Non-surgical, radiofrequency skin tightening for effective and relaxing contouring.
Forma™ (Collagen & Elasticity)
Forma™ is a non-surgical treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to generate gentle heat and tighten the skin by stimulating collagen production and targeting fat cells. Also known as the Red Carpet Facial, Forma has seen wide use among Hollywood elites and Victoria’s Secret models before big events. This is because it requires no incisions and offers a relaxing and painless treatment session. Forma can effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as mild skin laxity on the body and face. This treatment offers an excellent option for patients looking for body contouring without the downtime or recovery that comes with surgery.
The best candidates for Forma are patients looking for skin tightening but don’t yet require a surgical lift procedure. Additionally, patients who don’t want to undergo a long recovery or downtime period can find great benefits with a Forma treatment package. Forma can be used on both the face and body, and some of the most popular treatment areas are the forehead, crow’s feet, eyelids, midface, jowls, neck, arms, and abdomen.
Forma can be performed in-office with a quick and relaxing treatment session. Considered a ‘lunchtime’ procedure, it can be completed in less than an hour, depending on your treatment areas. During treatment, you’ll relax while the precise, molded handpiece is placed on the skin, along with a cooling conductive gel. The Forma handpiece then emits radiofrequency energy through the skin to its deepest layers, causing it to contract and form new collagen. This technique feels pleasantly warm without generating uncomfortable heat— it requires no anesthesia, and many patients describe it as a heated massage. After treatment, you can return home.
For most patients, we recommend a series of six treatments spaced one week apart. This ensures complete treatment of your targeted areas and continued stimulation of your body’s collagen and skin. After each session, you can expect the skin to appear flushed and red, but this subsides within the day. Most patients see gradual improvement over the course of their treatment package, and you can opt for touch-up appointments as needed to continually stimulate collagen.
Forma skin tightening is an excellent way to shape your favorite areas without the downtime and recovery of surgery. To begin discussing your options for non-surgical body contouring, contact our Cary office by calling or filling out our online form.
Are there are any side effects?
The most common side effect after a Forma treatment is erythema, or redness. This typically dissipates within a few hours for the majority of patients. However, patientsncan use makeup immediately after treatment. Other side effects include a sensation of tightness in the treated skin.
What is the before and after care for Forma?
In preparation for Forma treatments, we recommend patients avoid excessive sun exposure to minimize photosensitivity prior to treatment. We also recommend patients avoidnharsh skincare products, such as retinoids and retinols, approximately 1-2 weeks before treatment. If patients are experiencing skin sensitivity, we advise waiting until thenskin is no longer compromised. The benefit in the Forma technology is there are few after-care instructions and limitations. At your appointment, we will provide SPF coveragenafter your treatment to further protect your skin. We encourage patients to avoid cool compresses and other cold agents, so as not to negate the effects of the treatment.
Does it hurt?
We often compare a Forma facial to a hot stone massage. The radiofrequency energy is delivered through a handpiece to nuniformly heat the skin. The handpiece is moved in a circular fashion, ensuring complete treatment efficacy.
How many treatments do I need?
The amount of treatments recommended ultimately depends on a patients overall goals. We often have patients receive one treatment prior to a big event. However, for maximumnresults, we encourage up to 8 treatments to achieve and maintain a tightened appearance.
What is Forma?
Forma is a non-invasive radiofrequency technology targeting minimal skin laxity by lifting and tightening the skin. The heat energy stimulates collagen production,nleaving the skin visibly firmer and brighter. It is an appropriate treatment to receive prior to big events, such as weddings, parties, and holidays.