InMode Forma (for smaller areas) and Forma Plus (for larger areas) is a modality that helps tighten skin on the face, neck, and body. This treatment used 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. This treatment is FDA-approved and has been very popular amongst celebrities like Kim Kardashian over the last 3 years.
What is Forma?
Forma is a non-invasive sub-dermal treatment for collagen remodelling 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 treatment can be done on any skin type and patients can just relax during the treatment feeling only warmth and movement of the treatment head. The sub-dermal heating allows your skin’s collagen to be increased and remodelled 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 remould into tighter lines, thus improving lines, wrinkles, and texture.
What Areas Are Treated With Forma?
For the face and neck, each procedure takes about 45 minutes, with targeted heat points met and maintained during the treatment time. 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 to be treated within each 30-60 minute procedure. Forma treatments may be done on their own or they may be combined. Forma Plus treatments may also be combined with BodyFx treatments for deeper pocketed areas of fat.
What To Expect?
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, ultrasound gel will be applied to the treatment area and the Forma head will be glided 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.
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, to help maintain your long-term results.
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.
What Makes Forma Unique?
Apart from the fact that Forma is non-invasive, non-painful and requires no down-time: Forma has a temperature sensor built into the hand piece which reads skin surface temperature 1000 times per second, allowing clinicians to acquire skin temperature in real time.
Forma can be done any time of the year on any skin type.