Articles Tagged: coolsculpting
Posted on April 16, 2021 by Ella Fedonenko
Following childbirth (whether naturally or via cesarean section), many women are left with stubborn fat deposits, especially in the lower stomach area. CoolSculpting is an effective non-invasive procedure designed to reduce or eliminate unwanted fat, so increasing numbers of women consider CoolSculpting after childbirth. There are, however, certain factors that must be taken into consideration before CoolSculpting can be recommended.
General medical opinion is that it’s best to wait six months following childbirth before undergoing any cosmetic procedures, including non-invasive ones. This gives your body the time to fully recover from the significant changes that it undergoes during pregnancy and will also give your body the opportunity to lose much of the fat gained during pregnancy naturally.
Pregnancy and childbirth are not the only causes of stress to your body – breastfeeding also involves significant changes to your metabolism and brings with it major changes in the way that your body manages fat, which is, of course, needed to produce nutritious milk when breastfeeding. We recommend waiting a further three to six months after stopping breastfeeding before considering CoolSculpting.
C-Sections and CoolSculpting
Cesarean births require additional recovery time – typically in the four to six weeks range, but often result in a flabby pouch forming above the C-section scar. This pouch normally reduces over time but may never totally disappear. The pouch is partly due to excess skin, the natural result of your pregnancy, but is primarily due to excess fat deposits.
Some women are able to reduce or even eliminate this pouch through diet and exercise; others may not be so fortunate.
The good news is that CoolSculpting is able to reduce this pouch in most cases substantially. You’ll need to be evaluated by a medically qualified CoolSculpting practitioner, who will be able to advise you if you’re a good candidate for fat reduction using CoolSculpting.
Multiple CoolSculpting treatments are required in almost all cases. Each procedure removes up to 25% of fat cells in the area being treated, so multiple sessions are usually needed to achieve maximum fat removal. Fat cells in the treated area will be naturally eliminated from the body in the weeks and months that follow.
Weight Loss and CoolSculpting
There’s one area where CoolSculpting cannot help – although the procedure is an effective way to reduce or eliminate subcutaneous fat in many parts of the body, it is not intended to be used as a way to lose weight. This is primarily because CoolSculpting can only address fat deposits that lay close to the skin – the same fat deposits that cause the majority of cosmetic issues. CoolSculpting cannot affect other fat deposits, such as the visceral fat deposits that surround abdominal organs deeper inside the body. For this reason, CoolSculpting should not be considered a substitute for exercise and eating a healthy diet.
Quality of Results
If you decide to proceed with CoolSculpting, you will need to pay attention to the practitioner’s skill and experience – getting a natural and symmetrical “look” actually requires considerable skill on the part of the person performing the procedure. It’s unfortunately quite possible to be left with “lumpy” uneven skin after treatment if the practitioner is inexperienced or the procedure is rushed. So, do your homework before deciding where to go.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care’s medical professionals are qualified and highly experienced in the application of CoolSculpting. We can provide you with expert advice on how best to use CoolSculpting to address your particular concerns and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about using the procedure to address belly pouches or unwanted fat in other areas. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures and can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.
Posted on April 9, 2021 by Ella Fedonenko
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat-reduction technique that relies on the fact that fat cells are more sensitive to low temperatures than other skin cells. By lowering the skin temperature to near freezing, it’s possible to damage (and ultimately kill off) subcutaneous fat cells while leaving surrounding skin cells undamaged.
The Chin Area
The chin area is one of the body parts that traditionally resist weight loss – it’s not possible to target this area directly through exercise. For many people, fat deposits in this area are particularly stubborn.
During the CoolSculpting procedure, the area being treated is squeezed between two cooling pads. These pads cool adjacent skin to the precise temperature at which fat cells can be damaged; suction is also used to maximize the cooling effect. The area under the chin and jawline is very well placed to facilitate the efficient use of CoolSculpting pads, as the skin can easily be manipulated to isolate undesired fat deposits.
Each CoolSculpting treatment is capable of removing up to 25% of the fat cells in the treated area – for this reason, multiple sessions will normally be performed. Results are not seen immediately following treatment – individual damaged fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body in the weeks and months following treatment. Although this has the advantage of making any fat loss look natural, it does mean that the benefits of CoolSculpting sessions will take some time to become fully apparent.
Permanency of Results
CoolSculpting works by damaging and ultimately killing off a certain percentage of unwanted fat cells in the area being treated. Fat cells, once killed, are not replaced, and hence fat loss achieved through the use of CoolSculpting is permanent. This does not mean, however, that it’s impossible to regain fat after successful treatment. Although CoolSculpting kills off fat cells, it’s not possible (or even desirable) to kill all fat cells in any given area.
