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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.

The Benefits of Registered Massage Therapy

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Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.

Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.  The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:  Anxiety and depression, Asthma and Emphysema, Back, leg, and neck pain, Cancer symptoms, Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain), Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Dislocations, Fibromyalgia, Fractures and edema, Gastrointestinal disorders, Headaches, Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis, Insomnia, Kyphosis and Scoliosis, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Muscle tension and spasm, Palliative care, Post-surgical rehabilitation, Pregnancy and labour support, Sports injuries, Strains and sprains, Stress and stress related conditions, Stroke, Tendinitis, Whiplash

Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more! Together, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based on your needs. The treatment plan can be changed at any time and you have no obligation to undergo any part of treatment. Your treatment begins after you’ve given your informed consent.