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Did You Know…
The same laser that is used for hair removal, can get rid of toe nail fungus.
The light from a hair removal laser passes through the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicle. The laser energy is absorbed by the hair follicle and is destroyed. Since people have different skin colors, we need to have lasers with a variety of colors of laser light.
The idea behind the CoolSculpt machine started after doctors noticed that children who sucked on popsicles lost the fat in their cheeks without damage to the skin. It is amazing what can develop from a simple observation.
The word “Cosmetic” is derived from the Greek word “Kosmos” which means “of this world.”
Neurotoxins are medications developed from the bacteria known as clostridium botulinum. Researchers noticed that people infected with this bacterium had suffered muscle weakness. Dysport and Botox have been developed from this discovery.
In the past some doctors tried to dye the patient hair dark so that more of the laser energy would be absorbed by the hair and thereby the laser would more effectively remove the hair. Unfortunately, it did not work because the dye did not reach the hair follicle.
A tan can absorb some of the energy of laser light and prevent the laser light from reaching the hair follicle. Do not get a tan before laser hair removal.
Just before the laser is fired, a jet of frozen air is sent to the skin to protect the skin from the laser energy and to decrease the pain.
In the 1450s, women would shave their pubic hair to get rid of lice. And then they would have a pubic hair wig made as a replacement.

Diet and Exercise

Is CoolSculpting Permanent?

At first, CoolSculpting seemed too good to be true. After all, what could be easier than relaxing for an hour while stubborn areas of fat are being frozen off your body?

However, now that CoolSculpting has been proven to be not only the real deal, but revolutionary, new questions are cropping up. One of them is: Are CoolSculpting results permanent?

The Short Answer is Yes…

And the long answer is still yes, but it comes with an explanation. CoolSculpting has been clinically proven to provide permanent results. Once your fat cells have been frozen during your treatment, they die and are removed forever through your body’s natural eradication process. Our bodies don’t produce new fat cells (thank goodness), so they do not re-appear.

This doesn’t mean you can eat pizza and cake every night after your CoolSculpting treatments are finished. If you aren’t mindful about maintaining your health through diet and exercise, the fat cells that weren’t frozen away with CoolSculpting can swell, giving you a heavier body shape. They can either store more energy (meaning, they get larger) or they can release energy (get smaller). Because of this, your weight may fluctuate after CoolSculpting but not due to new fat cells.

What Happens if I Gain Weight After My CoolSculpting Treatment?

This is where the permanence comes in. Even if you do gain weight, you’ll still be thinner than you would be without CoolSculpting.

If you gain weight, your remaining fat cells can stretch and make you appear heavier. However, you’ll have less fat in the area that was treated than you would if you’d never had it done. For the rest of your life, you’ll always have less fat in the area treated. In this way, it remains treated. And if you don’t gain weight at all, you’ll easily maintain your thin, sculpted look!

The bottom line is, don’t look at CoolSculpting as a means to be able to eat whatever you like and remain thin. Instead, get CoolSculpting and embark on a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, and eat nutritious foods in order to feel and look good long-term.

What About Repeated Treatments?

Even though CoolSculpting is highly effective, patients want to get rid of even more fat in the same area. This is perfectly safe, and always comes down to a matter of personal preference. Each CoolSculpting session can reduce the fat layer by 25%, which is enough for some patients. After your first treatment, you can return about two months later to compare before-and-after photos. If you’re happy with the result, you’re all done! However, if you’d like to look even more sculpted and have another 25% fat reduction, it’s safe to have the area re-CoolSculpted.

At Fremont Laser, we specialize in CoolSculpting treatments. Call us at (510) 792-1579 for a free consultation to get on the path to a newly-sculpted you.

Can You CoolSculpt My Butt?

Butt of Course!

When you discover just how many areas of your body can be treated with CoolSculpting to get rid of stubborn fat, it might be a bit difficult to decide where to begin. However, one of the most popular and effective areas to have treated is (along with the stomach, of course) – drumroll… the butt!

Or, more precisely, the buttock area.

Have you heard of a “banana roll?” No, it isn’t a dessert (at least in this case). It’s the nickname for pockets of fat under your derrière. It also happens to be one of the number one areas people want CoolSculpting performed since the results are so significant.