A single CoolSculpting treatment only affects up to 25% of fat cells in the treated area, and hence many fat cells will remain, even after multiple treatments. These remaining fat cells are quite capable of increasing in size if you continue to eat a poor diet or if you avoid general exercise after treatment.
Using the CoolSculpting procedure to achieve natural-looking results requires considerable skill on the part of the practitioner. The CoolSculpting pads allow fat to be eliminated, but the precise positioning and use of the cooling pads is crucial to achieving efficient fat loss while ensuring that the overall contours of the body remain balanced and attractive. Massaging the treated areas is also part of each CoolSculpting session and further aids in achieving well-balanced fat loss.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care is medically qualified and highly experienced in the application of CoolSculpting. We can provide you with expert advice on how best to use CoolSculpting to address your particular concerns and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures and can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.
Posted on March 23, 2021 by Ella Fedonenko
CoolSculpting enables permanent fat loss in selective areas of the body, using a non-invasive (non-surgical) procedure that is safe, convenient, and effective. CoolSculpting uses carefully controlled and monitored cooling pads to damage unwanted fat cells selectively, after which they’re naturally eliminated from the body. Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the procedure is that the body does not regenerate that fat cells, so fat loss through the procedure is permanent. Consequently, the technique is fast becoming one of our most popular procedures.
We’ve heard some concerns that CoolSculpting may not be appropriate for all potential patients, particularly those with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
The first thing to state clearly is that CoolSculpting is a cosmetic procedure intended to allow unwanted fat deposits to be reduced or eliminated. It is not advertised as a weight-loss technique. You should not consider CoolSculpting as an effective way to lose weight, reduce cholesterol, or have any other health-related benefits. Given that CoolSculpting does not have health-related benefits, the question remains as to whether it can have any adverse health-related effects.
CoolSculpting removes fat by selectively cooling fat cells to the specific temperature at which they begin to freeze. As fat cells start to solidify, they are damaged, causing them to die, after which they are naturally eliminated from the body over the days and weeks following treatment. The cooling process is carefully designed to avoid damaging any other cells in the body – this is possible because fat cells are particularly sensitive to temperature and because they are affected by temperatures that other body cells can tolerate without damage. A major plus with CoolSculpting is the way it uses the body’s natural processes to remove unwanted fat cells.
CoolSculpting with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-approved for use on the chin, abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, as well as for fat deposits on the back and sides of the chest. It’s also widely used in other body areas, such as ankles and knees. The FDA approval does not exclude patients with diabetes from having access to CoolSculpting.
There are several accounts in the literature that document the use of CoolSculpting on patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, describing the successful use of the procedure. There, however, have been concerns expressed that the cryolipolysis that forms the basis of the CoolSculpting procedure can theoretically contribute to metabolic syndrome, which is one of the contributors to type 2 diabetes. We don’t believe that this represents a significant factor in the vast majority of cases – loss of body fat from CoolSculpting is more likely to result in metabolic benefits.
CoolSculpting with Insulin Pumps
CoolSculpting might interfere with the use of insulin pumps – consequently, we would recommend avoiding performing CoolSculpting procedure on body areas where insulin pumps are used.
In many cases, diabetics with uncontrolled blood sugar levels are more likely to suffer damage to the tiny blood vessels near the skin surface. Therefore, diabetics are somewhat more likely to suffer temporary bruising as a result of the CoolSculpting procedure.
The one conclusion that you should draw from these potential problems is the need to ensure that you only undertake CoolSculpting after having discussed all potential issues with a doctor who is also thoroughly familiar with the procedure. Do not assume that every doctor will have this experience, and certainly do not assume that every CoolSculpting practitioner is qualified to give you medical advice. You may find that it’s relatively rare to find a medically qualified doctor who is also experienced with CoolSculpting; as a diabetic, you absolutely need to pay special attention to this problem.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care are highly experienced – we can provide you with expert advice on how best to use CoolSculpting to address your particular situation, including diabetes. We have extensive experience with a wide variety of non-invasive cosmetic procedures and can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals, combining different procedures when appropriate. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.
Posted on July 30, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
We’ve written several blog pieces covering the many advantages that CoolSculpting offers as a safe and effective way to remove fat selectively. Some readers have expressed concerns about how safe the CoolSculpting procedure is, so we’re concentrating on that subject today.
The most significant advantage that CoolSculpting offers is that it is entirely non-invasive, meaning that CoolSculpting is not a surgical procedure. It doesn’t require that patients are anesthetized, and consequently, no recovery period is needed after treatment before one can resume normal activities.
