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Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

Have you heard of CoolSculpting but you’re somewhat skeptical about the claims of the technology?  CoolSculpting’s fat freezing technology is unfamiliar to many people, so it’s not surprising that they are curious to find out if CoolSculpting really works.  

Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

Yes, CoolSculpting does work.  CoolSculpting is a revolutionary non-invasive treatment that uses a system of controlled cooling known as cryolipolysis, to remove stubborn bulges of fat.  A single CoolSculpting treatment can reduce fat in the targeted area by 20-25%.  Therefore, one treatment is often all that’s needed to get the desired results.  Here’s how CoolSculpting works!

When the CoolSculpting applicator is placed on the treatment area it selectively freezes and kills the fat cells, because they are more sensitive to freezing temperatures.  However, it does not harm the surrounding skin and underlying tissue.   The fat cells frozen during treatment are naturally processed out of the body over the following weeks. 

Some improvement can be seen about 3 weeks after treatment but optimal results can take up to 4 months. 

CoolSculpting is an innovative way to remove stubborn bulges of fat and create the body shape you’ve always wanted.

How Long Do The Results Last?

Once the fat cells are shed they are gone for good, so the results are long-lasting. However, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid excessive fat gain in the remaining fat cells.

Am I A Candidate For CoolSculpting?

If you have small to moderate areas of fat that you haven’t been able to reduce with diet and exercise, you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting.  CoolSculpting is intended for use on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, upper arms, back fat, bra fat, submental area (fat under the chin), and fat beneath the buttocks (banana roll).   It is not a weight-loss treatment.

Would you like to learn more about CoolSculpting?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Daytona Beach, FL or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Curtis Schalit for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Schalit at www.drschalit.com, or by calling (386) 516-5830.

How Long Is Recovery From A Facelift?

How Long Is Recovery From A Facelift?

If you would like to combat signs of facial aging, a facelift is certainly the right choice.  A facelift is one of the most effective facial rejuvenation procedures, but post-operative care plays a significant role in achieving optimal outcomes.  But how long is the recovery from a facelift?

Benefits Of A Facelift

When it comes to facial rejuvenation, facelift surgery is the gold standard.  A facelift or rhytidectomy addresses excess skin around the jawline and neck, as well as creases and folds around the nose and mouth.  It tightens sagging skin, gets rid of deep creases and jowls, and refines the neck.

How Long Is Recovery From A Facelift?

Recovery from a facelift takes approximately 4-6 weeks.  However, healing times vary for each patient depending on factors such as age, general health, and the extent of the facelift.  

Rest is critical in the first few days after surgery, so patients are advised to have a family member or friend on-hand to help with minor tasks for at least 24 hours.

Your face will be swollen and slightly bruised for around 2 weeks after surgery, but patients can typically return to work after 10-14 days.  Most patients can comfortably go out in public and attend social events at that time.

The majority of the swelling resolves within 2-4 weeks, but residual swelling may persist for up to 6 months in some cases.   Normal activities can be resumed about 4 weeks after surgery.

While these guidelines are helpful, some patients may need more recovery time after facelift surgery.

Patients that follow the post-operative instructions of their plastic surgeon generally heal faster and experience the best outcomes after a facelift.  

Would you like to learn more about facelift surgery?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the northeast Athens, GA metro region, Pittman Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.pittmanplasticsurgery.com, or by calling (706) 549-3203.

How Does a Facial Fat Transfer Work?

How Does a Facial Fat Transfer Work?

Is your sagging face making you look older than you are?  Your sagging skin is likely due to the loss of facial fat.  Volume loss is a major cause of facial aging because it causes hollowness in the cheeks, temples, and the area around the eyes.  Facial fat transfer is a relatively simple technique for reversing volume loss in the face.  But how does facial fat transfer work?

What Is A Facial Fat Transfer?

Facial fat transfer or facial fat grafting is a procedure in which fat is removed from another part of the body and transferred to the face to restore volume.  Typical donor areas include the abdomen, flanks, or thighs.   Facial fat transfer can be done as a standalone procedure, or combined with other facial rejuvenation treatments such as a facelift or blepharoplasty for more enhanced results. 

How Does A Facial Fat Transfer Work?

Facial fat transfer is a multi-step procedure.  The fat is first harvested from the donor area using a gentle liposuction technique.  The extracted fat is processed to separate it from the body fluids, and then injected into specific areas of the face to replenish volume.

Fat transfer technology is now available in the form of BeautiFill non-surgical fat transfer.  BeautiFill is a laser-based fat transfer system that combines liposuction, fat grafting, and skin tightening.  BeautiFill harvests fat cells efficiently and this increases fat viability to ensure more consistent facial rejuvenation results.   The results of BeautiFill are long-lasting and look completely natural.

Facial areas that can be successfully treated with fat transfer include the cheeks, temples, nasolabial folds, and jawline.

Facial fat transfer is a wonderful way to improve signs of aging and restore a healthier, more youthful appearance.  

Would you like to learn more about facial fat transfer?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Kansas City, Leawood, and Overland Park areas, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is our featured practice.  Premier Vein uses the cutting-edge BeautiFill to perform facial fat transfer.

