WHAT IS FORMA™?
Forma™ is a new type of device that uses temperature controlled heating of the skin to effect skin tightening, smoothing and the reduction of wrinkles.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
Everyone is a candidate for Forma™, regardless of their age or skin color. The best results are seen in those patients that have modest loose or inelastic skin, particularly in the jowl, neck, knees or abdomen. Patients with extreme laxity or sagging of the skin are not good candidates for Forma RF.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Collagen is a heat sensitive protein. Forma™ slowly heats the collagen in the skin to a sustained temperature of 41°C - 43°C, which is not painful. It uses temperature sensors and feedback controls to keep the temperature of the skin in this precise range. The heat causes the heat-sensitive collagen in the skin to "unwind" and the body responds by making new and better collagen to repair the skin. The result is tighter and better looking skin.
WHAT ARE THE DOWNTIME AND THE SIDE EFFECTS?
There is no downtime from a Forma™ treatment. Each treatment feels like a warm massage. Maintaining the skin's temperature at a set point of 41°C - 43°C makes the treatment entirely comfortable and results in a 20% increase in collagen for most patients.
IS IT EFFECTIVE?
Absolutely. Unlike some types of radiofrequency treatments, FORMA™ uses Smart RF™ technology to keep the temperature of the skin at the precise range needed get optimal collagen formation. The results of Forma™ are noticeable and consistent among patients.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
Forma™ is meant to work slowly over time. A series of gentle treatments are needed to build enough collagen to achieve visible skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. On average, six weekly or bi-weekly treatments are recommended..
IS THERE ANY MAINTENANCE REQUIRED?
No maintenance is required. However, you will continue to age and many patients will elect to have periodic treatments to maintain or improve their appearance.
CAN IT BE COMBINED WITH OTHER NON-INVASIVE PROCEDURES?
Yes, non-invasive treatments like Forma™ can be combined with other non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures to create a synergistic effect. Forma™ can be used with Fractora™ resurfacing and Lumecca™ (Broad Band Light) to tighten skin, reduce brown spots, erase broken vessels and reduce wrinkles. However, not all patients require every procedure. Let us "design" a skin plan for you.