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How Long Does CoolSculpting Last?

It can be a struggle to lose those last few pounds of stubborn fat. Even with a consistent diet and exercise routine, you may not be seeing the results you want.

Fortunately, there are options to help. CoolSculpting® is a highly customizable and non-invasive procedure targeting and killing unwanted fat cells.

The number of treatments needed may vary, but the results of CoolSculpting® can be long-lasting.

What is Coolsculpting?

CoolSculpting® is a body contouring medical procedure that targets specific areas of unwanted fat without undergoing surgery. The treatment is FDA approved and works by cooling the subcutaneous fat layer (the layer of fat under the skin) to destroy fat cells.

This technology can treat several areas of the body, including:

  • Stomach
  • Chin & jawline
  • Thigh
  • Waist & hips
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Upper arm

A consultation with a CoolSculpting® specialist can provide a treatment plan unique to you and your goals.

How Does It Work?

CoolSculpting® uses controlled cooling, known as cryolipolysis, to freeze fat cells. The cooling process is designed to treat only fat cells, leaving the skin surrounding it unharmed.

Once frozen, your body’s natural processes send the dead fat cells to the lymphatic system to be filtered out as waste. The termination of unwanted fat cells can lead to lasting results.

Does Coolsculpting Have Lasting Effects?

You can start to see the effects of CoolSculpting® in as little as 3 weeks, but it can take up to 3–4 months to see full results. As your body metabolizes frozen fat cells, you will notice the treated area becoming smoother and more contoured.

Because the targeted fat cells are killed, they can’t migrate or grow back, meaning the results can last indefinitely. If you gain weight after your CoolSculpting® treatment, fat can reappear in those targeted areas. It’s recommended to follow a healthy diet and perform regular exercise to maintain long-term results.

It’s important to note CoolSculpting® is not meant to replace diet and exercise. It’s used as an enhancement to reaching your goals.

What To Expect From The Procedure

With CoolSculpting®, no needles or anesthesia are needed. A trained medical professional will take you through each step of the procedure, including a consultation, the treatment, and post-treatment recommendations.

Consultation

Talking with a CoolSculpting® specialist will assess if this treatment is right for you. You may not be a candidate for CoolSculpting® if you have any cold-related conditions, loose skin, or poor tone.

A customized plan will be made by understanding your body, health history, and unique goals. Several treatments may be recommended to reach your desired outcome, depending on your lifestyle and budget.

Treatment

Once a plan is created, treatment can begin. You will be seated or lying down in a comfortable chair while the applicator administers cooling to the target area. Different sized and shaped applicators may be used to carefully sculpt the body.

You may feel pressure from the applicator as well as an intense cold sensation. This can feel tingly or numb. Typically a CoolSculpting® treatment can last 1-3 hours. The size and amount of areas needed to be treated can affect the time it takes.

Post-Treatment

The majority of patients experience little to no discomfort and can return to their regular daily activities following the procedure, but some common side effects include:

  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bloating
  • Tenderness
  • Skin sensitivity

Aftercare is essential for seeing long-term results. Following recommendations from a CoolSculpting® specialist, along with a healthy lifestyle, can help eliminate your unwanted fat permanently.

Proven Results

If you have tried other methods to lose fat and aren’t seeing results, CoolSculpting® could be the answer you’re looking for.

CoolSculpting® has been shown to reduce fat by 20–25% in the targeted treatment area. The procedure is gaining popularity in the United States, seeing an increase in treatments by 823%.

It is important to talk to your doctor or schedule a CoolSculpting® consultation to see if this treatment is best for you.

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What Is Sclerotherapy?

Varicose veins can affect your confidence and even your health. If you’re experiencing this condition, your doctor may recommend sclerotherapy as a treatment option, but what is this procedure? 

Continue reading to learn more about sclerotherapy, including what it is, how it works, and what it can treat. 

