IPL therapy, sometimes called a Photofacial, uses intense pulsed light (hence the abbreviation IPL) targeting pigment in the skin and works magic on it. IPL is one of our favorite treatments at Radiance because the results are nothing short of magical.
IPL targets the brown and excessive red pigments in the skin. These pigments can come from sun damage, broken capillaries and rosacea. Once treated, our clients start to look better immediately after the treatment and continue to improve for 3 to 7 days. Spots will immediately start turning dark and flake away over the course of a few days and your skin will look beautiful in about a week.
What does IPL Photofacial treat?
- Sun damage, like brown freckling caused by sun exposure
- Broken capillaries
- Cherry angiomas
IPL Photofacial works best and safely treats skin types one, two and three. Unfortunately, IPL can not be done on melasma (large dark patches) or darker skin types because of the risk of burns or causing rebound melasma. (Click here for a great treatment for melasma: PRX-T33.)
What areas can IPL Photofacial treat?
We been getting great results for years on:
- Arms and hands
What does my treatment series look like?
A consultation is needed to really say for sure but we recommend all clients start with two IPL treatments and see how things look in 30 days. From there, we can make a treatment plan to keep your results looking great.
Recovery is Easy
Right after your treatment, spots will immediately start turning dark and this is the start of the healing process. For the next 3 to 7 days these spots will face and flake away with the final results showing up in about a week. During this time, you’re going to want to wear a high-quality sunscreen and try to not have long exposure in the sun. We can do this treatment anytime of year, but if you’re planning a beach trip, you might want to wait until you get back.
How to Keep Those Fantastic Results
If you are treating for redness/rosacea you will need to come in once every three months for a maintenance session to keep your skin looking amazing. We also recommend that you use Alastin Nectar daily to keep your redness in check. If your main concern is brown freckling, you will just need to come see us every 6 months for your maintenance session and add in Revision C+ and Revision Intellishade to maintain your clear, beautiful skin.
IPL is an amazing tool to help you look and feel your best. We’ve been doing this for nearly 15 years and treated thousands of clients. Come in today for a free consultation and we can develop a treatment plan and help talk through any questions you have.
Starting a rewards program for me was really about making it simple for our clients to maintain their best skin care routines and rewarding them while they do it. I really do believe in the work we do here and this was a way to make it easier and more available to everyone. Subscriptions seem to be everywhere, and with good reason. They let people add something to their life, be it food delivery, razors, you name it. The list of available subscriptions seems to be growing everyday. That’s why we started it – it makes it easier to get what our clients are already doing.
In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read more about it here. In essence, your $100 monthly membership gets you $120 in spa credit every month, which rolls from month to month if it’s not used and never expires.
When thinking about a membership program, we wanted to provide extra value (and some good perks) for our best clients. We didn’t want to do the normal “use it or lose it” program that 99% of businesses who offer memberships do. We want our clients to be able to use their accumulated points towards any service or product whenever they want. You can use your membership for a facial, massage, or even a microneedling treatment every month or choose to save your points for Botox, filler or CoolSculpting. Many of our clients also use the points to purchase Latisse or our skin care products.
What a better incentive to stay on track with your skin care and taking care of you! If you join in the month of March we will also give you a $50 Radiance gift card just for signing up. All members also receive a free 60 minute massage to enjoy in their birthday month.
We started Radiance Rewards for our clients to get more from their self-care routines. I hope you’ll become a member soon.
Millions of women, as well as men, have unwanted hair on their body. If this sounds familiar, you should consider intense pulse light (IPL) hair removal. It offers a safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair. As a result, it’s become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional hair removal solutions like shaving and waxing. Before making the commitment to IPL, though, there are a few things you should about this modern hair removal technique.
Overview of IPL Hair Removal
IPL is a noninvasive hair removal procedure that involves the use of broad-spectrum light pules — typically in the spectral range of 400 to 1,200 nm — to inhibit the growth cycle of hair follicles. Light within this spectral range permanently damages hair follicles.
