When it comes to areas on the body that men and women most want to improve the appearance of, two aspects are usually involved: excess fat deposits and cellulite. While these two may seem to be relatively the same issue, they are in fact quite different. While fat deposits are simply that—fat that has accumulated in areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs, cellulite is different. Caused by bands of connective tissue that attach to the skin and create an indentation. Cellulite cannot be eliminated through diet or exercise and is just as likely to appear on those of normal weight as those who are overweight. Because these two issues are different, they respond differently to treatment. While neither are usually eliminated by diet or exercise alone, both can be effectively treated with different procedures. Dr. Diehl finds that targeting fat with CoolSculpting® and cellulite with Cellfina® is a great combination of treatments to eliminate unsightly areas of stubborn fat and cellulite in patients that do not want liposuction.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical treatment that cools subcutaneous fat cells. While keeping your skin at safe temperatures, the CoolSculpting® applicator damages the fat cells to the point that the body will eliminate them through natural processes. This safely and effectively removes the fat cells permanently and leaves a slimmer and sleeker appearance in the areas that have been treated. CoolSculpting® can target areas of fat on the abdomen, flanks, back and bra fat, thighs, knees, arms, buttocks, and even under the chin with little to no discomfort or downtime.
What is Cellfina®?
Cellfina® is the only FDA cleared procedure to treat cellulite. Cellfina® effectively treats cellulite by dividing the actual band that creates the dimple. The procedure is considered “minimally invasive” and is completely comfortable after administration of numbing fluid. When these bands are released, the skin has a more even appearance. Though most report that Cellfina® is relatively painless, it can be done with the inhaled sedative ProNox to create a stress-free experience.
Combining Cellfina® and CoolSculpting®
Combining Cellfina® and CoolSculping is beneficial because they work on two different issues. CoolSculping is extremely effective in reducing small to medium size bulges of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise and typically removes 24% of fat cells in treated areas. Cellfina®, on the other hand, is the only FDA cleared method of reducing the appearance of cellulite. Because bulges of fat and areas of cellulite often occur in the same areas of the body, using both methods can provide an allover solution that cannot be achieved using just one or the other.
If you think having both Cellfina® and CoolSculpting® is a good option for you, you probably want to know which you should have done first. In almost all cases and after a thorough consultation, Dr. Diehl will recommend you have CoolSculpting® before Cellfina®. While excess fat does not cause cellulite, it can accentuate its appearance since fat that presses against the skin can place additional stress on the fibrous tissue. Because of this, a CoolSculpting® treatment can actually reduce the amount of cellulite that needs to be treated with Cellfina®. Though it’s unlikely that CoolSculping alone will completely eliminate your need for Cellfina®, it will at least give Dr. Diehl a more accurate estimate of how to proceed with the Cellfina® procedure.
If you decide on having both treatments, Dr. Diehl will normally advise that you wait at least two to three months after your CoolSculpting® treatment to have Cellfina®. This is because the effects of CoolSculpting® are not immediate as it takes time for the body to eliminate the damaged fat cells. Two months is usually enough time for Dr. Diehl to get some idea of the results of your CoolSculpting® treatment so she can effectively perform the Cellfina® treatment on the remaining visible cellulite.
Is Cellfina® and CoolSculpting® Right For You?
To be considered an ideal candidate for a Cellfina® and CoolSculpting® combined procedure, you need to be within 25 pounds of your goal weight and still be able to pinch at least one inch of excess fat in the area you want to be treated. You should also have moderate to severe cellulite as this is what responds best to the Cellfina® treatment.
If you are interested in targeting both unwanted pockets of fat as well as moderate to severe cellulite, schedule a consultation with Dr. Diehl today to see if CoolSculpting® and Cellfina® are right for you!
Looking for a way to get rid of stubborn fat pouches, lumps, or bumps? In recent years, more patients have turned to CoolSculpting® as a non-invasive, highly effective fat removal option. Known for its innovative approach, CoolSculpting® is especially popular for its versatility. Here are some of the top places where CoolSculpting® is applied to create results patients love:
Abdomen (“Stomach”, Midsection)
Targeting excess fat on the abdomen with CoolSculpting® is an especially popular option for both our male and female patients. During the procedure, the area to be treated is drawn in between the panels and targeted cold is applied to eliminate unwanted fat cells. For many of our male patients, CoolSculpting® is a great way of eliminating belly bulge or beer bellies, while women in general love that the procedure can be used as part of a mommy makeover.
