Body Work

It’s the start of a new year and maybe you’d like to change something about your body. From top to bottom, there are pain-free nonsurgical ways to sculpt and encourage collagen production for a trimmer, younger-looking you. “From head to toe, people are looking the best they can be,” says Dr. Samina Wahhab of Allentown. Nationwide, nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are gaining popularity. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 10 million cosmetic procedures in 2012, with 83 percent of those nonsurgical procedures. In 2011, a total of 9.2 million procedures were performed.


One of those nonsurgical procedures — called Ultherapy – uses ultrasound technology to rejuvenate the face, tighten skin and stimulate the production of collagen. As we age, the natural protein loses its elasticity and its ability to keep skin looking firm and toned. “Ultherapy boosts collagen formation in the face, which then creates skin tightening,” Wahhab says. “It essentially gives a minifacelift without any surgery or downtime.” Ultherapy Specialist, Shane Deppen, says the procedure works with what is in your body and targets the deep muscles and tissues. Afterward, the skin continues to tighten for up to a month or more, giving a gradual, natural-looking appearance. “It’s a very simple procedure and it really works,” says Deppen, who is at Wahhab’s Allentown offi ce. “People don’t know that you’ve had something done. Patients say people ask: ‘did you lose weight?’ People just know you’re looking better and they don’t know why.”


The Reaction procedure, also called ReFit, uses radio frequency combined with vacuum therapy to treat cellulite. It is also used to tighten skin and tone and contour the body – all without surgery. This unique procedure stimulates collagen formation which in turn helps to tighten skin. Collagen gives the skin elasticity and its formation helps to tighten and contour the skin.


To take care of those stubborn areas of fat – particularly on the abdomen and back – the kind that doesn’t go away with diet and exercise, there’s another nonsurgical procedure called CoolSculpting. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the procedure freezes fat cells, stimulating a natural cell death cycle. The cells and fat are then eliminated naturally from the body. “It’s noninvasive,” Wahhab says. “It’s an in-offi ce procedure with no down time and it helps contour those stubborn areas without surgery.” The procedures are so comfortable, patients read, surf the Web or Facebook or relax during them. Deppen even gave the interview for this article while undergoing a CoolSculpting session.

(Source: The Morning Call)