NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Cellulite can show up on people of any size and it is usually unwelcomed.
There are many products and cosmetic procedures that promise to diminish cellulite; from lotions and creams to lasers or liposuction. Now there is one more tool to add to the list of fat fighters.
CBS 2’s Mary Calvi reports about a new device that was recently approved by the FDA. It does the work of two different machines.
Lisa Castronovo is fit and trim, but she can’t seem to get rid of cellulite on the back of her legs.
“No matter how much you work out it, just starts to form,” said Castronovo.
A new technology called “Reaction” is the first device that combines existing therapies to treat cellulite and fat, and tighten the skin.
“A better overall result with fewer treatments,” said Dr. Matthew Schulman of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
The treatment uses traditional radio frequency energy to heat the skin, and vacuum therapy to increase blood flow to the area.
“Heating will cause the collagen to shorten and tighten the skin. Or it causes a controlled injury to the fat and causes the fat to disappear,” said Schulman.
There is very little discomfort with the treatment, but there can be some bruising afterwards.
“It just felt like someone was giving me a massage with really hot heat,” said Castronovo.
According to doctors, it usually takes a few visits to see the effects. A single maintenance treatment once or twice a year afterwards is suggested.
Insurance won’t cover procedures like this because it’s cosmetic. It will leave a dent in your wallet, costing about $2,500 for a six-week treatment.
For patients like Castronovo, it is worth it.
“I feel a lot better,” she said.
August 19th, 2010
Mini Case Study – 2nd post
Lisa Treatment #2:
Lisa enjoys the Reaction treatment very much. Throughout the treatment she kept saying that it felt like a really great shiatsu massage. When the LaserTouch Soho technician asked Lisa if they could increase the suction level, Lisa welcomed the idea and enjoyed the treatment even more!!
Lisa noticed a small improvement in her skin’s tightness since the first treatment. Congratulations on your success Lisa!!
Here are Lisa’s pictures. Great improvement! The appearance of Cellulite on the left leg is almost gone!
Natalie Treatment #2:
Natalie enjoyed treatment #2 very much. Although the technician increased the suction level for this treatment, Natalie felt much less discomfort than she did during her first treatment. She felt very calm and relaxed throughout and even dozed off for a moment. She did not notice a very big improvement since the first treatment, however, the technician explained to her that it is perfectly normal not to see results right away, which put her at ease.
We look forward to your success Natalie!!!
Susan Treatment #2:
Susan enjoyed her second treatment very much. Her treatment began using a higher vacuum setting than the first treatment since she showed no bruising, however, she experienced slight discomfort which her technician told her was because of her skin’s laxity. Her technician determined, that moving forward with Susan’s treatments, she would stick with the lower setting to minimize discomfort. Susan did not bruise after this treatment and has noticed an improvement laxity of her skin.
Great Progress Susan!!
The timeline for hair removal stretches from the prehistoric age to today’s hi-tech devices such as Viora’s Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device, the TRIOS. Dreams of a summer season without hair create an added value for aesthetic and medical clinics all over the world. As a society, we’ve been conditioned to associate excessive body hair with unattractiveness and/or lack of hygiene. Over the years, men and women have razored, waxed, tweezed, electrolysized and lasered unwanted hairto look and feel better about themselves.
Hair is a renewable resource and as such, an endless revenue stream for businesses smart enough to capitalize on it. An entire industry has sprouted out of our seemingly harmless desire to be relatively smooth-skinned and hair-free. Recent statistics presented by the various aesthetic and medical societies show that hair removal is the 4th most popular non-invasive procedure in the United States.
In 1995, the FDA cleared the first laser for hair removal, the Nd:YAG laser. Since then, other technologies for Hair Removal based on photothermolysis have been introduced, such as the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Developed in the mid 1990’s as an alternative to dermatological lasers, IPLs have become the workhorse of hair removal practices. IPL systems have advantages over lasers in their variability, convenience, and cost.
Target specificity is the basic of phototherapy, as the light emitted targets chromophores found in the hair. Phototherapy based hair removal is a technique for long-term hair removal by thermal destruction of the hair follicle and its stem cells. Heat is generated by the conversion of the light energy emitted which is selectively absorbed by chromophores in the skin. Melanin is the main chromophore in hair follicles and the key target for the process of phototherapy based hair removal. Patients with light skin tones and dark hair color are the most ideal candidates for IPL treatments because of the large amount of melanin found in the dark hair and little amount in the skin thereby not creating a conflict of interest for the light as there would be with a dark skin and dark hair candidate.
