Articles Tagged: coolsculpting
Posted on January 27, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
Unwanted belly fat is not only a cosmetic problem for many of us, but it can also be one of the more difficult areas to effectively target when trying to lose weight. Why should this be so?
It transpires that the origin of belly fat is more complicated than simply having an extra layer of fat beneath the skin; unfortunately, excess belly fat is also linked to a wide range of health problems. The older we get, the harder it is to lose the fat, and the potential for having these health complications also increases.
Why Is Belly Fat Especially Dangerous?
Fat accumulates in two main regions – between the skin and the underlying muscles (subcutaneous fat) and surrounding the internal organs inside the abdomen (visceral fat).
Visceral fat is physically located next to the body’s vital organs, has greater access to the blood supply, and is much more metabolically active than subcutaneous fat. It is more likely to affect the body’s hormones adversely and is linked to several health problems, including type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, dementia, and several types of cancer, including breast and colon cancers.
Contrary to common belief, you don’t have to be obese (or even overweight) to carry excess abdominal fat. The best indication of excess belly fat is your waist size – anything above 35 inches for women or 40 inches for men should be enough for you to take this problem seriously.
Differences Between Male and Female Belly Fat
As a result of hormonal and physiological differences, men and women tend to accumulate fat in different areas, and via different mechanisms.
Women typically carry more subcutaneous body fat than men do, primarily located in their hips, buttocks, thighs, arms, and lower abdominal areas. Menopause, however, results in many women also starting to accumulate belly fat.
Men are much more likely to accumulate visceral fat in their upper bodies, particularly around the abdomen.
Subcutaneous fat lies on top of the underlying muscles and is hence, more likely to appear as a soft or flabby layer beneath the skin.
Visceral fat accumulates inside the abdomen, as it causes the belly to bulge, and it tends to create a less flabby, harder belly.
The fact that men more easily develop fat bellies leads them to be more likely to develop the various health problems described above. Visceral fat is primarily caused by excess consumption of carbohydrates, and especially the quick-burning simple and refined carbohydrates found in white bread and processed grains, pasta, and especially processed foods containing added sugar, including the ubiquitous high-fructose corn syrup.
Beer drinkers are also prone to accumulating visceral fat, leading to the well-known “beer belly” syndrome. Our livers burn alcohol in preference to fat, and excess alcohol consumption can also lead to fat accumulation, as well as a host of other health problems.
What Are the Best Ways to Target Belly Fat?
Women burn fat more easily than men do while exercising, whereas men are able to lose fat more easily through diet.
It’s not easy for anyone to lose abdominal fat just using exercise. Even if you increase the tone of your abdominal muscles, the most effective way to target excess fat is through a combination of adopting a healthy diet and regular exercise.
The more vigorous the exercise, the better, but if you lead a sedentary life adding even a 30-minute walk to your daily routine can have a significant positive effect.
There may be plenty of disagreement on the most effective diet, but there’s no dispute that a serious and sustained attempt to pivot towards a balanced healthy natural diet and away from processed foods, added sugars, and alcohol will give you the best chance to reduce your abdominal fat.
Limiting your overall calorie intake, eating adequate protein and fiber, and making sure to get enough sleep will all assist you in meeting this goal.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles
Your Laser Skin Care can help evaluate your body fat and can help recommend effective lifestyle changes to help you reduce your visceral belly fat. We also offer the CoolSculpting procedure as an effective way to remove excess subcutaneous belly fat.
Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.
Posted on December 9, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
The CoolSculpting procedure is an effective way to target and eliminate fat in various areas of the body, but it’s important to understand that the treatment is not intended to achieve the same results as losing weight from say, diet or exercise.
The Role of Fat Cells
Fat cells exist to store excess energy in the body, expanding and storing any extra calories in the form of fat, and allowing the same fat to be burned later when the body needs more energy than is being supplied from food. Interestingly the number of fat cells in our bodies remains essentially constant after adolescence; individual fat cells will expand or contract as fat is stored or burned, but the body neither creates nor destroys the fat cells themselves.
