How Long Does the Coolsculpting Procedure Last and How Many Treatments Are Needed?

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that can dramatically improve body contours.  It can eliminate problem areas such as love handles, saddlebags, back fat, and underarm fat. Patients can experience up to 25% fat reduction with Coolsculpting. But how long does the Coolsculpting procedure last, and how many treatments are needed to get these results?

How Coolsculpting works
Coolsculpting uses a system of controlled cooling known as Cyrolipolysis to freeze and destroy fat cells. Cyrolipolysis breaks down the fat cells and in so doing reduces fat. This technique requires no surgery, and there is no downtime.

How long does the Coolsculpting procedure last?
The duration of the Coolsculpting procedure depends on the number of areas being treated, but it typically takes about 1 hour per treatment area. If you are contouring the arms for example, each arm is considered a separate area, therefore the procedure would take about 2 hours. Some doctors have multiple devices, and this allows them to treat different areas simultaneously in less time (learn more).

How many treatments are needed?
It may take anywhere from 2 to 4 Coolsculpting sessions to achieve the circumferential reduction you desire. Some areas may require more than one treatment in order to achieve the targeted reduction.

Most patients notice results within 3 weeks of treatments, and improvements can continue for up to 3 months.

Contact Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa, Pewaukee, WI, to find out more about Coolsculpting. Call (262) 746-9088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Deborah Manjoney. During consultation Dr. Manjoney will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure, and will also assess how many treatments you will need for optimal results.

What are the causes of capsular contracture?

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The elation some women feel after undergoing breast augmentation often turns to frustration in a few short months because of capsular contracture. Capsular contracture refers to the hardening of the capsule that surrounds the breast implant. It is one of most common side effects of breast augmentation. But what are the causes of capsular contracture, and how can it be prevented?

Causes of capsular contracture
It is generally believed that capsular contracture is caused by low grade bacteria. The bacteria may adhere to the implant from the patient’s skin, or from the nipple duct. There is often a great deal of contact between the implant and the skin, as the surgeon has to manipulate the pre-filled gel implant into the prepared implant pocket through a small incision. During the process the potential for contamination is great.

There is also a theory that capsular contracture is caused by the implant coming in contact with blood in the implant pocket. The best surgeons therefore adopt good surgical techniques that minimize bleeding around the implants.

Preventing Capsular Contracture
There is always going to be the risk of capsular contracture after breast enhancement, but the threat can be reduced by:

  • Minimizing contact with the breast implant. Due care should be taken when removing the breast implant from the sterile packaging and inserting it into the prepared breast pocket during surgery. Some surgeons use a Keller Funnel (sterile paper funnel) for this purpose. The implant goes directly from the packaging into the implant pocket via the funnel. There is no contact with the surface of the skin.
  • Irrigating the implant pocket with antibiotic solution during surgery.
  • Placing the implant below the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular placement).

If you would like more information on the causes of capsular contracture, contact Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA, for more information. Call 949-701-4454 today, and set up a consultation with Dr. Kyle Song.

What is the difference between Vibradermabrasion and Medical Microdermabrasion?

What is the difference between Vibradermabrasion and Medical Microdermabrasion?

Would you like to restore that youthful glow to your skin? You might want to consider microdermabrasion. It is one of the most effective ways to get tried, dull skin beautiful again. There are also more advanced alternatives like Vibradermabrasion. What’s the difference between Vibradermabrasion and medical microdermabrasion? Let’s take a look

Microdermabrasion is a skin care treatment that resurfaces the skin by sanding away the top layer. It is considered an effective anti-aging tool, as it targets signs of age such as wrinkles and fine lines. It can also assist with skin issues such as photodamage and acne, and deep cleans pores and follicles for a fresher appearance. The procedure can be done in 20 to 30 minutes, and there is very little downtime.

Difference between Vibradermabrasion & Microdermabrasion
Vibradermabrasion gently exfoliates the skin, and also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. These skin components rejuvenate the cells, making the skin smoother and firmer.

Medical dermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that is designed to exfoliate and refresh the skin. This was traditionally achieved with the use of tiny crystals, but there are now crystal-free alternatives available. These methods utilize a diamond tip wand to remove the topmost layer of dead skin cells.

Vibradermabrasion is performed using a vibrating paddle to exfoliate the skin, while medical microdermabrasion uses crystals or a diamond tip wand. Vibradermabrasion is a more efficient procedure, as the paddle can access small areas, and can also be safely used around the eyes.  In addition, it can help to infuse medical-grade products into the skin.

If you’re ready to put your best skin forward, contact the Skin Care Center to learn more about Vibradermabrasion and medical microdermabrasion. We have offices in Chicago, IL, (773-296-3636), Lake Forrest, IL, (847-234-6121), and Glenview, IL (847-901-0252). Call today for your consultation.

What is the recovery time for SmartLipo?

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Would you like to smooth out those embarrassing fat deposits, but you’re not yet ready for surgery? SmartLipo is a good alternative. SmartLipo (laser lipo) is a safe, effective way to eliminate unsightly fat and achieve skin tightening. Unlike traditional lipo that has a long recovery time, SmartLipo is minimally invasive, so downtime is negligible. So what is the recovery time for SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is ideally suited for removing areas of localized fat on the face and body. It is popularly used by women to get rid of saddle bags on the outer thighs, and love handles on the waistline.