It’s important to note that IPL is only designed to damage and destroy hair follicles in the growth phase. Therefore, several treatments may be needed to achieve desirable results.
Even if all or most of the hair follicles are destroyed during the first treatment session, new hair follicles may enter the growth phase just months later. And unless these new follicles are targeted with IPL, they’ll form new hair. By scheduling several treatment IPL sessions, you can rest assured knowing that the problematic hair won’t regrow.
IPL has origins dating back to the late 1990s, during which the procedure was described in medical literature. Since then, it’s become one of the most popular solutions for permanent hair removal on the market.
What to Expect During IPL Hair Removal
During a typical IPL hair removal session, a professional aesthetician will use a light-emitting wand to selectively targeted areas of your skin with unwanted or otherwise problematic hair. The wand is designed to create pulses of broad-spectrum light. Each pulse emits light that’s absorbed by your skin. At the same, the light pulses create heat. The combination of broad-spectrum light and heat destroys hair follicles during the growth phase, causing the targeted hair to fall out.
Some of the different areas of the body that IPL laser hair removal can target include the following:
Is IPL Hair Removal the Same as Laser?
The terms “IPL” and “laser” are often used interchangeably when referring to light-based hair removal solutions. Although they are both offer permanent hair removal, however, they aren’t necessarily the same. Both IPL and laser hair removal use light, as well as heat, to destroy hair follicles. The difference is that laser hair removal uses light in a single wavelength, whereas IPL uses light in a broad-spectrum wavelength. As a result, IPL typically yields better results than its laser counterpart.
Because it uses broad-spectrum light, IPL is a better choice for men and women with dark and thick hair. Single-spectrum light isn’t easily absorbed by men and women with dark and thick hair. With its ability to produce light in a broad spectrum, however, IPL is able to absorb deeper into the skin, thereby destroying hair follicles during the growth phase.
Benefits of IPL Hair Removal
IPL laser hair removal offers several benefits. First and foremost, it’s a permanent solution for hair removal. When you shave or wax, the targeted hair will regrow. Waxing is a little better than shaving in this regard.
Shaving typically offers smooth skin for about two or three days, whereas waxing offers smooth skin for two to four weeks. Nonetheless, the hair will eventually regrow, at which point you’ll have to either shave or wax again. IPL is often preferred over shaving and waxing because it offers permanently smooth skin. The follicles are heated with broad-spectrum light to the point where they are unable to regrow.
Choosing IPL hair removal may even save you money in the long run. To say shaving is expensive would be an understatement. You must purchase new razors as well as shaving cream or gel, all of which can take a toll on your personal budget over time.
According to a survey conducted by American Laser Centers, the average woman spends over $10,000 on shaving-related products during her lifetime. Don’t assume that waxing is any cheaper, either. The same survey found that the average woman spends $23,000 on waxing services during her lifetime. With just a few IPL hair removal sessions, you can eliminate the need for shaving and waxing, allowing you to save money.
Of course, it’s also worth mentioning that IPL is a highly effective hair removal solution. According to one study, the number of hairs in the targeted areas was reduced by 60% after 12 weeks. By one year, the number of hairs in the targeted areas was reduced by 75%.
This is because IPL is able to disrupt hair follicles deep at their roots. As the targeted hair follicles are exposed to light and heat, they begin to die. The dead hair follicles can’t regrow new hair, so IPL is able to deliver permanent results.
How to Get the Best Results With IPL Hair Removal
If you’re planning to get IPL hair removal, you should first consult with a professional aesthetician to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate. IPL, for example, doesn’t work on blonde or gray hair. The good news is that it works for pretty much all other hair colors.
Try to refrain from tanning in the weeks leading up to your IPL hair removal treatment. IPL is more effective at removing hair on dark-skinned individuals than laser, but it still works best on people with fair skin complexions. Therefore, if you get IPL hair removal immediately after returning from a beach vacation, you may not experience the best results.