Flanks (“Muffin Top”)
Like the abdomen, the flanks are a very common area for CoolSculpting®. This area that hangs over the jeans in both men and women can be particularly frustrating and responds very well with the targeted fat reduction of CoolSculpting®.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be – double chins or submental fat are a commonly caused by age, genetics, and fluctuating weight. Removing fat from the chin and neck is especially tricky, even with a robust work out plan and diet. New attachments to CoolSculpting® equipment mean these stubborn fat pockets can be tackled during a CoolSculpting® session.
Love tank tops but tired of bat wings? CoolSculpting® can help with that. Special applicators made specifically for the arms are attached directly to sagging fat tissue covering the triceps. When combined with a regular workout routine, CoolSculpting® is a great way of obtaining more sculpted, toned arms.
Waist, Hips, and Thighs
Stubborn fat pockets can accumulate anywhere; while some see fat gathering around their midsection, others notice it most around their lower half. At Dr. Diehl’s plastic surgery practice, CoolSculpting® can be applied to the waist, hips, and thighs as a popular multidimensional treatment strategy that leaves patients feeling more confident in their figures. Inner and outer thigh treatments can give a more slimming contour to the legs. Outer thigh CoolSculpting® helps with those “saddlebags” and inner thigh application can help make progress with the “thigh gap.”
Double chins aren’t the only unfortunate side effect of aging. As we age, skin stops producing important collagen and elastin, proteins that keep skin looking young and feeling firm. When production slows and ultimately stops, skin everywhere becomes loose and doesn’t “bounce back” to its original placement. Ultimately gravity takes a toll as well. Combined with weight gain and muscle loss, it is not uncommon for individuals to develop noticeable back fat during their later years. To tackle this bothersome body contouring issue, CoolSculpting® specifically target excess fat and helps tone your back to create a pleasing silhouette. Targeting the bra fat area and the lower back, or posterior flanks, can do wonders for smoothing and shrinking the silhouette.
Stop Waiting – Schedule Your Consultation Today!
While summer may be over, it’s never too early to start feeling your absolute best. In Raleigh, Dr. Diehl and her team use CoolSculpting® to help patients restore confidence in their appearance. Lynn and Sharon have been Dr. Diehl’s CoolSculpting® providers for over 6 years. You couldn’t be in better hands or have a more experienced team working with you. Learn more about your treatment options – schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon by calling (919) 381-5540 today!
Stores are starting to roll out their winter displays, holiday lattes have hit coffee shops, and plans to visit family and friends are in full swing. In just a few short months, many of our patients will start getting ready to make their New Year’s resolutions. Many of those resolutions often revolve around losing those last few pounds that are stubbornly keeping people from reaching their ideal body. Why wait until January to achieve your dream of a slender, contoured body? Now is the perfect time to start your CoolSculpting® treatment and reach your goals before the new year starts!
Even with diligent diet and exercise, some bumps and lumps of excess fat can stubbornly stay behind. This is due to the simple fact that while fat cells can shrink, they can never be truly eliminated without physical intervention. Traditionally, fat reduction or removal was done via liposuction, a popular cosmetic surgery that provides long-lasting results. However, not everyone may be ready for invasive surgery just to shed their last few pockets of fat. That’s where CoolSculpting® comes in.
Like its surgical counterpart, CoolSculpting® is designed to help patients add definition to different parts of the body by eliminating existing fat cells. However, CoolSculpting®’s innovative technology is completely non-surgical. With this treatment option, patients don’t need to worry about spending weeks preparing for surgery or take time off for recovery. While some individuals may experience some slight soreness or bruising after their session, this usually dissipates within a few days. There really is no downtime with the CoolSculpting® procedure.
The Science Behind CoolSculpting®
So, what makes CoolSculpting® so successful without requiring even minimal surgical intervention? The key is in how the fat cells are destroyed. As mentioned, fat cells fluctuate in size based on several factors, including weight, diet, and exercise. While fat cells may shrink when a person has low body fat, they can quickly expand as an individual gains weight.
To eliminate fat cells, CoolSculpting® uses a specific applicator that cools the areas to a very specific temperature that damages fat cells. The cold temperature is set to target just fat cells without damaging the surrounding skin and muscle tissue. Known as the process of cryoliposis, the damaged fat cells are then naturally absorbed by the body and eliminated in the weeks following treatment. By the end of the processing period, patients are left with a reduction in fat averaging 20-25% in the area treated.
