Advanced Contouring Treatments
The cornerstone to body contouring starts with an understanding of your muscle mass to body fat composition. So you put a lot of effort into maintaining these parameters. But what should be done about persistent, resistant fat or resulting skin laxity? Double board-certified plastic surgeon and Los Angeles body contouring provider Dr. Christie Prendergast takes a holistic approach to solving these problems using a combination of surgical and non-surgical modalities for the least invasive yet durable result.
Follow Your Curves
During your consultation for body contouring Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Christie takes a multi-modal approach to personalize a treatment plan that suits your body frame and considers your aesthetic objectives. Rather than a one-and-done treatment, she develops a beauty roadmap that combines prevention, maintenance, and improvement for a fully transformative experience.
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures worldwide. When you are within your ideal weight, liposuction can help you lose those extra two to five pounds of stubborn weight. However, liposuction should not be viewed as a method for weight loss but rather a method to enhance lifestyle efforts.
As you age, you lose collagen and elastin in your skin, which inherently changes the ability of the skin to contract. This is further compounded by weight loss. Dr. Christie’s creation of The Beauty Matrix is all about understanding the interplay of the three categories of aging and providing treatment strategies to give balanced results. This is where the addition of minimally-invasive skin tightening technologies can enhance results and create harmony between skin tightening and the volume reduction caused by liposuction.
BodyTite is an energy device that can correct skin laxity and reduce fat utilizing radio frequency energy. BodyTite can be used on virtually any body part in need of skin tightening; however, correct candidate selection is required. Due to the bulk heating effects, some volume loss does occur, and patients needing tightening without fat reduction are not ideal for this technology. BodyTite aims to tighten loose skin, remove fat, and tone up the tissue by dispensing high-intensity radiofrequency energy (RF). This technology can be performed in combination with liposuction or as a stand-alone procedure in the office or operating room setting. It is ideal for almost any problem body part, including the abdomen, arms, legs, flanks, or knees. A facial version of the technology (FaceTite) is ideal for lower face/jawline contouring.
Skin tightening can also be achieved with Renuvion. Renuvion employs a different type of energy utilizing subdermal plasma energy. This precise plasma energy stream combines radiofrequency energy with helium gas and is ideal for thinner patients desiring skin tightening without risking volume loss. Dr. Christie’s curated approach may utilize either technologies, a combination, or utilize other spa technologies to build on operative results.
Adding an energy device to liposuction can help address skin laxity resulting in a balanced “shrink wrap” of your skin that compliments liposuction procedures. During your consultation, you'll learn about your body contouring methods and identify any areas that could be treated more effectively with less invasive body contouring and skin tightening procedures.
Body contouring surgery varies depending on the body surface area to be addressed and the combination of procedures involved. The surgery can range from two to eight hours and typically involves multiple position changes to circumferentially address each anatomic region for a shrink-wrap effect. However, while large areas of the body area are addressed, only small incision sites are used, resulting in a quick postoperative recovery. Most patients will return to work within one week.
Skin Tightening Technologies
Dr. Christie has been one of the early adopters of this technology. BodyTite’s technology utilizes radio frequency as its energy source with a combination of a subdermal (below the skin) probe and a transdermal (outer skin) probe with precision temperature monitoring. With this energy delivery method, all the skin layers are addressed. This technology is ideal for patients with mild to moderate skin laxity in need of some volume reduction and is suitable for all skin types. The method of energy delivery results in bulk heating which causes a degree of lipolysis.
The cold plasma energy of Renuvion is the key to this unique skin tightening technology. This is distinctive from other rejuvenation procedures. Helium gas and radiofrequency energy are combined to produce plasma. The energy delivery generates heat that results in skin contraction while at the same time, helium cools, resulting in less thermal spray, no lipolysis, and skin contraction over time. The ideal candidate for this technology is a patient with mild to moderate laxity, and it is the only skin tightening Dr. Christie will use in patients who are very thin with skin laxity. Due to minimal thermal damage, this technology is often combined with other technologies for maximum results.
Liposuction and skin tightening treatments can be notoriously uncomfortable. However, Dr. Christie’s rapid recovery protocol, minimal access incision, and custom compression garments allow most executive patients to return to work within three to five days. You may expect bruising, swelling, and some numbness in treatment areas, and pain is typically managed with over-the-counter medications. Post-surgical compression is required for four to six weeks. Exercise is restricted for two weeks or more, depending on the amount of swelling you experience.
With tightening technologies, Dr. Christie delivers the energy to specific tissue target temperatures clinically proven to result in collagen contraction and remodeling. However, skin remodeling occurs over time, and there are many contributing factors in achieving your end results. This is thoroughly discussed during consultation to determine whether this is the best return investment for you.
Visit Curated Beauty Rx in Los Angeles, California, to learn more about your body contouring options. BodyTite and Renuvion are intended to reduce skin elasticity, liquefy fat from problem areas like love handles, bat wings, fatty knees, bra line fat, and the male breast region, and boost collagen production. Make an appointment to find out if these Skin Tightening Technologies are the ideal treatments for you.
Good candidates for skin tightening technology typically have good skin quality with mild-to-moderate skin laxity (< two inches of skin laxity). Patients who have considerable laxity (i.e., massive weight loss) are best served with surgical excision of excess skin but may also benefit from other non-surgical technologies.
All surgical procedures carry risks. The primary risks may be contour irregularities, excess scar tissue, the need for additional procedures, or risks associated with anesthesia and delayed healing. These risks can be decreased with careful patient selection. In particular, ethnic skin requires unique considerations in potential scarring or reactive pigmentation concerns in the setting of heat.
You will see the immediate effects of liposuction results; however, the full extent of skin contraction from technology takes one to three months, with tightening occurring over time as the skin remodels.
Investing in changing the quality of your skin is a long-lasting effect. You essentially reverse your skin’s age by x years (individual results vary). However, the aging process is ongoing and affected by many individual factors, such as lifestyle and genetics. Dr. Christie believes Skin Quality is a lifestyle that requires strategic maintenance.
Live Well. Be Beautiful.
As the premier female plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Christie's expertise and unique perspective on life-improving operations draw patients from across the globe for her signature consultations. Join the satisfied patients from all around the world who have benefited from Dr. Christie's curated Beauty & Wellness plans. Don't delay — schedule your consultation today if you're ready to take charge of your life and appearance.
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