Introducing Our New Body Shaping GAME CHANGERS!
Here is what you need to know about our newest additions for body shaping- they are both GAME changers! Since 2010, we have been using the CoolSculpting® (CS) technology to target, freeze, and eliminate fat cells. CoolSculpting® is FDA cleared to treat visible fat bulges in nine areas of the body including the thigh, abdomen, and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks, upper arm, and the double chin. The treatment itself has proven to work on these stubborn areas of unwanted fat, time and time again, over the last 11 years. While we have gotten better and more creative with our treatment plans, the company has also been doing work on how to make the technology even BETTER; thus introducing its latest upgrade, CoolSculpting® ELITE.
My favorite upgrade with the new CS ELITE is the shape of the applicators. They have created new applicators that are designed to better complement the body’s natural curves and to allow for a better tissue draw for treatment. The new applicators feature up to 18% more contact with the subcutaneous tissue as compared to the legacy CoolSculpting® applicators. We imagine that this is the reason for the unpublished reports of the results being noticed more quickly. Lastly, is the potential reduction of in-office time for your treatment. We previously had two CoolSculpting® machines with one applicator on each one, allowing us to treat two areas at once. NOW, we have two CS ELITE devices, each of them having 2 handpieces that can be used simultaneously. This allows us to now treat 4 areas at once, if indicated. Now, those of you who have seen me before know that my sister-assistant and I love hanging out with you for hours during your treatment just chatting, talking about life and what’s new with you- BUT, I know your time is valuable; if you can get a better treatment in less time, and see results quicker, it’s a win-win!
Finally, for all of my ladies out there who are bothered by the dimpling in their buttocks, we now have a reliable and specifically formulated solution for you. You may have heard the buzz around QWO® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes), a new FDA-approved injectable for moderate to severe cellulite in adult women. Surprisingly, 9 out of 10 women have cellulite, no matter their age, shape, race, or weight. Cellulite is caused by fibrous bands under the skin’s surface that can thicken and cause tension, much like the buttons in a mattress. There are additional factors that can worsen the appearance of cellulite’s signature dimples: skin thinning and loosening, and fat cells enlarging and pushing up against the skin. Women are biologically more prone to cellulite because our skin is not as thick and men’s collagen bands are oriented in such a way that it eliminates the ability of enlarged fat lobules bulging through- as if we didn’t already have enough to deal with!
Cellulite is not fat, so it won’t budge and is very difficult, if not impossible, to improve with diet or exercise. QWO® is made from enzymes called collagenases that are thought to target the fibrous bands, releasing the pressure on the fat cells and allowing the skin to have a more even contour. A full QWO® treatment is series of 3 treatments, each 21-28 days apart. Although some patients may need fewer treatments, the best clinical improvements were shown after the third and final treatment. Because of the fat pad of the buttock, the injections themselves are relatively painless and just feel like a little poke in each dimple-no anesthesia is required. Side effects for QWO® include bruising, injection site pain, areas of firmness, itching, redness, discoloration, swelling, and warmth in the treatment area. I will be honest, injection site bruising can be pretty severe, so expect a deep dark bruise that may last for several days to even weeks; the severity may vary from patient to patient and amongst each dimple. Improvement can usually be noted only a few weeks after the initial treatment but will continue throughout the treatment series.
If you are considering either of these non-invasive treatments, you must be assessed in person to discuss realistic expectations and to determine if you are a good candidate for either CoolSculpting® ELITE or QWO®. We are proud to be one of few offices in the area that offer both of these new treatments- yay! I wish you could hear the excitement in my voice when I talk about body shaping! As more of our patients are being vaccinated and as summer approaches, we are thrilled and looking forward to seeing more of you in the office!