We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Valerie Nance, Aesthetician at Mon Ami spa located just off the courtyard in Highland Village, to chat about a very cool procedure they offer there called CoolSculpting!
We knew from following Mon Ami that CoolSculpting was ideal for men and women who are within about 15 or 20 pounds of their ideal weight, but are having trouble with a couple of stubborn areas. Valerie was kind enough to answer a few of the other questions we had.
Tell us about Coolsculpting for people who know absolutely nothing about it.
First, we would let the client know that the procedure is FDA approved for the reduction of the fat layer. It is very safe, and lots of people have done it. It’s been approved for six years and we have been doing it here for almost two years now. It’s truly sculpting. It’s not for people who are overweight, but is ideal for people who have exercise resistant or stubborn bulges. Out of the areas we treat, it can permanently destroy 25% of the fat cells in those areas. It takes about three months to see the full effect which is probably the only real down side of the procedure, but it’s non-invasive and you can go right on with your exercise routine and normal activities! There is a little numbness and redness that persists after the treatment. The redness doesn’t last as long, but the numbness can last several weeks.
So it’s just one treatment and three months later you see the results? Or is it a series of treatments over the three months?
No, with just one treatment you can see the results three months later. Now some people do need a repeated treatment in an area because they want more than a 25% reduction.
So one treatment can build on another?
It can! It won’t take 50% of what you originally started with! But it will take about 25% of what you have remaining each time. There is a firm suction that draws the tissue into a cup shaped device. And the device stays on your body for an hour in each area. Some people think it’s a little uncomfortable, but after about 10 minutes into the procedure, that discomfort subsides. There can be some bruising, so if you have a tendency to bruise easily, you might have a little more. There can be some inflammation that can last about two weeks as well.
Do people specify areas they want done or do you do the whole body?
It’s approved for the stomach area, flank areas (or love handles), bra fat area, and inner thigh. We also have a new piece that treats the outer thigh area. If a physician decides to, he or she can opt to treat arms as well.
What do most people come in wanting to get worked on?
It’s usually the tummy. I think it’s because that’s what you see the most. We see a lot of women who have had babies and no matter what they do, they have that area that just won’t respond. Now the second would be muffin top area because you see that when you put on your jeans.
What is the age range of people who get this done?
It’s safe for almost anyone who still has some elasticity in their skin. It’s not as successful if you have a lot of loose skin. You would have to be at least 18 years old (younger if you have parental consent) or anywhere up to around 65. Most of the people we treat are in that mid range, right around and after child birth… 30’s, 40’s… That’s probably our ideal candidate. And this is not only for women! We treat plenty of men as well.
We sure are intrigued! Find out more at www.monamispa.com and feel free to give their friendly staff a call if you have any further questions!