Can 3 High-Tech Beauty Treatments Improve Your Problem Areas – Forever?

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired September 06, 2016

We all have that one area of our bodies that we wish we could improve, but what if you could change it permanently? Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe is here to reveal three cutting-edge beauty procedures that can help you get rid of your double chin, saggy knees and sweaty armpits – possibly forever!

Problem 1: Ditch Your Double Chin

Can you get rid of a droopy chin without going under the knife? Dr. Bowe says you can with an injection medication called Kybella.

Dr. Bowe explains, “It’s made of a substance called deoxycholic acid, which is a natural substance we normally have in our bodies that actually helps us to break down and digest the fat that we eat. So if you inject it underneath the chin, it dissolves the fat. In only two to four 10-minute treatments, your chin fat can be gone forever!”

But does it hurt? Our audience member Carla, who was numbed a little before receiving her second dose of Kybella on-stage, says, “It doesn’t. It feels like a little pinch but nothing serious.”

Cost: $1,200-$1,600 per treatment. Each person will need a different number of treatments, but typically it’s between 2-4.

*According to Dr. Bowe, swelling occurs after the procedure and can happen for a couple of days. Dr. Bowe says it’s the worst the first time and gets better each subsequent treatment.

Problem 2: Saggy Knees

A Treatment to Eliminate Saggy Knees?

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Dr. Bowe says knees can be another problem area -- no matter how thin you are, but she says a device called Thermage can be the solution: “There’s really nothing else out there that can tighten and smooth that area other than this.”

Dr. Bowe explains that the pain-free procedure delivers radiofrequency energy: “It’s creates a bulk heating effect and that triggers collagen to form over the next three to six months.”

Cost: Between $1,000 and $5,000 depending on the size of body area being treated.

*No downtime, patients might be a little pink afterwards.

Problem 3: Eliminate Sweating and Underarm Hair

Does never having to wear deodorant or shave your armpits again sound like a fantasy? It’s now a reality, according to Dr. Bowe, with a device called miraSmooth. Bowe claims, “This is the only FDA-approved procedure that can permanently reduce sweat and reduce hair.”

Unlike laser hair removal, this product can be effective after only one use and better yet – it’s colorblind. Dr. Bowe explains, “In the past, when you talked about laser hair removal, the laser targets the pigment, so it only works if you have dark brown or black hair. This technology, the microwave, it’s colorblind. It doesn’t care what color your hair is, it doesn’t care what color your skin is, so it’s an equal opportunity type of device.”

The bottom line, according to Dr. Bowe: “Here you’re getting a 70 percent permanent reduction in hair growth, no matter what color your hair is, after one treatment. And you don’t need to use deodorant or antiperspirant ever again."

Cost: $2,000

*Patients can go back to normal activities the next day but should avoid anything strenuous for a couple of days, according to Dr. Bowe.

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