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Have You Heard of Coolsculpt?

Coolsculpt is a newer procedure that helps women that are trying to get rid of that last little bit of fat on certain areas. Oh yeah, and it’s a non-surgical procedure. This new technique melts away fat cells with extreme cold of all things.

coolsculptHere’s how it works in a nutshell: You have that bit of stubborn fat hanging on to your stomach and you want it gone. You don’t want to go through liposuction so you choose Coolsculpt instead. During the procedure, the device freezes the fat cells under the skin, which will then gradually drain away naturally. It typically takes around one hour and one of the best parts of this is that you can return to your normal routine right afterwards.

 A fun fact: It was actually invented by two Harvard doctors, who noticed that children who ate popsicles a lot had dimples because the cold killed the fat cells in their cheeks. 

It’s a safe, convenient and FDA approved and there are no scalpels or incisions. Side effects can be bruising on the skin or slight redness. It’s intended for people who already exercise and diet, but need to get rid of that last section of fat. It’s been approved to be used on the stomach, love handles and the thighs. It’s a great way to help you get that thigh gap everyone wants, no photoshop needed.

With New Year’s coming up, it’ll be time to get that little black dress out of the closet and party with friends and co-workers. Why not give yourself an early present and try CoolSculpt for yourself; they’ll never have to know. When they ask what your secret just smile your Mona Lisa smile and tell them dedication and hard work. After all, you worked hard for the body that CoolSculpt just revealed. Then you can look just as great on the outside that you feel on the inside.

If this sounds like the perfect solution for your needs, or you are nervous about having a surgical procedure like liposuction done then contact us for more information. Dr. Leslie Gerstman offers a wide variety of treatments, including CoolSculpt and can help meet all your beauty needs.

Top 4 Nonsurgical Anti-aging Procedures

wrinkle treatmentsWith age comes wisdom, grace, and, unfortunately, wrinkles. The good news is that a variety of non-surgical anti-aging treatments are available. Here is a breakdown of the different types of anti-aging treatments that Dr. Gerstman offers and recommends in her office:

Botox

Botox is a hot name in Hollywood, but you don’t need to be a celebrity to get this treatment. Botox is an injectable treatment that targets specific areas that are prone to wrinkles such as between your eye brows, on your forehead, and around your eyes. Botox injections can eliminate current wrinkles and prevent future ones from forming. Results generally form within 5-10 days after the procedure, and full results are usually visible within 2 weeks. These results usually last around 3-4 months with proper maintenance. Opting out of maintenance appointments will cause the muscles to regain their full strength, meaning that your wrinkles will come back. Botox is generally recommended for patients aged 18-65 who want to reduce and minimize the appearance of severe wrinkles. Because it is a prescription strength injection, you should have this procedure performed by a licensed Botox physician like Dr. Gerstman.

Chemical Peels

VI Peel is a less intensive procedure than Botox because it does not include any injections. It is a chemical peel that offers your face a fresh beginning by replacing dead skin cells with newer, healthier cells. The peel can be used on younger skin to prevent future damage. With proper skin care and protection (i.e. moisturizing, following a thorough sunscreen routine, etc.), and routine maintenance visits to a licensed skin clinic (about 3-4 per year), the skin peel‘s affects can be long lasting. This treatment is optimal for women who are looking for a way to make their skin younger and healthier without injections or invasive treatments.

DermaPen

DermaPen is a micro-needling device that works better than a laser to stimulate collagen production in target areas. This collagen production fills in fine lines and acne scars, tightens loose skin, and minimizes enlarged pores. Because of its small size, the DermaPen is ideal for upper lip wrinkles and crow’s feet. Dr. Gerstman recommends the DermaPen over a laser treatment since laser treatment uses high heat that can damage healthy tissue, causing pain and more downtime than theDermaPen. Women who undergo DermaPen treatment will receive a mild topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort.DermaPen is recommended for women with moderate to severe aging wrinkles, and women see results within 6-8 weeks of treatment. The skin will continue to improve over time since the procedure stimulates natural collagen and elastinproduction.

Juvederm

You may have heard Juvederm referred to as the “Liquid Face Lift” by celebrities, and that is in some ways just what it is.Juvederm is an injectable filler that is used to diminish wrinkles and smile lines as well as thin lips, flattened cheeks, and under eye hollows. Juvederm is a fast treatment that simply fills the problem areas. The great benefit of Juvederm is that results are often instantaneous and can last up to 12 months from just one treatment! Depending on your preference and treatment you may need to schedule an additional treatment after your first one. There is generally no downtime required, and you can return to your normal routine less than 24 hours after the treatment. Juvederm is recommended for women of all ages and skin tones, including dark skin tones. Juvederm doesn’t present any risk of hyperpigmentation, making it the first filler suitable for patients with dark toned complexions.

We know you want to look your best, and reducing your facial wrinkles through safe, non-invasive treatments is a great way to do that. For more information on which procedure listed above will work best for you, contact us today!

Give Yourself the Gift of Botox before the Holiday Parties

Is that woman looking back at you in the mirror frowning? Are coworkers hesitant to approach you because you look, well, a little angry? Have those crinkly little lines around your eyes that used to be cute, suddenly become not so cute? If so, then maybe what you need is a little Botox to soften those lines and wrinkles that are getting in the way of your beautiful reflection. And what better time than now, before the parties and family gatherings, to give yourself a gift that makes you look and feel great! After all, you do so much for everyone else.

botoxBotox is used to relax the muscles that over time, contribute to the formation of wrinkles. When used by a professional, Botox is an excellent treatment for wrinkles.

