- Skin Tone
- Skin Laxity
- Shape and Contour
As we age, our bodies experience the 3D’s: descent, deterioration and deflation. This occurs at all levels from the face all the way down to the calves. The common areas that bother clients, both men and women, are the face and neck, arms (with the so called “bat wings”), abdomen (mummy tummy), sagging buttocks and thighs. In addition to the 3D’s is the concern about cellulite and unwanted fat.
While we always have to consider the reality of the limitation of any machine to reverse the aging process or to overcome really poor dietary choices, we now have technology that can improve all of the aforementioned problems.
The Maximus has been clinically proven to remove unwanted localized fat deposits for body contouring, target and tighten skin, reduce cellulite and stretch marks and lift and tone underlying muscle. Individuals see a benefit immediately after the first treatment and it continues to improve with further treatments. Most clients undergo a series of 6-8 weekly treatments, each lasting roughly 15-30 min.
The process itself is actually quite pleasant, as it feels like a warm gentle massage. There is no down time, with clients able to return to normal activity immediately after treatment. The Maximus comes with 3 applicators. The small head allows us to treat small delicate areas around the eyes and mouth. The intermediate head addresses most other areas of the face, neck and hands while the large applicator is excellent to deal with large body areas such as thighs, buttocks and abdomen.
How does it work?
The Maximus works on three different layers; the skin dermis, the subcutaneous fat layer, which is underneath the dermis, and on the underlying muscle. The dermis is the most important part of the skin. It is here that cells create collagen and elastin, two proteins that contribute to the integrity of the skin. Most clients try to increase “collagen” by using a topical cream, but this is ineffective because the collagen can not penetrate through the skin to the dermis. As we age, collagen quality and quantity goes down and this contributes to why skin starts to sag and deteriorate. The cells in the dermis that create collagen are called fibroblasts and it is here that we target our therapies. We will address each layer separately.
By heating the fat layer underneath the skin with radio frequency energy, the Maximus increases the breakdown of fat cells resulting in a release of stored fat. By applying external pressure as the applicator passes over the skin and simultaneously activating internal muscle contraction we can enhance drainage of the released fat and achieve deeper delivery of treatment. A major breakthrough with the Maximus is the benefit of simultaneous TriLipo™Dynamic Muscle Activation which stimulates muscular contraction thereby improving the tone of underlying muscles. With increasing muscle tone, the fat cells are brought closer to the surface allowing the Maximus to more effectively target the fat. Additionally, the heating effect of the RF combined with the muscles activation improves blood flow and lymphatic circulation, optimizing tissue oxygenation and detoxification.This results in improved muscle tone, a reduction of visible fat and improved body measurements.
A significant benefit of RF energy is that it also heats the dermal skin layer. The heat causes collagen fibers, which are the key structural components of the skin, to contract. This contraction results in immediate skin tightening and improved skin texture. Over and above the instant results, the heating causes fibroblast cells to generate new collagen. The new collagen provides the skin with added flexibility which yields long term skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. Collagen production and maturation usually starts in 3-12 weeks, therefore it is not unusual for clients to notice an immediate improvement, and further enhancement as the year progresses.
On the face, a common area that bothers clients is the wrinkles and skin looseness under the eyes, marionette lines (downward lines from the corner of the mouth to the jaw), jowls and neck looseness. With fillers, we can inject the cheeks and contribute to some lift, fill in the marionette lines as well as the jowls to reduce the appearance of the hanging skin. When combined with fillers, the Maximus can help achieve a more youthful, natural lift.
While there is no non-surgical cosmetic procedure that will result in actual weight loss, the Maximus will reduce body circumference and contribute to improved contours. This may provide men and women with a non surgical option to liposuction, depending on the extent of their condition.
There are three common conditions that are almost exclusive to women: the bat wings that develop on the underside of the arm when a woman raises her arms, skin laxity on the abdomen after significant weight gain and loss (most commonly after pregnancy, affectionately termed mummy tummy, and cellulite. Previous treatments for bat wings and mummy tummy included surgery to remove skin and fat but resulted in a long noticeable scar. For those clients that don’t want surgical intervention, the Maximus provides a viable option.
Cellulite affects up to 80% of post pubertal women and most commonly affects the buttock and thighs. There is no ideal treatment to permanently eliminate cellulite. The Maximus provides us with one of the best treatment options available as it can provide a significant immediate improvement in cellulite. Since cellulite is a chronic condition, best results require ongoing treatment.