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are veins that have become twisted and enlarged, typically occurring in your legs. This condition causes your veins to become enlarged, dilated, and overfilled with blood, leading to a swollen and raised appearance. Approximately 25% of adults have varicose veins to some degree. 

The severity of varicose veins can vary from person to person. Some people may have a cosmetic concern with their varicose or spider veins, a milder variation of this condition, while others can experience aches and discomfort. 

You may experience several symptoms of varicose veins, depending on your situation. Some symptoms include: 

  • Dark purple or blue-colored veins
  • Veins appearing twisted or bulging 
  • Aches or a heavy feeling in your legs
  • Muscle cramping, burning, or throbbing in your lower legs 
  • Skin discoloration around your veins
  • Itchy areas around your veins 

What Causes Varicose Veins? 

Varicose veins occur when your veins don’t function properly. Issues happen when valves within your veins fail, allowing blood to pool rather than move towards your heart. This collection of blood causes the veins to enlarge. 

Varicose veins often develop in your legs because these veins are furthest from the heart, and gravity makes it more difficult for blood to move upward. There are some potential causes for this condition, including: 

  • Pregnancy 
  • Menopause
  • Age
  • Standing for long periods
  • Obesity 
  • Family history

When varicose veins bother you, sclerotherapy is a potential option. Whether your reason for treatment is cosmetic or medical, your dermatologist can help you address this condition. 

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure used to treat varicose veins. Your doctor injects a solution called sclerosant into your affected veins, causing them to shrink. 

This shrinkage occurs because the solution irritates the vein, causing swelling before cutting off blood flow. This vein will turn into scar tissue before it fades from view. 

When Should You Consider Sclerotherapy? 

Sclerotherapy can be beneficial, but not everyone needs to have this procedure. The best way to know if sclerotherapy is right for you is to speak with your doctor. They can discuss your needs and recommend this treatment if they believe it can help. 

You should consider speaking with your doctor about sclerotherapy if: 

  • Your varicose veins are painful 
  • Your legs are sore or feel heavy
  • Your skin is patchy & dry 
  • You have rashes near any veins

Sclerotherapy Risks

Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective procedure, with 75 to 90% of patients experiencing the successful removal of veins. This treatment is less invasive than surgery and requires no anesthesia. However, there are always risks with any medical procedure.  

Possible reactions to sclerotherapy include: 

  • Bruising 
  • Redness
  • Discomfort near the injection site
  • Allergic reactions
  • Skin discoloration 

Your doctor will discuss these risks with you during your initial consultation. If you’re interested in this treatment, how does this process work?

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

The sclerotherapy process features your consultation, treatment, and aftercare. Your doctor will explain this procedure, its risks and address your questions during the initial consultation. 

The Treatment 

Depending on your doctor’s instructions, you may need to avoid certain lotions and oils in the days leading up to your treatment. Your doctor may recommend avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, & Nuprin), and other anti-inflammatory drugs for 48 to 72 hours before your treatment begins. 

You will need to lie on your back with your legs up during the procedure. Your doctor will clean the treatment area before inserting a small needle into your vein. 

This injection features the sclerosant solution. You may feel a burning or tingling sensation as this occurs. 

Spider veins may take 3 to 6 weeks to fully respond to this procedure, and varicose veins may take between 3 to 4 months

The Aftercare

After your injection is complete, your doctor will massage the treatment area to prevent the re-entry of blood into the vein. Most times, patients require additional treatments to fully collapse a vein. If you have several varicose veins, you’ll likely need multiple treatments. 

Remaining active after your procedure finishes is important to help prevent potential blood clots. You may experience tenderness and bruising at the injection site. Another aftercare suggestion may be to avoid sunlight as it can cause dark spots in the treatment area.

Your doctor will give you detailed instructions after your treatment is complete to help you recover. 

Speak With Your Dermatologist

Sclerotherapy can help address the varicose and spider veins you’re experiencing. They can help treat your condition and address any of your concerns. If you’re interested in sclerotherapy, contact Dr. Newman and his team

 

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