Archive for October, 2010

CoolSculpting™ vs. ZERONA®

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
CoolSculpting-vs-Zerona

In my experience, there are plenty of women and men who are searching for liposuction alternatives in Los Angeles. With multiple options, confusion about which techniques can give optimal results is understandable. Some of the newest lipo alternatives – CoolSculpting™ by ZELTIQ™ and ZERONA™ – are making headlines and while these treatments share some similarities, their methods of treatment differ significantly.

 

 

CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ

CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ is a non-surgical liposuction alternative that freezes fat cells, which are then subsequently eliminated through the body’s natural cleansing process. People interested in this treatment usually are experiencing stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise. In addition, common characteristics of CoolSculpting candidates include:

  • People who are within 10 to 15 pounds of their ideal weight
  • Those who want to look better without going “under the knife”
  • People who want a procedure with minimal downtime

CoolSculpting uses a treatment method called Cryolipolysis™. This method targets, cools, and eliminates fat cells, without damaging the surrounding tissue. This procedure is relatively quick, with treatment lasting about 1 to 3 hours.

ZERONA

ZERONA is also a non-surgical liposuction method. It uses laser technology to liquefy targeted fat cells, which are subsequently removed through the body’s natural cleansing process. While this may sound similar to CoolSculpting, ZERONA uses laser technology instead of Cryolipolysis to eliminate the fat cells. However, like CoolSculpting, this treatment is worth considering for people who are close to their ideal body weight and have bulges of fat that do not respond to exercise and diet. Some of the benefits of ZERONA include:

  • No bruising or swelling after treatment
  • No scars
  • No recovery time
  • Minimal to no discomfort

Which Method Is Right for Me?

To find out whether you could benefit from one of these treatments, find a practice near you that offers both CoolSculpting and ZERONA. A practice offering both treatments will be most likely to give you an honest opinion about which one is most likely to provide the greatest benefit given your cosmetic goals.

Cosmetic Procedures for Your Feet?

Sunday, October 17th, 2010
Feet

While many people search for traditional plastic surgery and skin care treatments in Los Angeles, others turn toward more unconventional procedures. It may come as a surprise, but more and more cosmetic foot procedures are being performed. These procedures are primarily aimed at aesthetics, but also may relieve discomfort, particularly when a patient is wearing high heels.

There are many ways to improve the appearance of the feet. Some of the procedures I’ve come across include:

  • Bunion correction to make feet narrower.
  • Toe shortening for toes that hang over the edge of sandals or must be scrunched in shoes.
  • Pinky tuck, which slims down a pinky toe that has become bent and bulbous.
  • Foot fat pad augmentation, which takes fat from a patient’s midsection and injects it into the balls of the feet, providing the patient with added cushioning.

Some conditions such as bunions and hammer toes can be much more than cosmetic, causing discomfort severe enough that insurance may cover surgical correction. Foot surgery for cosmetic reasons is not covered by insurance, and certainly is not very common in the United States. Do you think that any of these procedures have a chance of “catching on” with a wider group of patients in the coming years? Why or why not?

Dr. Grant Stevens

I am a board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience researching and implementing new approaches to plastic surgery. At Plastic Surgery Insider, you get the benefit of my experience and authority when you read my perspectives on the latest news and procedures in plastic surgery.
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