SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –Until recently, the range of non-surgical options for treating loose tissue in the face and neck has been only modestly effective. Mercy plastic surgeon, Dr. Bharat Shah, is now using Ultherapy® to tighten lax skin of the face, neck, and brow with impressive results in a single treatment session.
This non-invasive procedure, called Ultherapy®, has been available in Europe, Asia and elsewhere since early 2009. But Dr. Bharat Shah of Mercy Clinic Medical Spa in Springfield is pleased to be among the first physician innovators adopting the technology in this area.
“In a single visit, this non-invasive treatment is able to lift, tighten and tone a patient’s face with no downtime. Patients experience an immediate smoothing effect, but the results continue to improve over the next three to six months,” said Dr. Shah. “Ultherapy® is an ideal procedure for women and men who are concerned with early sagging and signs of facial aging and want to avoid or postpone surgery."
Dr. Shah can use Ultherapy® to tighten skin on the brows, neck and face, counteracting the effects of gravity and time. When Ultherapy® is used to lift the brows it also reduces excess skin on the lids and opens the eyes to give a more relaxed appearance. Ultherapy® can also help tighten loose skin along the neck line, sagging jawline and double chin.
By combining Ultherapy® with other minimally invasive techniques, including cosmetic injections and dermal fillers, Dr. Shah can achieve dramatically younger-looking results for the entire face without surgery.
For more information about the procedures available at Mercy Clinic Medical Spa please call 417-820-9340. Mercy Clinic Medical Spa is located at 1229 E. Seminole, Suite 310.
Dr. Bharat Shah, the medical director of Mercy Clinic Medical Spa, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery, breast enhancement, body contouring, facial rejuvenation and hair restoration.
Plastic surgery is the field of medicine that likely has the most misconceptions tied to it involving what it is, who can do it and the scope of services. One of the first misconceptions is the term.
“People ask if I really use plastic,” said Dr. David Gray of Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Joplin. “It’s named after the Greek word ‘plastikos,’ meaning to mold or to shape. The term ‘plastic surgery’ was used in the 1800s, decades before the development of plastic as we think of it today.”
Another common misconception that Dr. Gray pointed out is thinking that “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are interchangeable.
“People don’t realize that plastic surgery is so varied. It’s not just cosmetic,” he said. “The procedures a plastic surgeon can do run the gamut.”
Patients should look for a plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Only surgeons who complete an approved fellowship are eligible for board certification, whereas “cosmetic physician” is a generic term and may not meet the stringent qualifications required of a board-certified plastic surgeon.
“The main difference between the two is our training. Plastic surgeons have the highest level of training in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures,” said Dr. Gray, who has nearly 15 years of experience.
Dr. Gray’s practice encompasses a number of areas including reconstruction following an illness, injury or disease. For example, he has a special interest in reconstruction after melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the U.S.
Dr. Gray also performs post-bariatric, body-contouring surgery involving the removal of excess skin after massive weight loss, as well as reconstruction following breast cancer surgery.
He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas and completed a plastic surgery residency at St. Louis University. He is one of only two Joplin-based plastic surgeons.
“There was a great need in this area. I think it’s fantastic that patients don’t have to travel now for plastic surgery. Not only is it offered at Mercy, but it’s also available at a level you usually find only in metropolitan areas,” he said. “We’re offering more services than ever. It’s challenging, but it’s a lot of fun, and we’re really excited to be helping patients here.”