Now I know what you are thinking, does it hurt? If you are anxious about the injection of Botox, your skin care professional can apply a topical cream that will numb your skin making the procedure very comfortable. A well trained clinician will skillfully perform the injections and quickly have you out the door.

Botox is particularly effective in the treatment of the following areas of the face:

  • Frown lines between the eyes
  • Forehead lines
  • To give the eyelids a lift
  • Platysmal bands of the neck
  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasalis lines or bunny lines around the nose

Now comes the fun part! In about 72 hours, you will begin to see the results as the muscles begin to relax right along with those nasty wrinkles. Over the next two weeks, you will see more and more improvement. These results will last for 3 to 4 months.

That means, if you get right in for a Botox treatment, you will see results before the holiday parties and family gatherings and right into the New Year!

And oh, don’t worry; no one will guess that you had a Botox treatment because the results are subtle. They will just notice that you look rested, refreshed, and happy, even during the hectic holiday season. So what are you waiting for?

To talk more about Botox, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.

Exilis Elite Double Chin Treatment Provides a Slim, Toned Appearance for the Jawline and Upper Neck Area

imageDo you cringe when you look in the mirror and see an extra chin? It used to be that the only way to get rid of a double chin was to lose a lot of weight and hope that the extra fat left that area of the body. Unfortunately, this method is far from effective. Either the chin fat obstinately refuses to budge, or an even worse thing happens: It goes away, and leaves the skin hanging as turkey wattles. Who wants to look in the mirror and see a turkey looking back? With a possibility like this, it’s no wonder if you’ve felt hopeless about a double chin. Luckily, there is now a good cosmetic treatment that will not only eliminate that extra fat, but ensure that your skin will remain tight and youthful-looking after it’s gone.

A good double chin treatment doesn’t just remove fat and leave your skin hanging. It also firms the skin, so you can go out on the town with confidence! We prefer to use the Exilis Elite device for this procedure because it will do both things without the need for invasive surgery. It works by heating the fat cells until the fat melts away. Collagen production is stimulated at the same time, so the skin pulls up tight. Now isn’t that the best way to “melt away fat” you’ve ever heard of?

Even better, Exilis Elite is painless and there is no downtime. This makes it great for anyone who has shied away from cosmetic treatments in the past due to fears that they would hurt or cause too much missed work time. Getting a treatment is as easy as getting a facial at the spa, only with much more lasting results.

Non-invasive treatments using devices like the Exilis Elite produce excellent results, but it is important to remember that no cosmetic procedure is magic. Double chin treatment is great for getting rid of fat that is reluctant to leave even with a proper diet, but alas, it can’t answer your third wish on that lamp you rubbed: It won’t replace the need for dieting. This just means that you need to come in after you’re done with your diet. That way, the results will stick and you’ll have the look you’ve always dreamed of.

To learn more about Exilis Elite and other options for getting rid of that double chin, just contact us. We’ll be glad to discuss treatment methods that will send reluctant fat cells packing!

Diminish Fine Lines and Wrinkles Before The Holidays With Juvederm

dermal fillersAs the holidays approach and you prepare for the annual family gatherings, office parties and other festive engagements, you want to look your best. You shopped until you found the perfect holiday wardrobe and you’ve bought some amazing jewelry and accessories. When you try on the entire ensemble at home and look in the mirror, everything looks perfect. Except for the fine lines and wrinkles on your face that are glaring back at you. Your holiday cheer has just vanished in the blink of an eye.

Don’t let your facial lines and wrinkles turn you into the Grinch. You still have plenty of time before you attend your holiday parties to diminish your wrinkles with Juvederm.

What Is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a dermal filler that softens fine lines and wrinkles so they’re less noticeable. This product is approved by the FDA, so you don’t have to worry about its safety. Juvederm is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that’s found in the skin. When it’s injected into your skin, it spreads evenly and looks natural due to its special texture.

What Is The Juvederm Treatment Process?

Before the treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to your skin and a tiny amount of lidocaine is added to the Juvederm. This ensures that the treatment is as pain free and comfortable for you as possible.

The entire treatment process takes less than one hour and it can be done in as little as 15 minutes, depending on your specific treatment. Since this is a non-surgical procedure, you’ll be able to proceed with your normal activities in less than one day. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you may experience mild side effects, such as redness or swelling, for a couple of days after the treatment.

The results of Juvederm are immediate and you may not need another treatment until your holiday party next year, depending on the outcome you wish to achieve.

For more information about Juvederm and how you can reduce fine lines and wrinkles contact us.

Achieving Natural Looking Results with Ultherapy

We’ve all seen pictures of celebrities who’ve gone a little too far with a face lift and are now unrecognizable, even to their most devoted fans! Having lost their “brand recognition”, their careers falter and they become fodder for the gossip magazines!

Fortunately, with Ultherapy it is possible to achieve natural looking results that will turn back the clock while maintaining the beauty that is uniquely yours! Performed by an expert, Ultherapy is safe and effective, economical, in comparison to more invasive procedures and requires little to no “down time”. Perhaps most importantly, if you don’t tell, no one will know!

Ultherapy, uses safe and effective ultrasound technology to firm and tighten the skin, and is particularly potent on the areas under the brow, chin, jowls, and neck, giving the face and neck a more youthful appearance.

Ultherapy makes it possible to achieve excellent results which look so natural that no one will ever guess you had “work done”. The satisfaction of a more youthful reflection while maintaining your identity will increase your confidence and reflect your inner beauty, and that is a winning combination!

For more information or better yet, a consultation for Ultherapy, contact us.