VELASHAPE III

 
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What is VelaShape 3?: 

VelaShape 3 is a non-invasive treatment that uses a combination of technologies to contour your body and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Vacuum technology manipulates your skin while infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency energies gently heat fat cells and surrounding tissue.

What can I expect with VelaShape 3?:

After 3-6 treatments, patients typically notice a reduction in both circumference and in the appearance of cellulite in the treated areas. The surface of the skin will feel smoother and firmer, too. Some patients see results after their first visit, and in its clinical trials, VelaShape 3 led to a reduction of one full dress size after a series of treatments.

What areas does VelaShape 3 treat?:

Buttocks
Thighs
Abdomen

 

ISOLAZ

 
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What is Isolaz?: 
Isolaz is a safe and effective acne treatment. It purifies pores deep down to attack acne causing bacteria at the source. Isolaz treatment is great for all acne, except cystic lesions, and can treat all skin types, light and dark. During your consultation, the physicians will evaluate your acne and determine which acne treatment is right for you.
What can I expect with Isolaz?:

The Isolaz technology was first introduced in 2005. Dr. Anne Chapas and Dr. Jennifer Chwalek have been using the device since it was first introduced. Isolaz technology combines vacuum with a broadband light to deliver effective acne treatments. The vacuum helps loosen and extract dirt, blackheads and excess oil from deep within your pores. Then the light helps destroy acne causing bacteria, as well as reducing facial redness.

After cleansing and steaming the skin, the laser treatment on the face takes 15 to 20 minutes, whereas treatments on the back and chest may take a little longer. Typically, two to six treatments are needed. However, the exact number of treatments varies from patient to patient and will be determined by your physician.

Typically, patients can see a visible improvement in the redness or severity of their acne after the first treatment. It’s important to stick to the treatment plan that we will outline for you to see the full effects of treatment. Recent reports have shown that Isolaz can make prescription treatment work more efficiently.

In a clinical study, 100% of patients noted Isolaz treatments were painless*. For this reason, Isolaz is easily performed on teens as well as adults.
* Reference: Vic Narurkar, MD. Novel Photopneumatic Therapy Delivers High-Efficiency Photons to Dermal Targets. Vol 18, No. 2, Cosmetic Dermatology, February 2005.

While everyone’s skin is different, many patients who have not responded to other acne treatments, including Accutane, other antibiotics, topical creams or even lasers have responded to Isolaz treatments. In fact, studies have shown that 85%* of people who have an Isolaz treatment will experience clearer skin.
* Reference: Shamban, Ava T. MD. Photopneumatic (PPx) Pore Cleansing Acne Treatment. A breakthrough treatment option for non-responders to acne therapies. White Paper, August 2006.

What areas does Isolaz treat?:

Face
Neck
Chest
Back

PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY

Types: Levulan Kerastick®, Metvixia®, Allumera™, Red light, blue light, V-Beam Perfecta®, Intense pulsed light

What is Photodynamic therapy?: 

Photodynamic therapy is a revolutionary two-step process to treat a variety of skin diseases including actinic keratosis (pre-cancerous lesions), acne, enlarged pores, and some skin cancers. Photodynamic therapy specifically treats the problem skin while leaving normal skin unaffected. Multiple lesions are simultaneously treated at each session and treatment may also prevent the development of new lesions.

What can I expect with Photodynamic therapy?:

In the first step, a photosensitizing solution (Levulan Kerastick®)  or cream (Metvixia® or Allumera™) is applied to the skin and is taken up by the targeted cells. While the patient is resting in a darkened room, these cells convert the photosensitizer to a light sensitive pharmaceutical compound. Laser or light source exposure activates the light sensitive compound to eliminate the targeted cells, such as cancerous, precancerous cells, oil glands or acne causing bacteria. Photodynamic treatments are safe, effective and well tolerated by most patients, but typically care must be taken to avoid exposure to sunlight for 48 hours following the treatment.

What areas does Photodynamic therapy treat?:

Face
Legs
Hands
Arms
Scalp

MICRONEEDLING – ENDYMED INTENSIF RF

 
41 year old patient before treatment and 1 month after 1 Intensif RF Microneedle treatment in indicated area under the mouth.
25 year old patient before treatment and 2 weeks after 3 Intensif RF Microneedle treatments for acne scars.
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What is EndyMed Intensif RF?: 

The EndyMed Intensif RF Microneedle system combines microneedling and radio frequency technology to reach deeper layers of skin and improve overall skin texture. The highly precise treatment transmits heat into the skin to trigger a healing response, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, acne, and scarring for all skin types.

