Getting older is a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options when it comes to keeping your skin looking young and healthy. At drs skin care in Hamilton, ON, patients who have skin that has become loose or lax due to aging, sun exposure, or weight loss can benefit from our popular non-surgical skin tightening treatments, Forma and Forma Plus. Below, we explain everything you need to know about skin tightening treatments so you can be well-informed on the procedure and what to expect.
How skin tightening with Forma and Forma Plus works
Forma and Forma Plus are non-invasive treatment options that use radiofrequency energy to tighten and tone skin. The energy penetrates deeply into the skin to trigger the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin, which tighten and firm the skin and make it elastic for a smoother, more youthful appearance. It is an accurate, safe, and customizable treatment that can be used on all types of skin.
Common treatment areas
Forma and Forma Plus are incredibly versatile treatments that can be used in many of the common areas where skin can become saggy and loose with age – it is not just limited to your face! Patients often see great benefits from using Forma or Forma Plus in the following areas:
- Face, particularly the jowls, temple, and nasolabial folds
- Upper arms
What to expect during and after treatment
One of the best parts about Forma treatment is that it is non-invasive and comfortable, meaning you can simply relax in our comfortable office while you have your treatment done without worrying about pain. The Forma device includes a built-in sensor that maintains the ideal temperature without becoming too warm for your comfort. Our aesthetician will apply a gel and then gently glide the Forma device along the treatment area, where it will slowly warm the skin to the targeted temperature. The whole procedure typically takes an hour or less, and many patients say that it feels like a warm massage.
After your treatment is over, you are free to go back to your normal daily activities immediately – no downtime is necessary! You may have some redness in the treatment area, but that typically dissipates quickly.
Forma vs. Forma Plus
The main difference between Forma and Forma Plus is the treatment area on the body where the device is used. Forma is smaller and more contoured to specifically treat loose, sagging skin on the face and neck, whereas Forma Plus is designed for larger treatment areas on the body, such as the arms, abdomen, and buttocks.
How long the results last
The time your results will last depends on your individual skin, as well as the number of treatments you initially received. Typically, patients who undergo one Forma or Forma Plus treatment session will see results for about a month to six weeks, but those who undergo an initial treatment regimen that consists of about five treatments over six weeks can maintain wonderful results for years! Some patients also choose to undergo maintenance treatments every few months. Dr. Shukla can advise you on the best treatment course for your individual skin and desired results.
Combining Forma and Forma Plus with other treatments
Many patients are interested in a full array of complementary skincare procedures and wonder if they can combine Forma or Forma Plus with other treatments. The answer is a resounding Yes! For example, patients may choose to combine Forma radiofrequency therapy with laser resurfacing or microneedling treatments, neuromodulators such as Botox, or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Dr. Shukla can help you determine the best combination of treatment options that will work well together to address your specific skin concerns.
Good candidates for skin tightening
Patients who have a mild to moderate amount of lax skin are good candidates for Forma or Forma Plus skin tightening treatment and who understand that results can vary from subtle to significant improvement.Patients who have more severe laxity may achieve better results from alternative skin tightening treatments. Dr. Shukla is an expert at identifying the most appropriate treatment options for your specific skin care goals and can recommend the best treatment choices for your individual skin health and desired results. Call drs skin care in Hamilton, ON today at (905) 524-1712 to schedule your personalized consultation!