During your initial consultation, the aesthetician will likely advise you to shave your skin prior to IPL hair removal. Shaving allows the IPL light to penetrate deeper and more easily into the skin, which in turn improves the results of IPL hair removal. Of course, you won’t have to shave the treatment. Rather, you only need to shave prior to IPL so that the light can penetrate deeper into your skin.
Some people assume that IPL hair removal is painful, but this isn’t the case. As previously mentioned, it only causes mild discomfort. Another common myth is that IPL only offers temporary results. As previously mentioned, though, IPL doesn’t just remove hair; it destroys hair follicles so that they are unable to regrow.
IPL is a noninvasive procedure for the permanent removal of hair. It involves the use of broad-spectrum light to heat and destroy hair follicles during the growth phase. Like laser, it revolves around the use of heat and light. But only IPL uses broad-spectrum light that’s able to penetrate deeper into the skin to achieve better results. If you’re tired of shaving every few days — or waxing every few weeks — perhaps IPL is the answer. It’s a noninvasive and effective solution for permanent hair loss.
Want to learn more about IPL hair removal? Request a free consultation with Radiance Medspa today!
With the ability to remove 25% of all fat cells in the targeted area, CoolSculpting has become an increasingly popular fat-reduction procedure in recent years. Developed by ZELTIQ Aesthetics, it uses cold air to destroy problematic body fat.
Whether you’re struggling with unwanted fat on your flanks, stomach or any of the other six areas approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CoolSculpting could be the answer.
Before making the commitment, though, you might be wondering what happens to the fat in CoolSculpting.
How CoolSculpting Treats Fat
To better understand what happens to fat cells, you must first understand how CoolSculpting works. As a noninvasive procedure, it doesn’t involve the surgical removal of fat. Rather, CoolSculpting works by exposing fat cells to cold air to induce localized death. When fat cells are exposed to cold air — ranging from about 12.2 degrees to 41 degrees Fahrenheit — they undergo a state of localized death. In other words, the fat cells begin to die.
CoolSculpting is designed to only induce localized death in fat cells and not muscle or skin cells. It’s well-documented that fat cells are more susceptible to cold-related damage than muscle and skin cells.
Granted, if muscle or skin cells are exposed to cold enough air, they too will die. Frostbite, for example, is a condition in which freezing temperatures cause skin cells to die. But CoolSculpting doesn’t cause frostbite, nor does it harm your skin or muscle cells in any other way. It uses cool air at a precise temperature to induce localized death in fat cells without damaging your skin or muscle cells.
With CoolSculpting, you can expect to lose about 25% of the fat in the targeted area. Keep in mind, however, that you can have multiple CoolSculpting sessions performed on the same area of your body to increase percentage of fat lost.
What Happens to Fat During CoolSculpting?
During a CoolSculpting session, an applicator will be placed on the skin of your targeted area, at which point the applicator will pull your skin while simultaneously exposing it to cold air. It’s a quick and easy process that typically takes just 45 to 60 minutes.
What Happens to Fat Cells After CoolSculpting?
After being exposed to the cold air created by the applicator, the targeted fat cells will begin to die. What does this mean exactly? When the fat cells die, they’ll begin to break down, eventually being absorbed into the bloodstream and expelled through urine.
Research has shown that dead fat cells are naturally processed in the body by a special type of white blood cells. As part of the immune system, white blood cells are designed to defend against foreign invaders by attacking and neutralizing them.
However, dead fat cells are also processed by white blood cells. After your CoolSculpting procedure, your body’s white blood cells will find and process the targeted, dead fat cells by absorbing them into your bloodstream.
When the dead fat cells are in your bloodstream, they’ll eventually reach your liver. According to UPMC, the human liver is capable of filtering about 1.4 liters of blood per minute. At any given time, about 10% of your body’s total blood is stored in the liver. Of course, the liver’s function is filter waste from the blood. As it filters dead fat cells — as well as other waste — it separates them from the blood.
This waste is known as urea, which is essentially the main compound of urine. Therefore, the dead, targeted fat cells in CoolSculpting are eventually expelled by your body in urine. You won’t notice when this happens. It’s all part of your body’s methodology for disposing of waste, including dead fat cells.