Results of Weight Loss
As the total number of fat cells remains the same, losing weight will shrink the fat cells throughout your body. For overweight people, losing weight is always highly recommended, bringing a multitude of health benefits and reducing your chances of developing many different health problems.
Unfortunately, you can’t easily control which parts of your body will benefit from this reduction. While some people attempt to use targeted exercises to focus weight-loss on specific areas, you can’t guarantee which areas of your body will lose weight. You may well end up losing weight from parts of your body that you’d rather not, while not losing weight from parts that you’d like to.
If you have a propensity to accumulate fat in particular areas, you will undoubtedly gain weight in the same areas if you lose weight and then subsequently regain it. Exactly where we accumulate fat depends on several factors – partly on the types of food or drink that we regularly consume, partly due to genetic (inherited) factors, and partly due to the types of exercises we routinely perform.
Results of the CoolSculpting Procedure
The CoolSculpting procedure offers a completely different way to reduce or eliminate fat cells in specific parts of the body. It’s important to note that CoolSculpting is not an effective way to lose weight, but it does give you the ability to target fat cells in specific parts of your body while leaving fat cells in other parts of your body unaffected.
CoolSculpting achieves this result by using precisely controlled cold temperature pads to freeze fat cells in the targeted area, resulting in the cells being damaged. The body subsequently processes these damaged cells (and the fat they contain) and eliminates them from the body.
Fat cells removed by CoolSculpting are not replaced by the body, resulting in long-term fat reduction in the treated areas. Any subsequent weight gain will be distributed between the remaining fat cells in the body.
A single CoolSculpting treatment can remove up to 25% of the fat cells in a specific area, giving visible results in the days and weeks following treatment. Multiple treatments may also be used to achieve still greater reductions.
CoolSculpting in Los Angeles
Performing the CoolSculpting procedure requires a highly skilled practitioner – not only to apply the cooling pads in the safest and most effective manner but also to achieve aesthetically balanced and natural-looking results. As in many other cosmetic procedures, you should pay particular attention to choosing the right person to perform your treatment.
Your Laser Skin Care can answer your questions and show you how CoolSculpting can help achieve your goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or check out our CoolSculpting consultation checklist. We have extensive experience with CoolSculpting in Los Angeles and many other types of cosmetic procedures.
Posted on August 23, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
Although women still account for the vast majority (over 90%) of cosmetic procedures, it’s becoming increasingly common for men to turn to non-invasive cosmetic procedures to counteract the effects of aging, excess weight, and less-than-perfect physiques. Younger men (the infamous millennials) are also more open to using cosmetic procedures than older men.
The CoolSculpting “fat freezing” body contouring technique, in particular, can be used to address several areas of specific concern for men – many of which are resistant to diet and exercise alone.
Here’s where most men get the most out of CoolSculpting:
Beer Bellies & Love Handles
CoolSculpting permanently removes stubborn fat deposits, particularly those just under the skin. Beer bellies and love handles (excess fat on the sides of the waist) are quite common in men and can be difficult to eliminate just through diet and exercise. If you’re self-conscious about the profile of your stomach or waistline, CoolSculpting can be an effective way to make permanent improvements. It’s also far less painful and invasive than the traditional liposuction alternative.
Fat deposits in the breast area can be particularly distressing for men. The problem can be due to hormone imbalances, but more often is caused by the simple accumulation of excess fat. Fat in this area can also be quite resistant to diet and exercise. Fortunately, CoolSculpting is an effective way to help minimize or eliminate these fat deposits.
CoolSculpting not only eliminates fat but can also help tighten loose (“lax”) skin under the chin. It’s common for both men and women to accumulate fat in this area, and CoolSculpting is a particularly potent treatment option for this problem area.
