The idea of using non-invasive treatments to address skin concerns continues to grow in popularity, which is why dermatology and cosmetic surgery practices are adding new technology into the mix for face and neck rejuvenation treatments.
Timothy Jochen, M.D., a board certified dermatologist and medical director of Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Rancho Mirage, California, incorporated Ultherapy ultrasound treatments into his practice a few years ago alongside an upgrade to the more powerful VelaShape III laser. His practice has coined the term "UltheraShape" to describe this dual treatment.
"One treatment will always make a difference," said Jochen. "But for the best and most dramatic results – the kind patients want – cosmetic procedures typically require a series of sessions and a combination approach."
Below are the combination approaches Jochen is taking.
Ultherapy is a deep ultrasound treatment that addresses the structural layers of the skin and provides both lifting and skin tightening on the brow, face, lower face, neck and chest. This non-surgical cosmetic procedure requires no downtime with just some brief swelling.
VelaShape uses radiofrequency - mechanical suction and heat to smooth and tighten skin. Performed on the lower face and neck, it is said to be effective in reducing cellulite and inches around the abdomen and thighs. The non-invasive UltheraShape combo focuses on the face/neck area with no downtime necessary.
Protocol dictates that VelaShape treatments begin weekly, two weeks after the Ultherapy treatment.
Contoured Chin with CoolShape Mini
Lastly, the CoolSculpting CoolMini applicator freezes under-chin fat and is followed by the VelaShape III laser to further smooth and tighten the skin. The treatment involves two CoolMini treatments spaced two months apart and six VelaShape III treatments for the chin area beginning weekly after month one.
Note: treatments that a licensed esthetician may perform in a medical spa space vary by state. Please consult with your state board before adopting or performing any unfamiliar treatment.