WHAT IS MINIMALLY INVASIVE CONTOURING?
Minimally Invasive Contouring is a new surgical treatment for skin laxity developed by Dr. Greg Ruff, MD in collaboration with Physcient, Inc. Dr. Ruff is a renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon. He was a Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Duke University and co-founded Quill Technologies where he invented the barbed sutures used for “thread” lifts. Dr. Ruff is currently in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC and has recently joined Physcient as our Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Ruff has used the Differential Dissector in his practice and in ongoing clinical trials. These clinical data suggest Minimally Invasive Contouring is safe and effective for select patients. We are now expanding use to other plastic surgeons in Raleigh-Durham, NC and Atlanta, GA.
In the weeks after Minimally Invasive Contouring, the skin undergoes a natural healing process. As part of healing, the dermis contracts and reorganizes, tightening the skin. Many patients have also reported firmer skin, suggesting deposition of new collagen.
Minimally Invasive Contouring is different from other treatments for skin laxity. There are many non-surgical treatments for skin laxity that attempt to stimulate contraction by heating the patient’s skin with ultrasound, electricity or lasers. Heating carries risk of thermal trauma, with reported adverse events including nerve damage, muscle damage, scarring and loss of facial volume. In contrast, Minimally Invasive Contouring does not use heat.