What Is Cool Sculpting?
Cool Sculpting targets fat cells alone, eliminating them in a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure called cryolipolysis. This procedure, developed by Harvard scientists uses a targeted cooling process to kill the fat cells under the skin.
What Does Cool Sculpting Feel Like?
You will lie down during your 1 hour procedure. Our staff will make you comfortable with pillows, magazines, blankets, DVD movies to watch and a Wi-Fi connection. many of our patients request that the lights be dimmed and they fall asleep during their procedure. We have a pager and with the push of a button, you can summon us.
When the applicator is applied, you will experience the vacuum pressure as your tissue is drawn into the applicator causing a sensation f intense pulling, tugging or pinching. The initial few minutes can be uncomfortable, but this only last for a short time.
This sensation is followed by an initial sensation of intense cold and then the area goes numb, typically in about 5 minutes. At that point, you can relax and just let the rest of your hour pass comfortably.
When the applicator is removed, your skin will be very pink and cold to the touch. After a brief massage by our staff, you are free to get up and resume normal activities.
What to Expect After My Cool Sculpting Treatment?
Most patients do not experience any symptoms after a Cool Sculpting procedure. Some patients report these mild symptoms that subside over time with no lasting complications. These vary with each individual:
- Temporary firmness or stiffness
- Redness, bruising, numbness or swelling
- temporary blanching (whiteness of the skin in the treatment area)
- tenderness, aching, cramping or the sensation similar to your foot falling asleep (pins and needles)
These symptoms do not occur for most of our patients and when they do occur, they resolve naturally over time. In the unlikely event or moderate to severe discomfort, call our office at 714-572-0040.
Acne, a common affliction in adolescents from 12 to 18, it is not surprising that a wide variety of topical and oral medication and treatments have been developed.
Several factors contribute to the development of acne:
- Oil overproduction
- Follicular hyperkeratosis
- Increased production of bacterial acne in the follicles
- Inflammatory response
There are different types of Acne, the most common types:
- Non-inflammatory – whiteheads and blackheads
- Inflammatory-papules and pustules
- Cystic- cysts and nodules under the skin usually leading to scarring
When treating acne, a multifactorial plan is best as it decreases resistance risk and one can get faster and more efficacious treatment responses.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work to Treat Spider Veins?
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of small amounts of a solution into spider veins to cause the veins to shrink and then shut down and be absorbed by the body. The solution irritates and destroys the inner lining of the blood vessel so that it ceases to carry blood to the area. Healthy blood vessels nearby will absorb the blood flow from the collapsed veins.
Very thin gauge needles are used and little if any discomfort is felt during the procedure. Sclerotherapy is a safe, non-invasive procedure with few significant risks.Once injected, the cells that line the wall of the vein become inflamed, irritated and damaged. This is why the area will look worse before it looks better. Most patients will see a significant improvement in about 30 days.
The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient depending on the type, size and number of veins that need to be treated. We typically begin with a complimentary screening and then one 30 minute session of sclerotherapy.
Patients will be advised to walk immediately after the treatment but should refrain from strenuous exercise for a day or two. Patients will be encouraged to wear compression stockings, usually for several weeks to aid in the healing process. After sclerotherapy, the area will need time to heal. Most patients achieve a 50 – 90% improvement after several treatments.
If you have been thinking about treating your spider veins or simply getting a free vein screening, call our office today to set up your appointment at 714-572-0040. Our friendly staff is waiting to assist you.