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Emsculpt was introduced in the UK last fall and is a device that flexes muscles by destroying them with electromagnetic energy. Fast pulses activate nerves that control the muscles, causing them to contract spontaneously. The entire muscle is activated instead of the 40 to 70% achieved by tensioning. (File image)

Fat transport operations may seem a risk too far away. Last year it appeared that women who underwent bump enlargement with fat had a one in 3,000 chance of dying after the procedure, also known as & # 39; the Brazilian butt lift & # 39 ;, making this the most deadly of all cosmetic interventions.

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However, the cosmetic surgery industry remains relentlessly innovative.

Statistics released last week have shown that around 28,000 people underwent surgery in the UK in 2018 – about half the number in 2013.

Instead, the choice nowadays appears to be & # 39; tweakments & # 39; to be: smaller procedures with, hopefully, subtle, natural results.

A large number of these new procedures were unveiled in New Orleans last week and no doubt they will soon pave the way across the Atlantic.

Here are some of the latest developments and what the experts had to say about this.

Emsculpt was introduced in the UK last fall and is a device that flexes muscles by destroying them with electromagnetic energy. Fast pulses activate nerves that control the muscles, causing them to contract spontaneously. The entire muscle is activated instead of the 40 to 70% achieved by tensioning. (File image)

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Emsculpt was introduced in the UK last fall and is a device that flexes muscles by destroying them with electromagnetic energy. Fast pulses activate nerves that control the muscles, causing them to contract spontaneously. The entire muscle is activated instead of the 40 to 70% achieved by tensioning. (File image)

BANISH BINGO WINGS, BUILD BIGGER BICEPS

What is it?

Emsculpt was introduced in the UK last fall and is a device that flexes muscles by destroying them with electromagnetic energy.

Originally designed for the abdomen and buttocks, the device has now been adapted by the Czech company behind it, BTL, to also focus on smaller muscle areas: the biceps and triceps and calves.

How does it work?

Fast pulses activate nerves that control the muscles, causing them to contract spontaneously.

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The entire muscle is activated, instead of the 40 to 70 percent achieved by tensioning.

While large, paddle-like applicators are attached to the body during stomach and buttock treatments, the new designs are narrower and curved to fit the arms and lower legs. A 20-minute session can simulate the effect of 20,000 bicep curls.

The arm size of volunteers grew on average one centimeter, studies suggest. & # 39; Upper arms look tighter, and larger calf muscles give the effect that the ankle appears to be thinner and slimmer, & quot; Dr. Barry DiBernardo, New Jersey-based surgeon conducting tests on the new device.

Is it worth it?

The disadvantage, explains Dr. Louisiana surgeon. Simeon Wall Jr out, is that without regular use, the achieved muscle can quickly languish.

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& # 39; You will not see the best results unless you train well and eat & # 39 ;, he adds.

Treatments can cost from £ 750 per session, although clinics can offer discounts for packages with multiple treatments.

drritarakus.co.uk

CURE FOR CELLULITE … BUT IS IT PAIN VALUE?

What is it?

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Injections with a drug called clostridium histolyticum collagenase – brand name Xiapex – into the buttocks and thighs can help reduce the appearance of "orange peel" skin twitching, also known as cellulite, which affects up to 90 percent of women.

How does it work?

Cellulite is just normal fat under the skin. It seems lumpy because it presses against connective tissues, the so-called septae, which anchor the skin to the lower muscle layer. Even slim women have cellulite, but the dented appearance can be exaggerated with both weight gain and aging due to loss of skin elasticity.

Xiapex is an enzyme that breaks down collagen, the protein that forms the septae. Injected into dimples in the buttocks, it dissolves the septae, making the skin smoother.

Is it worth it?

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Cellulite is usually classified as severity on a scale from one that is mild to four, which is severe.

In studies, volunteers had treated 12 wells on each buttock. Each dimple was injected three times. Three sessions, with an interval of 12 weeks, were given, after which patients saw a one or two-point improvement in the severity of cellulite.

