CoolSculpting Exceeds Expectations!

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 CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, non-invasive way to permanently remove pockets of fat using a machine to freeze the targeted fat and destroy it permanently.  After attending a dermatology conference in February 2017, where I listened to Dr. Suzanne Kilmer's presentation on the various body contouring devices that are now available, I decided to find out more about CoolSculpting®.

I had been somewhat aware of CoolSculpting prior to this meeting, but I was also jaded and disappointed from my history of buying other devices in the past.   They either failed to do what they promised or worked great but the patients weren't interested in spending the money to replace the cost of the machine.  Therefore, I really had no intention of buying anymore lasers/machines.

However, having known Dr. Kilmer for years, I strongly respect her opinions and admire her contributions to dermatology.   At this meeting, she discussed CoolSculpting with great enthusiasm.  When I realized that she had worked on creating CoolSculpting  with the genius scientist dermatologist Dr. Rox Anderson - - that was enough for me, I knew I had to get one.

In March, we received our CoolSculpting machine and training and we have been using it non-stop since.  There is no problem finding staff or patients who want to remove a pocket of fat here or there on their bodies.   I'm grateful for that.   Now that it is August we have only had the machine five months, and we are ecstatic about the results we are seeing in our staff and patients!

 

 CoolSculpting® is an Alternative to Liposuction

Years ago I performed tumescent liposuction.  It was gratifying to see the results, but it was hard work, and it took a great toll on my shoulder and elbow.   Liposuction is invasive and has its risks, plus the patients need to be mildly sedated and need time off of work.  There is also the messy drainage and garments.

Comparing CoolSculpting to liposuction is a simple "no-brainer".    CoolSculpting® is very safe.  It involves no drugs, no needles, no surgeon, no downtime and gets great results - CoolSculpting is absolutely amazing!

CoolSculpting was approved in 2009, and it has been tweaked several times since.  I have heard it was quite painful with the older parallel plate model they had.  The skin had to be pulled out and held between parallel cooling plates for an entire hour.  (Picture a mammogram in your mind, for an hour, super cold.)  Since then, they have changed the applicators to be more like a goggle-sized applicator cup with a little bit of suction, and it isn't painful at all.  Also, it is faster, each cycle with an applicator takes approximately 35 minutes.  The mini and the outer thigh applicators take longer.

 

It Works Efficiently

I expected it to work, based on my research and what Dr. Kilmer had shown at the meeting, but I still didn't expect it to work quite this well.   The roll around my waist was gone after one session (lost more than 2 inches!)  so I can understand why they say this can get addicting.  We are making double chins disappear, cinching waists and flattening abdomens.   A major breakthrough is how well it treats "bra fat" (those annoying rolls on the back) and "bat wings" on the arms!   Oh yes, we are very happy with what we are seeing in our follow-ups.    Although the machine's indication is for fat reduction (but not weight loss) we are seeing a great deal of skin tightening happening as a bonus, even on our patients in their 70's!  That is something liposuction did not do.

Besides doing the initial training and become a "Certified" CoolSculpting center, Jamie, Tasha and I also recently went to the CoolSculpting University for advanced training.  I think the tips they gave have been very helpful and have improved our results as well.  Our nurse Leslee will be going soon.

Consultations are free and necessary before scheduling a treatment session.  They can be scheduled with Tasha Gouin ANP or Jamie Barbara ANP (both are nurse practitioners) by calling 503-445-2200.  A treatment plan needs to be devised.  One or two sessions typically are needed per area.

 

Cool Events

We will be offering some "Cool Events" in the near future so that patients can learn more about CoolSculpting.   Cool Events are designed to be an educational event, where the patient can get transformation consultations and event-only pricing (20% off discounts).   Our Cool Events will be posted on our Facebook page.   We can only have about 15 patients do this per event, so  invitations and RSVP's will be required.  (We order food too.)  If you are interested in attending a CoolEvent, please call the office and let one of the receptionists know.