You can reach them at www.premierveinandbody.com or by calling 913-303-8357.

Does Botox Last Forever?

Does Botox Last Forever?

If you are interested in reducing minor wrinkles in specific facial areas but don’t want to undergo surgery, you may want to consider botox injections.  Botox is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments on the market, but you might be wondering – Does botox last forever?

What Is Botox?

Botox or botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.  It is a wrinkle-relaxing treatment that is used to smooth mild to moderate wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes.  These are dynamic wrinkles that form as a result of repeated muscle movement.  

Does Botox last Forever?

Botox is a temporary wrinkle-relaxing treatment, so it does not last forever.  Individual results vary, but the outcomes of botox typically last 3-6 months.  However, studies show that the long term use of botox can reduce the strength of the muscles and cause the results to last longer.

As the effects of botox start to wear off, activity will return to the injected facial muscles, and dynamic wrinkles will start to reappear.  Botox injections must therefore be repeated over time to maintain the results.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox smooths frown lines and crow’s feet by weakening the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles to develop in the skin.  When the underlying muscles are relaxed the wrinkles become smoother.  Botox also prevents new wrinkles from forming, so the face looks refreshed and youthful.

Botox takes less than an hour to administer.  There is no downtime after treatment so patients can resume normal activities right away.

Are you ready to say goodbye to wrinkles with botox?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Rockwall, TX area, Juvanew Medspa is our featured practice. You can reach them at www.juvanew.com or by calling (972) 848-6633.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last

Are you thinking of getting dermal fillers to counteract signs of facial aging?  Wrinkles, sagging cheeks, and thin lips are some of the telltale signs of facial aging that can be addressed with dermal fillers.  But how long do dermal fillers last?

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables that rejuvenate the skin and create a more youthful appearance.  They can be used to reduce facial lines and wrinkles, and restore volume to the soft tissues to improve facial balance and symmetry. 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

The longevity of a dermal filler varies depending on the individual properties of the filler.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are among the most popular dermal fillers now available.  HA is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and keeps the skin hydrated.  When HA fillers are injected into the skin they attract water.  The added moisture hydrates the skin, helping to fill in wrinkles and fine lines.    

HA fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. The material gradually breaks down over time, and the particles are absorbed by the body.  

Other dermal fillers include those made of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) and  Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA).  Radiesse is a CaHA filler that typically lasts 12 months, and  Sculptra is a PLLA filler that lasts for approximately 2 years. 

Radiesse and Sculptra are collagen stimulators, so they help to promote the body’s natural production of collagen.  The collagen remodeling process takes place over several months, so the effects are long-lasting.

Would you like to learn more about dermal fillers?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Newport Beach, CA area, Zena Medical is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.zenamedical.com, or by calling 949-200-8222.

Is Juvederm Only For Lips

Is Juvederm Only For Lips

When it comes to lip augmentation, Juvederm Volbella is a popular choice for patients because it provides subtle looking results.  Juvederm Volbella is a smooth, lightweight filler that is specially formulated to augment the lips and fill in vertical lip lines. But is Juvederm only for the lips?

Juvederm Collection Of Fillers

Juvederm is a collection of facialfillers that are used to reduce tell-tale signs of aging.  Theyconsist of hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body and helps skin tissue remain plump and moisturized.

Is Juvederm Only For The Lips

There are different products in the Juvederm collection, and they are designed to treat different areas of the face.   In addition to plumping the lips, Juvederm can also soften wrinkles and folds (Juvederm Ultra Plus), and add volume to the cheeks (Juvederm Voluma).

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC

Juvederm Ultra Plus reduces the appearance of wrinkles and folds, especially nasolabial folds and marionette lines.  Nasolabial folds run from the nose to the corner of the mouth, while marionette linesextend from the corner of the mouth down to the chin.  The results of Juvederm Ultra Plus typically last 6-12 months.

Juvederm Voluma XC

Juvederm Voluma XC corrects age-related volume loss in the cheeks.  Voluma is injected deep into the tissues to plump sagging cheeks, and provide a subtle lift to the mid-face area.  Juvederm Volumaenhances facial contours by restoring volume that’s lost with age.  The results can last 2 years or more.

Would you like to learn more about Juvederm?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Wall Township, NJ area, Karolak Facial Plastic Surgeon is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.drkarolak.com, or by calling (732) 392-7411.

What is Accutane?

What is Accutane?

If you’ve tried a variety of treatments to clear your acne and nothing seems to work, it may be time to talk to your doctor about Accutane.  When it comes to treating acne, Accutane is known as the drug of last resort.  But what exactly is Accutane, and how does it help acne.

What Is Accutane?

Accutane is the brand name for isotretinoin which is an oral retinoic acid that is often used in the treatment of acne, including cystic acne.  Cystic acne is a severe form of acne that causes painful, inflamed lesions to appear on the skin. 

Accutane is a powerful medication that is derived from vitamin A.  It is typically recommended for patients that have not been helped by prescription medication and other interventions.

