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Body Makeover Trends

New Technologies Offer Less Invasive Options

Body Makeover Trends, Image: Holly Cutler, America's Skin Saint®
Holly Cutler, America's Skin SaintTM

We caught up with Holly Cutler, America's Skin Saint™, about some of the trends and less-invasive therapies she's seeing today in Body Makeovers.

Holly, and her husband, Dr. Doug Cutler, head FACE Skincare ~ Medical ~ Wellness, an integrative skin and wellness clinic in Bingham Farms, MI. Holly has been a featured expert on The Doctors, FOX, Comcast, CBS, NBC, ABC, and in several national publications.

What are the trends you're seeing in body contouring?
The biggest demand we see is for permanent fat reduction, cellulite reduction and body tightening, and non-invasive butt lifts. People are looking for treatments to give faster, more effective, and more dramatic results. That demand for non-invasive procedures, and newer minimally invasive procedures can last years, and even get close to surgical results, without going under the knife.

Can you describe some of these and what they treat?
TruSculpt 3D is FDA-cleared and the most recent advancement in body sculpting as it does permanent fat reduction and tightening, all in one session. The RF (radio frequency) technology delivers deep heating energy to adipose tissue for body sculpting. It's especially great for those who exercise and still can’t get rid of their "spare tire," (abdomen and flank excess fat), inner or outer thigh fat, flanks, excess fat under the chin (submental), under the buttocks (banana roll), and bra fat. Being a two-in-one treatment, I find it superior to CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting, or Cryolipolysis, is also a non-invasive body contouring treatment FDA-cleared for permanent fat reduction by freezing skin to temperatures ranging from +5 to -11 °C. Expect about a 1 inch reduction over the 2-3 months. This takes 35-60 minutes per area, depending on the version used.

Sculpsure is an FDA-cleared laser to reduce stubborn fat in the belly, love handles, back, thighs, and under the chin. This takes about 25 minutes per area. It’s not the most ideal treatment as it is painful versus the above treatments as laser has competing chromophores to go thru to destroy the fat.

ThermiSmooth is a non-invasive series of RF treatments that create lypolysis, tightening and cellulite reduction in one. The most effective non invasive treatment I have seen for mommy makeovers. These treatments last a year.

Cellfina is a minimally invasive treatment FDA-cleared for cellulite that lasts 3 years. Extremely effective at releasing the connective tissue bans that pull the skin down creating a “dimpled” appearance to the skin. One treatment is all that is needed of this non-surgical treatment.

Smartlipo - A minimally invasive procedure, using surgical laser liposuction for a larger, one time treatment of permanent fat reduction. This offers less downtime than traditional liposuction.

The Triplex laser system uses three surgical attachments in one. A new version of Smartlipo, a cellulaze handpiece and Precision TX, to remove fat, tighten skin and help cellulite from underneath for smaller areas such as neck, and jawline.

What treatments do you prefer?
If I could offer one body-contouring treatment it would be the TruSculpt 3D. It is completely non-invasive and permanently reduces fat while giving some tightening at the same time, in just one painless treatment. Other recent advancements becoming popular are the non-invasive Brazilian Butt Lift® (which is a combination of an Ultherapy Butt Lift® and Sculptra Butt Lift®), and RF micro needling, for treating stretch marks and lifting loose skin.

What should people know before performing body-contouring treatments?
None of these procedures are for weight loss or obesity, rather they are for those in relatively good shape who have some excess weight or specific areas of fat, cellulite or tightening to target. It is also not a replacement for exercise or proper diet. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise regimen as continuing to eat the same way, can lead to fat developing in other areas.

People can experience bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness in the area...or nothing...depending on which procedure they receive. The more semi-invasive procedures will have some drainage at the entry points for up to 24 hours from the Lidocaine used (a local anesthetic). The less invasive treatments usually have some temporary redness or tenderness.

What other treatments pair well with body-contouring treatments?
Non-surgical, combination therapies can target a multitude of issues with fewer treatments.

Detoxification treatments are extremely effective in assisting with fat and cellulite reduction. The Sunlighten™ infrared dome detoxifies the skin 7 to 10 times greater than a conventional sauna, and makes the skin look radiant, firm, and improves tone and elasticity. Regular use may also help reduce cellulite trapped beneath the skin, and lessen the appearance of scars.

FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness is located at 31350 Telegraph Rd., Bingham Farms, MI. For more information, visit her website FaceBeautyScience.com or call 248-663-0161. The Cutler Integrative Medicine website is CutlerIntegrativeMedicine.com.

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