I look forward to seeing you soon,

Marla Klein, MD,  Klein Dermatology & Associates , 5200 Meadows Rd. Ste 250, Lake Oswego OR 97035

CoolSculpting at Klein Dermatology & Associates 

www.kda-derm.com                   www.coolsculptingportlandoregon.com


Skin Cancer - Myths and Facts

Young woman who forgot the sun tan lotion

What is fact and what is myth of the 9 following statements?

  1. I only need to get checked for skin cancer if I see something weird on myself.    False. While it is true that self-examination is important, but anyone with a personal or family history of skin cancer should be seen by a dermatologist for a full skin exam at least once a year.
  2. You can't get skin cancer on a part of the body that doesn't ever see the sun.  False.  While it is true that basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma occur in areas that received sun exposure, melanoma (the life-threatening skin cancer) can occur anywhere on the body.  It is very hard to see one's own scalp, back and buttocks to see if anything new is there, so get checked.
  3. Dark skinned people aren't at risk for skin cancer.  False.  My favorite example here is Bob Marley.  Bob Marley died because of a melanoma on his foot.  In fact skin cancer can be deadlier in dark skin people because it is often detected at a later stage.
  4. People who freckle are more susceptible to skin cancer.  True.  Freckles are a sign of previous sun exposure, and they are an indication of sun damage.  Freckles are more common in fair-skinned people, who have an increased risk of skin cancer.
  5. The SPF in my foundation is enough protection.  True and false.  For everyday exposure in Portland Oregon in the winter, makeup with sunscreen (15 or higher) can provide adequate protection.  However, your makeup should not  be used as a substitute for sunscreen if you are going to be spending extended time outdoors.  For those times, look for a  broad spectrum sunscreen over 30.  You know you are doing a good job if you get absolutely ZERO TAN.  Browning of the skin is a sign of sun damage.  There is no "good" tan, not even a so-called base tan is good for you.  Our favorite sunscreen at Klein Dermatology & Associates is the EltaMD brand that contains zinc.  The EltaMD UV Clear is specially designed for acne and rosacea skin types.
  6. Skin cancer looks like a weird mole.  True and False.  While melanoma skin cancer sometimes looks like a weird mole (and not all weird looking moles are necessarily cancer), the most common types of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) can appear as a pink bump or patch or sore or pimple that won't heal.  The key is to seek a dermatologist's opinion as soon as you see anything on your body that looks new or suspicious.
  7. I need to get my Vitamin D, so I expose my skin to as much sun as I can.  Bad idea.  It's best to obtain vitamin D through diet and vitamin supplements.  The harmful effects of sun exposure far outweigh any vitamin D benefits.   With the new Vitamin D serum levels advised you can't get enough through the sun alone.  Dermatologists did a study and found that young Hawaiian surfers out in the sun all day unprotected still didn't manufacture enough vitamin D in their blood to meet the current recommended levels.
  8. People who burn easily are more susceptible to skin cancer.  True.  Fair-skinned people who burn easily are very susceptible to skin damage, skin cancer, and early aging of the skin.  Sun exposure increases a persons risk of all three of the most common skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
  9. Putting your sunscreen on as soon as you arrive at the beach or golf course is best.  True and False.  You must know what the active ingredient is in your sunscreen to know when you should be applying it.   The mineral sunscreens also known as barrier sunscreens that contain zinc (like EltaMD) or titanium start blocking UV rays as soon as you apply it to your skin.  The chemical sunscreens like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate and octinoxate require a reaction to take place with your skin cells which takes approximately 30 minutes before they start working.  So if you are a redhead, and wait until you are on the beach on a sunny day to apply your Neutragena....by the time your sunscreen begins working you would already be burned.  People generally can do a better job of applying their sunscreen before they get dressed, while still indoors.  Too often people don't get close enough to the places the clothing starts and stops and those strips of skin will burn.  Remember no matter what the SPF is (30 or higher is preferred) it will still only last 3-4 hours.  Re-applying sunscreen when you are out all day is very important.  Using clothing with SPF in it, makes this job easier.  Be safe in the sun, and if you are golfing remember to re-apply between the 9th and 10th holes.