Procedures: Body Contouring Treatments
Types: Liposonix®, Zeltiq CoolSculpting®, Thermage CPT®, truSculpt®, Velashape®.
Body contouring and shaping treatments are targeted to reduce pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise, cellulite, and sagging skin; these conditions can result from genetic predisposition, substantial weight loss or the natural aging process.
This is one of our areas of specialization and we constantly evaluate new devices under development or in the market; both our experience and published studies show that results vary widely–FDA approval generally does not require demonstration of effectiveness. When properly used, the latest generation of non-invasive body contouring devices can provide an alternative to plastic surgery with significantly less downtime, lower risk of complications and limited anesthesia. The devices we have found to work best use ultrasound, thermal, radio frequency, or infrared energy to improve the shape or appearance of abdomens, arms, legs and buttocks. This is an area where our physicians have unparalleled expertise, having being involved in the clinical trials and treatment protocol design of the leading devices, and often having performed the largest number of procedures among board certified physicians in the New York area for the devices they use.
CoolSculpting® targets fat layers below the skin to create a slimmer figure. Velashape™ and Thermage CPT® can build collagen to create a smoother body shape. Liposonix® is an exciting body contouring treatment, using focused ultrasound to help eliminate body fat around the abdomen. truSculpt® is a recently approved device that uses radio frequency to deliver deep heating to the adipose tissue (where fat cells reside) for body sculpting, fat reduction and skin tightening.
Dr. Chapas, Dr. Chwalek and Dr. MacGregor have participated in the clinical trials that led to the approval of Liposonix, Coolsculpting, Thermage and Velashape, and are internationally recognized experts in the use of the above devices. Dr. Chapas and Dr. MacGregor have been working with Cutera, the manufacturer of truSculpt, on the development of the next generation treatment protocols, including treatment of the neck.
Our comprehensive range of non-surgical body contouring devices and our expertise in administering these treatments allows us to design the best personalized non-surgical body contouring plan for each patient. Unlike many other practices, all our treatments are administered by top dermatologists fully trained in the procedures they perform, which maximizes the benefits of these procedures and minimizes the possibility of complications.
Liposonix before and after photos (right photo is 8 weeks weeks post a single treatment):