After having a baby or losing weight, there is often some loose skin leftover that exercise won't tighten. For some, surgery is the only solution, but for others they are able to turn to non-surgical treatments. Thermage and VelaShape are two of the most widely available devices for treating skin laxity.
Thermage uses radio frequency (RF) to stimulate the growth of collagen in the skin. This building block tends to stretch and decline over time, causing skin to wrinkle and lose its ability to bounce back. Dr. Lori Brightman, a board certified dermatologist from the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, uses both Thermage and Velashape in her office. While Thermage is often used on the face, there is also a larger hand piece available for use on the body. "The large hand piece is really great for some mild laxity on the thighs or the buttocks," she says.
Actual Results of Thermage with Dr. Lori Brightman
Another option for patients interested in seeing a reduction in cellulite as well is VelaShape. This device uses RF energy as well as infrared technology and tissue mobilization to smooth out cellulite and provide circumferential reduction. Dr. Brightman says, "We have the VelaShape II which is also great for tightening. I like to really use that for shaping as well, in particular the moms who have that post-baby belly and they want to get back into their pre-baby shape. It's a great way to help tighten up and reduce some more localized pockets of fat." Dr. Brightman says that she also uses these procedures in conjunction with one another for even better results.
Actual Results of VelaShape with Dr. Lori Brightman
It is important to make sure that you're an appropriate candidate for a non-surgical solution. Dr. Brightman says to choose a physician with multiple devices available so that the doctor isn't limited when discussing treatment options. You should also make sure that your doctor is well trained in using lasers for your safety.