IPL treatment is effective in removing hair from the back, chest, legs, arms, underarms, face and even the most sensitive and private areas, such as the bikini line. IPL is not as painful as waxing or lengthy as electrolysis. Some IPL patients feel a stinging or pinching sensation when the light pulse is applied onto the skin, but the treatment does not involve anesthesia.
Treatment times may vary depending on the area being treated, hair color and pigmentation of the skin. Before the treatment begins, all clients must go through a pre-treatment consultation to determine the correct energy level for their skin type. Although the number of treatments required will vary from client to client, typically IPL Hair Removal is a continuous process for all candidates as reduction increases with each treatment you have. Usually 3 – 6 treatments are enough to reduce hair from common problem areas but various factors affect the results of the treatment (thickness of hair, the area subjected to treatment, the growth cycle of hair).
The cost of an IPL hair removal treatment largely depends on the surface area to be treated based on the number of pulses used. Hair Removal with an IPL is faster, less obtrusive, and more cost effective than any other hair removal system today. Therefore, it is commonly thought that IPL Hair Removal is the most advanced and effective permanent hair reduction process available.
Before and After Pictures:
Post five treatments. One treatment every six weeks.
Post five treatments. One treatment every six weeks.
Mini Case Study Overview:
Viora and LaserTouchSoho are conducting a mini case study following the progress of four women’s six-week treatment regimen to reduce cellulite with Viora’s Reaction system. The women’s age and fitness level varies. We will post her results and observations to the revolutionary new Reaction™ aesthetic system.
The Reaction™ works by combining radio frequency energy, heat, and suction to attack cellulite deep within the layers of your skin. The Reaction™ by Viora offers lasting results after the series of treatments and will require only 1 to 2 maintenance treatments.
What sets the Viora Reaction™ treatment apart from other cellulite reduction treatments is that it attacks the cellulite condition with varying frequencies (modes) penetrating the different depths of the tissue. It also has another mode which combines these frequencies together.
A cellulite treatment begins with the fourth mode, which typically lasts about five minutes. This mode works to raise the temperature of the skin to the proper range for the treatment to be effective. The second stage is the longest, lasting about ten minutes. During this stage, the energy penetrates the deepest, focusing on the cellulite layer. The latter stage of the treatment uses the other modes, or frequencies for a short during lasting only two minutes each in order to focus on smoothing the texture of the cellulite.
At the end of the treatment, you can continue your normal daily routines.
Natalie is in her early twenties and her weight has caused her suffering for much of her life. Recently, she began developing cellulite on her buttocks and the back of her thighs. She was approached by Lasertouch Soho to participate in this case study. We will track her results during the six-week treatment.
For the majority of the time during her first treatment, Natalie claims to have really enjoyed the treatment, comparing it to a deep tissue massage. There were points where the heat became a little intense which brought about minimal pain which was easily tolerable. However, for the most part she did not find the process painful because the aesthetician tailored the treatment to her comfort level.
During her consultation, Natalie expressed concern over her tendency to bruise easily, however she did not experience any bruising or unpleasant side effects as a result of the treatment. Good Luck, we can’t wait to see your progress!!
Lisa is in her late twenties. She is in fairly good shape and is at a healthy weight for her height and frame. Although Lisa is moderately active she suffers from small pockets of cellulite on the backs of her thighs.
Lisa enjoyed the cellulite treatment very much and even commented that she would love to take the machine home with her. She found the process very therapeutic and relaxing.
Lisa did not complain about any pain or bruising following the treatment. She is looking forward to her next session and we look forward to her progress.
Best of Luck Lisa!!
Susan is in her early 60’s and is of average build and healthy body weight. After seeking many ways to rid herself of the cellulite on the back of her thighs, she approached the professionals at Laser Touch Soho. After her consultation, due to her age and sensitivity to bruising, her technician chose to begin her treatments on lower vacuum setting. We are happy to report that Susan has not experienced any bruising or discomfort after her first treatment.
We look forward to seeing her results!!