Winters in Portland are typically cold and grey. They’re perfect for hanging out by the fire reading a good book.
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we think our damp winters are also the perfect time to put some of your unwanted fat cells in the deep freeze with CoolSculpting, the world’s most popular, non-invasive body contouring treatment.
It all started with a few popsicles
CoolSculpting® wasn’t the original intention when two scientists studied the effects of freezing on the cheek area. Two doctors at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Drs. Dieter Manstein and R. Rox Anderson, were doing a study that theorized children who ate lots of popsicles growing up developed dimples in their cheeks more than children who didn’t eat lots of popsicles. Dimples form in the cheeks where the muscle isn’t covered with much fat, so when the muscle contracts a dimple forms. The idea was that the cold in the popsicles somehow affected the fat cells in the cheeks. The doctors called this Popsicle Panniculitis.
Based on what they thought could be happening in the cheeks, the two doctors further theorized that the same process/result could happen elsewhere. So, they investigated selectively freezing fat cells in a process they called cryolipolysis. The end result of those studies was CoolSculpting®.
How it works
To achieve cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting® involves a three-step process. First, a cooling panel uses suction to pull the target area skin into solid contact with the cooling plates. Then the cooling is directed downward into the skin. The temperature is precisely equal to the freezing point of fat cells, while not freezing adjacent tissue cells that freeze at a higher temperature. Exposure to this freezing causes fat cell apoptosis (a natural, controlled cell death). The body sends cytokines and other inflammatory mediators to the area to gradually digest the dead fat cells in the weeks following the CoolSculpting session. Lipids from the dead fat cells are slowly released and transported by the lymphatic system to be processed and eliminated from the body, in the same manner that fat in food is eliminated. It takes anywhere from three to 12 weeks for the body to permanently remove the dead fat cells.
How successful is this fat freezing with CoolSculpting? It removes from 20-23 percent of the fat in the treatment area. And it does this without any incisions, anesthesia, or downtime. How cool is that? OK. Bad pun.
The FDA has approved CoolSculpting for use on eight areas: the abdomen, flanks, thighs, underside of the buttocks, bra line fat, back fat, upper arms, and the jowls.
We love CoolSculpting at the Center for Cosmetic Dermatology, and so do our patients. Give us a call and ask about CoolSculpting, (503) 297-3440, and then come summer you’ll be ready to sport a leaner, meaner contour.
What’s on your New Year’s resolution for 2018? Perhaps a slimmer body with tighter abs?
The good news is that you don’t need to get a tummy tuck or liposuction to achieve the body you want. At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we have three fat reducing/body contouring technologies to help you get a better looking body without invasive surgery or recovery time.
This technology freezes body fat, causing the cells to die and be absorbed by the body over several weeks. We do this without damaging the skin and muscles because fat freezes at a higher temperature than those tissues.
Cooling panels lightly suction the skin and cool the tissue. This procedure kills about 20% of fat cells in the treatment area. You can expect an initial feeling of intense cooling followed by numbness without any pain.
BTL Vanquish ME™
This fat cell disruption technology uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to eliminate fat around your abdomen or thighs.
A high-frequency energy field delivers the RF to fat tissue in these targeted areas. The RF energy heats the fat layer to liquefy and kill fat cells without touching the skin. This procedure targets into the fat layer and not the outer skin or muscle layers.
Most of our patients get one treatment a week for four weeks. Each session takes about 45 minutes to treat the abdominal area and 30 minutes to treat the thighs.
We combine the above body contour procedures with BTL Cellutone to improve the appearance of cellulite-marred skin. This technology uses therapeutic vibrations to help eliminate restricted blood flow and waste accumulation, which forms cellulite. It enhances circulation and oxygen in the body to result in better looking skin.
Cellutone also ensures that the fat cells that are frozen with CoolSculpting or melted with Vanquish ME are eliminated quickly and efficiently.
We Can Help You
Want to lose the inches without surgery? Call the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery at 503-297-3440 and ask about our non-invasive body contouring options.
As we get older almost everyone develops the combination of looser skin and excess fat under their chin. And no matter how many chin lifts you do you can’t get your chin back to the profile you had when you were younger.
Unless you give it the deep-freeze at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery with our CoolMini™ procedure. CoolMini™ is a new procedure from the developers of CoolSculpting® and it is intended for much smaller areas, such as under the chin.
What is CoolSculpting®?
If you follow the aesthetic industry at all, then you’ve probably heard about CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting is a procedure that eliminates stubborn fat effectively and safely without surgery. It is the only procedure cleared by the FDA that utilizes controlled cooling to eliminate fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
The theory behind CoolSculpting originates from two Harvard scientists who observed that some children got dimples from eating popsicles. They assumed that the fat cells in the cheeks were dying from the cold temperatures, creating the leaner, dimpled cheeks. The same concept applies to CoolSculpting, which uses controlled cooling (Cryolipolysis) to target and kill fat cells. Fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding non-fat tissue. By precisely targeting the fat cells with the correct temperature, they are frozen and die. Over the subsequent few weeks, the dead fat cells are eliminated naturally by the body.
CoolMini™: No Needles. No Surgery. No Downtime
During the CoolMini™ procedure, a proprietary coupling gel is applied to the area under your chin. Once the gel is applied, a vacuum is initiated through the applicator to suction the fat deposit in the area. The key for the CoolMini™ procedure is the applicator, which is optimized to capture and effectively treat smaller fat pockets. This is exactly what patients are dealing with under their chin. For 30 to 60 minutes, the applicator is held there to do the cooling. The result is a cold-induced inflammatory response that ultimately leads to the death of fat cells under the chin. After a few days or weeks, these dead fat cells are absorbed by the body as it heals, resulting in at least a 20% fat reduction in the treated area. These fat cells are permanently removed, similar to what happens with liposuction, but without the surgery.
Why is CoolMini™ becoming an instant hit?
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery in a 2015 survey found that over two thirds of people said they were bothered by a double chin. So, you’re not alone in wanting a slimmer profile under your chin.
Interested in Learning More About CoolMini™? Contact the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery
If you are interested in losing your chin fat call the cosmetic team providers at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery at 503-297-3440 to discuss all of your options including Kybella® and Ultherapy. We look forward to hearing from you soon.