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Mariah Carey Slims Down with CoolSculpting

Mariah Carey Slims Down with CoolSculpting  mariah blog

 The ever-radiant Mariah Carey was all smiles at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and for good reason.  The superstar debuted a brand new body! But how did the mother of 4 year old twins lose so much weight so quickly?  “The conventional way of course,” the Carey insider says.  “Dieting and CoolSculpting!”

 Mariah Carey looked like a glowing holiday queen at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The songstress, who performed at the annual event, wore a flowing red gown that showed off her fabulous curves – and what appears to be a noticeably slimmer figure. “From the photos and from everything I’ve been following, she definitely has lost a significant amount of weight,” says Stephen Davis, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon.

So how did she do it?  Sources say CoolSculpting, a trademarked term for cryolipolysis (cold-assisted fat breakdown), is rising in popularity as a way to reduce fat without surgery.  The cosmetic procedure uses a special device to freeze a specific area of the body, killing the fat cells but leaving other tissue unharmed. And here’s the crazy thing:  “It actually works,” says weight loss expert Charlie Seltzer, MD, an obesity specialist in Pennsylvania.

A 2014 study in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology concluded that “cryolipolysis is considered to be both safe and effective.”  It actually freezes the fat, causing an average reduction of 25% of the thickness of fat after one one-hour session with no scars or surgery.  This procedure is scientifically proven to work, and is used for all parts of the body, including the tummy, arms, love handles, back fat, man boobs, inner and outer thighs, and double chin.

The FDA first approved the device in 2010.   “It’s basically a suction applicator that pulls an area of fat inside the cup when you turn it on.  Once inside the applicator, the area gets super-cold.  For the first five minutes it feels like someone is pinching you and then it becomes numb.  In about an hour, the fat cells that have been sucked in become like a frozen stick of butter.  The area is massaged for two minutes to break up the fat cells and dissolve the stick of butter.

Why doesn’t the skin freeze and die, too?  Fat deposits are vascularized differently from skin and other surrounding tissues, which protects the skin but not the fat cells.

The treated fat cells are necrotized (that is, they die off), and the body eliminates the waste naturally over a period of weeks.  Within two weeks, the area might not look as full as it used to, and within four weeks, it will be “markedly changed.“

“The new photos of Mariah Carey on Thanksgiving suggest that she has lost at least 45 pounds in two months, “ says celebrity trainer, Charlene Ciardiello.  “She looks incredible.”

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Ethnic Skin Care & Tips

Many people think that ethnic skin poses the greatest challenge when it comes to skin treatment. In my practice, I advise clients on how to address their most common skin care issues, which include variations in the following categories: Pigmentation, pore size, skin thickness, oil production and hydration level. To better understand these variations, we must understand the biology of the “how” and “why” of ethnic skin care in order to responsibly counteract skin weaknesses and bolster skin strengths.

Pigmentation is the color of the skin which is dependent upon the amount of melanin contained in the skin

Biology – Dark skin contains the most melanin. Melanin helps to control body temperature and protect against skin cancer. However, ethnic skin is more susceptible to hyperpigmentation as melanin levels increase, and it most visible in medium to light tones of Black, Hispanic and Asian skin.
Treatment – Prevention is the best treatment for hyperpigmentation in ethnic skin, and it is best achieved using a good sunscreen and not picking at or over-treating the skin. While darker skin naturally diffuses the UV rays, it does not prevent sun burns or lessen the risk of skin cancer. Broad spectrum sun protection is always required when ethnic skin is exposed to the sun’s rays for extended periods of time.
Once discoloration has occurred, progressive rather than aggressive pigmentation reduction is in order. Overuse of bleaching and peeling products on ethnic skin will only create additional and permanent skin damage. Use caution when experimenting with products on melanin rich ethnic skin as it may trigger discoloration for years.

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Pore size is the circumstance of the pore as it appears on the skin’s surface

Biology – Oversized pores cause ethnic skin to look unrefined while small pores make it appear sallow and dull. Pore size is related in strong part to the skin’s sebum or oil production. Oversized pores in ethnic skin especially have a propensity to form blackheads.
Treatment – Contrary to popular belief that skin bracing astringents or ice will shrink the pores, these approaches merely tense the skin temporarily. Only through regular exfoliation and pore cleansing will pore profiles be reduced. Pores enlarge as they near the skin’s surface. The “Top Horney Layer” is comprised of several layers of dead skin, and it is rigid in nature compared to the supple protected tissue beneath it. By gently removing this surface layer and exposing the supple lower layer, the appearance of pore size is minimized. Top layer exfoliation in ethnic skin must be balanced in order to minimize excessive oil production and, in extreme cases, avoid the damage that causes hyperpigmentation.

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