43 years old woman wanted finally to get rid of her baby belly. She tells how she experienced the new method.
At some point the subject of sagging skin affects all of us and not only those who have lost a lot of weight or women after pregnancy. As we get older and usually from around the age of 25 onward, the skin simply loses elasticity and begins to sag. For some of us sooner, for others later. For some more, for others less. This depends in part on the genetic predisposition as well as on other factors such as personal lifestyle. In such cases, a brand-new method called Renuvion which, in a unique way, uses helium plasma energy to tighten loose skin on the legs, arms, buttocks, back or neck and décolleté, can help. Without pain, without a general anesthetic and without lengthy downtime. It is only essential that one wears a corset for two to four weeks after treatment.
How does it work?
The process combines the properties of helium plasma with the efficiency of highly focused energy. A helium plasma beam is generated which penetrates the entire tissue, tightens the tissue layer directly under the skin and stimulates the formation of new collagen. The advantage is that the connective tissue can be heated precisely and immediately cools down to skin temperature again. The treatment is often carried out directly after liposuction. In this case, the four-millimeter narrow handpiece is inserted into the same incisions as the vibrating suction cannula used for liposuction meaning that no additional incisions need be created. However, the treatment may also be performed separately. Rosenpark Klinik is the first clinic in Germany and one of the first in Europe to use this procedure.
We spoke to the patient Zohra F., 43, about her abdominal treatment:
What was it exactly that bothered you about your abdomen?
This has been a problem for me for a good 24 years now, ever since the birth of my children. Even though I watch my diet and do a lot of sports, I’ve never been able to get my tummy back into shape.
How did the procedure work?
The area to be treated was first numbed with tumescent local anesthesia, so that I felt nothing during the operation. An anesthetist was present during the entire procedure as well to ensure so that everything was comfortable for me. First of all, suction was used to remove the excess fat, then Dr. Gerhard Sattler from Rosenpark Klinik tightened the abdominal area with the helium plasma.
How did it feel when the abdomen was bloated and hard?
Frankly, because the whole area is numb, you don’t really notice it. You can just feel that it is a slightly harder and a little taut.
Did you feel anything?
During the operation, I only felt a few twinges at the peripheral areas, such as the pubic region and the ribcage. But the anesthetist was always on hand right away to make sure that there was no discomfort.
What care did you have to take after the operation?
I had to wear a corset day and night for a week, then during the day for four more weeks. A prophylactic antibiotic is given to minimize the risk of infection and one has to inject a thrombosis prophylaxis for three days. The after-care package one receives from the clinic includes all of this.
What was the result immediately afterwards and what does it look like now?
The procedure was just 4 weeks ago today and I am very happy with the result already. A change in the silhouette was noticeable immediately afterwards. My stomach was suddenly flat and, after so many years of worrying about this problem zone, the feeling was indescribable. But I still have to be patient and wait for the final result. This takes about six months.
How do you feel now? Would you recommend the procedure?
I certainly would! If I had known beforehand how much better I would feel, I would have gone ahead with the procedure much earlier. Renuvion itself, i.e. the plasma energy, is new, which is why it would probably have been a little different before. But I just love how my body feels now and I can’t wait for my next shopping trip, when I won’t have to worry about hiding my tummy.
The duration of the procedure varies between 20 and 45 minutes depending on the area to be treated. The Renuvion treatment has a potential immediate effect. After just six weeks, a clear improvement and smoothing of the skin can be noticed. However, the final result can take up to six months, as the collagen synthesis continues until then.
Costs: from 3.000 Euro (without liposuction). In combination with liposuction: from 1.500 Euro (plus costs for liposuction)
Sponsered by Rosenpark Klinik
Leading photo: Markus Rock @up-n-co.com
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…but it doesn’t always have to mean surgery
The days of Size Zero are over – looking healthy and fit is considered sexy today and a lot can be achieved with regular exercise and a healthy diet. Nevertheless, there are parts of the body that even these can’t influence. Sometimes even the strictest diet and the most strenuous workout can’t help, especially in cases of genetically misplaced fat deposits or sagging skin after weight loss. Nature takes its toll as well and during the aging process, metabolic processes slow down, altering the hormone balance. The ratio of fat to muscle mass changes: Men suddenly develop breasts or so-called “love handles” in the hip area. With women it is often around the abdomen including the back, the “riding breeches” or the inner thighs.