Considerations for Your CoolSculpting® Treatment
Not every patient carries or loses weight the same way. When it comes to removing extra fat from your body with CoolSculpting®, our Raleigh plastic surgeon takes the utmost care to ensure your treatment is designed with your body’s needs and goals in mind. Lynn and Sharon have been doing CoolSculpting® treatments at Diehl Plastic Surgery for over 6 years. During your CoolSculpting® consultation, Lynn or Sharon will perform an in-depth evaluation to ensure this solution will best help you reach your goals. While CoolSculpting® is highly effective for some patients, not everyone looking to eliminate extra bumps from their physique enjoy the same results. Individuals with larger or more abundant target areas may find that comprehensive treatment with liposuction or multiple CoolSculpting® treatments provides better results.
When thinking about CoolSculpting®, it’s also important to remember that treatment results are gradual – the process relies on your body to process out damaged fat cells. As such, it’s important for patients who are looking to use CoolSculpting® in preparation for an upcoming event to schedule their treatment sessions well in advance. If you’re thinking about starting the new year with a new physique, now may be the best time to start treatment.
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At Diehl Plastic Surgery, our goal is to help all patients feel comfortable and confident in their appearance. To learn more about the advantages of CoolSculpting® and to see how this innovative procedure can transform your body, call our Raleigh plastic surgeon today to schedule your consultation!
Liposuction and CoolSculpting® have helped patients remove stubborn pockets of fat and achieve their dream body. While seemingly similar, both procedures use different techniques and work best for different patients. Knowing the difference and how to weigh each procedure against your desired goals is an important step in choosing the best plastic surgery solution for your body.
CoolSculpting® – Non-Invasive Fat Removal
Best known as the non-surgical fat reduction solution, CoolScupting uses cryolipolysis to eliminate fat cells. Developed by Harvard scientists, the process involves freezing fat cells so that they die and are naturally absorbed by the body. During CoolSculpting® treatment, stubborn pockets of fat are placed within applicator panels. The panels cool to a temperature that damages fat cells. Over the course of several months, the target area becomes noticeably smoother as more fat cells are processed out by the body. Some people may choose to have several treatments to the same area for a more aggressive fat reduction. It is reasonable to expect a 20-25% reduction in the area treated with each procedure.
What are the Benefits of CoolSculpting®?
One reason why CoolSculpting® is so popular is that it is completely non-invasive. Patients who can’t or don’t want to have surgery can use CoolSculpting® as an effective alternative for achieving their goals of a more sleek physique. Furthermore, as CoolSculpting® is non-invasive, the treatment requires no downtime compared to its surgical counterpart. For busy individuals who don’t have the time to commit to surgical preparation or recovery, the non-invasive nature of this treatment makes it a particularly attractive treatment option.
Are there any Downsides to CoolSculpting®?
While this non-surgical option is certainly effective, there are some conditions that may keep patients from enjoying the full benefits of treatment. For starters, CoolSculpting® is not a one and done procedure. In order for patients to fully realize their ideal results, they may require several treatments to the same area. Additionally, results are not immediate and gradually manifest within a few months. While this may seem like a downside, many patients see this as an opportunity to keep their procedure discreet.
The applicators are specific sizes, and while there are a variety of applicators to allow optimal treatment of an area, this does limit how large of an area can be treated. As a result, this treatment is most successful when it is used to target small, stubborn pockets of fat or a comprehensive plan is created to treat larger areas. CoolSculpting®and should not be used as a weight loss solution.
Tried and True Liposuction
Perhaps one of the best-known fat removal solutions, liposuction is a tried and true plastic surgery procedure popularly used to help patients achieve a more contoured physique. During this procedure, cannulas (thin tubes) are strategically inserted into the target area, and excess fat cells are removed.
What are the Benefits of Liposuction?
Liposuction is among the most popular, minimally invasive surgical solutions available. The treatment is very comprehensive in that large treatment areas can be successfully addressed in just one session. Liposuction is often included as part of larger treatment strategies such as mommy makeovers and full body contouring to help patients fully achieve their dream body. Furthermore, evolution in treatment instruments and technique have turned liposuction into a simple treatment that requires only limited recovery time. With a healthy diet and exercise, the results of liposuction can last well into the future. Liposuction is often done under local anesthesia, so general anesthesia is not necessary.
Are there any downsides to liposuction?
