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Is CoolSculpting® Permanent?

CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive treatment that aims to reduce fat in stubborn areas around the body that are resistant to diet and exercise. Unlike surgical methods of targeted fat reduction, this body contouring procedure can address excess fat pockets without the need for incisions, needles, anesthesia, or recovery time. Through advanced technology in controlled cooling, patients can now reduce the thickness of fat bulges by up to 30 percent in a single treatment without undergoing an operation. Many patients inquire about the longevity of results from this unique treatment, and whether CoolSculpting® can achieve permanent fat reduction. The freezing technology used in CoolSculpting® does indeed permanently eliminate fat cells in the treated area. Once the fat cells are eliminated, they cannot grow back. With this said, it is important to note that just because the targeted fat cells are gone, it does not mean your final cosmetic outcome will remain fixed. If a patient continues to gain weight after CoolSculpting®, the extra pounds will settle somewhere. More importantly, any remaining fat cells in previously treated areas can eventually enlarge.  Therefore, CoolSculpting provides a permanent result as long as your weight remains stable. Uncontrolled weight gain after CoolSculpting can result in additional fat bulges around the body, even in the treated areas. The key to preserving treatment results from CoolSculpting® is nutrition and regular exercise. Through maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, […]

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Benefits of CoolSculpting®

Many plastic surgeons consider CoolSculpting® the gold standard of non-surgical fat reduction. This FDA-approved technology uses controlled cooling to target and eliminate localized areas of fat around the body for exceptional results in body contouring. Countless individuals have found success in addressing areas of excess fat in their abdomen, arms, thighs, back, and flanks, among other regions. What’s more, the freezing technology in CoolSculpting® allows the body to gradually shed problem fat through elimination of the targeted fat cells. This body enhancement is totally non-invasive and entirely accomplished without needles or incisions. There are a number of patient advantages with the CoolSculpting® procedure when compared to other methods of fat reduction. While each CoolSculpting® session typically results in a 20-30 percent reduction of fat in the treated area, the final aesthetic outcome unfolds little by little over time for body contouring that appears to be achieved naturally to the outside observer. CoolSculpting® can obtain this cosmetic ideal while allowing the following benefits: No needles, incisions, or anesthesia No downtime required afterwards Little to no post procedure discomfort Convenient and timely—many patients return to work following their session Patients generally experience so little discomfort during the treatment that they often spend treatment time reading, working on their devices, or simply relaxing. CoolSculpting® can be highly effective for addressing fat accumulation in a small number of areas around the body; however, individuals […]

Dr. Lawrence Tong Busts Five Spring-Time Beauty and Skincare Myths

As warmer weather is finally at our doorstep, double board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Tong reviews five common beauty and skin care myths to help you spring clean your make-up bag and skin care routine. Everyone has their favorite shade of lipstick and homemade anti-aging face masks they swear by, but here are tips from the pros to keep you looking young and fresh this summer. Should you say adios to your favorite foundation and mascara after 6 months? Verdict : Not in every case. Unless there is an expiration date, it may not be time to kick it to the curb just yet! Here are some general guidelines for when you should lay your favorite liner to rest. • After 3-6 months: liquidate those liquids! Any liquid eye liners and mascaras should be on their way out. • After 1 year: it’s time to say farewell to foundations, concealers, cream blush, and eye shadows as well as sunblock and BB creams. • After 2 years- Pitch the powders! That means eye shadows, blush and eye-pencil. • After 3 years – Goo be gone! Shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer should all take a hike. Now it’s time to clean up a few myths about why we are all caking on the make-up in the first place. Sleeping you your face can cause wrinkles. Verdict: Yes and no. We’re not just […]

Keys to a Smoother Breast Augmentation Recovery

Recovery from a breast augmentation doesn’t have to be as difficult as it’s often portrayed to be. In fact, there are a number of techniques that plastic surgeons can utilize to ease recovery, as well as advice patients can heed in order to expedite the process themselves. Below is a Q&A session we conducted with our double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Tong, to highlight the keys to a smoother recovery following breast augmentation surgery. Question: Most importantly, what do patients need to know about recovery from breast augmentation? Dr. Tong: Most patients are actually surprised about the ease of recovery. Many have read about the experiences of others on the Internet and expect something much worse. In general, patients only require the narcotic-based pain medications for a few days before tapering them significantly or stopping them altogether and opting for something without narcotics. Patients are usually back to work within five to seven days, but are not allowed to exercise until one month after surgery. Tightness of the chest is a common complaint. This occurs because the muscle and skin is stretched by the implant, giving the sensation of chest tightness. The good news is, this feeling generally fades within the first few days. Sleeping with the head and chest slightly elevated will decrease chest swelling much more rapidly while helping the breast implants to settle faster. Q: What techniques […]

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