Gentle Revive Medical Spa Located in Lindon, Utah https://www.gentlerevive.com Probably the most well equiped spa in Utah Thu, 13 Aug 2020 16:43:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://www.gentlerevive.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cropped-Feather-Icon-32x32.jpg Gentle Revive Medical Spa Located in Lindon, Utah https://www.gentlerevive.com 32 32 All The Latest Laser Technologies https://www.gentlerevive.com/laser-technologies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=laser-technologies Thu, 14 May 2020 17:39:00 +0000 https://gentlerevive.com/?p=1030 Here at Gentle Revive, in Lindon Utah, we recognize that understanding laser terminology can be just as daunting as deciding which is your favorite laser treatment. We have the most lasers in Utah County, and the latest in each technology. With so many lasers, we have a lot of terms to know, and we are […]

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Here at Gentle Revive, in Lindon Utah, we recognize that understanding laser terminology can be just as daunting as deciding which is your favorite laser treatment. We have the most lasers in Utah County, and the latest in each technology. With so many lasers, we have a lot of terms to know, and we are here to help you in every way.

Chromophore, IPL, and Lesions

Let’s start with a term that describes everything we will be lasing. A chromophore is what we call the molecule we are affecting with the laser energy. For one treatment we may be targeting hemoglobin (blood), another may be melanin (gives tissue brown colors), and another target may be water. For instance, if we are targeting age spots through the chromophore melanin, it would target the color and leave the rest of your skin alone. The same idea goes for any of the issues we treat with laser.

One method of targeting chromophores is called IPL. You may have heard it before, and it stands for Intense Pulsed Light. These are only wavelengths of light that are useful for the treatment. Any non-useful wavelengths are filtered out, such as the infamously damaging, ultraviolet light. There are many uses for IPL, such as hair removal, signs of sun damage and aging, acne, and redness. So then, what are those brown or red blotches of chromophores called? They have lots of names, but in the world of lasers, we sometimes refer to them as lesions. Not a wound, tumor, or an abscess, but simply a tissue that has suffered damage. Brown spots are called pigmented lesions, and redness is referred to as a vascular lesion. It’s not as scary as it sounds, and it doesn’t mean you’re terminal.

Photofacial and Radiofrequency

As for treatment names, most of them of them are pretty self explanatory, and others seem to be named by putting random words together. The photofacial is one of those. It doesn’t mean ‘facial that gets you ready for photos’ though it really could be. A photofacial is an IPL treatment that completely gets rid of age spots (sometimes called liver spots), redness, freckles, tiny veins, rosecea, and even birthmarks.

When you have this treatment, you’ll get crystal clear, gorgeous skin. It is one of many treatments we have to get you looking perfect for every photo. Another treatment that has a name that comes out of nowhere is our Radiofrequency treatments for wrinkles, cellulite, skin tightening, and real life air-brushing effects. It gets its name because of the way the energy goes back and forth during the treatments, This method gives very effective, efficient, and immediate results. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t want the younger, smoother, brighter skin this treatment gives. 

Ablative and Non-ablative

This seems like an easy one, as soon as we discover what ablative means. It’s not quite as cut and dry as ‘elephant or not elephant’ though. Ablation means ‘removal of tissue’ and both ablative and non-ablative laser treatments do that, in different ways. So what differentiates them? What you can see. Ablative treatments remove the top layer of skin, and non-ablative treatments heat the tissue without breaking the skin. Both treatments are very effective for rejuvenating the skin, and going with one over the other is very individualized.

Ablative is the way to go for someone who:

  • Has deep wrinkles and more sever signs of aging
  • Has deep or pitted scars on the face
  • Wants to see huge results quickly
  • Is able to take time off socially while healing

Non-ablative is a better choice for those who:

  • Have mild to moderate signs of aging
  • Need improvement in texture, tone, and collagen production
  • Between ages 25 and 65
  • Is willing to have multiple treatments before seeing results
  • Needs to have no downtime

CO2 

You’ve probably heard of CO2, and you’ve definitely heard it called carbon dioxide. It’s the same thing. It is one of the first gas lasers to be developed, and is one of the highest powered lasers available. This ablative treatment works miracles on wrinkles, scars, sagging skin, age spots, sun damage, warts, and moles. It will clear your skin and give youthful skin. 