What can I expect with EndyMed Intensif RF?:

EndyMed Intensif RF is minimally invasive and requires little downtime. The treatment differs from traditional microneedling in a few ways: EndyMed Intensif’s gold-plated tapered microneedles require fewer passes over the skin’s surface, meaning a shorter session time, and the microneedles are much smaller, resulting in minimal discomfort.

During the treatment, the tool glides smoothly over the skin and penetrates to deeper layers of dermis for optimal collagen production. The treatment creates microscopic punctures in the skin, which leads to a healing response. The punctures aren’t typically visible, so patients can resume most normal activity, though some dryness or peeling is expected.

Though results may be visible within weeks, patients should schedule a series of treatments to see optimal effects.

What areas does EndyMed Intensif RF treat?:

Face
Full Body

PROTÉGÉ ELITE

 
Before treatment and 2 months After series of treatments for facial skin tightening
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Protégé Elite photos, Before treatment and 2 months After series of treatments for submental skin tightening
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What is Protégé Elite?: 

Protégé Elite is a painless and effective facial contouring and skin tightening treatment. The device’s next-generation radio frequency tightens existing collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin laxity. Protégé Elite is useful for patients with visible signs of aging on both the face and body, including fine lines or wrinkles, sagging skin, or uneven texture.

What can I expect with Protégé Elite?:

The procedure feels like a warm massage as the energy wand waves over the affected area in a circular application pattern. Protégé Elite is appropriate as a first-time skin tightening treatment or for patients wanting to maintain or improve the results of previous skin tightening procedures, including Thermage and Ultherapy. Protégé Elite typically requires a series of a few sessions approximately as a first-time treatment. For patients using Protégé Elite as a maintenance treatment, plan to have around two sessions every six months following Thermage or Ultherapy to continue building collagen and maintain skin tightening.

What areas does Protégé Elite treat?:

Face
Neck + Décolletage
Hands, Elbows, + Arms
Abdomen
Legs + Knees

MICRONEEDLING – SECRET RF

What is Secret RF?: 

Secret RF is a novel fractional radio frequency (RF) microneedling treatment designed to stimulate and remodel collagen. The treatment uses microneedles to deliver radio frequency energy into varying levels of the skin, including the deeper layers of dermis. The intensity of the device can be tailored to treat the skin at various depths or to suit different patients’ needs, including diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, scars, and stretch marks.

What can I expect with Secret RF?:

This minimally invasive treatment typically requires little to no downtime. During the treatment itself, the Secret RF tool glides smoothly over the affected area. Patients may feel a warm sensation as the device penetrates the skin. The treatment creates microscopic punctures in the skin, which leads to a healing response. The punctures aren’t typically visible, so patients can resume most normal activity, though some dryness or peeling is expected.

Patients may see results weeks after a single treatment, but to achieve optimal results, try a series of three treatments. As with other microneedling procedures, patients may experience redness, dryness, or swelling after Secret RF.

What areas does Secret RF treat?:

Face
Full Body

SOFWAVE


 
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What is Sofwave?: 

Sofwave is a non-invasive ultrasound device that stimulates collagen production in the dermis to tighten and correct excess skin laxity.

The gentle integrated cooling technique insures no damage to the epidermis or to the underlying structures beneath the dermis. Not only is Sofwave safe for all skin tones and types, but also, the treatment is clinically proven to remodel collagen, improve facial lines, reduce wrinkles, and lift lax or loose skin.

What can I expect with Sofwave?:

Sofwave uses Proprietary Intense Ultrasound Beam Technology™ (IUB) to pass sound wave energy through the skin’s surface. Seven high-frequency ultrasound beams propagate through the tissue to increase and regenerate collagen. This procedure tightens lax skin and improves the appearance of wrinkles, and in a study, 86% of subjects demonstrated improvement in wrinkle appearance. The treatment, which lasts up to 45 minutes, requires little downtime.

Noticeable Sofwave results depend on the physician technique as well as the following of safety protocols and proper treatment parameters. In light of this, our board-certified dermatologists personally administer the treatment.

What areas does Sofwave treat?:
Face
Body

THERMAGE

 
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What is Thermage?: 
Thermage is a non-invasive radio frequency treatment that stimulates collagen production to improve skin laxity for a naturally younger appearance. The device safely applies heat to deep, collagen-rich layers of skin, which causes contractions. This triggers a healing response, which produces increased collagen stimulation. Thermage treatment can reduce signs of aging and tighten skin in the jowls, cheeks, neck, buttocks, extremities, abdomen, eye lids, hands, and abdomen.

