Elevate Magazine - November/December 2012
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Elevate Magazine - November/December 2012

Your best shape ever!

We asked Toronto dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, MD, FRCP (C), DABD, to give us the skinny on the UltraShape body contouring treatment. Dr. Kellett was the first in North America to offer UltraShape, a non-surgical body contouring treatment that effectively and safely reduces unsightly fat deposits in men and women.

“A recent survey of Canadian women aged 25 to 60 reveals that more than 90 per cent say there is something about their body they would change. Also, 79 per cent of women admit that they are their own worst critic when it comes to their body shape. It is rewarding to help my patients obtain the body shapes they aspire to have.”

Q: How does the UltraShape technology work? 
DR. KELLETT: The procedure uses a therapeutic transducer that is moved over the skin to apply focused ultrasound to the skin.­ The transducer generates mechanical effects to selectively break down fat cells and liquefy fat.­ The liquefied fat is gradually and safely cleared by the body’s natural physiology.­ UltraShape now offers the first technology to simultaneously treat multiple depths of fat, called Vertical Dynamic Focus, for a smoother contour.

Q: What are the effects of UltraShape and how soon do they appear? 
DR. KELLETT: UltraShape is one of the only nonsurgical procedures that actually destroy fat cells.­ The procedure is guided by a proprietary real-time tracking and guidance system designed to deliver smooth, uniform body contouring results. UltraShape provides long lasting, measurable results within a few weeks.

Q: How many treatments does each patient need to see results? 
DR. KELLETT: Clinical results show that after just one treatment there is an average reduction of two centimeters in body circumference depending on the area treated; however, as many as three treatments two to four weeks apart are recommended to achieve enhanced circumference reduction of up to 10 centimetres overall, depending on the area treated.

Q: Is there a particular part of the body this technology works best on? 
DR. KELLETT: The UltraShape procedure is used to destroy fat cells in common problem areas such as abdomen, flanks (“love handles”) and external thighs (“saddle bags”) that remain even with diet and exercise.­ Among the “problem areas” that Canadian women would like to change, women are most likely to be unhappy with the shape of their abdomen (72 per cent), followed by their love handles (58 per cent) and thighs (51 per cent), according to a recent survey.

Q. What sort of client feedback have you received? 
DR. KELLETT: My patients have mentioned that they prefer the non-surgical attributes of UltraShape – including that it is non-invasive and there is no downtime.

Q: Is there any pain involved during the treatment? Are there any side effects? 
DR. KELLETT: The in-clinic procedure requires no anesthesia or sedation and most patients report that the treatment is comfortable. Afterward, patients immediately resume their daily activities. Patients should maintain a low carbohydrate, low-fat diet beginning on the day of treatment and for four weeks after, so the body can metabolize the free fat released by the treatment. Some with sensitive skin can experience redness in the treatment area, which disappears within a couple of hours.

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