With summer around the corner, many people are preparing to show more skin through the season. If this sounds like a cause for anxiety or self-consciousness, you may consider skin tightening and body contouring treatments. These non-surgical treatments utilize advanced modern technology to create a contoured, tighter and youthful look, no downtime or incisions required. Patients near Kelowna, BC can turn to Cerulean Medical Institute for the best body contouring options. This includes Exilis Ultra, our top choice for non-surgical body contouring and skin tightening and the perfect treatment to prepare for summer.
What Causes Loose Skin?
Loose skin can occur throughout the face and body over time. It is a natural part of the aging process. As you grow older, the skin naturally produces less and less collagen and elastin. These are the parts of the skin which create a supple, healthy and firm texture in the skin. Collagen and elastin production begins to slow as early as the mid-twenties. With less collagen, the skin will develop sagging, drooping, or a crepey texture. This can often be seen in areas such as the upper arms, chest, neck, face, knees, or thighs.
Loose skin may also be the result of weight fluctuation, whether from pregnancy, weight loss, metabolic disorders, etc.. When patients loose weight quickly or have a significant decrease in size, the skin can be left damaged and excess skin is common in areas such as the abdomen, back, chest, or breasts.
How Can I Tighten Loose Skin and Contour the Body?
In the past, invasive surgeries were the only option to effectively reduce skin laxity and contour the body. Today, advanced technologies allow cosmetic medicine experts like Dr. Chetty to contour the body with minimally invasive procedures. At Cerulean Medical Institute, we use Exilis Ultra for body contouring. This device uses radiofrequency and ultrasound technology to target varying depths of the skin and fat layers. Radiofrequency and ultrasound energy stimulate new collagen and elastin production at deeper layers of the skin while at the same time reducing excess fat, thus lifting and tightening the skin. This offers complete body contouring, giving patients a lean and toned appearance with reduced sagging or cellulite.
Am I a Good Candidate for Exilis Ultra?
A majority of patients who wish to contour the body and tighten mild to moderate skin laxity are good candidates for Exilis Ultra. The treatment is best for those who are at or near a healthy and stable weight; it is important to remember that Exilis Ultra is a body contouring treatment, not a weight loss treatment and is used in areas of stubborn fat. Exilis Ultra can be used in a range of treatment areas, including the abdomen, upper arms, thighs, hips, flanks, buttocks, upper chest and face. During a consultation, Dr. Chetty can help you determine whether you are a good candidate for this body contouring and skin tightening treatment. This will include reviewing your health history and examining the treatment area.
How Does Exilis Ultra Compare to Other Options?
At Cerulean Medical Institute, we believe that Exilis Ultra is the gold standard of nonsurgical body contouring treatments. It works differently from other options, like CoolSculpting, to offer more complete and effective results.
CoolSculpting works by freezing fat cells through a process known as cryolipolysis, but does not tighten the skin. This means that patients could reduce fat, but will still have loose or sagging skin. This makes CoolSculpting a poor choice for many patients.
In addition, many devices require needles or vacuum technology which pushes or pulls the tissues. Exilis Ultra is overall a less invasive option while still remaining highly effective. Many patients find that Exilis Ultra is a more comfortable procedure compared to options like CoolSculpting. Exilis Ultra is often described as a relaxing procedure which feels similar to a hot stone massage.
How to Prepare for Body Contouring Treatments
Before your Exilis Ultra treatment, you should remove any body hair from the treatment area. It is not recommended to wear jewelry (including body jewelry) during your treatment. Plan for your appointment to last 30 to 60 minutes. Prior to your treatment, “before” photos will be taken to compare and measure your progress.
Recovery and Results After Exilis Ultra
Exilis Ultra requires no downtime. This means that you can immediately return to your normal routine. This is especially beneficial during the summer months, allowing patients to return to their favorite activities or events and spend time outdoors after their treatment if they choose.
Exilis Ultra results may be seen immediately after the treatment. However, these results will gradually continue to improve through the months after the procedure. Most patients have multiple treatments to achieve their ideal results. On average, patients have four treatment sessions. These should be scheduled at least 7 days apart. Final results can be seen within a few months after the last Exilis Ultra treatment session. As needed or desired, patients can also schedule maintenance sessions after their initial series of treatments. During a consultation, Dr. Chetty can review all of your options for long-term treatment and maintenance.
Injectable Treatment Options for the Body
In addition to stubborn body fat throughout the body, patients are often concerned about excess fat just below the chin. This “double chin” is often the results of genetic factors and can appear in patients of any weight or age. Belkyra is an injectable specifically designed to treat this area. Belkyra works using deoxycholic acid to destroy fat cells in the “double chin” area with minimal side effects and no downtime.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have questions about body contouring and skin tightening treatment options or want to get started on a treatment for the summer season, schedule a consultation at Cerulean Medical Institute. Dr. Chetty and our anti-aging skincare experts are available to answer any questions you might have and develop a treatment plan unique to your needs, goals, and preferences.
To schedule your appointment, call our Kelowna, BC office at (778) 402-3696 or contact us online.