This Mother’s Day blog departs a little from the usual themes to tell you about the treatments and procedures that Rainier Medical offers that may enhance the experience of that special someone in your life (this may be Yourself!). I carefully selected these procedures and treatments as options I would want and they may address those "badges of honor" women have earned, whether it has been through motherhood or other battles fought! It is a privilege to offer specials to our clients, noted after each option. All treatments and procedures are performed by Dr. Sutherland personally.
Body Sculpting with truSculpt ID
This procedure is for sculpting areas of fat away for a changed aesthetic appearance. It uses the heat of radio frequency applied via small square pads to the skin to increase the temperature of fat cells to 110 degrees Farenheit. Since this is above normal body temperature, it causes the fat cells to self destruct. Then, the body breaks them down and excretes the by-products. Since the adult human does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells it has, this is permanent. The procedure takes only 15 minutes and the results are seen in 8-12 weeks, although they can start to be seen in as little as 4 weeks. There is no “downtime” to the procedure and the only contraindications are if there is a metal or superficial implant in the area to be treated, or pregnancy. The truSculpt ID is quite versatile because the electrodes are 6 separate squares that can be placed in specific locations for your body, and because it can be used on large areas since each treatment only takes 15 minutes, or small areas. With the truSculpt ID, ultrasound studies show that the thickness of adipose tissue is reduced an average of 24% with one treatment, and ranges from 11-34%. So, it can show meaningful results at higher BMIs as well as lower BMIs. At lower BMIs, it is a popular, non invasive option for addressing areas that tend to retain subcutaneous fat pockets. For example, the lower abdomen in women who have had children, the upper abdomen in people with insulin resistance, the flanks where clothes may not lie properly over bra straps, or around the abdominal circumference where waist bands may catch. The truSculpt ID can also be performed on submental fullness (aka “double chin”) and the arms and legs, such as the thighs, gluteal region, or knees. It can be done anywhere from the neck down. Compared to Cool Sculpting, truSculpt ID has the following benefits: more consistent response (11% of people do not respond to cryoablation), it tightens the skin as well, only one treatment is needed, there is no discomfort following the procedure and no suction needed during the procedure, and the time for the procedure is shorter.
Current Special: BOGO: Buy one truSculpt ID procedure for $2000, get the second one free. The second one is one on the same area as the first and performed 4-12 weeks after the first treatment, while supplies last.
Juliet Vaginal Treatment
The Juliet is a laser device by Cutera that delivers controlled thermal (heat) and ablative energy to tissue with an optimal absorption in water for increased results and tolerability with decreased downtime. This procedure has been applied off-label as a treatment option for pelvic relaxation syndrome including symptoms of vaginal dryness, urinary urgency or incontinence, or vulvar changes related to pregnancy and/or childbirth. Other treatment options for these signs and symptoms include topical hormones, systemic hormones, antibiotics, pessaries, and surgery. The application of laser treatments for vaginal symptoms in the USA is not FDA approved at this time, citing the fact that studies showing efficacy were not sham controlled and not long term. The position statement of the American College of Obstetric and Gynecology can be found here.
This information is offered with full transparency, for each woman to make her own decision about all of her treatment options. Off-label and non FDA approved applications are chosen by individuals in other circumstances. For vaginal symptoms, some women desire options besides hormone, surgery, or anticholinergic medications.
Current Special: BOGO: Buy one Juliet Laser procedure for $1500, get the second one free. The second one is a repeat of the same as the first, done 4-12 weeks after the first treatment, while supplies last.
As people age, and as they lose weight, volume is lost in the face, causing the soft tissue to migrate downward. This can lead to visible eye troughs (“bags”, parentheses around the nose, and the loss of the cheekbone structure. The volume in the lips is also lost, which can lead to the lips being not as visible when smiling, downward curves of the mouth (marionette lines), and vertical lines in the lips or around the mouth. The use of dermal fillers is popular to simply restore volume that is lost through either aging or weight loss. They are composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. Some reasons they are very popular are that they make an immediate impact, but since it simply restores or enhances your natural look, most people do not recognize you have had anything “done” (unless they have had it, too, so they recognize it), they last 12-18 months, and they can be reversed if desired (although this almost never happens!). Change can also be done in stages, so you can do a little at first, then add more based on your comfort level with pace of change. The discomfort is minimal, as a numbing cream is used and the injections contain some lidocaine. Downtime is some minimal bruising which varies and tends to be more in the lips and include some swelling. I enjoy dermal fillers because they are a no maintenance way to simply look 5-10 years younger, or to address an area you have wanted, such as cheekbones or lips. The effect is not overdone, like sometimes seen in the media. It is natural looking, but quite impactful.
Current Special: Liquid Facelift: 2 syringes of Restylane Lyft and 1 syringe of Restylane Kysse for $1900, and receive gift bag of skin care sample, while supplies last. Add on Dysport for $250 per area.
Microneedling with Radiofrequency
Many people are now aware of microneedling, and this takes it to an entirely new level. We offer radio frequency microneedling to stimulate and remodel collagen. This takes microneedling to new depths and combines the energy of radio frequency delivered into the skin. By delivering radio frequency at the depth, intensity, and duration customized for you, this procedure is versatile for a variety of skin issues including general aging, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, photoaging and striae (stretch marks). This procedure uses the Secret RF device by Cutera. I find it fills a niche for lines and wrinkles not accessible by neurotoxin and fillers around the eyes and cheeks and chin and also for people who do not want any substance injected into them.
Current Special: BOGO: Buy one Secret RF of the face and neck for $800, get one free. Second procedure is performed 4-8 weeks after the first one the same individual.
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Take Back Your Fun,
Valerie Sutherland, MD