ATnT Laser & Light May – June 2011: VelaShape

Posted: May 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
May - June 2011
Laser & Light Technology Department



By Lori A. Brightman, M.D.,
Contributing Editor

Pregnancy is a beautiful event in life. However, it can take a toll on a woman’s physique with the natural changes that occur in body dimensions during pregnancy. It can be a struggle for some women to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy body.

Even with a healthy diet and exercise as well as a return to their pre-pregnancy weight, some women will still face stubborn post-partum “trouble spots.” Some women will seek quick fixes, turning to traditional, invasive body contouring options such as abdominoplasty and lipoplasty. In fact, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 350,000 tummy tucks, upper arm lifts, lower body lifts, and liposuction cases were performed in 2010.

While surgical correction undoubtedly produces optimal body reshaping results, it also requires significant recovery time and carries inherent risks. These issues, along with a busy mom’s active lifestyle and desire for her pre-baby body have lead to the development of many new non-invasive body contouring procedures with minimal downtime and low-risk profiles to help address their shapely concerns.


The premise of non-invasive body contouring, regardless of form of energy used (laser, light, or radiofrequency), is producing heat in the dermal and subcutaneous tissues with subsequent collagen denaturation and induction of neocollagenesis. It has been well studied that heating skin to approximately 65-75°C will lead to…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!

Dr. Brightman

About Dr. Brightman
Lori A. Brightman, M.D. of Laser Skin Surgery Center of New York, regularly lectures nationally and internationally. She publishes frequently on topics such as laser surgery, cosmetic dermatology, and advances in cutaneous oncology. A board certified Dermatologist, Dr. Brightman completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College, followed by graduate education in medical sciences as well as medical school training at Boston University Medical School where she received her doctorate of medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at Boston University / Tufts New England Medical Center and completed fellowship training at Boston University in skin oncology and Mohs micrographic surgery, laser and cosmetics at the Laser Skin Surgery Center of New York. Dr. Brightman contributes through lectures and skin cancer screenings for many community based programs as well as large companies.Visit her on the web:

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