Banana rolls are called this because they make a banana shape underneath the butt (upper back thighs). Many people have them. With CoolSculpting treatments, the fat cells in those banana rolls can be banished forever in about two hours. (That’s one hour for each side.)

If you’re wondering if CoolSculpting is the right treatment to try, note that the best candidates are individuals who are in fairly good shape, but who are having trouble getting rid of fat in certain areas.

Take the “pinch test.” If you can pinch all of the fat you’re trying to lose, CoolSculpting will most likely be ideal for you. If the fat you’d like to get rid of is kind of firm, it might be too difficult to “vacuum” into the CoolSculpting equipment, and you may not get the result you want. The area of fat that you’d like to have treated should be soft and malleable enough to be pulled up into the CoolSculpting applicator and make the right amount of contact with the panels that freeze the fat cells.

So basically, if your bum is squishy enough, it can be treated! Just remember that it needs to be fat that can be pinched, and not muscle. And as mentioned before, the derrière area is one of the most asked-about parts of the body to treat. Once the fat cells have been frozen away, they die and never come back. As long as you maintain healthy eating habits and a basic amount of exercise, your newly-sculpted butt (or any other treated area) stays sculpted.

CoolSculpting is FDA-approved, safe, fast, very effective, and requires no downtime. At Fremont Laser, we’re a leader in CoolSculpting treatments in the Bay area. If you’re interested in freezing your fat and getting the sculpted look you’ve been wanting, call us at (510) 792-1589 for a free consultation.

Tips for Maximizing Results After CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is an opportunity to reduce fat cells in treated areas 25 percent. While that might not sound like a big difference, it can be a matter of inches. The decision to treat yourself to CoolSculpting means you’re serious about getting rid of those stubborn areas of fat that remain no matter how well you eat or how hard you exercise. It’s natural to want to do anything you can to maximize the results.

You’ll find several tips online, but like everything, you must evaluate the source and always check with your certified CoolSculpting provider before following them. We’ve taken some of the most common tips for maximizing results after CoolSculpting and given you the ones that work and the ones that won’t.

Massage post CoolSculpting.

Massage of the treated area will help the healing by getting rid of edema and softening the scar tissue. Ask your partner to massage the area twice each day for the first two weeks. Be sure to ask your partner for a foot rub and a back rub.

You should wear a waist compression garment after CoolSculpting to help sculpt the area.

Your certified CoolSculpting provider’s consultation is where all the sculpting begins. CoolSculpting is as artistic as it is a procedure. Your provider is trained to have an eye for symmetry and results. A compression garment can help with any swelling you have and help you heal in the shape that you desire. Most patients wear a garment like SPANX.

Watch your diet and exercise.

Ding. Ding. These are the two most important factors in getting great CoolSculpting results, and maintaining them. In fact, as the treated areas begin showing results, many patients start to exercise even more and diet becomes even more important. CoolSculpting results become their inspiration.

If you’d like to schedule a complimentary consultation about CoolSculpting, call Fremont Laser at (510) 792-1579 or use our contact form.

Weight Loss and CoolSculpting

How Much Weight Will I Lose After CoolSculpting?

The idea that CoolSculpting results in weight loss is a common misperception. After all, if you’re freezing fat away, then surely, you’ll shed a few pounds in the process, right? Wrong.

Destroying fat cells via CoolSculpting is not the same thing as losing weight. By the time you are a teenager, you have the set number of fat cells that you’re going to have in life. Whether you weigh 120 lbs. or 220 lbs., the number of fat cells in your body is the same. As you gain weight (eating more calories than your body uses for energy), your fat cells enlarge. As you lose weight (burning more calories for energy than your body stores in fat cells), they shrink. This is why the key to losing weight is to consume less calories than you burn to lose fat that is stored in fat cells.

Some Fat Cells are Stubborn

Some fat cells are stubborn and frustrating since many of the CoolSculpting clients we see exercise regularly and watch their diets. Despite that, some areas simply don’t respond, and never will. We’re talking about you lower stomach area and flanks (love handles). CoolSculpting is not meant to be a weight loss procedure, but rather a body contouring one.

