Franklin, TN aesthetic practice offers a variety of body contouring and fat reduction treatments
You work out and eat right, you lost weight and gained muscle, you are in great shape… so, why isn’t your shape great? If you’ve looked in a mirror and asked yourself this question, you are not alone.
There is a common myth that fitness and weight management are the path to the ideal body shape. In reality, these things are fantastic for your health, and they have some aesthetic benefits. However, weight loss and fat reduction are very different. Getting “in shape” and body contouring are very different.
Franklin, TN men and women turn to the experienced team at CoolSprings Laser, Aesthetic & Skin Care Center for refining, defining, and improving their skin and bodies. We are proud to offer a wide variety of treatment options to meet the unique needs and goals of our patients.
Weight loss vs. fat reduction (losing pounds vs. losing inches)
We know that excess weight is stored in the body as fat. Therefore, if we want to lose weight, we want to lose fat. Naturally, many people are confused by the term “fat reduction.” What is the difference? To answer that, we need to examine how body fat is stored, and what happens on a cellular level.
Fat cells develop early in life. There is very little change in the quantity and distribution of those cells after a person reaches adulthood. What does change is the size of fat cells. As someone gains weight, cells expand to hold more fat. Similarly, they shrink with weight loss. The shape of a person’s body, and the location of stubborn bulges, is largely dependent on the distribution of fat cells. That is why so many people meet with disappointment when trying to diet their way to slender bodies.
The term “fat reduction” is not referring to the amount of fat in cells. Rather, it is about reducing the quantity of fat cells in a given area. Since fat cells do not generally regrow, the result is a lasting change in the individual’s shape and body contours – without any changes in diet or activity level. These procedures are not intended to treat obesity, but to treat stubborn spots such as muffin tops and love handles.
Freezing away fat
If you want to shape your body without invasive treatments or downtime, then CoolSculpting fat reduction is for you. Unlike some noninvasive procedures, CoolSculpting doesn’t melt fat. In fact, just the opposite, this innovative device works by freezing fat.
The technology behind CoolSculpting is known as cryolipolysis. It lowers the temperature, which causes crystallization of fat, actually destroying the cells. Results are not instant but develop in the days and weeks following a treatment session. The fat cells gradually break down and are disposed of by the body, leaving the treated area flatter and smoother. With a variety of handpieces, CoolSculpting can be used on most areas of the body.
About the CoolSculpting procedure:
- The process usually takes from 30 to 90 minutes per treatment area
- Several areas can be treated in one session
- There is no downtime
- Many patients achieve desired results in a single session
- The procedure can be repeated for additional fat reduction if desired
Injectable treatment for small areas
Although CoolSculpting can be used to eliminate the dreaded double chin, there is a newer product on the market that was designed for just that purposes. It is a medication called Kybella, which literally destroys fat cells on contact. Like other nonsurgical procedures, it takes a little time for results to develop.
Kybella is ideal for the chin area, known as submental fat, because it is extremely precise and targeted. The product is injected directly into the fat pad, and it has a very localized effect. It can sculpt and shape your chin, without impacting nearby tissue. Although it is only indicated for the chin area, Kybella is also used off-label on other areas of the body where small, suborn fat pockets occur.
About the Kybella procedure:
- Each session takes about 20 minutes
- A series of up to six treatments is needed for optimal improvement
- There is no downtime
- Kybella is appropriate for double chins and other small areas of fat
This is considered a surgical procedure, though it is minimally invasive with very little downtime. Like nonsurgical alternatives, liposuction eliminates fat cells. However, it doesn’t simply destroy the cells and leave them for the body to dispose of gradually. Instead, liposuction literally removes fat cells for fast body sculpting with just one appointment.
At CoolSprings Laser, Aesthetic & Skin Care Center, we use the advanced tumescent liposuction technique, which introduces local anesthesia to the area for improved comfort and better results. It has faster, more comfortable recovery period than traditional liposuction, and can be used on most areas of the body.
The precision of tumescent liposuction, coupled with the advanced skills of our providers, allows us to offer a variation of this popular procedure, known as liposculpture. It takes body contouring to a new level, selectively removing fat in strategic locations to accentuate your body shape and muscles. It is the fast and reliable way to achieve that coveted chiseled look.
About the liposuction procedure:
- This is a very minor surgery, involving only a small incision
- Fat cells are removed from the treatment area for fast results
- The liposculpture technique allows for precise body contouring
- Liposuction is completed in just one appointment
Who is a good candidate for fat reduction treatment?
Age is not typically a factor in candidacy. Although cosmetic treatments are not generally recommended for adolescents, there is not an upper limit. However, liposuction patients need to be healthy enough for minor surgery.
Similarly, gender is not a factor. Fat freezing, fat melting, Kybella, and liposuction are equally effective for males and females. Although women traditionally comprise the greatest percentage of aesthetic patients, that trend is quickly changing. The men of Franklin, TN and across the country are discovering the benefits of feeling confident in their appearances.
The ideal body contouring candidate is:
- At or near a healthy body weight
- Healthy enough for surgery (in the case of liposuction)
- Not ready for surgery (in the case of CoolSculpting)
- Bothered by muffin tops, thunder thighs, double chins, or other stubborn fat pockets
- Seeking a permanent or long-lasting body shaping solution
For more information or to schedule a body contouring consultation, call CoolSprings Laser, Aesthetic & Skin Care Center at (615) 656-4030.