Our aesthetician Megan is the fat removal expert at The Laser & Rejuvenation Center. She’s got some advice for you if you’re one of the millions who has a new year’s resolution to get rid of fat:
Most of you have heard of the CoolSculpting device that “freezes fat.” CoolSculpting is FDA approved to destroy fat cells through a process called cryolipolysis (crystalizing the fat cells). One great perk about this device is we can correctly contour each individual patient based upon their body structure and expectations. There is minimal down time with CoolSculpting, and patients generally start noticing a change in appearance in about 3 weeks. The most dramatic result with generally be around 1 to 3 months.
Once the CoolSculpting treatment is complete, there is a manual massaging required to help break down that crystallized fat. Typically this is done by hand for 2 minutes, but now we have a device called the Z Wave that does the massaging through acoustic sound waves. Using ultrasound gel, we glide the hand piece on the area for 2 minutes. This helps increase your results as compared to massage by hand.
If you want to get rid of stubborn belly fat that can’t go away with diet and exercise, definitely consider UltraShape, which has no downtime. The Laser & Rejuvenation Center is the first practice in Tennessee and all the Mid South to have this device. We have the most experience using UltraShape than any practice in the area; we’ve even trained other doctors to use it! UltraShape has been FDA approved to disrupt and destroy fat cells in the abdominal area. UltraShape uses a mechanical pulsed ultrasound. Acoustic waves are distributed to the subcutaneous layer where fat is stored. During that process, the fat cells are disrupted and in return are completely destroyed. UltraShape is a perfect option if you’re wanting a pain-free option to reduce fat in that troublesome area.
Keep in mind that both procedures are 100% effective and safe. The ultimate decision for you and the provider doing the treatment will be based upon a thorough consultation. Both treatments are body contouring; we highly recommend combining either with skin-tightening treatments to increase your results. We offer two skin-tightening options that we do in conjunction with both of these procedures.
VaserShape can be done once the series of Cool Sculpting is completed. VaserShape is an ultrasound device in which we are heating the dermal layer. Ultrasound technology penetrates deeper than using a form of heat. During the process of the treatment, we are also producing a thermal effect to the area being treated. When doing so at a certain degree, we are able to produce an increase in collagen which makes your skin look and appear tighter.
VelaShapeIII is a skin-tightening procedure we use during and between your Ultrashape treatments. To see optimal results, we recommend you have a series of three UltraShape treatments with two full VelaShapeIII treatments between them. VelaShapeIII is a tool that uses radiofrequency (RF) as well as infrared light energy to smooth your skin and reduce the size of fat cells below the surface. When using RF heat, we are heating the dermal layer as well as the collagen. Heating the collagen helps create more collagen, which keeps your skin tight and looking young. Full results will reveal themselves once collagen is fully stimulated, within 6-8 weeks after your final treatment.
And remember: These treatments aren’t alternatives to eating well and exercising. They are meant to help in conjunction with diet and exercise, which we strongly encourage and recommend to see optimal result and to stay healthy in the new year.
Have any questions about these treatments? Schedule a consultation to get a customized plan! While you can ask questions over the phone, we need to see you to know what treatments would be most effective.