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VSHAPE REQUIRED READING

The VShape is a a radio-frequency device (RF) device intended for use in dermatologic and general surgical procedures for non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and rhytides.It is used for improvement in cellulite, reduction in tissue volume and skin tightening. This allows us to address body contouring without anesthesia, surgery, pain or down-time.

CONTRA-INDICATIONS:

If you have any of the conditions below, you must contact your technician and inform them of this.

·         Systemic high blood pressure

·         Glaucoma

·         Pregnancy or IVF procedure

·         Skin condition/irritated skin

·         Phlebitis or blood clotting

·         Cancer

·         Hormonal therapy

·         History of any skin malignancy

·         Active collagen or vascular disease

·         Use of Accutane (within last 6 months)

·         Pacemaker/defibrillator/cardioverter

·         Large metallic dental implants

·         Multi-systemic disease (diabetes, hypertension, etc)

·         Renal insufficiency

·         Any active infection

·         Patient history of hormonal or endocrine disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome or diabetes, unless under control

POTENTIAL RISKS:

1.      Multiple treatments may be required and that there is no guarantee that the wrinkles/rhytides will be completely removed.

2.      Possibility of short term (few seconds to hours) adverse effects:

3.      Heating sensation

4.      Erythema

5.      Dry skin

6.      Burns may occur in rare situations.   

BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE:

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER- Since the VShape uses your own water to reduce volume, the more internal water you have, the better the results.

vShape Proprietary Dual-Layer Approach

The Alma VShape uniquely combines two proprietary radio frequency modes, BiPolar and UniPolar, to deliver therapeutic heat at different tissue depths within the body. By gradually heating the dermal and subdermal tissue, this technology tightens and re-contours your skin inside and out.

With each treatment:

Collagen fibers contract and multiply, firming skin and improving its laxity

Connective tissue contracts to improve the skin's contour, texture and architecture

Circulation improves and retained fluids are drained, reducing overall volume

The Result

The result - Smoother, tighter, more youthful skin.

Improved drainage of retained fluids from subcutaneous adipose tissue – causes a reduction in size.

The Alma XL Laser smoothes deep wrinkles and rhytids (skin wrinkles) and temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite. It's virtually pain-free, requires no anesthesia or downtime, and can be used for any area of the body. Adults of any age and skin type are candidates for treatments.

The Alma VShape is so effective it was named the Most Promising New Anesthetic Technology in the Laser & Light Technology Choice Awards.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How does it work?

To reduce volume, the VShape uses unipolar radiofrequency energy delivered to the subcutaneous fat to heat water molecules which pulls out the toxins and trapped fluids.

Since the VShape uses your own water to reduce volume, the more internal water you have, the better the results. The overall benefit comes from the following:

Deep dermal heating – this contracts, remodels and multiplies the collagen fibers to improve skin laxity and firmness.

Does everyone get results and what can I expect?

Aesthetics is not an exact science and there are no guaranteed results with any treatment. Each person is different and results will vary from patient to patient. For the VShape program to be successful you must be well-hydrated with a positive lifestyle. In other words, Your actions will directly affect your results. You must participate to get better results and to maintain those results. The typical protocol for volume reduction calls for 6 treatments approximately 3 weeks apart.

How long does it take to see Volume Reduction?

In many cases it is seen immediately after treatment. In some cases there is a mild swelling that occurs which goes away in a few days. For some patients the volume reduction occurs toward the end of a series of treatments. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

How long does it stay off?

This is dependent on you and how you choose to live. If you eat healthy and exercise, there is no reason for the volume to come back.

As you age your metabolism slows and your collagen is reduced. Everything you can do to improve your lifestyle helps your overall look and health for the long term.

How does the Skin Tightening work?

The VShape uses bipolar radiofrequency energy that is delivered to the dermis to stimulate the production of collagen. As we age, we stop producing collagen and we begin to see everything from fine lines and wrinkles to skin laxity. This is a normal process and is accelerated with age along with previous and current sun exposure. The more collagen-producing treatments a person has, the less likely they are to see the effects of aging on the skin. The protocol calls for 6 treatments approximately 3 weeks apart.

How long does it take to see improvement in tightening and how long does it last?

The rate at which collagen is produced varies depending on your overall health, age and sun exposure. Most people start to see firmer/tighter skin within 6 months. Most people stop producing collagen in their 30s. The process of getting your body to start producing collagen again takes time. The good news is that it builds on itself – the more you do the more you get.

Do the treatments hurt and how long do they take?

The treatments do not hurt since the energy is delivered in constant motion over skin that has been lubricated with oil. This helps to move the toxins and trapped fluids to the lymphatic system. The treatment time is dependent on the area(s) treated and how many areas are treated. Patients should expect 30 minutes per area.