Will The Fat Cells Return?
Once the fat cells have been expelled by your body, they won’t return. With that said, you can still develop new fat cells in the targeted area. If you eat the wrong foods and/or don’t get enough exercise, for example, there’s a good chance new fat cells will form in the same area.
For the best results, you must adjust your lifestyle to ensure that you aren’t consuming too many excess calories.
It’s not necessarily the amount of dietary fat you consume that affects your body fat. Rather, it’s the number of calories that you consume. Calories that your body doesn’t use or burn are often stored as fat.
Your body will tap into these fat reserves as a source of back-up energy. But if you consuming too many calories, fat will accumulate without being burned.
So, while the fat cells targeted with CoolSculpting won’t return, you may develop new fat cells in the same area if you consume an excess number of calories. If you’re hoping to retain your newly sculpted body, you must evaluate your diet and fitness regimens. Just remember to watch your calorie intake while ensuring that you get an adequate amount of daily exercise.
Why CoolSculpting Is Such an Effective Fat-Reduction Procedure
CoolSculpting is a highly effective fat-reduction procedure because it’s able to permanently eliminate 25% of all fat cells in the targeted area without requiring surgical incisions or other invasive processes. Many people assume liposuction is the only viable answer to unwanted body fat. While liposuction can certainly work for some individuals, it’s a more complex procedure with a greater risk of complication. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is both safe and effective.
Using a handheld applicator device, CoolSculpting can target your body fat with cool air to induce localized death. The fat cells will gradually die, at which point they’ll be absorbed into your bloodstream and filtered by your liver.
Your body will then expel the fat cells in urine. Hopefully, this gives you a better idea as to what happens to fat cells in CoolSculpting.
Want to learn more about CoolSculpting? Request a free consultation with Radiance Medspa today!
Can’t seem to get rid of stubborn body fat? Well, you aren’t alone. Millions of men and women in the United States struggle with unwanted body fat. While exercising and dieting can help, it’s not always enough to overcome genetics or hormones. CoolSculpting, however, offers a safe and effective way to eliminate unwanted body fat once and for all. But unless you’re familiar with this body contouring procedure, you might be wondering which parts of the body it can target.
The flanks, or what’s more commonly known as love handles, is one of the most common areas targeted by CoolSculpting. In September 2010, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved CoolSculpting for the reduction of fat in the flanks. Since then, countless men and women have sought the procedure to eliminate fat in their flanks. If you have excess fat on the sides of your lower stomach, you should consider CoolSculpting. Of course, the flanks are just one of many parts of the body on which you can have CoolSculpting performed. This popular noninvasive procedure can reduce fat in several other parts of the body, which are mentioned below.
In addition to flanks, CoolSculpting can also target the abdomen. Also known as simply as the belly, the abdomen is a problematic source of body fat for millions of men and women. While fat can accumulate in any area of the body, it occurs most frequently in the abdomen. The good news is CoolSculpting can shrink your abdomen by significantly reducing fat in this area of your body. Even though the FDA initially approved CoolSculpting specifically for the reduction of fat in the flanks, the FDA later gave the procedure the green light to target the abdomen. Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that CoolSculpting is a safe and effective way to reduce fat in your abdomen.
Under the Chin
You can even use CoolSculpting to reduce unwanted fat under your chin. Known as the submental area, the procedure can help you achieve a slimmer and more contoured jawline by freezing problematic fat cells. It’s difficult to eliminate fat under the chin through dieting and exercising alone. Most people will burn fat in common areas like their stomach first, meaning the fat under their chin will remain. To make matters worse, fat under the chin is more visible than excess fat in other areas of the body.
To put the problem of under-the-chin fat into perspective, a survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery found that nearly three-quarters of Americans have unwanted fat under their chin. If this sounds familiar, you should check out CoolSculpting. After just a single session, you can achieve a more contoured jawline with significantly less visible fat.