CoolSculpting freezes fat cells so that they die off and are naturally eliminated by your body. With those fat cells gone, they cannot store fat anymore. And even better, they can’t return. Fat cells weigh barely anything, so when they’re eliminated, you won’t see a difference on the scale. Where you do notice the difference is in your clothes and the shape of your body.

That’s why CoolSculpting works best on people who are close to their weight loss goal, or have achieved their goal, yet have specific areas that simply aren’t and won’t respond to diet and exercise. The number of CoolSculpting treatments it takes to get to your desired shape depends on how many inches you want to lose from an area. The number ranges from one to multiple treatments, with each resulting in a 20-25 percent decrease in the number of fat cells in the treated area.

Diet and Exercise Cannot Be Ignored After CoolSculpting Results

Up to 12 weeks post CoolSculpting procedure, your body is eliminating fat cells. To maintain results, diet and exercise are still necessary. Otherwise, your body will store fat in the fat cells that remain.

Don’t be fooled by the number on the scale. Even though you may weigh the same or more than when you started on your journey to be fit, weight is just a number. Muscle weighs more than fat, so it’s possible to be leaner and weigh more.

Body Contouring Through CoolSculpting at Fremont Laser & Skin Care

Schedule a complimentary consultation with our trained and licensed CoolSculpting professionals who will perform a 360-degree body assessment and discuss how we can achieve your body contouring goals safely and effectively.

Exercise and Diet and STILL Can’t Get Toned?

Why All the Exercises in the World Can’t Sculpt Certain Trouble Spots

diet-exersice-coolsculptConsistent workouts and sit ups later, some areas just aren’t cooperating. Toning your body involves increasing muscle and reducing body fat. This allows the muscle to be visible, such in the case of “six-pack” abs. There are many exercises for toning different parts of the body; your arms, your abs, your legs, hips, smaller back, and back among others. However, not all exercises will help you achieve results in these areas.

Here are some common mistakes that you might be making:

  • Increasing the number of reps for a certain exercise
  • Using lighter weights and expecting results
  • Using machines to get your body toned
  • Buying toning equipment you heard about that may not give you the required results
  • Using products and supplements, that promise results through sensational marketing

All you need to gain results in various trouble spots is to build enough muscle in the area and reduce body fat for the muscle to gain visibility. Right? Not always. To help gain optimal results from diet and exercise, ensure you’re giving yourself the support you need.

Proper Nutrition

Eating healthy is necessary to gain the best results from your workout sessions. You can work out for five days each week and burn many calories; nonetheless, if you are not eating right, you are likely to gain no results in sculpting certain areas.

Ensure you eat vegetables, fruits, proteins, and healthy fats to gain results from exercising. Avoid chips, crackers and pretzels as snacks, choose salmon as opposed to steak, and snack on nutrient rich food.

Eating three solid meals a day is a misconception when you are exercising. Break this into four to five meals throughout the day to keep your body energized for transition as you work out.

Change Up Your Fitness Routine

Your body needs a variety of exercise to gain results. If you find that a certain exercise does not work for your abs, change it to a different routine. For instance, if sit ups do not reduce the fat on your tummy, you adjust how you do them to gain results. Moving sideways as you incline as opposed to facing upwards as you tilt will improve the side abs.

Change workout routines every three weeks or more. The change shocks the muscles that were not being utilized by the previous routine into action. You will soon see great results for the trouble spots that bother you.

Get Your Cardio In

There is much debate over the need to sweat during your workout. The perspiration issue aside, the key is to get your heart rate up. When your workout feels too easy, push yourself a bit. Use heavier weights or increase reps. Feel your heart rate increase and you know you are doing it right.

Avoid the One Muscle Group Per Day Syndrome

Don’t exercise a single muscle every day. The body needs variety in exercises to gain results faster. You can choose upper body muscles for one session and lower body muscles for the next session. For instance, you can mix chest exercises with back exercises to gain faster results.

Finally, avoid over training. Muscles need rest to develop. Therefore, ensure that you get enough rest after workouts for better results. Remember, toning your body is about the reduction of fat and increase of muscle. Not overexerting one group.

Accept That Some Areas are Stubborn

There are certain areas that are notoriously stubborn to exercise. There are procedures like CoolSculpting designed to target these resistant fat cells when it seems like all the exercise and diet in the world just won’t sculpt stubborn areas.