Liposuction is no substitute for a diet
Every year the Rosenpark Klinik treats over 2000 patients in the field of body shaping. Of these, alone more than 1000 of them undergo liposuction which permanently reduces the excess amount of fat cells in the affected areas and the balances the silhouette. Those who believe that liposuction is a means to reduce weight are mistaken. “The sole purpose here is the harmonization of the body form and the removal of problem zones”, says Dr. Gerhard Sattler, head of the Rosenpark Klinik. The problem frequently addressed is that of the “riding breeches”. Regardless of whether they are slim or somewhat sturdier, countless women suffer from this unattractive deformation of the thighs which stems from an overabundance of fat cells. Liposuction is a proven method of reduction in this case and even if the patient gains weight over time, these disproportionate bulges will not develop again at the same place. “As an experienced practitioner, however, I always have to take the overall picture into consideration,” says Sattler. “The removal of a problem zone alone does not by any means ensure a beautiful body shape. In most cases, it therefore makes sense to treat further areas in order to create a harmonious silhouette”.
The Vibration Cannula technique and Tumescent Local Anesthesia
For over 19 years, several liposuction procedures have been performed daily at the Rosenpark Klinik. The vibration cannula technique is used in tumescent local anesthesia to remove excess fatty tissue painlessly and sustainably. Tumescent local anesthesia is a mixture of saline solution and local anesthetics. It not only numbs the tissue but softens the fat cells as well. The advantage is that these can be removed easily, gently and with minimum risk. By means of the vibrating cannula, the fat tissue is literally “shaken out” through several skin incisions of four millimeters in diameter. The skin suspension apparatus, vessels, nerves and lymphatic tracts are virtually unaffected. The patient is awake during the suction and, if necessary, can turn on his own, tighten individual muscle parts or even stand up. Dr. Sattler: “This helps me to better assess the symmetry during the procedure and to avoid risks such as the disproportionate formation of dents”.
New: additional energy with plasma, radiofrequency and laser
In the further developed system of liposuction using laser, a laser probe is integrated into the suction cannula. This loosens, heats and liquefies the fatty tissue precisely in the tissue’s sliding planes and ultimately in the upper skin layer. The connective tissue suspensions of the skin tighten with the heat of the laser. In the weeks following the treatment, the body builds new connective tissue as part of the wound healing process. The skin’s surface is smoothed and free of indentations and dents, the typical cellulite phenomena. The formation of new collagen makes the tissue visibly and palpably firmer.
Alternatives to surgery
In modern aesthetic medicine, there are now also many non-surgical methods for tissue tightening, fat reduction or body modelling. Cryolipolysis has established itself as a successful method for the reduction of fat in smaller problem zones. Fat cells are destroyed using a state-of-the-art cooling technology in a step-by-step process that does not damage the skin. More precisely, the cold disrupts the blood supply to the fat cells. They die off and a natural breaking down process is initiated. After two to four months, the result is a noticeable, natural-looking reduction of fat deposits. Cryolipolysis is suitable, for example, for hip padding, sagging fat in the back around the bra area or small fat deposits below the navel.
When the skin becomes flabby
With the aging process comes a loss of elasticity of the tissues. Venus Legacy™ is a new procedure that treats not only stubborn fat deposits and cellulite, but flabby parts of the body as well. Dr. Sattler: “It combines multipolar radiofrequency with magnetic pulse technology and a built-in temperature sensor.” This specially developed technique allows a deep penetration into the skin, which results in increased blood circulation and a direct tightening of the skin immediately after treatment. Radiofrequency triggers a thermal reaction in the tissue, which stimulates the body’s natural healing powers. This causes the skin to contract. The first results are already noticeable after the first treatment.
More volume for the buttocks
It is not always a part of the body that is too large that bothers the patient. “Even having too little in a specific area can become a psychological burden as well,” says Dr. Sattler. In the course of the last few years, body shaping using hyaluronic acid or autologous (own) fat has become established for this purpose, mainly in the buttocks area. Using the tower technique, the doctor injects the hyaluronic acid deep into the tissue. Pulling the syringe further and further out of the tissue causes hyaluronic acid turrets to form under the skin, giving the buttocks more volume. Because of the deep placement, the hyaluronic acid hardly decomposes. One can safely speak of a long-term result. At the same time there is a significant long-term improvement, the bottom feels better and firmer and cellulite is reduced.
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