Thighs and Buttocks
Fat accumulation on the inner and outer thighs and beneath the buttocks is another common male problem. Although these problems can be more readily addressed through exercise, CoolSculpting provides a more direct way to solve them.
Excess fat on the upper arms is often accompanied by loose skin, which can also be present after losing weight through traditional means. CoolSculpting can be used to target these stubborn fat deposits and help tighten accompanying loose skin.
Los Angeles CoolSculpting for Men
These problems can affect all men, not only those with unhealthy diets or lifestyles. CoolSculpting is a safe, effective treatment, and leads to permanent fat elimination in targeted areas. Nevertheless, it should not be regarded as a substitute for eating and drinking wisely and in moderation, nor getting regular exercise. CoolSculpting is also not intended to be used as a weight-loss mechanism.
CoolSculpting offers several other advantages, including:
- No injections
- No restrictive diets
- No advance preparation
- No special post-treatment precautions
- No downtime after treatment
While no sudden changes are visible, fat loss occurs gradually in the weeks and months following treatment. Therefore, CoolSculpting provides a natural-looking and discrete way to improve your appearance and self-confidence.
To schedule a consultation or discuss your questions about CoolSculpting, contact Your Laser Skin Care today. We offer many other non-invasive cosmetic procedures, many of which can be combined with CoolSculpting, to effectively address the most stubborn problem areas.
Posted on August 2, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
CoolSculpting is our latest procedure for easily and quickly removing the stubborn folds of fat that have resisted attempts through dieting or exercise. CoolSculpting is rapidly gaining in popularity and has proven to be a safe and effective non-invasive way to lose unwanted fat with minimal to no downtime.
Before deciding to move ahead with the procedure, however, you should schedule a consultation with the provider you’ve chosen. You’ll need to establish that CoolSculpting is the appropriate treatment for you, taking into account your prior medical history, the areas of fat on your body that concern you, and the results that you hope to achieve.
Your practitioner will ask you many questions as they determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. Here’s a checklist of topics that you might like to ask them about – this will help ensure that you take maximum advantage of your consultation and that you don’t forget to inquire about any important topics.
Questions About the CoolSculpting Procedure
- How does the CoolSculpting procedure actually work, and how safe is it?
- Can you predict how successful the procedure will be for a given patient?
- What kind of problems (and which parts of the body) is CoolSculpting best at treating?
- How does CoolSculpting compare to other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction?
- How long does each CoolSculpting procedure typically take, will more than one treatment be required, and how much time is needed between multiple procedures?
- How much discomfort should you expect during the procedure?
- Can other non-invasive procedures be combined with CoolSculpting?
Questions About the Practitioner
- What types of CoolSculpting equipment and accessories does the practitioner have available?
- Has the practitioner been formally trained and certified to perform CoolSculpting procedures?
- What medical experience does the practitioner have? If they’re a doctor, what board certifications do they have?
- What is the practitioner’s experience in performing non-invasive cosmetic procedures, and which other types of procedure are they also equipped to perform?
Questions About Preparing for Treatment
- Should you try to lose weight before starting CoolSculpting treatment?
- What preparations should you make before each treatment (such as avoiding direct sunlight), and what cosmetics and medications should be avoided leading up to each treatment?
Questions About Recovery After Treatment
- What kind of side-effects can occur, and how long do they typically last?
- Should you contact the practitioner if any other side effects become apparent?
- How long before you should see some results, and for how long will improvements continue to develop?
- Are the results permanent?
- Should you expect to see any changes in weight after treatment?
- How important is it to exercise and eat properly after the procedure?
If you’d like to know if CoolSculpting can help you to tighten or improve the contours of your body, contact us to schedule your own consultation. And, bring this list of questions with you!
Posted on June 26, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
We recently came across descriptions of serious injuries caused when some people attempted to “freeze” parts of their own body, typically by applying ice packs for extended periods. Needless to say, we’d very much like to dissuade anyone from trying to experiment on themselves this way – we’ll explain why “DIY CoolSculpting” is not only a particularly bad idea but potentially quite dangerous.
