July 2020 Issue - Pink Prescriptions
Are you looking to reduce the signs of aging, or get rid of stubborn fat? Perhaps you have thought about a face or neck lift. Maybe you want your facial skin to regain its more youthful dew. Have you been worried about your feminine health and felt uncomfortable talking to your doctor about it? Whatever you are looking for these days, chances are you can achieve it without going under the knife. We asked local doctors what’s new in non-surgical rejuvenation, and the news is exciting! Yesterday’s surgery is today’s in-office procedure with little to no downtime. You’re going to like what these professionals have in store for you.
Brendan E. Smith, M.D. — Smith Plastic Surgery
EmbraceRF and Evolve offer some of the newest trend towards nonsurgical/
minimally invasive rejuvenation.
The EmbraceRF breakthrough procedures, Accutite/Facetite, are used on the face and neck to lift, tighten skin and reduce fat using radio-frequency, with exciting results. It can also perform radio-frequency micro needling and resurfacing for wrinkle reduction using the Morpheus8 procedure. Combining these two techniques, which offer the most advanced fractional radio-frequency, provide a result similar to a facelift/neck lift without the scars or downtime normally associated with traditional surgeries. The EmbraceRF is versatile enough to provide treatments for an upper arm lift, fat reduction and lifting for the breasts and treatment for cellulite.
The Evolve procedures use radio-frequency for skin tightening, fat reduction and muscle building. This innovative technology effectively provides all treatments necessary for body rejuvenation through their Tite, Trim and Tone protocols.
Evolve Tite: Tightens loose skin, mainly on the abdomen, arms, or legs.
Evolve Trim: Reduces fat in comparison to CoolSculpting, without some of the side effects.
Evolve Tone: Builds muscles similar to Emsculpt.
The benefit of both of these innovative devices—the EmbraceRF and Evolve—is they can be performed in the office without the need for general anesthesia, and patients experience beautiful results.
Brendan E. Smith, M.D. is board certified in general and plastic surgery and has served the Lowcountry for nearly 20 years. His medical areas of interest include breast surgery, cosmetic and reconstructive, facial, body contouring, and hand surgeries. He can be contacted at Smith Plastic Surgery, 843-705-8940; www.smithplasticsurgerysc.com. See ad on page 37 for more info.
Kerri Dodson, MCHC, CNT — NuBodia
UltraShape and VelaShape
UltraShape and VelaShape are the one-two punch for non-surgical, pain free fat reduction. UltraShape uses ultrasound technology, which safely and permanently destroys and eliminates fat cells. This specialized technology does not damage the surrounding tissue, which results in no discomfort or recovery time. UltraShape is perfect for hard to reach and stubborn areas. Average treatment time is 45 minutes to an hour, so it can be performed over lunch time. The targeted fat cells are processed and eliminated in about two weeks. Three treatments provide approximately 30 percent reduction in fat for treated areas.
VelaShape is a combination of infrared light, which heats the tissue up to 3mm in depth, along with bi-polar radio frequency that heats tissue up to 15 mm in depth. Lastly, vacuum technology ensures precise delivery of the energy. VelaShape technology works in conjunction with UltraShape in that the combination of infrared light and vacuum radio-frequency causes deep heating of fat cells and surround connective fibrous tissue and underlying dermal collagen fibers. This results in a reduction and overall improvement in skin structure and texture.
UltraShape and VelaShape combined treatment are the perfect, pain free contouring applications to reduce fat and tighten skin in the stubborn areas.
Kerri Dodson is a Certified Nutrition Therapist and Master Certified Health and Wellness Coach for NuBodia, LLC. Kerri specializes in Nutritional Counseling and nutritional protocols to help her clients overcome chronic diseases such as high cholesterol, high A1c, Type II Diabetes and all autoimmune diseases. Call today: 843-816-3733. For savings on this treatment, please refer to Nubodia’s ad on page 35.