What can I expect with Thermage?:

Thermage is a painless treatment and results in minimal downtime. During the treatment, the physician presses the handheld device onto the affected area. Patients may feel a brief heating sensation immediately followed by a cooling sensation as the adapter touches the skin. These temperature changes indicate the dermis is reacting to the tool’s heating properties.

The primary result of Thermage is tighter, more youthful-looking skin. Changes may be visible within days or weeks after treatment, and will typically continue to improve up to six months after treatment.

Dr. Chapas and Dr. MacGregor have extensive clinical experience with Thermage, going back to the clinical trials. Thermage results are dependent on physician technique and proper treatment parameters, which is why our board certified dermatologists personally administer Thermage treatments, not nurses, medical assistants, or technicians.

We work closely with Thermage manufacturer Solta (our own Dr. Chapas is on the Scientific Advisory Board) to refine our proprietary treatment protocols. Thermage works best in combination with other treatments, depending on the desired result. Our comprehensive range of non-surgical body contouring and skin laxity devices, combined with our expertise in administering these treatments, allows us to design the most highly personalized plan for each patient.

What areas does Thermage treat?:

Abdomen
Cheeks + Jowls
Eyelids
Neck
Buttocks + Extremities
Hands

THERMISMOOTH

 
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What is ThermiSmooth?: 

ThermiSmooth® Face is a non-invasive radiofrequency treatment that smoothes fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin on the face. This treatment targets and heats facial tissue to create a healing response and stimulate improved collagen production. The increase in collagen leads to tighter, firmer skin.

What can I expect with ThermiSmooth?:

Thermismooth is most often used on the face, including the cheeks, mouth, or eye area. The device is safe for all skin types or tones, and doesn’t commonly carry the risk of hyperpigmentation or scarring.

During Thermismooth, the physician will gently roll the hand piece in small, circular motions on the surface of the skin, heating targeted tissues below your skin. Patients often say the treatment feels like a warm massage. The device’s gentle heat, which uses temperature controlled radiofrequency energy, stimulates collagen remodeling below the surface. The treatment is painless and requires minimal downtime.

Thermismooth predominantly tightens and smoothes the skin, so the treatment also works effectively when paired with other devices, including dermal filler or skin resurfacing.

What areas does ThermiSmooth treat?:

Face

ULTHERAPY

 
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What is Ultherapy®?: 

Ultherapy® is a system manufactured by Ulthera, Inc. that uses micro-focused ultrasound to tighten and lift skin. Ultherapy produces an image of the skin and underlying connective tissue so the physician can deliver targeted energy under the surface of the skin with the optimal depth, temperature and precision necessary to generate new collagen and to tighten and lift the skin.

What can I expect with Ultherapy®?:

Ultherapy stimulates collagen generation and tightens the connective tissue at a deeper level than other non-surgical treatments. This can result in higher eyebrows, a tighter jaw line, and smoother neck. Recent evidence shows efficacy for skin tightening in additional treatment sites such as the chest, abdomen, arms and knees.

Ultherapy received FDA approval in 2009 and is the only non-invasive procedure approved in the U.S. to lift skin on the lower face, neck and brow. Dr. Chapas, Dr. MacGregor, Dr. Chwalek, and Dr. Gmyrek have several years of experience with Ultherapy, and Dr. MacGregor was part of the clinical trials that led to FDA approval and is considered an international authority on Ultherapy. We were one of the first practices to offer the latest upgraded Ultherapy® system, which offers better results and improved patient comfort.

We have extensive experience with pain management for Ultherapy and are able to offer the highest possible level of patient comfort without compromising the procedure’s effectiveness. We continue working with Ulthera to refine our proprietary treatment protocols and to offer our patients the latest advances and software upgrades. In many situations Ultherapy works best in combination with other treatments, and our comprehensive range of non-surgical body contouring and skin laxity devices combined with our expertise in administering these treatments allows us to design the best personalized plan for each patient.

The Ultherapy system can be an excellent option for patients with mild to moderate laxity who aren’t ready for a surgical brow lift or a facelift as well as those who want to “stay ahead of the game”. It is generally suitable for all skin colors and treatment can be completed in a single 30-60 minute session with minimal ensuing downtime. The treatment initiates the lifting process, but the effect will build gradually over the course of two to three months, as tired collagen is replenished with new, stronger collagen. Further improvements can even appear up to six months following a procedure as this collagen-building process continues and patients gradually look more youthful and refreshed.

What areas does Ultherapy® treat?:

Face
Body