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

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Dermatology Head-Toe Makeover

      At Klein Dermatology & Associates in Lake Oswego, Oregon, we are doing a head-toe makeover for some lucky person this summer. The prize will include anything that we do here at the office that the patient would benefit from such as: BOTOX, Voluma, Juvederm, Vollure, Volbella, IPL, Kybella, Sculptra, chemical peel, hair laser - for the head... and for the body a "transformation package" with CoolSculpting using the new 2017 painless technology.

That means permanent body contouring by fat freezing for anywhere needed most... the abdomen, waist, flanks, back fat, bra fat, outer thighs, inner thighs, knees, arms, or under the chin fat.  The value of this contest will be somewhere between $10,000 - $20,000. Wowwww!

Rules to enter:
1. 18 years or older
2. Must be available and have a flexible schedule to be able to work with us in scheduling appointments and follow-ups
3. Patient at Klein Dermatology & Associates (can be for any reason, skin checks, hair laser etc.) (Schedule an appointment if you aren't a patient yet.)
4. Willing to be a patient advocate for the practice, meaning allow us to show your before and after pictures to prospective patients, attend events if we have them for CoolSculpting, and generally say nice things about us.
5. "Like" us on Facebook
6. Submit pictures of yourself (ex. iPhone pictures) of face and body (in clothing) but showing the bulge or area most troubled by.   Submit digital photos by email to marla@kleindermatology.com
7. Write a review on Google, Yelp, or Healthgrades
8. It also may be useful for your entry to explain why you want to get something done along with the digital photos.

We will collect entries starting now and going through June 30, 2017. A panel of judges will narrow down the contestants to 3 semifinalists. Those 3 will need to come into the office for Dr.Klein to do an examination towards the end of June.  Of the three, Dr. Klein will choose the one big winner.

  Klein Dermatology & Associates has the new 2017 technology (painless and faster) in CoolSculpting.  Dermatology has so much to offer now, come check us out.

For an appointment call (503) 445-2200

Klein Dermatology & Associates

5200 Meadows Rd. #250

Lake Oswego, OR 97035


Dermatology Milestone: 30 years old

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Congratulations, you've made it to 30 years old.   You might be thinking about getting married and having kids, or maybe you are already there.  With children comes new responsibilities.  Not only as a parent are you responsible for the health and well-being of your mini-me, but you also need to take a step back and reflect on your own health and other matters pertinent to the welfare of your child.  This is the time to have health insurance, a life insurance policy, make decisions about who should be the caretakers of your child if something were to happen to you and your spouse and have a will drawn up.  This is the time to start saving for retirement and setting aside money for your kid's college AND mortgage payments.

At about 30 most folks start to comprehend that they aren't 20 anymore, and they really need to start taking better care of themselves.  After all, you want to set a good example for your children too, right? Make a list of the doctors you should be seeing for health maintenance.   You need a primary care doctor, a dentist, and a dermatologist, for starters.  Annual dermatology visits are a must.  Did you know that once you have been diagnosed with melanoma you won't be able to get life insurance or give blood anymore?  Statistically 1 out of 40 USA citizens will get a melanoma at sometime in their life.  That's 1:40 !

As far as your skin goes, you aren't too old for acne, you aren't too young for skin cancer, and you aren't too young for wrinkles.  You will likely see visible changes in your body's metabolism, and your skin will be a little drier than it once was, and it will be harder to lose weight.  Your face is still probably making some oil, so you need light weight products for moisturization like hyaluronic acid serums (that do not contain dimethicone). You probably aren't getting enough exercise or drinking enough water.   New growths are going to start showing up on your skin that weren't there before.  You will start learning to identify what a angioma, a seborrheic keratosis, and skin tag look like.  Angiomas aka hemangiomas are the little red moles that start to pop out everywhere.  Seborrheic keratosis are the rough raised tan or brown bumps that look like dead skin, and often referred to as barnacles; they're ugly, but at least they are harmless.  Skin tags develop where skin gets rubbed, and could be one more reason to try to keep that weight down.  Your brown flat moles called nevi are still at risk for melanoma, but now you are into the prime age group to develop a melanoma.

Overall though, you look great.  You are at your peak.  The age of 30 is considered to be the ideal for facial shape in our culture.  Young women apply blush under their cheekbones to look older.   Eighteen year old's hate how big their cheeks are.  Truly, at about 30, your face should look pretty good, and its just downhill from here.  So now it becomes about preservation and prevention.  I hope you are using your sunscreen, and have developed the common sense by now to not use tanning beds, ever.  Trying to get a base tan before trips is not wise.  Smoking is terrible, not only because it causes lung cancer, but it makes your skin age rapidly too.

For men, if baldness runs in your family, and you don't want to be bald, you should start talking to your dermatologist now (while your hair is still there!) about whether or not you want Propecia. For women, your hair is starting to thinning too.  You can take biotin, but Propecia won't help you, you'll just have to accept it, and find a great hair stylist.

For men and women, skin care needs to evolve to a new stage.  Your hands and legs are going to need more moisturizing CREAM (not lotion), and it might be time to say goodbye to Dial soap or any other soap that dries out the skin too much.  Just cleansing your face twice a day and slapping a little sunscreen on isn't quite enough anymore.  Now you should be considering regular exfoliation, and if you are constantly frowning or squinting you should consider the preventive benefits of Botox.   Looking angry all the time isn't good.  Waiting until 40 when the lines which some people call the "11's" between the eyebrows are very deep is on the late side for best results.

If there is something in particular you'd like to change about yourself, feel free to ask your dermatologist.  There are new options all the time.  The latest thing to come out is Kybella to remove fat under the chin, a purely genetic thing, and it's permanent.  So, happy birthday 30 year old, life feels great!    :D