Body Tightening Report -- Latest Breakthroughs

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A popular procedure used to tighten facial skin is being applied to areas below the neckline, and patients have reported tremendous results. Heard of Body by Thermage? Well, it’s the latest breakthrough for tightening stomach and other saggy body areas without surgery and women just cannot get enough of it.

Thermage announced on January 16, 2006 that it has received clearance from FDA for a new application of the ThermaCool system that enables clinicians to perform Thermage procedures on the body for tightening and toning loose skin.

With the recent FDA approval there has been a huge demand for treatment of thighs, abdomen, buttocks, and hands.

“There have been a host of body devices which claim to provide tightening for the body, but only Thermage has gotten FDA clearance for this indication. That speaks volume about the type of results you can expect from Body by Thermage.” Says Dr Low Chai Ling of The Sloane Clinic, one of the first few doctors in Singapore using Thermage to aesthetically shape and tighten the body for her patients.

"Body by Thermage" works by sending radio frequency energy into the skin. This procedure is also known by the names ThermaCool, Radiothermaplasty, and ThermaLift. For the body, Thermage has been successfully used for lax abdominal skin, to lift arms and thighs and even the buttocks. It has been referred to on TV Shows as the Tummy Shrink Procedure or Tummy Heat Shrink Procedure.

Thermage is a safe and simple procedure that reduces the appearance of aging skin. Your skin is supported by collagen, which is a naturally occurring protein in your body that can become depleted by the age, environment, diet, smoking, or sun damage.

According to Dr Low, "Thermage affects the little fibers that connect the skin of the body to the underlying tissue. By affecting them in a specific area the body will replace those fibers. Slowly, over time, because you're replacing those fibers you start looking better. You rejuvenate the skin from the inside out and that's how thermage works."

Over the next 6 months, your skin will slowly begin to produce more collagen, filling in the lines and grooves in your skin and producing a younger, more vibrant appearance. Many patients who have undergone Thermage have been thrilled with their new younger look. Results can begin to appear in as little as 3 weeks.

"We have done arms. We have done abdomens. We have done backs. We have done butts and it works pretty nicely,"

Some before and after pictures are dramatic, but Dr Low said patients should have realistic expectations.

“If you have very, very loose skin, you may need more than one session of Body Thermage or even a tummy tuck. This is best for people who have a bit of looseness that they want to improve and tighten over time.”

It takes about four to six months to achieve the final result. Thermage can be repeated for additional tightening. Recovery is very easy and most people can return to their regular activities right away.

“My stomach is a little looser than I'd like it to be. Even with exercise and diet it doesn't seem to come down," said Ms Lok. “Then I heard about Body by Thermage and I thought it was a marvelous treatment for my problem.”

"I’ve had Thermage on my face and I saw what it does. It just shrinks. So that's what it's going to do for my flabby arms,” said Ann who is planning on a full body revamp for her upcoming wedding.

For the women who seek to keep perfect appearances not just on their faces but on their bodies as well, this is a perfect treatment to keep the body looking tight, firm and smooth for years to come.

Dr Low Chai Ling is Thermage certified physician and medical director of The Sloane Clinic in Singapore. (30 Raffles Place #03-01 Caltex House, Tel: 65-6533 2522)

You can find out more about Body by Thermage and the doctor at http://www.sloaneclinic.com

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