We all have ideas about how our bodies could look better, but not everyone is willing to go under the knife to get their dream body. Fortunately for the squeamish among us, new technologies are emerging to take the “surgery” out of “plastic surgery.” These three procedures can help you get the look you want without the knives and needles you don’t.
Backed by a growing number of satisfied customers, Coolsculpting is getting cooler every day. This weight loss procedure targets those stubborn fat deposits that diet and exercise so often leave behind: love handles, bra bulges, muffin tops, mom arms, and more. While a typical session only results in losing two or three pounds of weight, it is excellent at revealing the beautiful contours hidden by small amounts of fat.
Your Coolsculpting session will take place over the course of an hour or two. Specialized paddles will be attached to your target zones. Gradually, the paddles will get colder and colder until the fat cells underneath your skin freeze to death. (Important note: fat cells freeze and die at a higher temperature than skin cells, so your skin won’t be damaged by the cold temperatures).  When all the fat cells in your target area have had time to freeze, the paddles will be removed and you can walk out of the office, on to your next business meeting or coffee with friends! You won’t see immediate results from Coolsculpting because your body has to undergo its natural debris-removal process to get rid of the dead fat cells. However, the results will be long lasting because, unlike exercise, Coolsculpting removes not just fat but the cells that store fat.
Laser hair removal
Every teenage girl fantasizes about laser hair removal while she’s learning to shave. No more rashes, nicks and cuts. No more hair that grows back faster and darker than it was before. No more expensive shaving lotion. Now, thanks to technological advancements, laser hair removal is safer and more affordable than ever, which means it’s time for us to make our teenage dreams come true!
During laser hair removal, you will lay on a table wearing a pair of red, space age glasses to protect your eyes form the light of the laser. A medical professional will guide a special light over your skin. This light targets areas of high pigmentation (your hair has more pigmentation than your skin) and heats them until they burn up. Usually, the hair burning damages the follicle so new hair won’t grow in its place. You might feel some itching or tingling during this process, but you shouldn’t feel pain since only your hair is burning, not your skin. It will take multiple sessions for the results of laser hair removal to become permanent, but you will be the envy of all your friends when you don’t have to shave anymore!
Chemical peels
Just as teenage girls dream of less hair, older women dream of young, bright skin. This time, the breakthrough has come not in the shape of a new gadget but in a deeper understanding of how our bodies work. Chemical peels include ingredients that are hand-selected to have specific effects on our body. For example, they might contain enzymes known to break down the pigments that form age spots by accumulating under the skin. Acids that are highly effective at breaking down dead skin cells to reveal the bright, new skin underneath. Vitamins that stimulate the product of collagen, a protein that forms the structural matrix under your skin. Chemical peels can even be used to fight outbreaks of acne. The possibilities are endless, and the chemical peels are painless. It’s a win-win!
If this article has convinced you that achieving your beauty goals doesn’t have to be a scary experience, call one of our professionals at Associated Plastic Surgeons. We have more treatment options, and we’re happy to discuss each one of them in depth with you.