Although it’s primarily sought for the reduction of fat, CoolSculpting has been approved by the FDA to improve the appearance of lax tissue under the chin. In one study, 77% of clients reported improved results after using CoolSculpting on their lax tissue. In other words, CoolSculpting isn’t just effective at reducing fat under the chin; it’s effective at dealing with the dreaded “double chin.” When lax tissue is creating the appearance of a double chin, CoolSculpting can help contour and shape it.
If the fat on your thighs won’t seem to go away, perhaps CoolSculpting is the answer. Of course, there are other ways to reduce thigh fat, such as a thigh lift. During a thigh lift, a cosmetic surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from the thighs. Because it requires incisions, though, a thigh lift is an invasive procedure. As a result, it has more risks as well as a longer recovery time. A thigh lift is still an effective way to reduce thigh fat, but you’ll probably need to take at least seven to 10 days off work to recover from it.
CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is a noninvasive procedure that doesn’t require incisions. An aesthetician can target unwanted fat on your thighs using a CoolSculpting applicator. When the applicator is applied to your thighs, it will freeze the fat cells at a low temperature without harming your skin or muscle tissue. When the session is over, you can go back to your daily activities. Unlike a thigh lift, CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure that doesn’t require any downtime for recovery.
The back is another common area of the body targeted by CoolSculpting. While most men and women experience problematic body fat on their flanks or abdomen, some experience it on their back. And when fat begins to accumulate on your back, it can affect your self-confidence. You may find yourself wearing additional layers of clothing, for example, in an attempt to conceal your back fat.
Alternatively, you may stay at home rather than engaging in social activities with friends and family. You can regain your self-confidence and eliminate stubborn back fat, however, through CoolSculpting. It’s a proven, FDA-approved procedure for the reduction of back fat.
CoolSculpting can target banana rolls as well. What are banana rolls exactly? Banana rolls are rolls of fat between the buttocks and thigh. They are called “banana rolls” because they resemble the shape of a banana. A banana roll is essentially a double crease below the buttocks. Rather than running parallel to each other, the bottom crease rises on the side to connect with the top crease. In doing so, the two creases create the shape of a banana.
Not everyone suffers from banana rolls. For the millions of people who have banana rolls, though, it’s often a driving factor for low self-confidence. If you have banana rolls, you may wear shorts to the beach or pool rather than your favorite bikini.
But like the other areas mentioned in this blog post, CoolSculpting can target banana rolls. The CoolSculpting applicator will freeze the fat cells directly below your buttocks. Once frozen, the fat cells will die, resulting in a more contoured body without the presence of banana rolls.
Finally, CoolSculpting can significantly reduce fat around the armpits. Also known as bra bulge, excessive armpit fat is a common condition from which millions of women suffer. As fat accumulates in the bra area, it may bulge out. This is particularly true when wearing certain types of clothes, such as tight dresses, shirts or tops. The excessive fat in this area essentially pushes its way out to create a bulge around the armpits.
You can use CoolSculpting to reduce bra bulge fat. Using the CoolSculpting applicator, an aesthetician can target excess fat around your bra area to eliminate bra bulge and, therefore, help you achieve a slimmer and more contoured appearance.
Whether you have unwanted fat in your flanks, abdomen, below your chink, back, thighs, banana rolls or armpits, you should consider CoolSculpting. This noninvasive procedure has been approved by the FDA to target fat in all these areas of the body.
And because it’s noninvasive, it won’t disrupt your normal activities. Just remember to talk with your aesthetician and let him or her know which areas of your body you want to target. Only then will you get the best possible results from CoolSculpting.
Want to learn more about CoolSculpting? Request a free consultation today!
If you’re considering CoolSculpting to freeze away unwanted body fat, you might be wondering whether the results are permanent.
After reading about how CoolSculpting works, you might be wondering whether this noninvasive cosmetic procedure causes frostbite. Conventional wisdom may lead you to believe that the cold temperatures needed to freeze and shrink your fat cells may also freeze your skin. And since your skin is your body’s first line of defense against infection-causing bacteria and viruses, you probably want to keep it to healthy. So, does CoolSculpting cause frostbite?
What Is Frostbite?