Fractional

Last but not least is the math one, that isn’t really about math. When a laser beam is fractional, it means that every time there is a stamp from the laser, thousands of tiny columns go into the skin to attack aged and damaged tissue. It works within both the dermis and epidermis, greatly stimulating collagen production and reformation. In this intensive treatment, the old damaged cells are expelled, and the healthy tissue is left unaffected, resulting in a faster healing process. Several treatments use a fractional laser, and we see excellent results with them.

Now you can walk into your treatment or consult and ask all the questions you can think of, having more knowledge of what you want to have done! We’ll see you then!

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How Laser Tattoo Removal Works https://www.gentlerevive.com/how-tattoo-removal-works/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-tattoo-removal-works Tue, 05 May 2020 16:29:21 +0000 https://gentlerevive.com/?p=951 As long as people are getting tattoos, there will be people that want to get them removed. Tattoos are very popular, and are also thought to be very permanent. Until no relationship ever goes bad, tattoo artists are perfect with impeccable spelling, colored ink never fades, and until people tastes, likes and dislikes never change, […]

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As long as people are getting tattoos, there will be people that want to get them removed. Tattoos are very popular, and are also thought to be very permanent. Until no relationship ever goes bad, tattoo artists are perfect with impeccable spelling, colored ink never fades, and until people tastes, likes and dislikes never change, there will always be people that want to have tattoos removed. Sometimes people run out of real estate on their canvas (skin) and they want to swap out one tattoo for another. Historically it has been difficult to get this ink out of the skin. Many different surgical procedures, abrasive skin treatments, hot needles, sandpaper usage, skin burning techniques and many other treatments for tattoo removal were performed. Safe and effective tattoo removal has not always been used. Many complications have occurred with trying to remove unwanted tattoos. The skin does not always fare so well with some of these methods that are used to remove tattoos.

I am a family medicine physician and a few years ago, I began asking my patients about their tattoos. The answers I got were pretty interesting to me. Initially, I worried that I was invading a patient’s privacy. I soon learned that people love to talk about their tattoos. I found that well over half of the patients with tattoos wanted them removed and tattoo regret is very real, and more common than I thought. But, it’s definitely not universal. A great number of people are very proud of their tattoos as they represent special people or special events in their lives that they cherish and love.

I became interested in tattoo removal with lasers when I read a book that spoke of rehabilitated criminals and drug addicts that can’t get work doing anything because of tattoos that were in places on the body or that say things that make them unemployable. I thought that this is something I could really get behind. I treat former drug addicts in a medication assisted treatment program to help them come off of heroin or other opioid substances. I love to see people’s lives change for the better when they get off drugs. The next hurdle for many was to get a job, and this was prevented many times because of certain tattoos. I learned about laser removal of tattoos and like most guys, I loved the thought of using lasers. I purchased my first laser from China and it showed up on my porch. I read the broken English instructions, took a course in tattoo removal and began to treat patients that I know personally or are my employees. It was as cool as it sounds, and it worked.

As I became more proficient at tattoo removal, I wanted a better laser to more effectively remove tattoos. My first laser was a Nd-YAG laser. I learned of other lasers called Q-switched lasers, nanosecond lasers, different wavelengths of lasers and even lasers that fire in trillionths of seconds called picosecond lasers. Ultimately, I bought the latest and greatest in lasers for tattoo removal called a 755 nanometer, picosecond laser that removes tattoos in fewer treatments and more effectively than any other laser. This laser, called PicoSure, can remove tattoos in 1-2 treatments with some types of ink and it can be used in all different skin types and skin tones in any ethnicity group. This laser also treats any color tattoo ink. It does all of this with low risk of complications such as burns, scars or discoloration of skin.

Modern lasers are safe, effective and very fast. All of this has made tattoo removal available to most, if not all, people that want tattoos removed.

