Advanced Procedures That Improve Your Body’s Appearance
CoolSculpting® is an FDA approved procedure that uses fat freezing patented technology known as cryolipolysis to safely and effectively remove unwanted fat without surgery or downtime. It targets stubborn fat areas, i.e. pockets of fat underneath the skin that are resistant to diet and exercise. The ideal candidate for Coolsculpting® is someone who is near ideal body weight, follows a healthy diet and exercises regularly but is unable to reduce fat in one or more of the 9 FDA approved treatment areas: fat bulges under the chin, jawline, thighs, flanks, (love handles), stomach, bra fat, upper arms, areas beneath buttocks (banana rolls). Please be advised that CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss treatment.
How does CoolSculpting® Work ?
Fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than skin and muscle. CoolSculpting® safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin.
You Can Reshape Your Body!
Dr. Wong will develop a customized CoolSculpting® plan that specifically targets your problem areas. The number of freezing treatments needed for a desired result depends on the amount of fat present and the area of body involved. Our patients find the treatments comfortable. No anesthesia or pain medication is needed. Many patients read, watch a movie on their laptop, chat on the phone or even sleep during CoolSculpting®.
Dr. Wong pairs Zimmer Wave® treatments with Coolsculpting® as part of the overall treatment protocol for freezing fat. This combination increases the amount of fat destroyed and tightens skin. An applicator is applied to the skin, pulsing mechanical pressure waves into the skin layers ; this increases tissue blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and stimulates collagen regeneration As a result, the collagen network is tightened, and the tissue structure of the skin becomes firmer. The Zimmer Wave® treatment is performed immediately after the Coolsculpting® treatment is completed, while fat is still frozen.
The CoolSculpting® is non-invasive, so you can typically return to work and normal activities immediately.
Over the next 1-3 months after your procedure, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. The fat is permanently gone as long as your weight remains stable. If you gain weight, you will make new fat.
The sooner you set up your consultation, the sooner you’ll see results in the mirror—long-term results in those areas that have resisted all efforts through diet and exercise.
Fat can be selectively frozen without injuring other tissues such as skin. Over 6-12 weeks, your body naturally processes and eliminates the dead fat cells, leaving a more lean and sculpted you.
What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense Pulsed light (IPL) is a medical device that emits a broad spectrum of wavelengths of light, ranging from visible light to near infrared. Filters are used to select particular wavelengths of light to target red blood vessels. Light energy is absorbed relatively more by blood filling the dilated capillaries. The light energy heats up blood vessels causing the blood inside to coagulate. Over a period of approximately 2 weeks blood vessels gradually fade.
Which Skin Conditions Can Be Treated By IPL?
Intense Pulsed Light is an effective treatment for sun damaged skin, improving skin tone, uneven pigmentation, brown spots or sunspots, generalized redness, acne rosacea, broken capillaries, and decreasing the appearance of enlarged pores.
How Many Treatments are Needed?
Typically, 5-7 treatments performed at monthly intervals are needed to see improvement. The number of treatments needed depends on how many blood vessels, the size of the red areas, the depth of blood vessels, the size of the blood vessels, the thickness of the skin in the area to be treated, and how your skin reacts to IPL. Some patients see a marked improvement in as few as 3-4 treatments; others may need 8- 12 treatments for correction.
What Does IPL Treatment Feel Like?
Most people are able to tolerate the mild discomfort without any problems. IPL feels like a “hot rubber band being snapped against the skin.” The discomfort is brief and subsides quickly. A cooling device that delivers a cold air spray onto your skin will be used during IPL treatment. After the treatment your skin will look and feel like you have a sunburn.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated By IPL?
IPL can effectively treat many different areas of the body. Sun damage on arms, legs, back, chest, face, neck, and the tops of hands have all been treated effectively.
A number of treatment options exist for treating excessive pigmentation: chemical peels, laser, intense pulsed light, prescription topical lightening agents, high protection UVB-UVA sunscreens, antioxidants. In general, the most effective approach to lightening unwanted pigmentation is a combination of therapies. Higher sun protection factor (SPF) sunscreens (> 30) decrease stimulation of melanin production by melanocytes in the skin. Bleaching agents inhibit the enzyme that produces pigment. Lasers, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), and chemical peels help remove cells containing pigment by sloughing away pigment containing layers of skin. Other prescription topical medications can be used to increase shedding of excess pigment containing cells and inhibit transfer of melanin from melanocytes to the cells in the more superficial layer of skin where the pigment is more noticeable.
Pigment that is more superficial is easier to remove than pigment located in the deeper layers of skin. Any therapy used will require time and patience to see results. Laser, intense pulsed light, and peels need to be done as a series of treatments to be beneficial.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment used to eliminate small spider veins by injecting a sclerosing solution into the veins. This causes the lining of the vessel wall to swell, stick together, and ultimately collapse. The body reabsorbs the veins over time. The blood inside the vein clots and is reabsorbed.
In general, several treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, are needed for best results. Larger veins or large networks of spider veins usually need multiple sclerotherapy sessions to be eliminated. Periodic touch-up treatments are needed to maintain clearance. This may be once or twice a year, depending on the individual. Sclerotherapy is performed as an outpatient procedure without any downtime. Routine physical activities can be resumed immediately afterwards.
The appearance of a new lump beneath the skin should be evaluated to determine if it is a condition requiring medical attention. It is best to not manipulate the bump as this may cause irritation, making it difficult for the dermatologist to make an accurate diagnosis . Cysts and lipomas are 2 examples of benign growths that can spontaneously appear underneath the skin. These can be surgically removed in the office.
Laser is an effective treatment for clearing enlarged capillaries and spider veins. Laser energy causes photocoagulation of unwanted vessels, which may have developed due to chronic sun exposure, rosacea, pregnancy, surgery or aging. Larger blood vessels and areas with many dilated capillaries generally require multiple laser treatments to clear.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite can be seen on the surface of the skin as raised and dimpled areas that occur mainly in women on the pelvic region, thighs, buttocks , and abdomen. It is caused by herniation of fat through the connective tissue under the skin.
How do cellulite and fat differ?
Cellulite can be seen in women who are not overweight. Cellulite is not associated with increased morbidity or mortality, although it can be a common source of concern cosmetically.
Fat is characterized by enlargement of fat cells ; that is excess storage of fat inside adipose cells.
Zimmer Wave® (Z Wave) is a non-invasive, pain- free FDA approved treatment for cellulite. Areas that can be treated include, arms, thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. An applicator is applied to the skin, pulsing mechanical pressure waves into the skin layers ; this increases tissue blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and stimulates collagen regeneration As a result, the collagen network is tightened, and the structure of the skin becomes firmer, preventing fat cells from bulging into the skin surface. Anywhere from 10-15 treatments are generally needed for satisfactory results.