CoolSculpting removes fat by selectively cooling fat cells to the specific temperature at which they begin to freeze. As fat cells start to solidify, they are damaged, causing them to die, after which they are naturally eliminated from the body over the days and weeks following treatment.
The cooling process is carefully designed to avoid damaging any other cells in the body – this is possible because fat cells are particularly sensitive to temperature, and because they are affected by temperatures that other body cells can tolerate without damage.
The CoolSculpting procedure uses carefully designed propriety equipment that ensures that the fat cells are targeted quickly and efficiently, minimizing your exposure to cold temperatures, and reducing discomfort to the bare minimum.
The CoolSculpting practitioner is responsible for carefully monitoring the process, and ensuring that the body’s skin, nerves, and muscles are unaffected by the cold temperature used during CoolSculpting procedures.
Natural Fat Elimination
After the fat cells are killed by cooling, they collapse and are removed from the body through the natural processes that the body uses to remove dead cells. The CoolSculpting procedure “leverages” the normal functioning of the body, and avoids introducing any foreign substances into the body.
This dramatically reduces the chance of patients developing adverse side effects during or after CoolSculpting treatment and results in it being classified as one of the safest cosmetic procedures.
The FDA has officially cleared CoolSculpting for treating excess fat under the chin and jawline, on the thighs, abdomen, and love handles, as well as on the upper arms, beneath the buttocks, on the back, and between the armpits and bra. It’s also approved for use in reducing the appearance of lax skin around the jaw and neck.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care can provide you with expert advice on how best to use CoolSculpting to address your particular concerns, and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. We have extensive experience with a wide variety of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.
We can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your goals, combining different procedures when appropriate. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.
Posted on June 26, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
CoolSculpting is rapidly growing in popularity as a highly effective way to selectively achieve visible reductions in unwanted fat deposits in many parts of the body. The CoolSculpting procedure is relatively straightforward and allows highly targeted fat reduction to be performed with minimal side effects. Despite its relative simplicity, there are still several ways to improve the results that CoolSculpting brings, following the following recommendations before treatment.
Try to Lose Excess Weight
It might seem strange to recommend losing weight before having a fat-reduction procedure, but this can be very beneficial. CoolSculpting is not an effective weight-loss mechanism – and although it’s effective at removing excess fat from specific areas, it’s limited in which body areas can be treated. In particular, it’s mostly effective at removing subcutaneous fat and is much less effective at targeting deep-body visceral fat.
By getting close to your target weight before CoolSculpting treatment, aside from the general health benefits that will follow, you’ll maximize the CoolSculpting procedure’s effectiveness. CoolSculpting can help eliminate the hard-to-lose subcutaneous fat deposits that are often left behind after significant overall weight loss.
Minimize Complications by Avoiding Some Medications
You can minimize the chance of developing bruising following a CoolSculpting session by avoiding the use of any medications and supplements that can act to modify normal blood clotting, for a week or so before treatment. Even over-the-counter medications like aspirin (an effective blood thinner) can make bruising more likely, and supplements like fish oil or vitamin E can have similar effects.
Protect Your Skin
Unnecessary sun exposure is generally frowned upon but is especially discouraged before many cosmetic procedures. You don’t want to worry about any extra pain or discomfort due to sun-burnt or sun-damaged skin interfering with or complicating the use of the CoolSculpting cooling pads. Similarly, any other skin damage, such as cuts or bruises, are best left to heal before starting CoolSculpting treatment.
Smoking is considered to be bad for your health, with or without other considerations. If you are a smoker, seriously consider stopping for several days before treatment to ensure your body is in the best possible shape to recover quickly from the loss of fat during each CoolSculpting procedure.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care can provide you with advice on the best ways to prepare for a CoolSculpting procedure, as well as helping you choose the most effective (and cost-effective) way to achieve your cosmetic goals. We are also highly experienced in the use of many other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.
Posted on April 15, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
CoolSculpting can be a very attractive procedure for those looking for a simple and effective way to remove localized excess subcutaneous fat. It’s both safe and noninvasive and is rapidly growing in popularity as more people become aware of how easy it is to eliminate excess fat deposits in many parts of the body.
Is CoolSculpting Painful?
However, as the procedure involves pinching the unwanted fat between refrigerated pads, potential patients are often concerned with just what the procedure feels like, and whether it’s uncomfortable or even painful.
The first thing to know is that individual CoolSculpting sessions can take up to several hours, and as each session can remove up to 25% of the fat cells in the treatment area, more than one treatment may sometimes be needed.