The way that tattoos are removed with lasers is very interesting and very hi-tech. One first needs to understand how the ink interacts with the skin. When a tattoo is placed on the body the ink is injected under the skin and creates a large complex of colors that form an area that the body cannot do anything about because of the large particles under the skin. Too large for the body’s immune system to remove, the tattoo just stays there forever. Think of the ink as a large slab of concrete beneath the top layers of the skin. The laser breaks up the concrete (ink) into small pebble-sized particles of ink. This allows the immune system to come in and remove the smaller particles and treat them as waste. The PicoSure is so powerful that it breaks this “layer of concrete” into dust-sized particles and makes it much easier for the immune system to take away and treat as waste from the body. This translates to shorter treatment sessions and less cost to have tattoos removed.

What about pain?

Truth be told, tattoo removal with lasers is not painless. There are several things that can be used to help decrease the pain and distract the patient from the treatment. Experienced tattoo removal technicians and doctors will use extremely cold air that is directed toward the tattoo and help with the discomfort. Also, nitrous oxide (dental gas) can be used to help with moderate pain that is felt. Typically, the first treatment is felt the most due to the higher amounts of ink in the tattoo. Subsequent treatments are felt much less as the ink disappears.

What about cost?

Tattoos are priced based on the solid square inch of ink. We charge $75 per square inch of ink, per treatment. This is calculated during the consultation and often, one solid square inch of ink is usually 3-4 square inches of a typical tattoo. Once a tattoo gets to a certain size then there is just one flat cost for the whole tattoo for each treatment.

We would love to have you come in to Gentle Revive in Lindon, Utah, and get a tattoo removal consultation. Mention that you read this article and we will give you the first treatment absolutely free of charge. It is rare, but there are certain conditions that could prevent one from having a tattoo removed. We will talk to you about this at the consult and determine if tattoo removal is safe for you.

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A New Era of Liposuction https://www.gentlerevive.com/a-new-era-of-liposuction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-new-era-of-liposuction Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:24:32 +0000 https://gentlerevive.com/?p=212 I remember back in medical school and residency watching some liposuction cases. I distinctly remember thinking that those surgeries were pretty cool. Great results, and in just one day. The drawback was that the surgeries were pretty invasive to the body and there was a lot of downtime. There were large cannulas (tubes) connected to […]

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I remember back in medical school and residency watching some liposuction cases. I distinctly remember thinking that those surgeries were pretty cool. Great results, and in just one day. The drawback was that the surgeries were pretty invasive to the body and there was a lot of downtime. There were large cannulas (tubes) connected to suction pumps, patients under general anesthesia, and many postoperative complications. Some of those complications were blood clots to the lungs, legs and even death. For many years, and through my years as a family medicine doctor, I have always thought that it would be great to do cosmetic type surgeries where people had great results and in short periods of time. I was always taken aback by the high rate of complications and missed time off work for “just a cosmetic procedure”.

Now, many years down the road, and after a long time of delivering babies, doing cesarean deliveries, many procedures in the office including endoscopy of the stomach, vasectomies and other surgical procedures too numerous to count, I decided to look into liposuction. It has always stuck in the back of my mind as something that I wanted to do someday.

I was really surprised and pleased when I found how liposuction is done now in 2019. The procedure is very safe. It is done with a type of local anesthesia, called tumescent anesthesia, which is numbs the same fat layer that is being removed with liposuction. It allows the surgery to be done with the person completely awake and all the time not feeling anything more than some tugging, pushing and strange sensations as the fat is extracted from the areas we are treating. Often areas that are just completely resistant to diet and exercise. If that is not enough, liposuction is now done with very small tubes or cannulas instead of the large “garden hose” sized tubes used back in the day. This allows the fat to be removed more slowly and evenly for a more fine, smooth skin appearance after it is all said and done. I was also astounded to discover that the complications rates are next to nothing and recovery times are just a couple of days. Areas that are now treated are under the arms, under the chin, knees and nearly all other locations where this stubborn fat resides.

If that is not all enough change from back in past times, liposuction is now assisted with lasers. Lasers allow for a smoother result and because of the heat from the laser that is applied to the skin’s undersurface to help tighten skin. Loose skin was historically a drawback to removing fat with liposuction, leaving the skin flabby. Bleeding is also much less with the use of lasers as the laser beam coagulates off the small blood vessels that would otherwise tend to bleed and cause complications. One negative to the use of lasers was that the actual surgery time is a bit longer, but the trade-off of better results, less bleeding and fewer complications surely seems to outweigh the bit of extra time for the procedure.

