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 your Forma treatment, please avoid any products containing retinol approximately 3-5 days prior. After treatment, you can expect your skin to be red and warm to the touch. As Forma induces heating of the skin, it is important to avoid any cold water directly to the skin surface the night of your treatment to optimize your result.
Does it hurt?
We often compare a Forma facial to a hot stone massage. The radiofrequency energy is delivered through a handpiece to uniformly heat the skin. The handpiece is moved in a circular fashion, ensuring complete treatment efficacy.
How many treatments do I need?
The number 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.
Who Is A Candidate For FORMA Skin Tightening?
The best candidates for Forma are patients who are seeking skin tightening but do not require surgical intervention yet. Patients who are looking to avoid a surgical recovery and downtime are also great candidates for Forma treatment.
How Long Are The Treatments?
Depending on the treatment area/s, Forma treatment time can range from 45 minutes to an hour and 30 minutes.
What Is The Down Time For FORMA?
After Forma treatment, the skin will likely be pink and warm to the touch but will continue to resolve throughout the day. There is no downtime associated with the treatment. However, you should ensure to keep your skin protected with adequate SPF, especially immediately after your treatment.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of a Forma treatment is dependent on treatment area and/or how many treatments you desire. Please call our office at (919)-484-4884 to further inquire about Forma pricing.
How Long Does It Last?
For maximum results, we recommend up to 8 treatments to achieve and maintain a tightened appearance. Results from a series of Forma treatments can last up to 1-2 years, and you will likely notice immediate improvement immediately after your treatment.
What Areas Of The Body Do You Treat With FORMA?
Ultimately, any body area where further tightening is desired can be treated with Forma. At CARE, the most common treatment areas include face, neck, and hands.