With SmartLipo the surgeon only needs to make a very small incision, through which the fiber optic laser is inserted under the skin. The laser melts the fat and heats the skin. This causes tissue coagulation, which is the reason there is some skin tightening as well. The fat that is disrupted is removed via a small suction cannula.

Recovery Time
Recovery time for SmartLipo varies. Patients can expect some swelling and numbness immediately after the procedure, but this is usually short-lived. The duration of the recovery period is often influenced by the type of anesthesia used. Recovery tends to be faster with tumescent anesthesia. Most patients who use this type of anesthesia are up and about in a day or two, and can go back to work within 2 days of the procedure.

The recovery time for SmartLipo is also shorter because the incisions made are very small, so no stitches are necessary. In addition, there is less inflammation and tissue trauma.

If you would like more information on SmartLipo, contact the Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery, with offices in Lanham and Glenn Dale, MD. Call 301-880-7022 to set up an appointment with Dr. Nia Banks.

Is it possible to undergo a non-surgical Nose Job to Reduce Nose Size?

One reason people choose to undergo rhinoplasty (nose job), is to reduce the size of their nose, in order to improve facial balance. But while some people are eager to get a nose job, they don’t’ want to go the surgical route. But is it possible to undergo a non-surgical nose job to reduce nose size? Let’s take a look at the facts.

What is a non-surgical nose job?
A non-surgical nose job is a procedure that involves using soft tissue fillers to shape and contour the nose. The fillers used are typically those derived from hyaluronic acid, such as Juvederm and Restylane. The procedure is beneficial for patients that need to add volume in specific areas, and improve symmetry. However, fillers are a temporary solution, and the procedure has to be repeated in order to maintain the results.

Can a non-surgical nose job reduce nose size?
While a non-surgical rhinoplasty cannot reduce the size of the nose, the procedure can be done to make the nose appear smaller. The fillers can be injected from the base to the tip of the nose to create a smoother, straighter line, to give the illusion of a smaller nose.

A non-surgical nose job is more suitable for someone with a small bump or unevenness that needs correction. It is not recommended for people who have a big problem with their nose.

If you are considering a nose job to make your nose smaller, consult a board certified plastic surgeon that performs both surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Clients in the greater Orange County area can contact Dr. Kyle Song of Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, California. Call (949) 701-4454 to schedule your appointment.

Are lip fillers safe?

The desire for fuller lips has many women lining up to have non-surgical lip enhancement using fillers. Lip fillers add volume to the lips, and also improve the shape and contour. They lift the lips, to give you the perfect pout you are looking for. But are lip fillers safe?

Lip fillers not only plump the lips, but they also fill in vertical lines around the lips. These lines and wrinkles are usually caused by aging, but may also be due to the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The results of lip enhancement can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, but this depends on the type of fillers used. Some patients may experience some bruising or redness after treatment, but this is temporary.

Are lip fillers safe?
Lip enhancement involves injecting temporary fillers into the lips to instantly increase lip volume, and improve definition. Lip fillers are usually derived from substances that are able to break down in the body. The fillers are considered very safe, as severe side effects such as infections and bleeding are rare.

In addition, some fillers are reversible, so if you are not satisfied with the outcome, your doctor can inject an enzyme into the lips to dissolve the filler, which is eventually absorbed by the body.

Despite the overall safety of lip fillers, patients are always advised to choose their injector carefully. This means ensuring that they have the necessary skill and experience to perform lip augmentation.

Lip augmentation is a great way to give life to thin, aging lips. If you are considering lip enhancement call Wellcare Medical Centre, Kingston, at (07) 3133 4483 to schedule an appointment. We will thoroughly assess your face and give you the right lip filler to create a natural look.

Facial Fat Graft Feels Hard Post-procedure – is this normal?

If you are looking to restore a more youthful facial appearance, a surgical facelift or dermal fillers are not your only options, facial fat grafting can be just as effective. Facial fat grafting leaves the face feeling smooth and soft. But you may have seen a few postings on the internet from patients who say that their facial fat graft feels hard post procedure, – is this normal?

Facial fat grafting
Facial fat grafting is a procedure in which your own fat is used to augment areas of the face that have suffered volume loss. It is a wonderful way to fill in hollow cheeks, and a sagging jawline. The procedure is done in-office and takes about 1 ½  hours to complete.

Facial fat grafting offers patients a natural, less invasive option to surgery and it also costs less, and has fewer risks. Best of all, the results are long-lasting, because although some fat is re-absorbed, the fat that survives is permanent.

Should facial fat grafts feel hard post-procedure?
After facial fat graft the face normally feels soft and supple, and there are not usually any hard areas. However, there have been cases in which there has been some firmness in the first 2 weeks, but this usually resolves when the swelling goes down. If the firmness remains after this time, there may be a complication that your plastic surgeon needs to investigate.  As long as fat grating is done using the right technique and there is no over-grafting, the results should be soft.

Facial fat grafting is available in the Minneapolis/St. Paul hub at Rocheford Plastic Surgery, Woodbury, MN. You can schedule an appointment to find out more and connect with Dr. Heather Rocheford, by calling  (651) 739-1100.