I thought all of those benefits were amazing, but when I found that liposuction done in this manner is one of the most performed surgeries in the US today, I knew that I needed to learn even more. There was surely more to learn. Much to my surprise, liposuction is not only being done by plastic surgeons. Family doctors, emergency room physicians, hospitalists, gynecologists and believe it or not, I’ve heard of an orthopedic surgeon that is doing liposuction surgeries. As more doctors are performing this surgery it has become much more performed and the cost has come down significantly to a range that most anyone can afford.

Liposuction is so safe now that it is never done in hospitals anymore, and is always performed in an office or small operative suite, usually in the doctor’s office.

For myself and my decision to start performing this simple surgery, all of these benefits for the patient made it an easy decision to seek extra training and build an operative suite where people can come and get this affordable cosmetic surgery that has results so fast and dramatic.

The way that liposuction or SmartLipo, as it is called when it is done with the assistance of lasers, is done is by first finding a surgeon and clinic or spa to do the liposuction. You want a surgeon that is excited about helping patients feel better about themselves and their body, and really cares to take the time to talk to the patient and explain what is going to happen before, during, and after the surgery. It’s important to find a doctor and office that has the ability and desire to be there for the patient and be available should any problems arise even after the surgery is performed.

The patient having liposuction will have a health screening to assure that there are no health problems that would put you at unnecessary risk of complications. This is done by having a physical exam and communicating to the doctor any and all medical problems, and medications that are being taken. Some  medications need to be stopped, for a time, prior to liposuction. After this exam the patient is scheduled for a day to have the surgery.

On the day of the surgery the patient should eat a small meal and be driven to the clinic or surgery center by a family member or friend. Ride sharing or a taxi is not recommended to come to the appointment for the surgery. The patient then signs consent forms and before pictures are taken. Before and after pictures are always required to help document results. These pictures can sometimes be used by the doctor for marketing or showing to other patients, with consent only, from the person whose pictures they are.

After pictures are taken, 3 medications are taken. An antibiotic, a pain pill, and an anxiety pill are given to the patient and the patient is taken to the operative suite where cleansing and sterilization of the surgical site/s are performed. Then very small 1.5 to 2mm holes are placed around or inside the area that is going to get liposuction. These are the holes that the surgeon uses to access the fat that will be removed. The area is then anesthetized with lidocaine, and the laser is used to kill fat cells and shrink excess skin in the parts of the body that are being treated. The last part of the liposuction is to use the small cannulas to remove as much fat as in needed. It’s important to know that all fat is not removed. The surgeon balances taking out enough fat to get the desired look, without taking out too much for your health.

The holes that are used to access the fat are not closed after the surgery. They are so small that they are left to close on their own. They also act as drains to let the excess fat and fluid drain out of the body where the procedure was done. The holes will drain for 2-4 days depending on the site that is treated.

A compression garment is then used to hold pressure over the area that was treated. This does many things including helping to get the fluid out, helping the tissues heal well, and prevent seromas or fluid collections in areas that have had the fat removed. The compression garment also does much to help with discomfort that one can feel after the liposuction surgery.

Most people are up and about the next day, but not to work or heavy housework just yet. On the third day, people are usually feeling really good and are able to do most things normally with some discomfort. Most people describe the discomfort as muscle pain in the body that occurs a few days after a hard workout.

A week after liposuction, the patient is seen in the clinic by the surgeon to make sure all is going well and no complications and/or take care of any problems there maybe. For the holes that are healing, even though they are very small, we offer a complimentary treatment with a laser that can help the body heal with a better chance of having no little scars.

The most important of all of this is that the patient gets results quickly and with very little down time.

If you would like to get even more information about liposuction and to get the body you’ve been wanting, click below to schedule an appointment to come in for your free consultation and learn more.