Frostbite is a medical condition that’s characterized by the freezing of the skin, muscle or other tissue. When tissue is exposed to cool air, blood vessels constrict and become narrower, which is why redness is a hallmark symptom of frostbite. As the temperature continues to drop, tissue begins to freeze. When this occurs, ice crystals form in tissue, causing damage to the membranes of cells — a condition known as frostbite.
Our body’s skin can handle cold temperatures pretty well. But if your skin is exposed to exceptionally cold temperatures, it can lead to frostbite.
Like with burns, there are several degrees of frostbite:
- First-Degree Frostbite: The least-severe form, first-degree frostbite generally manifests as temporary redness and numbness in the extremities, including the ears, toes and fingers.
- Second-Degree Frostbite: When skin is exposed to particularly cold temperatures — and/or over a longer period of time — second-degree frostbite may develop. In second-degree frostbite, red and black blisters form over the affected tissue.
- Third-Degree Frostbite: An even more severe form of frostbite, third-degree frostbite is characterized by the freezing of tissue deep below the surface of the skin. While some people experience a full recovery from third-degree frostbite, others suffer permanent long-lasting cold sensitivity.
- Fourth Degree-Frostbite: The most severe form of frostbite, fourth-degree frostbite occurs when muscles, tendons or bone become frozen.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved body contouring procedure that involves the use of cool air to freeze fat tissue under the skin. It uses a vacuum-powered applicator to blow cool air over select areas of your skin. During a CoolSculpting session, an aesthetician will place the applicator over the parts of your body where fat is a problem. The applicator will then perform a create a light suction to draw the skin, as well as the underlying fat, into the hollow interior where it’s exposed to cool air.
CoolSculpting is often compared to liposuction, as both procedures are used to reduce body fat. Liposuction, however, is considered an invasive procedure, whereas CoolSculpting is noninvasive. CoolSculpting doesn’t require any incisions. Rather, it simply uses an applicator to blow cool air over specific areas of your body where you want to shrink and reduce fat.
If you have unwanted fat in one more areas of your body, CoolSculpting may offer a safe and effective solution. Keep in mind that it shouldn’t be used as a substitute for dieting and exercise. If you are overweight or obese, CoolSculpting won’t help you lose weight. If you’re looking to eliminate fat and contour your body, on the other hand, you should check out this increasingly popular fat-reduction procedure. By targeting problematic areas with cool air, CoolSculpting can shrink and even destroy fat cells.
With CoolSculpting, fat cells are exposed to cool air at a temperature that causes cellular death within subcutaneous fat. The applicator forces the temperature-controlled cool air over your skin, which then freezes the underlying fat tissue. You may notice a reduction of body fat in the targeted areas within just a few weeks of having CoolSculpting performed. However, it usually takes at least two months for the fat cells to completely die.
No, CoolSculpting Doesn’t Cause Frostbite
Although it relies on cool air to freeze fat tissue, CoolSculpting doesn’t cause frostbite. The applicator machine used in CoolSculpting contains a highly precise temperature control mechanism. As a result, the aesthetician can raise or lower the temperature to achieve the best results without leaving your skin susceptible to frostbite. If the temperature is too warm to effectively freeze the fat cells, the aesthetician can lower it. If it’s too cold, he or she can raise it.
How is CoolSculpting able to freeze fat cells without causing frostbite to skin or other tissue? Well, the temperature of the cool air created by the applicator is lower than that needed to cause frostbite. Fat cells freeze and die at a temperature that’s lower than the temperature of frostbite. Using an applicator, an aesthetician can target fat cells in your body with temperature-controlled cool air to protect against frostbite.
When you’re outside, it usually takes 15 to 30 minutes of exposure to a temperature (without windchill) of 18 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler to cause frostbite. CoolSculpting uses slighter higher temperatures to protect against frostbite. The air created by the applicator is cold enough to freeze fat cells, but it’s not cold enough to cause frostbite. This means you can rest assured knowing that you won’t sustain frostbite during a CoolSculpting procedure.
