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The GentleMax Pro from Syneron Candela is a single consolidated system that delivers a range of treatments for hair removal and pigmented (brown) and vascular lesions (red). This dual wavelength laser system combines a powerful 755 nm Alexandrite laser with the 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser. The results are high performance treatments in terms of speed, comfort, safety, and duration. The larger spot sizes of the Gentle laser reduce treatment time without compromising the quality of the hair removal, so your legs and underarms become smooth and hair free faster, with fewer treatments needed.
Two high power cooling systems are compatible with the Gentle series of hair removal lasers. Air Cooling Compatible (ACC) and Candela’s patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD). This helps eliminate some of the stinging and burning associated with other forms of laser hair removal—even for men who are notoriously big babies when it comes to pain.
GentleMax does it all. It can safely remove unwanted hair, ingrown hairs, and shaving bumps on all skin tones and works on all hair types. It also helps reduce wrinkles, and vascular conditions such as facial and leg veins. The laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of light into targeted areas of the skin, delivering a controlled amount of targeted heat just where you need it to destroy the hair follicle. People with darker skin tones are not always the best candidates for laser hair removal with single wavelength systems due to increased risk of skin lightening or darkening. Having the dual wavelength gives dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other physicians more choice so they can treat all skin tones without side effects.
“The GentleMax Pro laser system delivers both Alexandrite and Nd:YAG energies providing two wavelengths that are gentle on the surface of the skin while effectively destroying hair follicles for long lasting results. Moreover, using a combination of the two laser sources is a breakthrough that allows us to treat any skin type safely. I’ve used them all and this is the best hair removal system available. Patients who come to my practice are extremely happy with the results,” said Dennis Gross, MD, Creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare and Founder of 900 5th Dermatology.
A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on what is being treated and how much hair there is. After Gentle laser treatment, you will be warned to avoid sun exposure by applying sunblock SPF 30 or above. In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. You can expect to need an average of 6 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart for best results. The denser your hair is in the areas to be treated, the more sessions you will need to get totally hair-free. After each treatment, hair grows back more slowly and less densely.
You know the feeling. Jiggly skin around the tummy, inner thighs, and upper arms, that doesn’t go away on its own, even with the help of a trainer, a slew of elliptical machines and crunches for firming and toning.
The NEW PelleFirm System from Ellman International may be just the ticket. It is CE Marked for body skin tightening and cellulite reduction and has received FDA clearance for tissue heating and the temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Building on the global popularity of Pelleve Wrinkle Reduction System, Ellman is now entering the body category.
The PelleFirm System provides a non-invasive, pain free RF treatment for the body, resulting in firmer skin and improvement in dimples and cellulite. Their expertise in radiofrequency energy is based on their success with skin tightening with Pellevé® that led to the development of PelleFirm. The system is comprised of 2 large diameter handpieces sized for the body that elevate tissue temperature up to 45 degrees Celsius, plus mechanical massage heads for treating dimples and cellulite. Like Pellevé, a PelleFirm RF Body Treatment system delivers visible results quickly, without the pain and recovery time of some body treatments. It is an ideal non-invasive treatment for the classic problem zones including the tummy, upper arms, buttocks, knees, and thighs. A series of 3 or more treatments is typically recommended, with maintenance as needed.
Ellman has been working with RF expert physicians in Europe and Latin America to develop PelleFirm as a non-invasive body solution. The PelleFirm handpieces are powered by the same Pellevé S5 RF Generator as the Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction handpieces for facial skin tightening. With two different size handpieces, PelleFirm was designed to address almost every area of the body.
Dermatologist Josephine Hernandez, MD, in Costa Rica has been working with Pellefirm in her clinic; “Many of my patients request treatment for sagging skin in their arms, hands, abdomen, thighs and gluteal area. The results with the PelleFirm system are outstanding and superior to any of the many body contouring or skin tightening devices we have used in our practice. I have seen PelleFirm results in as little as a few treatments.”
Expect to see Pellefirm roll out in the US over the the next few months. Visit pelleve.com for more info and to find a Pellefirm provider.
Note: The following indications are cleared by FDA: The PelleFirm RF device is intended to provide heating for the purpose of elevating tissue temperature for selected medical conditions such as temporary relief of pain, muscle spasms, and increase in local circulation. The PelleFirm massage device is intended to provide a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
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Yes, there are other, if not better, reasons to consider an Ultherapy under-chin lift than taking a better selfie or looking hot when FaceTiming, but these perks should not be discounted.
Ultherapy is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared for treating the brow, chin, and neck. It is the only non-invasive energy-based treatment to have such a distinction, largely because it really works and the clinical studies confirm that. Really. 250,000 Ultherapies have been performed to date around the world, so they are doing something right.
At a recent media breakfast at The London NYC, uber dermatologist Tina Alster, MD, the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and a clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Leif Rogers, MD, FACS a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, discussed how and why Ultherapy makes a visible difference with no visible healing.
As we age, our skin’s foundation collapses (think Grecian ruins). Muscle and fat start heading South, creating jowls and turkey gobblers or waddles. This is not related to being overweight. Instead, it is a function of the decline in collagen and elastin that provide the skin with structural support. Ultherapy targets the skin’s lower layers to help stimulate new collagen using focused ultrasound or sound waves. The energy tightens and lifts (yes, lifts) sagging skin. The measurable results appear gradually, usually within three months, though, “some people walk out feeling that their skin is a little tighter,” says Rogers.
Ultherapy candidates are typically in their mid thirties or older with what skin care specialists call mild to moderate laxity (sagging). The procedure is color blind, which means it works well on skin of all colors. Results, however, may not be as pronounced among individuals with thick skin. “Men have more pilosebaceous glands, thicker skin, so they may need more treatments,” says Alster. She often has patients come back annually for maintenance to forestall a face or neck lift and keep skin firm and youthful. Ultherapy can also be combined, as needed, with BOTOX Cosmetic and resurfacing lasers that target sun spots, lines and wrinkles like Fraxel.
Many people need just one session to achieve their desired results, but others may choose to have multiple treatments to maximize the potential effects. “If we hit it again and again with the same energy, it will shrink further,” Alster says. She recommends waiting 3 to 6 months for a second session to let everything tighten up. Ultherapy costs $1,500 to $4,000 depending on the area of the face treated and often the location of the practice. The technology doesn’t necessarily replace the need for a full face lift (but it may for some younger folks with minimal sagging), but it is an ideal option to help buy time and put off the need for major cosmetic surgery. That said, the results are not as predictable as with surgery.
No Pain No Gain
The old adage is true. The one downside is that Ultherapy hurts a little. Pain medication and some Valium usually do the trick, but everyone is different and some people find it very tolerable with some Tylenol. There is no visible healing—which means no downtime (although you probably don’t want to be operating any heavy machinery, driving or making important decisions with pain killers and Valium still in your system.) So you can have your chin lift in secret.
Find a trained Ultherapist, dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon near you at ultherapy.com