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What Your Mother Never Taught You About Botox https://www.gentlerevive.com/what-your-mother-never-taught-you-about-botox/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-your-mother-never-taught-you-about-botox Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:34:00 +0000 https://gentlerevive.com/?p=1101 Did your mother teach you all about skin care? Did she share her knowledge of the many creams, lotions, and potions she used? She probably didn’t mention the miracle of Botox, did she? Well, really she probably didn’t know about it! Although Botox has been around for decades, it has only been accessible to everyone […]

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Did your mother teach you all about skin care? Did she share her knowledge of the many creams, lotions, and potions she used? She probably didn’t mention the miracle of Botox, did she? Well, really she probably didn’t know about it! Although Botox has been around for decades, it has only been accessible to everyone within the last 10-20 years.  Believe me, if she had known about it, she definitely would have told you! When Botox was largely unknown, there was uncertainty, doubt, and little way to get the answers to questions. As a Registered Nurse, I can assure you it is very safe, painless, easy, and absolutely worth it. Let me tell you the secrets of this miraculous “Youth Serum”.

Small amounts of Botox can be injected into specific muscles to cause a controlled relaxation of that muscle. In this way, your injector can target the small muscles of your face to relax and soften their contraction. This, in turn, will smooth out the wrinkles in that area. It has truly amazing results. Your facial wrinkles will disappear, and you will have a softer, more youthful look. It is truly a miracle!

Botox, also know as Botulinum Toxin, has been around forover 20 years and it has been very successful in treating creases and wrinkles on the face and neck. It can be used for crows feet, bunny lines, lines on the forhead, dimpling of the chin and lines around the mouth, as well as the muscle lines at the center of your neck. Botox does not fill the wrinkles as it is not a filler. Instead, Botox relaxes the muscles that create the wrinkle. When wrinkles form, they become deeper with time. This is because the muscle creases the skin over and over, which makes the wrinkle deeper and deeper. With repeated injections of Botox, your body can heal the creased skin and it will smooth out and heal naturally.

With a very fine needle, Botox is injected directly into the muscle we want to target.  This is only slightly uncomfortable, so there is no numbing or anesthesia neccessary. Some people state that they can’t really feel it at all. The entire procedure only takes about 15 minutes. You will see the results in as little as 48 hours, but the full effect takes about 10 days. Most people begin to feel the effects around day 5.  

The most common side effect is bruising at the injection site, and it just depends on your skin. This goes away very quickly, usually in a day or two. Some people get a little welt at the injection site for the first hour or so, but thats it! Super Simple!  

You should be able to return to your regular routine after you have your injections. Remember not to press on or rub the injection site for 12 hours, this will insure that the Botox is not displaced from the targeted muscle. Also, don’t lay down for 3-4 hours or do any kind of exercise that would get your heart rate up or break a sweat. Don’t put any lotions, creams, make-up or soap on your face for at least 12 hours.  You can clean your face with cool water and pat it lightly dry. Just try to leave it alone and let the magic work!

Your Botox treatment will last on average about 3 months. This time frame is affected by several factors, including your age, your metabolism, and how many times you have had Botox. As you continue to treat your wrinkles with Botox, your Botox will last longer and will be more effective, and your wrinkles will appear less severe because you are training those specific muscles to relax and be less active.

Some very rare side effects for Botox include: dry mouth, pain at the injection site, neck pain, head ache, blurred vision, and swelling of the eyelids. Again, these side effects are very rare! If you are one of those who do get any of these uncommon side effects, make sure you let your Doctor know. Here at Gentle Revive, in Lindon, Utah, we have doctors on staff, so you can call us if you were to experience any of them. In general, Botox is extremely safe and highly effective! Don’t let the name Botulinum Toxin scare you. This treatment is soon to be something that you really won’t want to live without!  You will love it, and you will absolutely love your youthful look as the compliments come in, and your wrinkles and lines disappear.

Once you’ve tried it, and you know how great it is, you just may throw out some of those old lotions, potions, and creams that weren’t giving you results. Just be sure to tell your mother, and return the love and care.

