CoolSculpting and Thermage are two innovative, non-surgical treatments to reduce unwanted fat and provide enhance body contours. However, both the technologies involve radically different treatment approaches to the same problem of fat removal from stubborn fat pockets in the body. Dr. Gary Motykie provides a wide range of surgical as well as non-surgical aesthetic and anti-aging treatments to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
What is CoolSculpting?
Patients who are looking to lose fat without surgery may consider CoolSculpting by Zeltiq. This revolutionary technology is designed to freeze the fat and eliminate it from the targeted fat pockets in the body. The procedure involves focused exposure to a cooling device that targets unwanted fat cells and freezes them off. The frozen cells eventually disintegrate in a natural way and get removed through the lymphatic system.
The treatment involves no incisions, needles or other invasive approaches. The patient can achieve the desired results gradually in a natural looking manner and without any pain or discomfort. There is no downtime involved in this fat loss procedure, and patients can go back to work immediately or resume their daily routine. CoolSculpting avoids all the typical risks and potential side effects that may be associated with a surgical procedure.
The cooling device is positioned carefully over the targeted area of the body. The bulge will get suctioned into the device as it is gently trapped between two cooling panels. The patient will feel a firm pull into the device while the treatment is in progress. Each treatable area will be exposed to the cooling procedure for about one hour.
Multiple treatment sessions are usually required to achieve the desired results. When the procedure is performed by an experienced and certified treatment provider, it will achieve optimal outcomes in the target area without causing any damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
What is Thermage?
Thermage is a minimally invasive procedure designed to reduce fat and tighten loose skin. Unlike CoolSculpting, which freezes the fat, Thermage involves melting of the fat with gentle heat. The patient will lose fat as the radiofrequency energy is focused on targeted fat cells in a controlled manner. The disintegrated cells will gradually get removed from the body through the natural process of urination.
The heat energy is delivered through a thin cannula that is inserted underneath the patient’s skin. The energy heats the deeper layers of the tissue, causing the fat to melt and preparing for its ejection from the body. In some cases, the heat in the deeper skin layers may also stimulate the natural production of collagen, and help improve the condition of skin laxity in the treated areas.
The key difference between this procedure and CoolSculpting is that it involves insertion of a cannula into the deeper layers of the skin for direct delivery of heat energy. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is a completely non-invasive procedure and does not involve any cuts, incisions, or injections.
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