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Mapping The Way: Part 2 of The Guide To Non-Invasive Body Contouring Aftercare

Posted by Dr Ash Dutta on 26 January 2019

In the second part of ´Mapping The Way: The Guide To Non-Invasive Body Contouring Aftercare´, we look at what these range of options are.

Ultrasound Wave Treatment

This relatively new technique for the facial area has been adapted and refined over several decades, from the many now standard medical uses of HIFU which were utilised elsewhere on the body. Ultrasound Wave Treatment uses a High Intensity Focused Ultrasound wave that, as it travels through the subcutaneous layers of tissue, causes heat and is thereby able to reduce (by necrosis) unwanted tissue. Several regular treatments can encourage a visible tightening of the skin helping to give it a more rejuvenated appearance. The advantage of this treatment is that it is suitable for all types of skin and after treatment, the individual can return to their normal routine quickly and without incident.

There are not normally any side effects, apart from a possible tingling sensation and tenderness coupled with a potential redness of the area, which should subside over a couple of days. As a precautionary measure, it is important to stay hydrated with plentiful amounts of fresh water and the avoidance of alcohol, caffeinated drinks and extremes of hot and cold temperatures is strongly advised. The use of cosmetics should be avoided for several days after the treatment and the application of a high quality post-operative moisturizer will encourage the skin to settle more quickly.

Radio Frequency Facial Skin Tightening

This is an aesthetic technique that uses Radio Frequency energy to heat tissue and stimulate the production of Collagen to help reduce the appearance of fine skin lines and loose skin. It is a proven technique that has been used over many decades and yet another alternative to the more invasive surgical facelift. This heat treatment is utilised by applying a range of temperatures of approximately 43-45 oC. These temperatures cause apoptosis in the surrounding fat cells - collectively reducing them in the applied area whilst sparing the surrounding cells to encourage dermal thickening and promote a more healthy glowing appearance to the surface tissue. The patient may require a continuing series of treatments to show sufficient volume of fat reduction to make a visible difference.

There has been some concern regarding the side effects of such treatments with possible burning or scarring, but it is important to emphasize that the technology has improved considerably and as such, has reduced the risks associated with using this RF technique, so it is very important to consult an experienced practitioner before undergoing any treatments. The advantages of these RF procedures is that little or no downtime is required, post-procedure. Some skin types may experience redness on the surface, but this can be counterbalanced by taking sufficient hydration measures and liberal use of a quality facial skin moisturizer at morning and evening.