InMode Forma (for smaller areas) and Forma Plus (for larger areas) is a modality that helps tighten skin on the face, neck, and body. Forma and Forma Plus is a radio frequency (RF) technology that gives off a warm, deep heat. Forma uses RF energy to stimulate new collagen production and provide optimal skin contraction in the deep layers of your skin.
What Is Forma and What Does It Do?
Forma and Forma Plus offer two configurations (the larger treatment head is for larger areas of the body) and the smaller, contoured head is for smaller areas of the face and neck. Forma is a non-invasive sub-dermal treatment for collagen remodeling and tightening. It was developed based on the clinical success of the proprietary A.C.E. (Acquire, Control, Extend) technology. A.C.E. technology uses RF energy to target deep layers of the skin, with no area being under- or over-treated. This ensures maximum safety and consistent results.
This technology is FDA-approved. Unlike other lasers and machines, because Forma has no lights or laser components, this treatment can be done on any skin type. Patients can just relax during the treatment feeling only a warm heat and movement of the treatment head. The subdermal heating allows your skin’s collagen to be increased and remodeled into a more youthful functioning layer. As we age, collagen layers become smashed (think of an older mattress), thus creating wrinkles and lines. The RF energy in the Forma system allows the collagen strands to remold into tighter lines, thus improving lines, wrinkles, and texture. Forma treatments are done as a series, usually with one session a week, with a total of 6-8 treatments performed (depending upon whether the face or body is being treated).
A maintenance program is suggested after the initial treatments are completed to help maintain your long-term results. What Areas Are Treated With Forma? There are two treatment heads of different sizes that allow multiple areas of the body to be treated. For the face and neck, each procedure takes about 45 minutes, with targeted heat points met and maintained during the treatment time.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Forma?
For the body, the most common treated areas are the thighs (front and/or back), hips, and buttocks. The stomach or waist can also be treated, as can the arms. Most patients select 1-2 large areas for body treatments (about the size of an 8×10 paper) to be treated within each 30-60 minute procedure.
Forma Plus treatments may also be combined with BodyFx treatments for deeper pocketed areas of fat.
What Is A Forma Treatment Like?
Before you begin a Forma series, photos and/or measurements may be taken for later comparison and a consent will be reviewed and signed. During each treatment, a technician will apply a ultrasound gel to the treatment area and will glide the Forma head over the selected areas in small, concentrated passes until a specific temperature is reached and maintained. Radio frequency will deeply penetrate into the skin, heating it. Each treatment head has a temperature gauge built into it to maintain control and make certain that no areas are under- or over- treated. Forma treatments are essentially painless and have no downtime. Most people describe them like a hot stone massage. After a session, patients may see slight redness in the treated area, which will lessen within a few hours. All patients are able to return to their daily activities immediately after treatment.
What Kind Of Results Can I Expect From Forma?
You should have realistic expectations about your treatments and remember that Forma should be done in conjunction with regular exercise and healthy eating. Forma treatments should not be used as a weight-loss program. Multiple sessions are required for the best results, and you should expect your progress to improve with each visit. Forma is not permanent so a maintenance program will need to be done to maintain your results long-term. During treatment most patients will feel a heat sensation and “feel” tighter. Over time patients typically notice a reduction in the folds of their skin leading to a smoother contour of the treated areas. Sagging skin will appear more toned and lifted.
How Much Does Forma Cost?
Forma is offered as a package of six to eight 45-60-minute treatments, depending on areas of treatment on the face, neck or body. If additional areas need to be added for more time, those can be priced during a consultation. After you have completed an initial package, maintenance Forma treatments are offered at discounted rates. Should you wish to do smaller areas of the body for less than 60 minutes, or wish to add mesotherapy or BodyFx to your treatment package, we can price those for you during your consultation with our aestheticians or with Dr. Burroughs. Our prices are based upon our aestheticians’ high levels of experience, the care you receive, our value-added benefits, the direct supervision of a Board-certified plastic surgeon, and the consumable costs for our treatments. While other offices may offer different pricing structures, we are confident that you will not receive the same level of care from any other facility.
For more than 20 years, Dr. John Burroughs has helped men and women in Colorado Springs, South Denver, Castle Rock and other areas of Colorado, as well as internationally, by providing exceptional care in plastic surgery and eyelid surgery. At his practice, he also offers medical spa treatments that are performed by his aestheticians. To learn more about Forma and Forma Plus, contact us today to schedule a consultation.