"With truSculpt, we can smooth fat and temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs, and we're using it for stubborn fat in other areas as well," says Dr. Stevens, medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery and founder of The Institute. "After just one or two sessions, patients are seeing great results with volume reduction, smoother skin and less dimpling." The procedure, which takes about an hour, uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat fat cells deep below the surface of the skin. The heat helps shrink fat cells and promotes skin contraction. This leads to a smoother, slimmer contour in the treated area.
"Because the treatment is gentle, the results appear gradually," Dr. Stevens says. "The RF energy stimulates the release of trapped fat and the contraction of tissue beneath the skin. Because truSculpt triggers the body's natural smoothing and shrinking process, the final results are always going to look natural and genuine."
"The patient will feel a warm-to-hot sensation on the skin during treatment," says Dr. Michelle Spring, co-medical director at The Institute. "The temperature can be adjusted to match each individual's heat tolerance, so no pain or discomfort is necessary for the treatment to work effectively."
As a result, side effects are extremely mild. Some patients experience temporary swelling or redness of the treated area after truSculpt, but no recuperation time is necessary. Most people are ready to return to their normal activities immediately. Patients begin to see results in about four weeks following the treatment, with more change taking place gradually over a period of about three months.
In addition to truSculpt, Marina Plastic Surgery offers many other options for cellulite treatment, from noninvasive treatments to the minimally invasive Cellulaze™. This exciting new treatment uses laser energy to stimulate collagen production while releasing the bands of fibrous tissue beneath the skin that pull down and cause the dimpling associated with cellulite.
For more information, visit MarinaPlasticSurgery
About Dr. Stevens: Grant Stevens, MD, FACS, serves as the medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery in Marina del Rey, CA, and is a Clinical Professor of Surgery and the Director of the University of Southern California Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Aesthetic Surgery Division. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Stevens is on the editorial board of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and on the board of directors of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has been elected by his peers into the "The Guide to Top Doctors" and Castle Connolly's "Top Doctor Guide" recognizing him as one of the best plastic surgeons in America. Dr. Stevens has authored more than 50 articles and book chapters and is an ASAPS Traveling Professor. He has performed surgery on patients from all 50 states and 63 foreign countries. He is past chairman of the California Medical Association Advisory Panel on Plastic Surgery. He has received the Special Congressional Certificate of Recognition and the Distinguished Service Citation from the Medical Board of California.
About Dr. Spring: Michelle Spring, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, Marina del Rey, CA. After completing an aesthetic fellowship with Dr. Stevens and a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Spring practiced in Wisconsin and helped train residents in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. Prior to joining the team at Marina Plastic Surgery, Dr. Spring traveled for one year as an Interplast Webster Fellow to Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Ecuador, India, Peru, Taiwan and Vietnam where she used her surgical skills and compassion to provide humanitarian relief to children and adults with deformities or burns. She then practiced in Idaho before returning to Southern California. She now works with Dr. Stevens and participates as a instructor in the aesthetic fellowship. Dr. Spring is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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