The specific dosage of Accutane needed varies for each patient, depending on the type and severity of the acne being treated.   Most patients are acne-free after 4-6 months of Accutane treatment. 

How Accutane Helps Acne

Accutane combats acne by reducing the size of the sebaceous glands and decreasing the amount of oil they produce.  Accutane also reduces acne-causing p. acnes bacteria.   Controlling oil production and removing bacteria unclogs the pores of the skin, so blackheads and whiteheads are less likely to develop.

Are There Any Side-Effects?

There are several side-effects associated with Accutane including chapped lips and dry skin, but more severe side-effects can occur with high doses of the drug.  Accutane can also cause birth defects, so it should not be taken by pregnant women.   It’s for this reason that Accutane is only available under a special program known as iPledge. 

Would you like to learn more about Accutane?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Newport Beach, CA area, Zena Medical is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.zenamedical.com or by calling 949-200-8222.

Is Laser Hair Removal Truly Permanent?

Is Laser Hair Removal Truly Permanent?

Do you have unwanted facial or body hair that you’re tired of shaving?  Laser hair removal is a quick, precise alternative that delivers consistent results.  In the last few years, laser hair removal has become the preferred option for people wanting to be hair free forever.  But is laser hair removal truly permanent?

How Laser Hair Removal Works

The light from the laser directly targets the pigment at the base of the hair follicle.  The pigment absorbs the laser light and this generates heat within the follicle and damages the growth center that produces hair.  This damage may delay or prevent the growth of new hair.  The treated hair will eventually fall out in the weeks following treatment.

Is Laser Hair Removal Truly Permanent?

Laser hair removal is not permanent, but it can reduce hair for very long periods. 

Laser hair removal does not remove every hair follicle, because hair grows in phases and only absorbs laser energy efficiently during the growth phase.   During the resting and transition phases, the hair is unable to absorb sufficient laser light to damage the hair growth center.  Therefore, patients will experience hair growth after treatment.  It typically takes about 6 laser hair removal cycles to achieve the desired hair reduction. 

Patients should expect indefinite or long-term hair reduction rather than permanent results with laser hair removal.

Choosing an experienced medical provider with the necessary training and skill is the key to getting the best results with laser hair removal.

Would you like to learn more about laser hair removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Duluth, MN area, Twin Ports Dermatology, Duluth MN is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.twinportsderm.com, or by calling (218) 216-7754.

How Painful Is Laser Hair Removal?

How Painful Is Laser Hair Removal?

Are you ready to try laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted hair?   Whether your usual method of hair removal is shaving or waxing, you are sure to enjoy the convenience and longevity of laser hair removal.  But you may have heard stories that laser hair removal is painful, so you would probably like to know what to expect.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

The laser energy selectively targets the hair follicle and the melanin at the base of the follicle absorbs the light, which then gets converted into heat.  This process damages the hair growth center and inhibits future hair growth.

How Painful Is Laser Hair Removal?

Patients may feel some discomfort during laser hair removal, but the degree of discomfort will depend on their pain tolerance level.  The sensations experienced during laser hair removal are often likened to an elastic band snapping against the skin, so the treatment is relatively painless. 

The part of the body undergoing treatment and the type of technology used will also influence the level of discomfort felt during laser hair removal. 

Laser hair removal is generally well-tolerated in those areas where the skin tends to be thicker, such as the arms and legs, but patients often feel more discomfort when treatment is done on sensitive areas such as the upper lips and underarms. 

Advanced lasers like the Palomar Icon work efficiently and deliver superior results, with minimal to no discomfort.  

Would you like to learn more about laser hair removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Boca Raton, FL area, contact Dr. Cristina Keusch of the Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center for an in-person consultation.

You can reach Dr. Keusch at https://www.drkeusch.com/, or by calling (561) 931-6712.

How safe is botox

How safe is botox

Thinking about getting botox? Botox is a quick treatment that is relatively affordable, so it’s accessible to many people.  Although botox is such a popular aesthetic treatment, people still have a lot of questions about it, since its derived from a dangerous substance.  So how safe is botox.  

Benefits of botox

Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines that develop as a result of repeated muscle contractions, when making expressions such as squinting, frowning, and smiling.  It is therefore the ideal solution for reducing horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows.  Botox works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscles.   The effects last 3-4 months.  

How safe is botox

Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism (type of food poisoning).  Botulinum toxin can be poisonous in its pure state, but botox is made from highly diluted amounts of the toxin, and is injected in very small doses.

There may be slight swelling and bruising at the injection site after botox treatment, but these symptoms usually resolve within a few hours.  Therefore, patients can resume normal activities immediately after treatment. 

Botox has been evaluated and approved by the FDA, and has a very safe history.  Millions of people in the US have been treated with botox since it gained FDA approval in 2002, and few adverse effects or complications have been reported. 

Botox is therefore very safe, as long as it is administered by a qualified, experienced medical professional, preferably a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.  

Would you like to learn more about botox?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Duluth area, Twin Ports Dermatology, Duluth, MN is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.twinportsderm.com, or by calling (218) 216-7761.

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