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Body shaping has come a long way, baby! Syneron Candela, one of the world’s leaders in aesthetic devices (think laser and radiofrequency) has just received FDA clearance for its UltraShape System, which targets fat cells and makes them go away—forever.
Technically, it is the first and only non-invasive body shaping treatment that uses pulsed focused ultrasound energy to precisely target subcutaneous fat. The surrounding tissue, blood vessels, and muscles are not affected at all. Unlike other body shaping technologies, UltraShape uses a pure mechanical effect to destroy fat cells without using heat. This unique feature of the UltraShape technology results in a safe and comfortable treatment experience.
UltraShape joins Syneron’s other body shaping device, VelaShape III, which works with elōs based thermal technology. These two FDA cleared technologies offer a wide range of body shaping options including circumferential reduction in various body areas and reduction in cellulite appearance.
Prior to the FDA approval, UltraShape had been used in Europe, Asia, and Canada since 2005, and US physicians were very eager to see the technology arrive stateside.
“UltraShape uses non thermal ultrasound providing efficacy and the non-heat dependent energy is tolerated well by the patients,” said Jeffrey M Kenkel, MD, FACS, Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, one of the primary investigators in the FDA-required study of the device.
A clinical study of UltraShape with 150 subjects was performed at three clinical sites in the U.S. and one site outside of the U.S. Study results showed that the treatment had an average reduction of 2.5 cm (that’s basically 1 inch) in circumference of the treated areas*.
“We observed clinically significant circumference reduction of truncal fat. The results demonstrated progressive improvement over time in circumference reduction, beginning after the first treatment session with UltraShape. The treatment was administered without the need for anesthetic and was well tolerated by patients,” stated William Coleman M.D., Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Adjunct Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery), Tulane University Health Sciences Center and a principal investigator in the study. “In our practice, patients were very satisfied with the results of the UltraShape treatment.”
Since receiving the CE mark (the European Union’s certification of approval), the device has been used in over 220,000 procedures worldwide, with a positive safety and effectiveness profile.
UltraShape will be available in the US in mid May 2014. Visit ultrashape.com
*Study on file with Syneron.
New York dermatologist, Dr. Dina Strachan of Aglow Dermatology, graciously opened her Union Square office to the press on April 2 to highlight the benefits of Pellevé® and PelleFirm from Ellman International. Editors from Shape, The Oprah Magazine, and Prevention, among others, were there to learn about the enhanced Pellevé® System, including PelleFirm, the new body firming treatment.
Dr. Strachan outlined the benefits of Pellevé as a wrinkle reducing and skin-tightening system. “First of all, it is customizable, comfortable, cost effective, and there is no downtime,” she said. “It’s great for someone who wants something non-invasive.”
The Pellevé system is FDA cleared for the treatment of mild to moderate skin wrinkles and skin tightening. The ideal candidate is between 30 to 60 years old with moderate skin laxity. It is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, said Dr. Strachan, athough it can help delay the necessity of one. If you have lost a lot of volume in your face and have a great deal of sagging, surgery may be a better alternative.
Pellevé results are often immediate, and continue to develop over six months. Dr. Strachan reported a pre-date Pellevé phenomenon, where patients schedule a treatment just before a date to get an immediate lift and skin refresher. The treatment is virtually painless and leaves no visible signs, except for an occasional slight redness that resolves quickly.
“Pellevé works by basically stimulating your body to do what it used to do,” said Dr. Strachan. “It causes a little micro injury that stimulates collagen and elastin production and changes the elastin fibers, causing a contraction of the skin.” Voila, your skin is lifted and wrinkles are diminished, especially around the delicate eye area.
PelleFirm uses the same device, but with a different handle. Both treatments use radiofrequency to target and heat the deep layers of the skin, bypassing the outer layer, which is why treatment leaves no exterior mark. Technically, Pellevé is FDA cleared to heat deep tissue—AKA skin tightening, explained Dr. Strachan.
She showed before and after photos of PelleFirm treatments, which were amazing. As with other body firming devices, it is not a weight loss system, but it does work wonders on getting rid of the jiggle and firming up a post-baby tummy. It also can visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite without invasive surgery or laser treatments.
A series of three treatments is generally recommended for both body and facial tightening, though as Dr. Strachan pointed out, many people see an immediate lifting effect after just one visit. Cost per treatment ranges from $500 to $1000, depending upon the location of the practitioner and the extent of the area to be treatment. Results last six months or longer, and often require nothing more than one refresher treatment once or twice a year to maintain the benefits. A small price to pay for a body lift!!!
Visit pelleve.com to find a Pelleve physician or medspa near you.
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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.