The Theory Behind CoolSculpting
Medical research has demonstrated that fat cells are more sensitive to being damaged by low temperatures than surrounding tissue. By reducing the temperature of fat cells for specific periods of time, it’s possible to actually kill the fat cells, after which they will be naturally eliminated from the body over the days and weeks that follow. Fat cells expand or contract during your lifetime, but once killed they are not replaced. Hence any loss of damaged fat cells will be permanent. By targeting fat close to the skin, it’s possible to effectively remove fat deposits and cosmetically reshape parts of the body.
Despite the fact that the technique is often referred to as “fat freezing,” fat cells are not in fact “frozen” when CoolSculpting is used. They are instead cooled to the precise temperature proven to be the most effective at damaging them.
What Equipment Is Used by Your Doctor?
Allergan produces the specialized equipment used in a CoolSculpting session. It uses a sophisticated control unit and applicators, which effectively cool the area being treated to a precise temperature while using suction to ensure that the skin stays in close contact with the cooling pads. The system ensures that fat beneath the skin is cooled to the temperature that’s the safest and most effective for fat removal. Several different applicators are available, depending on the part of the body that’s being treated. The process is designed to not only be effective at fat removal but also to protect your skin from damage during the process.
The Theory Behind DIY
If freezing fat cells kills them, why not just put on an ice pack and do it yourself? You can find “LipoBelts” online that claim to provide effective ways of eliminating fat. Regardless of how effective these seem, there is no medical evidence to suggest that they work, nor that they’re even safe to experiment with.
The main problem with DIY methods is that you have to guess how cold your body needs to be, and for how long. To be both safe and effective, fat must be cooled to a specific temperature for a carefully controlled period. If incorrect temperatures are used (almost guaranteed to be the case when using ice-packs), you risk frostbite, pain, even serious skin burns. The risks of serious side effects greatly increase for those with circulatory problems or diabetes and could result in permanent tissue damage.
Ice packs also melt, making it impossible to maintain the precise constant temperature over time that’s needed for effective fat removal.
There are other problems: ice packs are not adapted to the shape of the parts of the body that you’re trying to treat. So even if you manage to cool the area to the correct temperature and avoid any of the problems, you will not be effective at removing fat. You may also cause blisters if you allow your skin to warm up too quickly after cooling it. Finally, even if you do manage to kill fat cells effectively, you run a substantial risk of leaving your body misshapen and unnatural looking.
By using an experienced and qualified doctor to perform the CoolSculpting procedure, you will be maximizing the benefits you draw from the treatment while minimizing the possibility of undesired side effects. Your doctor will draw on their experience to ensure that you gain the most benefit from the smallest number of treatments, closely monitor the process to ensure you remain safe and tailor the process to ensure that your fat loss looks balanced and natural.
We will be happy to answer any questions you have about CoolSculpting or any of the other non-invasive procedures we offer. If you are in the Los Angeles area, please visit us online or call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on May 7, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
CoolSculpting is rapidly gaining visibility as an effective way to target stubborn, hard-to-lose fat deposits. Although it’s not a cure-all, the technique is increasingly being seen as an extremely effective way of addressing the following classes of problems:
Double Chins and Drooping Neck Skin
This is perhaps the area most typically associated with CoolSculpting treatments – excess fat under the chin can be very effectively treated by CoolSculpting, and typically allows a significant reduction in this particularly visible, and for many people, very hard to lose accumulation of fat.
Another area that stubborn fat is often found – many patients find that even after extended dieting and exercise it’s not possible to eliminate the fat deposits that form on the side or flanks of one’s abdomen. Fortunately, CoolSculpting has also proven to be very effective at reducing or eliminating fat in this area and can be applied to both sides of the body at the same time, to ensure that you remain symmetrical as you lose the fat.
