C, you will be offered water to help keep you comfortable during treatment. The heating process will then begin. Your technician will use a stamping technique to gradually increase your body temperature with the TiteFx handpiece, and once optimal temperature is reached the handpiece will emit an electrical pulse to start the destruction of fat cells. The stamping technique will continue along the treatment area and the full treatment session generally takes 45 minutes to one hour per treatment zone.

What can I expect immediately after treatment?

There may be redness, swelling,  increased warmth and/or pinpoint bleeding at the treatment area but this is temporary and lasts only a few hours. Clients with sensitive or dryer skin types may experience more dry and flaky skin than usual and this can be easily addressed with a good moisturizer. Very rare side effects may also include crusting, blistering, change of skin pigmentation or scarring.

How does TiteFx work?

The triple action effects of TiteFx include radiofrequency heating, vacuum massage and a high amplitude electromagnetic pulse that delivers optimal energy to treatment areas. This effective combination of Radio Frequency RF energy and high voltage electromagnetic pulses damages targeted fat cells permanently.  The damaged fat cells are then removed by the body’s white blood cells and excreted from the body over weeks to months. Comparable to “cool” contouring methods and other non-invasive techniques, the number of fat cells are permanently reduced in the treated area, however the heat energy from TiteFx has the advantage of also providing skin tightening effects, which are not available with “cooling” methods.

Are the results permanent and when will I see results?

TiteFx removes fat from targeted areas, resulting in and skin tightening and destruction of a portion of your targeted fat cells. Clients will often see subtle yet immediate results after their first few treatments and full results will be seen within weeks to months after treatment is completed. After the procedure, damaged fat cells are removed by the body’s white blood cells and individual factors dictate how long this process takes. Complete results will be seen at your six month follow up appointment, where measurements and photos will be compared with the records from the very first appointment.

Excellent results are also dependent on client compliance and lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise. It is important to note that this treatment does not prevent future weight gain. If there is weight gain after this body contouring treatment, a higher percentage of weight gain will go to areas of the body that were not treated previously; although, there is always a chance of slight weight gain in the previously treated area.  Even with fewer fat cells in the body, the remaining fat cells can still grow.  For example, if a client has their abdomen treated because this was an area where they tend to hold and gain more fat than other areas, any newly gained weight may be gained more evenly over the body (thighs, back, butt, breasts and still abdomen).

Note that the above information would also even apply to more aggressive invasive treatments, such as liposuction. Liposuction and non-invasive body contouring never cause patients to gain cm, inches or pounds.  Weight gain and fat gain is a function of diet and exercise. The fat is distributed into fat cells and where the most fat cells are located is a function of genetics and body hormones and can be changed by certain drugs (extra hormones, steroids, fertility drugs, marijuana, alcohol) or medical conditions (e.g. problems with thyroid or adrenal glands) and age (generally muscle decreases and fat increases as we age).  Body contouring surgery or non-invasive body contouring can alter the future distribution of fat cells but will not prevent future weight gain.

Non-invasive techniques, such as TiteFx will spot reduce by centimeters, but liposuction can reduce by inches. Our clinic offers more dramatic results with liposuction performed by Dr. Christine Kurz, using the same technology on the BodyTite Platform. Dr. Kurz’s technique uses minimally-invasive liposuction to physically remove fat cells while simultaneously heating the skin to achieve skin tightening. For more information regarding body contouring and liposuction, read this informative article by clicking here or visit our sister site www.kurzplasticsurgery.ca.

In-Depth TiteFX Study by Dr. Diane Duncan

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TiteFX (recently renamed as BodyFX) is 40% off at AZURE for the month of June! Dr. Diane Duncan’s in-depth study looks at how this non-invasive fat reduction treatment effectively contours the body for amazing results. Her study found that TiteFX’s revolutionary use of radio frequency heat and oscillating electrical pulses over weekly treatments resulted in clients achieving permanent fat cell destruction, giving them smaller waists and less abdominal volume!

Call us at (250) 277-2290 for more information about how TiteFX can work for you!

TiteFX Study