But British cosmetic advisor Nigel Mercer warns: & Injections can be painful and in many cases releasing the septae not only causes the skin to become flat again, so it may not be enough to remove the dimples. & # 39;

Another new non-surgical skin tightening and resurfacing technology is the Renuvion device (pictured). This uses a unique type of energy that the manufacturers have called J Plasma, a heated helium gas. Broadcast from the end of the needle-like handpiece of the machine, it looks like a mini flame thrower

Another new non-surgical skin tightening and resurfacing technology is the Renuvion device (pictured). This uses a unique type of energy that the manufacturers have called J Plasma, a heated helium gas. Broadcast from the end of the needle-like handpiece of the machine, it looks like a mini flame thrower

Another new non-surgical skin tightening and resurfacing technology is the Renuvion device (pictured). This uses a unique type of energy that the manufacturers have called J Plasma, a heated helium gas. Broadcast from the end of the needle-like handpiece of the machine, it looks like a mini flame thrower

MINI FLAME TRANSMISSION TO CONNECT THE SKIN

What is it?

Another new non-surgical skin tightening and resurfacing technology is the Renuvion device.

How does it work?

This uses a unique type of energy that the manufacturers have called J Plasma, a heated helium gas.

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Broadcast from the end of the needle-like handpiece of the machine, it looks like a mini flame thrower.

The needle is slid under the skin and moved. The skin and tissue shrink due to the heat. The technology is designed for use on the face, under the arms, on the abdomen and even above the knees.

renuvion.com

Is it worth it?

In the wrong hands, heating under the skin can be a disaster, Dr. Wall claimed. "We have seen horrible third-degree burns in some patients who have undergone such procedures, and there is little that can do to help them," he said. Mr. Mercer agreed: "It is not the technology that is the problem, it is the person who uses the technology – the margin of error is small and in the UK there is not much regulation about who can use these machines."

The non-surgical facelift is a way to tighten lax, wrinkled skin without cutting and sewing - or a general anesthetic. Two new methods were exhibited last week, including the Recross rotation fractional resection (above). The handheld contains small & # 39; scalpettes & # 39; - hollow, blunt needles - in the tip. These rotate while being pressed into the skin and a suction device then pulls the core of tissue out of the scalpette
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The non-surgical facelift is a way to tighten lax, wrinkled skin without cutting and sewing - or a general anesthetic. Two new methods were exhibited last week, including the Recross rotation fractional resection (above). The handheld contains small & # 39; scalpettes & # 39; - hollow, blunt needles - in the tip. These rotate while being pressed into the skin and a suction device then pulls the core of tissue out of the scalpette

The non-surgical facelift is a way to tighten lax, wrinkled skin without cutting and sewing – or a general anesthetic. Two new methods were exhibited last week, including the Recross rotation fractional resection (above). The handheld contains small & # 39; scalpettes & # 39; – hollow, blunt needles – in the tip. These rotate while being pressed into the skin and a suction device then pulls the core of tissue out of the scalpette

NO MORE JOWELS WITH A & # 39; HOW PUNCH & # 39; FACELIFT

What is it?

The non-surgical facelift is a way to tighten lax, wrinkled skin without cutting and sewing – or a general anesthetic.

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How does it work?

Two new methods were presented last week: the Recross rotation fractional resection and the Cytrellis dermal microcorrect correction device. Both are handheld devices that have a number of tiny & # 39; scalettes & # 39; contain – hollow, blunt needles – in the tip. These rotate while being pressed into the skin and a suction device then pulls the core of tissue out of the scalpette.

Between five and ten percent of the total skin surface is removed via these micro-incisions. This close-up shrinks the skin and gives a & # 39; lifting & # 39; effect.

Is it worth it?

In a new study, 90 percent of the remaining people who were treated said they would recommend & # 39; to a friend & # 39; but only one in ten had visible scars.

& # 39; The size of the holes made is the problem & # 39 ;, said Mr. Mercer. & # 39; Scarred skin is weaker skin that could cause problems further down the line. & # 39;

Cytrelis achieves similar results, but uses finer needles, which means there are no scars. & # 39; Cytrelis is for younger patients looking for a subtle improvement & # 39 ;, said Boca Raton, Florida surgeon, Jason Pozner.

Given that the costs are probably in the four-digit region, the price-quality ratio remains to be seen.

recrosmedica.com, cytrellis.com

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