Even with regular exercise and a healthy diet, you may still have stubborn areas of fat deposits that will not go away. These fat deposits may be due to pregnancy, genetics, or just inevitable aging. In addition to the deposits of fat, you may also have issues with skin laxity or looseness. This may also occur due to life events such as pregnancy and weight changes, as well as natural aging and genetics.
While there are many great surgical options for skin removal and tightening, not every patient is willing to accept a long scar or the requisite downtime. Additionally, some patients who are interested in liposuction, may be at risk for skin laxity after fat removal. Renuvion is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that utilizes radiofrequency energy in combination with helium plasma to help tighten loose skin and improve laxity without large scars.
Renuvion is a minimally invasive body-contouring procedure that can be used alone or in combination with liposuction. Liposuction is among the top cosmetic procedures requested for body contouring as it is an effective stubborn fat removal tool. However, after liposuction, the volume loss may result in loose skin if there is inadequate skin contraction.
Renuvion uses innovative technology to apply radiofrequency energy to excite helium gas into an ionized plasma that allows for near-instantaneous heating of the subdermal tissue to 85 degrees Celsius, or 185 degrees Fahrenheit. This rapid tissue heating results in lipolysis (busting of fat cells), tightening of the underlying collagen network, and stimulation of new collagen production (neo-collagenesis). The ruptured fat is then removed with liposuction. As a result of this combination, you are left with improved body contour with tighter skin and only a few small incisions instead of traditional longer scars.
Men and women from Fort Worth who are good candidates for Renuvion have loose skin anywhere on their bodies. The process effectively improves skin laxity after significant weight loss, pregnancy, or loss of elasticity due to age. Renuvion is not a substitute for more extensive skin tightening or skin removal procedures such as a tummy tuck or facelift but can significantly improve the skin laxity.
Some of the common areas requested for Renuvion treatments include:
Ideal candidates should be close to their ideal body weight and be in good overall health.
People with underlying medical conditions may still be candidates if those conditions are under control, such as Type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Before undergoing treatment, you will be asked to quit smoking and limit your alcohol intake to improve healing. Nicotine impairs collagen production, which is needed for the best results. You will be asked to stop smoking, vaping, using nicotine gum, or using nicotine patches.
Your Renuvion procedure begins with a consultation, during which you will discuss your cosmetic concerns with Dr. Steele. On the day of the procedure, Dr. Steele will place tumescent numbing solution (lidocaine) in the areas to be treated. Liposuction is then performed to remove unwanted fat deposits and contour the area of concern. The Renuvion handpiece is then used to deliver radiofrequency energy in the form of helium J-plasma to tighten the underlying collagen network.
The process may produce some discomfort, but Dr. Steele will ensure your comfort during and after surgery. Most patients require a single treatment for optimal results. You will note immediate improvement due to the liposuction, but the skin tightening continues to improve over the following 6-9 months.
Compared to more extensive skin removal procedures, the Renuvion procedure in Fort Worth offers less downtime and recovery with similar results. You will experience swelling during the first several weeks weeks, and most patients wear a compression garment for up to six weeks to help with skin contraction and edema.
In most cases, you can resume your normal daily activities within two to four days but you will have some cardiac and lifting restrictions for 3 weeks. Your results will be permanent, but normal aging and loss of elasticity will continue.
Call our office today to schedule your consultation for Renuvion in Fort Worth.
Our qualified and highly skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Steele, will discuss your cosmetic concerns and recommend the best treatment options for your aesthetic goals. Reach out today so we can schedule your initial appointment.