Will My Skin Feel Cold After CoolSculpting?
You won’t develop frostbite from CoolSculpting, but your skin may feel cold both during and shortly after the procedure. When the applicator is placed on your skin, you’ll feel pressure as your skin is vacuumed into the hollow interior. At the same time, the suctioned skin will feel cold from the cool air passing over it.
The area of your skin suctioned into the applicator will feel intensely cold. After all, this is the basis on which CoolSculpting works. Of course, the cold sensation associated with CoolSculpting is only temporary, so don’t confuse it with frostbite. After having the procedure performed, the sensation will gradually fade without any lasting effects (other than reduced body fat).
The bottom line is that your skin will feel cold during and shortly after CoolSculpting, but this doesn’t mean it causes frostbite. Your skin and other tissue won’t freeze, nor will they develop ice crystals. Only the fat cells in the targeted areas of your body will freeze. In turn, CoolSculpting won’t cause frostbite since it only freezes fat cells and not your skin or other tissue.
How to Prevent Frostbite With CoolSculpting
If you have CoolSculpting performed by a qualified aesthetician, you won’t have to worry about frostbite. Unfortunately, some people have taken the DIY route with this fat-reduction technique. CoolSculpting is a branded procedure, so only licensed and affiliated aestheticians can perform it, but DIY cryolipolysis isn’t unheard of. And without the expertise and training of a licensed aesthetician, there is a risk of frostbite with DIY cryolipolysis.
Therefore, you should avoid DIY cryolipolysis and, instead, schedule a real CoolSculpting procedure with an actual aesthetician. Not only will this protect you from frostbite; it also ensures you get the best results possible from this increasingly popular fat-reduction procedure.
Millions of people from across the world suffer from frostbite each year. However, none of these cases are attributed to CoolSculpting. When performed by a licensed aesthetician, it’s a safe and effective procedure for the reduction of body fat. It uses cool air to freeze fat tissue without placing your skin or other tissue at risk for frostbite. The targeted fat cells will freeze and die, but your skin will remain healthy.
Want to learn more about CoolSculpting? Request a free consultation today!
How CoolSculpting Works is through a process called Cryolipolysis, or what’s more commonly known by its brand name CoolSculpting, has become one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments for the reduction of body fat.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), nearly a half-million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed worldwide. Considering that it’s still a relatively new treatment — first introduced into the United States in 2010 — this statistic attests to its popularity.
Of course, there are other treatments available to reduce body fat, including both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. As a result, you might be skeptical of CoolSculpting and whether it really works. In short, CoolSculpting does, in fact, reduce body fat. To better understand how it’s able to remove unwanted fat from your body, though, you must first understand the basics of this increasingly popular procedure.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical procedure that involves the use of a vacuum machine to freeze fat in select areas of the body. It was pioneered by Zeltiq Aesthetics during the mid-2000s. In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Zeltiq Aesthetics the green light to market its innovative new procedure as a treatment for fat on the sides of the body.
Later, in 2012, CoolSculpting was approved by the FDA for the removal of stomach fat as well. Zeltiq Aesthetics has since been acquired by the Irish pharmaceutical company Allergan, but CoolSculpting is still offered by select aestheticians, including Radiance Medspa Atlanta — and it’s only becoming more popular.
Does CoolSculpting Really Work?
It absolutely works! According to a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, CoolSculpting reduces fat in the targeted area by approximately 20.4% after two months and 25.5% after six months. In other words, CoolSculpting doesn’t just offer a temporary reduction of body fat. It offers long-lasting results that aren’t found in other fat-reduction procedures. This is because CoolSculpting destroys the targeted fat cells, ensuring that they don’t come back.
It’s import to note that CoolSculpting isn’t designed for weight loss. Rather, it’s a body contouring procedure that’s used to reduce body fat. If you have one or more areas of your body where fat is a problem, you should consider scheduling a consultation for CoolSculpting. It’s a safe and effective alternative to liposuction that can reduce the concentration of fat in targeted areas by up to 25%.