Tracey Leaver-Williams, M.D. - Serendipity Medical Spa
Micro-Needling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment performed to rejuvenate the skin thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles, scarring and sagging skin and resulting in smoother, tighter skin. During the procedure, a device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. RF Micro-Needling adds the element of radio-frequency energy to the traditional micro-needling procedure. The RF energy is delivered via small needles or electrodes. In addition to the benefits seen with the micro-injury provided by the microneedles, RF Micro-Needling also delivers RF energy deep into the dermis, further enhancing collagen growth, skin tightening and firming, and scar reduction. Various serums can also be introduced such as hyaluronic acid, growth factors, or PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) to further enhance results. Since the epidermis is not destroyed during RF Micro-Needling, recovery time is much shorter when compared to more aggressive laser resurfacing treatments or deep chemical peels. Most patients have no downtime! Improvements are noticeable after one treatment and amazing results are seen with a series of treatments.
Tracey Leaver-Williams, M.D. is a Platinum APP Member with Allergan (makers of Botox, Juvederm, and Voluma) | Silver MPP with Merz (makers of Radiesse, Xeomin, and Belotero) | Certified Cosmetic Laser Physician | Patient’s Choice Award Recipient | Obagi Diamond Physician | Compassionate Doctor Award | Board Certified (ABOG) – American Board of OBGyn. Call today: 843-342-2639.
E. Ronald Finger, MD, FACS - Dr. Finger & Associates
Non-surgical skin tightening with Renuvion
Put bacon in a frying pan and it shrinks. Heat shrinks collagen. The trick to tighten skin: apply lots of heat safely. There are four forms of matter: solid, liquid, gas and plasma. The best example of plasma is a bolt of lightning. The Renuvion uses radio-frequency and Helium to create plasma—micro-bolts of lightning. The heat from plasma tightens the micro-fibers that attach skin to the underlying muscles, sort of like shrink-wrapping the skin—all with one treatment. Recovery time is minimal.
Treatment requires inserting the Renuvion probe under the skin with local or general anesthesia. Renuvion is often combined with liposuction to remove excess fat and tighten skin at the same time.
Common areas for treatment are: lower face, neck, arms, breasts for uplift, abdomen, sides, love handles, knees and thighs. Tightening is seen immediately, but the skin continues to tighten even more over the next six to nine months.
Dr. Ronald Finger was the first board certified plastic surgeon in Savannah. He continues to practice full time specializing in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgery. Call today: 912-354-4411.
Tracy Blusewicz, M.D. - Advanced Women’s Care
Have you been looking for a non-hormonal and non-surgical in office option for women’s health and wellness issues? You may have heard the phrase “vaginal rejuvenation” but didn’t know how it could apply to you. We are here to say Votiva helps in so many ways! Votiva can safely address urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness due to menopausal and hormonal changes, pain with intercourse, tissue laxity, chronic vaginal or urinary tract infections, and decreased sensation and ability to orgasm during relations.
Some women are searching for a “mommy makeover” after pregnancy and childbirth, some are recovering from breast cancer and avoiding hormonal treatments, while others are searching for a solution to the problems that disrupt their daily activities and even their intimate relationships. Often patients have different symptoms, but Votiva can be used at any age. Patients have ranged from in their 20’s up to 88 years old! After performing hundreds of treatments in the last two years, we have perfected the technique to achieve maximum results. The treatments are customized to your complaints and are scheduled two to four weeks apart. The treatments are comfortable and there is no downtime. Patients often notice immediate improvements in their symptoms.
Votiva utilizes FormaV technology to safely deliver radio-frequency heat to the internal vaginal tissue and the external vulvar tissue to restore it to a healthier state. This innovative device is FDA cleared for temporary improvements in blood circulation, muscle pain relief, and muscle relaxation and is an adjunct to Kegel exercises (tightening of the muscles of the pelvic floor to increase muscle tone). As a result, Votiva truly changes the tissue back to a healthier state!
To learn more contact Feminine Health Rejuvenation experts Dr. Blusewicz or Dr. Coley at Advanced Women’s Care, 843-341-9700.