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WarmSculpting vs. CoolSculpting https://www.gentlerevive.com/warmsculpting-vs-coolsculpting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=warmsculpting-vs-coolsculpting Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:07:55 +0000 https://gentlerevive.com/?p=1099 If you have looked into getting a non-surgical treatment that will take away fat, you’ve probably already heard of CoolSculpting. Utah County has many locations that do CoolSculpting, but Gentle Revive is the only place that you can get the newer and better way to sculpt. WarmSculpting.  How are WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting alike? WarmSculpting and […]

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If you have looked into getting a non-surgical treatment that will take away fat, you’ve probably already heard of CoolSculpting. Utah County has many locations that do CoolSculpting, but Gentle Revive is the only place that you can get the newer and better way to sculpt. WarmSculpting

How are WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting alike?

WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting are, as you may imagine, similar in some ways. That is why they compete against each other. You would not compare these treatments to liposuction, a weight loss procedure like gastric bypass, or a balloon treatment. WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting reduce areas of stubborn fat. They work best for people who have a healthy lifestyle, and have pockets of fat that just won’t budge. You know what I’m talking about: the pudge on your belly, the bra fat or love handles, the double chin in every photo, areas that if you could just take that one bulge off, you’d feel a thousand times better.

Both heat and cold easily destroys fat cells. However, the temperature changes are not so extreme as to affect other kinds of cells. Cool and Warm Sculpting treatments are FDA approved, and both involve no needles, no anesthesia, and no downtime. They can both treat the same areas, and the fat cells are gone forever. Yep, permanent fat reduction. Both treatments rely on the lymphatic system to dispose of the destroyed fat cells. With both you will have your final results in about 3 months. So, from here, you may wonder how to best choose one over the other. 

Why is WarmSculpting better for the body?

WarmSculpting with SculpSure really is the better way to sculpt, as the technology has increased. It fixes some of the major issues that came with CoolSculpting. It uses hyperthermic lasers to destroy fat cells and tighten the skin. The heat from the laser works with the heat from your skin, instead of against it. This causes beautiful feathering of results as the heat dissipates away from the area the applicator is in, giving you smooth contouring. It uses four applicators during each treatment, so you can get a very customized result right where your trouble spots are.

One treatment takes away 24% of fat cells in the area. It heats the fat cells to between 107.6 and 116.6°F liquifying them so the body may easily remove them. WarmSculpting is a very versatile treatment that can target multiple areas at the same time. This makes your treatment easy and quick. At its worst, WarmSculpting can feel like strong cramps. We are able to adjust it to give you a comfortable and effective treatment.

As the laser is heating the fat cells beyond repair, it is also stimulating collagen production in the skin. This means there will be no sagging skin, but rather lift and firmness in the areas we treat. It takes only 25 minutes, and 96% of patients report that they are happy with their results. 

The side effects of WarmSculpting with Sculpsure is slight redness that may last up to half an hour. Also, some nodules that go away with massage as the lyphatic system processes the destroyed cells. There is also a slight soreness for a week or so as the body processes the cells. As for price, WarmSculpting is definitely the cost efficient way to go. We will do WarmSculpting for about half the price of CoolSculpting, and the more areas you want to have done, the more of a discount we give you. 

How does CoolSculpting compare to WarmSculpting?

There are many ways that they are the same, and there are some very important things to know about how they are different from each other. Some of the major issues that come with CoolSculpting are painful pulling tugging, and numbness during the treatment. Patients with sensitive skin or thicker fat deposits find that having the fat suctioned into the applicator is too painful to do.

During the treatment the single CoolSculpting applicator suctions fat between two cooling plates. The tissue is cooled to 39°F where the fat cells are turned into “ice crystals”, that the body then eliminates. You can expect a 23% reduction in fat cells in the area. Although patients must have enough fat to be sucked into the applicator, and only that fat can be treated.

After the treatment the patient is massaged briefly to warm the skin and break up the fat cells. Though brief, it is painful. CoolSculpting can take between 35 minutes to an hour for each treatment area. This can make it a far more extensive, expensive, and time demanding process. Though 73% of patients report that they are happy with their treatment results. Side effects to CoolSculpting include tenderness, redness, bruising, nodules and swelling in the area treated. 

Need More?

If you feel that you need more than WarmSculpting can do for you, give us a call. We also offer laser assisted liposuction (Smartlipo) which boasts of dramatic results and an easy recovery time. We also offer a weight loss balloon treatment called Orbera to help you lose weight everywhere.

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