Loose fat rolls under the arms are a particularly distressing symptom of aging for many, particularly for women. It’s relatively simple to isolate the unwanted fat and loose skin and treat them with CoolSculpting in an area that is very difficult to effectively target just through exercise. CoolSculpting results in gradual fat removal, allowing you to maintain a natural look during treatment.
Treatment in this area normally takes more than one session to achieve wanted results, not least because quite large accumulations of fat can occur in this area.
Both inner and outer thigh areas can be treated with CoolSculpting, and as with the other areas described above, the ability to treat both thighs at the same time allows a more natural look to be maintained, as unwanted fat is removed. The CoolSculpting technique has also been specially adapted to be more effective at treating this body area.
In all the above cases CoolSculpting works by permanently destroying fat cells. Each CoolSculpting treatment (depending on the area) typically removes approximately 25% of fat cells in the targeted area. It’s proven to be a very safe non-invasive technique with very limited side effects.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in this innovative CoolSculpting treatment. Please contact us at (323)-457-8740 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on March 13, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
Double chins are formed when a layer of fat around the neck starts to sag, causing a wrinkle to develop beneath the chin. They’re the result of having excess fat, excess skin, or a combination of both. Double chins are often associated with being overweight, but can actually be caused by several factors, including:
Skin loses its intrinsic elasticity as you age, which can result in loose skin sagging under the chin, which can allow a double chin to develop. Age related muscle and cartilage deterioration can also weaken the chin, leading to looser skin underneath.
– Diet and Weight
Gaining weight does not always result in a double chin, but it can certainly contribute to developing one. Having a double chin can unfortunately make one look overweight, even if the cause of the double chin is NOT weight related. Excess weight is however typically the cause of double chins in younger people.
People with a family history of inelastic skin are at higher risk of developing a double chin. Similarly, some people are simply predisposed to storing body fat under the chin, even if they are not necessarily overweight.
Over time poor posture can weaken the muscles in the neck and chin area, which can result in the surrounding skin losing its elasticity. This, in turn, contributes to an increased chance of developing a double chin. It’s even been suggested that constantly looking down at one’s phone can contribute to causing skin under the chin to sag.
– Health Problems
Double chins can also be caused by a number of health problems, including thyroid gland malfunction, swollen lymph glands, kidney disorders and facial swelling caused by inflamed salivary glands.
What Can be Done About a Double Chin?
Diet and exercise can be effective but will not typically deliver results fast enough for most people’s tastes. Also, it may not work in cases where genetics are a factor in developing a double chin.
Liposuction has traditionally been used to remove excess body fat, but is an invasive procedure requiring anesthetic with several worrying side effects. It also requires considerable recovery time, to say nothing of pain and discomfort.
Surgical facelifts have also been used to address double chins, but are an expensive, painful, and inherently more risky way to treat the condition. They are quickly falling out of fashion as more people look to non-invasive treatment options.
Non-Surgical Solutions for Double Chins
In 2017, the FDA approved the first non-surgical fat reduction treatment for use on double chins. This treatment, CoolSculpting, is able to reduce fat in the treated area by up to 20% after a single treatment and is a non-invasive procedure with minimal side effects. CoolSculpting works by killing fat cells using cooling pads applied to the skin – fat cells are more easily damaged by cold than other cells. The dead fat cells are eliminated naturally in the weeks following a treatment, which helps makes the reduction in the size of a double chin look natural.
Double chins don’t pose any direct health risk but minimizing them is something that many people want. CoolSculpting provides an accessible way for this to be accomplished, hence CoolSculpting procedures are very quickly growing in popularity. We recently added CoolSculpting to the list of services we offer at Your Laser Skin Care.
Finally, in cases when CoolSculpting may not be recommended, we also offer Kybella, another FDA-approved procedure that uses injections of a compound that causes fat cells to break down and dissolve. Kybella is also an effective treatment option for double chins.
We’ll be delighted to schedule a consultation if you’d like to explore whether CoolSculpting or Kybella is a possible treatment option for you.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.