While the treatment process may be limited to very small, hidden scars, liposuction is still considered plastic surgery; patients must be healthy enough to undergo surgery to be a candidate for treatment. Likewise, there is a certain amount of recovery time patients should expect post-procedure.
Find Your Perfect Treatment Plan with Dr. Diehl
When it comes to plastic surgery, the surgery itself is only part of the overall treatment plan. Planning and preparation are arguably the most important steps in creating any successful surgery strategy. At Dr. Diehl’s plastic surgery practice, your one on one consultation is that important first step in the treatment process. By discussing your concerns and goals, our team can assess whether CoolSculpting® or liposuction is the best procedure for you.
Ready to get started? Call Dr. Diehl at (919)381-5540 today and schedule your consultation at Diehl Plastic Surgery today! We look forward to helping you achieve your best body.
When the weather warms up, the bikinis come out, and many women realize they aren’t quite ready for swimsuit season. Hurry into Diehl Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC to get bikini body ready. CoolSculpting® can shape and sculpt your body without surgery.
Diet, Exercise, and CoolSculpting®- What’s the Link?
You’ve probably heard that diet and exercise are the keys to your best body. This may be true in theory, but many of our patients find that losing fat is more complicated than that. They eat right and exercise regularly, but still struggle with stubborn fat, located in common trouble spots like the love handles, abdomen, or thighs. They aren’t looking to lose weight but want to lose fat.
CoolSculpting® is a potential solution to your bikini body woes. This treatment uses intense cold to crystalize and destroy fat cells. Since the CoolSculpting® applicator is placed over the treatment area, we can target specific fat pockets, unlike exercise that produces a whole-body result. After treatment, your body will begin to naturally process and eliminate the treated fat, permanently removing those stubborn fat cells from your body.
CoolSculpting® isn’t an alternative to the healthy practices of diet and exercise. It enhances your hard work. Eat right, go for a run, and if trouble spots remain after your best efforts, let us help.
5 Reasons to Choose CoolSculpting® This Summer
Is CoolSculpting® the key to a better summer body? Come in for treatment this summer and discover some of the top benefits of this popular procedure:
No Downtime– Summer is a busy time for many of our patients. With CoolSculpting®, you can receive treatment and return to daily activities immediately, no downtime necessary. Recovery symptoms are typically minor and include tenderness, bruising, and mild swelling. These don’t usually interfere with your daily activities.
Noticeable Fat Reduction– Does CoolSculpting® actually work? Clinical studies and our own experience say it does. Patients typically experience a 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area with one treatment. Want better results? A second treatment can be performed several weeks later.
Long Lasting Results– CoolSculpting® destroys fat cells and your body eliminates them through natural metabolic processes. Fat cells don’t regenerate. If you maintain your weight, results should last. Most patients start to see their results in a couple weeks with the most dramatic changes visible 1-3 months after treatment.
Targeted Fat Removal– Where do you struggle with unwanted fat? We can freeze fat from head to toe. Popular treatment areas include: abdomen, arms, chin (double chin), bra roll area, flanks (love handles), knees, inner and outer thighs, banana rolls, etc. If you want to treat more than one area, we have two machines and offer DualSculpting, or the treatment of two areas simultaneously.
Short 35-Minute Treatment– You’ll receive your treatment in our comfortable Raleigh, NC plastic surgery office. We’ll get you in and out, typically in under an hour. The treatment itself takes about 35 minutes.
What are you waiting for? Call today and get started.
What Happens During a CoolSculpting® Treatment?
Do you want to rock that bikini with confidence this summer without surgery? Call us to schedule your CoolSculpting® treatment at Diehl Plastic Surgery.
When you come in for your appointment, we’ll take you into a comfortable treatment room. A specialized gel pad will be placed onto one of your trouble spots. The CoolSculpting® applicator is then placed on top of this pad. At first, you’ll feel intense cold, but the sensation fades quickly as the area naturally numbs itself.
Sit back and relax. You won’t have to do anything but wait as the treatment progresses. Many patients read a book or use their mobile devices.
When the treatment is complete, usually about 35 minutes later, you’ll be ready to resume your regular activities. Many patients head right back to work.
Your body will begin to process the treated fat cells, and you’ll see your results start to appear in just a few weeks.
At Diehl Plastic Surgery all of our treatments are performed by our CoolSculpting® specialists, Lynn and Sharon. They have both have advanced training on the best practices for the procedure and have been performing this treatment since 2012 .
Let’s get your body ready for summer. Call today and learn more about non-surgical fat removal in Raleigh, NC.