During the CoolSculpting Procedure
The pads used to squeeze the treatment area are cooled to an exact temperature, and suction is also applied to ensure the fat cells are cooled as effectively as possible. The suction mostly feels like a gentle pinch to the skin. Generally, this is easily tolerated and doesn’t cause significant discomfort. Once the cooling pads start to chill down the skin and fat, you’ll notice the temperature drop, and some people are certainly more sensitive to this process than others.
Generally, however, this part of the process is only mildly uncomfortable, you’ll probably tolerate the cold fairly easily, and even in cases where the cold temperature causes more pronounced discomfort, it’s mitigated by the numbness that comes with the exposure to low temperatures. Generally, the process feels quite similar to that of holding an ice pack to your body for several minutes – something that we can nearly all tolerate quite easily.
Once the cooling session is over, and the pads removed, the practitioner will massage the treated area, to stimulate and even out the removal of fat cells, and restore any feeling that may have been numbed by the cold. This part of the process may also be perceived differently – some patients find being manipulated somewhat uncomfortable, while others are not bothered by it.
If you’re particularly sensitive, or just worried about how you’ll react to the procedure, we encourage you to make your concerns known to your practitioner. They may be able to modify the process to minimize discomfort, or to avoid areas that you find particularly sensitive.
After the Procedure
Results are not seen immediately after a CoolSculpting session but become apparent in the weeks after treatment. Some discomfort can accompany the actual loss of fat cells – around 10 percent of patients experience some minimal pain or soreness during this period, which can include unusually sensitive skin. These symptoms will soon dissipate, although it may be wise to avoid wearing tight clothing around the treated area until any tenderness has subsided.
Interested in CoolSculpting? Contact Your Laser Skin Care
We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about CoolSculpting treatments and can show you how best to make use of CoolSculpting to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation. We have extensive experience with this and many other types of cosmetic procedures.
Posted on February 27, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
While neither Liposuction nor CoolSculpting is considered to be effective weight loss techniques, both provide the ability to selectively remove localized deposits of excess fat.
In both cases, fat cells will be permanently removed from treated areas, but neither procedure can prevent fat from subsequent accumulation or redistribution to other areas of the body.
Liposuction can be an effective technique for localized fat removal, but it comes with a lengthy list of negatives, including cost, pain and discomfort, lengthy recovery times, frequent substandard results, and some quite significant associated health risks and complications.
CoolSculpting is a more modern technique and offers far fewer risks and is a more cost-effective, non-invasive way to effect fat removal. It does not involve incisions or injections, in contrast to liposuction. Here are the key advantages of CoolSculpting over Liposuction.
CoolSculpting Is More Effective
CoolSculpting is particularly effective on the belly, the side-area between the ribs and hips, the inner and outer thighs and beneath the chin. Liposuction, in comparison, can be used in more areas and may be more effective at removing larger accumulations of fat.
The results from liposuction may take several months to become apparent, while CoolSculpting typically produces visible results in a matter of a few weeks.
Neither procedure is effective at removing the loose or lax skin that can result from extensive fat reduction.
CoolSculpting Is Much Safer
Liposuction is an invasive surgical technique that typically requires the use of a general anesthetic. Side effects can include blood clots, swelling, bruising, infection, reactions to the anesthetic, persistent changes in skin sensitivity, and lengthy recovery times. Its use is strongly discouraged if you suffer from breathing or circulation problems.
In contrast, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive outpatient procedure that can be performed over the course of several sessions. It does not involve anesthetic, although local pain relief may be provided during the procedure. Side effects can include mild bruising or tenderness but are typically short-lived.
In the hands of a skilled practitioner, CoolSculpting typically results in more natural symmetrical body contours. It is undoubtedly true that liposuction carries a far greater risk of serious side effects.
CoolSculpting Requires No Recovery Period
Due to its invasive nature, recovering from liposuction typically takes several days, during which you’ll be recommended to avoid work and other activities. CoolSculpting, in contrast, requires basically no recovery time – the non-invasive nature of the procedure can result in mild bruising, but avoids all risks associated with invasive surgery.
CoolSculpting Is Way More Convenient
CoolSculpting procedures normally take few hours, hence it’s far easier to incorporate them into your normal schedule. Accomplishing fat reduction over several sessions can also result in a more gradual and hence, natural-looking result.
The surgical nature of the liposuction procedure requires far more involved planning but is normally accomplished in a single visit. This does, however, remove the ability to gauge results and adjust the treatment after an initial session.
Choosing CoolSculpting with Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care is highly experienced in providing CoolSculpting, as well as a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We’re happy to provide advice on the best way to tackle your cosmetic challenges, and can typically offer several options to allow you to choose the most suitable treatment, or combination of treatments, for your particular situation.
Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.