How CoolsSculpting Works: What You Need to Know
CoolSculpting works by using cold to destroy problematic fat cells. During a typical procedure, an aesthetician will first apply gel to your skin. Next, he or she will place a vacuum machine, known as an applicator, to the targeted area. The applicator then draws the fat into its hollow interior where it’s chilled using cool air. When this occurs, you may feel a slight numbness or tingling sensation in the targeted area. But after a few minutes, these minor side effects should subside.
The applicator is the primary machine used to perform CoolSculpting. It features a wand-like attachment that’s placed directly over the targeted area of your body. Once in place, the applicator will suction your body fat into a tube, which is where the magic happens. The applicator will then blow cool air over your skin to freeze the underlying fat cells.
For CoolSculpting to work, fat cells must be exposed to a temperature of 39 degrees to 41 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature range, fat cells will die without risking damage or cellular death to skin or muscle tissue. Going back to the basics of chemistry 101, cold causes things to contract. Therefore, CoolSculpting will cause the immediate shrinkage of fat cells, soon followed by the death of those targeted cells.
You’ll probably notice a reduction of body fat in the targeted areas after just a few weeks. However, the full results of CoolSculpting typically occur after two months. By two months, the targeted fat cells will die. While a single session will yield noticeable results, you can have additional CoolSculpting sessions for even greater results.
CoolSculpting can be performed on most areas of the body where there’s a high concentration of fat. The makers of this procedure have a motto: “If you can squeeze it, you can freeze it.” Whether you’re looking to reduce fat on your stomach, sides, arms, back or elsewhere, you should consider CoolSculpting. It works for any area of the body where you can squeeze the fat.
You can expect a typical CoolSculpting session to last for 35 to 75 minutes. After the cooling process has been performed, the aesthetician will perform kneed the targeted areas of your body to further improve the results. During the procedure, you can relax while reading a book, using your smartphone or by watching TV. Some people even use this opportunity to take a nap. When the CoolSculpting procedure is finished, you go back to your daily life. Since it doesn’t damage your skin or muscle tissue, there’s no downtime for recovery with CoolSculpting.
Will CoolSculpting Work for Me?
Because it’s a noninvasive and nonsurgical procedure, CoolSculpting will work for most men and women who are looking to reduce their body fat. With that said, it shouldn’t be used as a treatment for obesity or weight gain. Neither CoolSculpting nor any procedure should be used as a substitute for dieting and exercising. If you are trying to lose weight, focus on dieting and exercising. If you’re looking to reduce the amount of fat in specific areas of your body, on the other hand, CoolSculpting is the answer.
The key thing to remember is that CoolSculpting is a body-contouring procedure, so it won’t necessarily make you lose weight. It uses cold air to freeze fat cells, thus causing cellular destruction of body fat. With its precise temperature of 39 degrees to 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the surrounding skin and muscle tissue will remain healthy and unharmed. You may look visibly slimmer in targeted areas, but CoolSculpting won’t have any noticeable impact on your weight.
According to the ASAPS, men and women suffering from cold-related medical conditions shouldn’t seek CoolSculpting. If you currently suffer from cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobulinuria or cold urticaris, you should talk to your primary care physician beforehand. He or she can advise you on whether or not you are a suitable candidate for CoolSculpting. But as long as you don’t suffer from any cold-related medical condition — and you aren’t overweight or obese — you should be an ideal candidate for this fat-reduction procedure.
The Bottom Line on How CoolSculpting Works
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure for the reduction of body fat. It works by freezing fat cells until the point of destruction but without harming the skin or surrounding tissue. An aesthetician will use an applicator that suctions the targeted body fat into a small tube where it’s exposed to cool air. As the temperature of the air inside the tube drops, the fat cells begin to shrink and die.
There are other noninvasive procedures available to reduce body fat, some of which include the use of radio frequency and laser light. However, most of these procedures are more expensive than CoolSculpting and offer poorer results. For the permanent reduction of body fat, you can’t go wrong with CoolSculpting. It’s been approved by the FDA for this purpose, so you can rest assured knowing that it really works.
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