Body treatments have become a beacon of hope for those seeking to enhance their physical appearance without resorting to invasive surgical procedures. From contouring stubborn pockets of fat to revitalizing the skin’s natural glow, these non-surgical interventions offer a path to a more confident and rejuvenated self. Whether it’s the innovative CoolSculpting® technology or the natural alternative of PDO Threading, the world of body treatments is rich with possibilities, opening doors to a sleeker, more muscular, and more sculpted physique.
CoolSculpting® & CoolTone™
CoolSculpting® and CoolTone™ together provide a comprehensive approach to body contouring. While CoolSculpting® focuses on reducing unwanted fat, CoolTone™ emphasizes muscle toning and strengthening. Both treatments are non-invasive, offering a convenient and effective way to achieve the desired body shape.
CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that targets and eliminates stubborn fat cells beneath the skin. It’s designed for those areas resistant to diet and exercise, offering a sculpted appearance without surgery.
CoolSculpting® uses precisely controlled cooling to crystallize (freeze) the fat cells. Over time, the body naturally processes and eliminates these dead cells, leaving the treated area more contoured.
- Safety: FDA-cleared and proven effective.
- Convenience: No downtime, allowing immediate return to work.
- Targeted Treatment: Precisely targets fat cells without affecting the surrounding tissue.
CoolTone™ is CoolSculpting’s muscle-strengthening counterpart. It’s designed to firm and tone the muscles in areas like the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs, making the body look trimmer, stronger, and sleeker.
CoolTone™ uses magnetic muscle stimulation to penetrate the muscle layers and induce involuntary muscle contractions. These contractions strengthen the muscles, leading to improved muscle conditioning.
- Enhanced Appearance: Offers a firmer and more toned look.
- Complementary to CoolSculpting®: Often used in conjunction with CoolSculpting® for a comprehensive body transformation.
- Non-Invasive: Like CoolSculpting®, CoolTone™ is a non-surgical procedure, making it a preferred choice for many.
Threading with PDO Threads is a cutting-edge body treatment offering a non-surgical approach to lifting and rejuvenating the skin. Utilizing absorbable sutures it provides immediate lifting effects and stimulates natural collagen production.
Its minimally invasive nature and the ability to resume normal activities quickly make it an appealing option for those seeking a natural and youthful appearance without undergoing major cosmetic surgery.
How It Works:
- Preparation: A topical anesthetic is applied to make the procedure comfortable.
- Insertion: Flexible, durable, and absorbable PDO threads are inserted through a long cannula beneath the skin.
- Lifting: The threads are manipulated to achieve the desired lift, providing immediate visible results.
- Dissolution: Over time (6-9 months), the threads dissolve, stimulating collagen production and continuing to rejuvenate the skin.
- Natural Appearance: Offers a natural lift without the need for surgery.
- Minimal Downtime: Patients can usually resume normal activities after the treatment.
- Collagen Stimulation: Encourages the body’s natural collagen production, enhancing skin elasticity and appearance.
- Versatility: Can be used in various areas of the body, not just the face and neck.
- Not for Severe Laxity: While practical for mild to moderate skin sagging, threading may not fix severe laxity.
- Temporary Results: The effects are not permanent, as the threads dissolve over time, although collagen stimulation provides ongoing benefits.
The treatment may take up to two hours, depending on the areas treated and the desired results.
Kybella® is an FDA-approved injectable treatment for eliminating fat storage under the chin, commonly called a “double chin.” It also targets fat in other body areas, offering a non-surgical solution to contour and shape specific regions. The active ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
How It Works
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a bile acid that is naturally produced by the liver and plays a crucial role in the digestion of fats. In the digestive system, deoxycholic acid breaks down fat by destroying the cell membranes of fat cells, allowing the body to absorb and process the fat.
Kybella takes this natural process and applies it to cosmetic treatment. When injected into targeted areas of fat beneath the skin, the deoxycholic acid in Kybella works similarly to how it functions in the digestive system. It interacts with the membranes of the fat cells, causing them to break down and rupture. Once the membranes are destroyed, the fat cells release their contents, which are metabolized and eliminated by the body’s natural processes.
- Versatility: While primarily used for the chin area, Kybella® can also target fat in the jowls, lower buttocks, armpits, inner knees, lower belly, and “bra bulge.”
- Non-Surgical: As an injectable treatment, Kybella® avoids surgery, anesthesia, and incisions.
- Minimal Downtime: Most patients experience little downtime, making the treatment convenient and quick.
- Permanent Results: Once the fat cells are destroyed, they cannot store fat again, leading to permanent results in the treated area.
- Duration: A typical Kybella® session lasts around 15 to 20 minutes.
- Number of Sessions: Multiple sessions may be required, spaced at least a month apart, to achieve the desired results.
- Sensation: Some patients may experience mild discomfort during the injections, which can be managed with topical anesthetics or ice.
- Not for Everyone: Kybella® is suitable for adults over 18 but may not be appropriate for everyone. A detailed consultation with a medical professional is essential.
- Potential Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, or redness may occur in the treated area but usually resolve within a few days or weeks.
Ready to embrace a more confident and rejuvenated you? At Sheperd Integrative Dermatology, we believe in personalized care and innovative solutions to help you achieve your desired body. Whether it’s sculpting away stubborn fat with CoolSculpting®, toning muscles with CoolTone™, or revitalizing your skin with our threading techniques, our expert team guides you through every step.
Don’t let anything hold you back from feeling and looking your best. Schedule your consultation with Sheperd Integrative Dermatology today and discover the transformative treatments tailored just for you. Your journey to a more radiant and sculpted self starts with a simple call. Contact us or request an appointment today to experience our medical or cosmetic services!