Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What causes cellulite and what treatments are available?

A:  Cellulite commonly appears on the hips, buttocks and legs.  It is not caused by being overweight as many believe.

Cellulite appears in the subcutaneous level of skin tissue.  Fat cells are arranged in chambers surrounded by bands of connective tissue.  As water is retained, fat cells held within the perimeters of this area expand and stretch the connective tissue.  Eventually this connective tissue contracts and hardens holding the skin at a non-flexible length, while the surrounding tissue continues to expand with weight or water gain.  This results in areas of the skin being held down while other sections bulge outward, resulting in the lumpy, ‘cottage-cheese’ appearance.  Many factors contribute to a person’s amount of cellulite including hormonal influences, genetics, gender, age, diet, and lifestyle.

At Eastport Aesthetics Medical Spa we are the exclusive providers of Velashape™ in this area.  This non-surgical treatment is FDA approved for cellulite and circumferential reduction.  Velashape™ is the only technology available that uses bipolar radiofrequency and infrared light energies coupled with suction and massage to increase the metabolism within the fatcells thereby shrinking them.  This causes skin tightening and smoothing of the appearance of the cellulite.  The treatments are non-invasive with minimal risk and no downtime.

Other treatment options for cellulite include liposuction, mesotherapy, ionithermie and endermology.


Q:  Does Laser Hair removal hurt?

A:  Individual experience varies, but most people only feel a slight sensation like tiny pin pricks, or rubber band snaps.

For your added safety, our Syneron technology that we use for laser hair removal features an advanced patient comfort system, which monitors your skin and keeps it at a soothing cool temperature during the procedure.  We also have a SynerCool device which provides patient controlled forced cold air that can be directed at the treatment area further alleviating any discomfort.  Topical anesthetics may also be used, depending on the size of the area being treated.


Q:  What is the best n0n-surgical procedure to make you look younger?

A:  Naturally, it depends on what signs of aging are personally affecting you.

We use Syneron ELOS patented 3rd generation technology combining laser or IPL with bipolar radiofrequency to optimize results both comfortably and safely.  There is Skin Rejuvenation which is effective for lightening pigmented and vascular lesions and smoothing skin texture.  There are Refirme™ Skin Tightening treatments intended to stimulate collagen remodeling, thereby decreasing the appearance of fine wrinkles and improving skin laxity.  There is also MATRIX IR™ Fractional Wrinkle Reduction laser treatments targeting deeper wrinkles and/or scarring.  These modalities can be used in combination to address your specific concerns.  Another option for improving  the appearance of frown lines and crow’s feet is Botox injections.  Dermal fillers (Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Cosmoderm) can be used to soften deeper wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth.

The best way to get an estimate is to meet with the physician and discuss your personal goals and the modalities available to achieve those results.

Q:  What is ReFirme™ Skin Tightening

A:  ReFirme™ is a FDA cleared, non-invasive skin tightening procedure featuring the revolutionary ELOS™ technology that enables you to comfortably achieve a more youthful, toned and lifted appearance without enduring downtime.

ReFirme™ is a complete anti-aging solution for targeting those telltale signs of aging including jowl and neck laxity, sagginess under the eyes, saggy brow lines, and nasolabial folds.  Unlike conventional laser skin tightening treatments that are time and treatment intensive, and often too painful for many patients, ReFirme™ offers virtually painless and fast treatment for sagging and wrinkled skin.

ReFirme™ is a safe and effective industry-leading medial aesthetic technology, which has received national media exposure through The Rachel Ray Show, Carnie Wilson featured on Extra, Star Magazine and many more publications and television shows.

ReFirme™ advantages translate to enhanced comfort, convenience and satisfaction.

Q:  How does ReFirme™ Skin Tightening work?

A:  ReFirme™ features the revolutionary ELOS™ combination of bi-polar radio frequency and light energies to precisely heat the dermal tissue within the targeted treatment area.

The precise heating ensures a safe, effective, fast treatment with no downtime.  Fine wrinkles are reduced, noticeable lifting can be observed on sagging skin and texture of your skin become smoother, more luminous and toned.  Unlike conventional lasers and IPL’s, ReFirme™ uses significantly less optical energy, ensuring enhanced safety and a virtually painless procedure.

Q:  Why choose ReFirme™ Skin Tightening over other skin tightening procedures?

A:  There are many reasons why you can trust ReFirme™ Skin Tightening procedure.  Here are some:

  • FDA cleared for skin tightening via wrinkle treatment
  • Virtually painless non-surgical and non-invasive treatment resulting in no downtime – you can return to your daily activities immediately following treatment
  • The precise heating of the targeted treatment area ensures a safe and effective treatment
  • Effective on all skin types and all skin colors
  • Uses no drugs and has no side effects