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Mariah Carey Slims Down with CoolSculpting

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 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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Botox Do’s and Don’ts

In this blog you’ll find a checklist for the things you should and shouldn’t do before you get Botox, during a Botox treatment, and after you get Botox injections so you can get the absolute best results. For more information on Botox, visit us for Botox in Fort Worth, send us an email or call us at (817) 484-0300 to request your free consultation!

What to do BEFORE Botox

Here are steps you should take to prepare for a Botox treatment so you ensure a good experience:

  • Be transparent with your practitioner – For your safety, tell your Botox practitioner as much about your medical history as possible so he/she can determine whether you are a good candidate to receive cosmetic Botox. Tell your doctor: What medication you are taking, what allergies you have, If you have any medical conditions, illnesses, or diseases, and anything else you can think of.
  • Be on the same page as your practitioner – Make sure both you and your physician are clear about what facial areas you want to treat, how you ideally want them to be fixed, and what the ideal final result may be. Different people have different aesthetics. For instance, if the “frozen face” look is your practitioner’s definition of successful Botox but you disagree, you better make sure both of you are aiming for the same target or you’ll end up with a result your practitioner thinks is beautiful but you think is horrific.
  • Have realistic expectations about what Botox can do – Botox results can be drastically good, but your post-Botox results may not be as perfect as you expect them to be. Having realistic expectations about your results will save you from unnecessary disappointment.
  • Stop taking medication that can thin the blood – A week before you get Botox injections, stop taking: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Exedrin, St. John’s Wart, Vitamin E, Fish oil or Omega-3s, Ginko Bilboa, and Ginseng. This will minimize any potential post-Botox bruising. If you have to take pain medication, Tylenol is okay. Also, avoid drinking alcohol a few days before you get Botox.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make a list of questions you want to ask your physician and bring it with you to your Botox consultation. That way you won’t forget what you want to ask. Ask how much the treatment will cost, how many units of Botox you will need, how long the he/she has been giving Botox injections, etc. Ask about side effects, risks, and how you should take care of your skin after Botox and how often someone with your skin condition should get Botox.

What to do DURING Botox

What you do during Botox is not as important as what you do before and after Botox, but here are some things you should keep in mind for a good treatment session:

  • Go au naturel – Your skin will be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or an antiseptic before you get Botox, so feel free to show up to your appointment with nothing on your skin. If you wear makeup, they will take it off anyway.
  • Stay still but pay attention – If you are afraid of needles, don’t make yourself writhe with discomfort by thinking about them. Set your mind on something random, like monkeys juggling pineapples. The Botox will be over before you know it. Stay still but pay attention and follow your practitioner’s instructions. He/she will tell you to smile, relax, frown, etc. during the injection process.
  • Use an ice pack – Ice before, during, and after Botox can help reduce any potential signs of bruising.

What to do AFTER Botox

What you do after Botox and how you take care of your skin is very important. Here are some things you should and shouldn’t do after getting Botox injections:

  • Don’t touch your the injection site
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity
  • Avoid consuming large amounts of alcohol
  • Avoid getting facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, etc. for 24 hours.
  • topical vitamin K and arnica can help bruises

Taking these measure before, during, and after Botox will help you get both a better experience and better results. For more information, visit our Botox service page, send us an email or call us at (817) 484-0300 to request your free consultation!

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Fall Skin Care

Skin Care for Fabulous Fall Skin

As the days grow shorter, the temperatures drop, and the air becomes drier, your skin may lose precious moisture. Autumn is a time of transition, and the best autumn skin care routines will correct any summer damage that has occurred and prepare your skin for winter.

Sun, chlorine, and saltwater may have taken a toll on your skin throughout the summer, so fall is a time to exfoliate and moisturize. Follow these fall skin care tips for fabulous, healthy skin:

  • Ditch the Soap – Fragrant soapy scrubs might feel (and smell) wonderful after a day at the beach, but they leave your skin dry. When fall arrives, switch to a soap-free hydrating cleanser. It’s time to put away the gels and bring out the creamy body wash.
  • Exfoliate with an Oil-Based Scrub – The summer sun and chlorine may have left your skin feeling dry and flaky. Start the new season off with a full-body exfoliation session. Oil-based scrubs are wonderful because they exfoliate and hydrate.
  • Switch from lotion to cream – As the air becomes drier, your skin needs a thicker moisturizer. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration to this layer of skin at the same time.
  • Protect your Lips – Start moisturizing now to prevent dry, cracked lips this winter. Use a non-petroleum based lip balm for best results.
  • Invest in Hand Cream – Hands often become dry and cracked during fall and winter. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Start moisturizing your hands now to ensure soft, supple hands all winter long.

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Enjoy The Benefits of SkinPen


SkinPen Micro Needling

If you’ve been relying on expensive anti-aging creams or invasive procedures, there is good news: The SkinPen is a minimally invasive, quick and effective treatment to combat the effects of aging. If you’re hard-pressed for time, there is even better news: All you need is one hour for the SkinPen to start changing the appearance of your skin!

The SkinPen is being praised as the latest technology in minimally invasive skin treatments. It works as a facial rejuvenation treatment by using a technique called microneedling, in which very small needles are used to create controlled “damage” in the form of microscopic incisions. This stimulates the body’s collagen production as the natural defense to repair and rejuvenate the skin. The collagen works to tighten and contract the skin. The SkinPen can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the look of acne scars.

One of the best things about the procedure is that it typically takes only half an hour! Plus, microneedling doesn’t require much downtime. With the most common side effect being a sunburn-like pinkness of the skin and mild swelling, most people don’t need to take time off of work or hide their faces until they heal.

Even better, many people start to see results immediately, with the skin continuing to progress over the next several weeks. The skin may continue to improve for the next 3-6 months.

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CBS News Features CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting-Freeze-FatCBS This Morning: “CoolSculpting Really Works!”

CBS This Morning reports CoolSculpting is one of the rare medical stories where all the academics they spoke to agree that the procedure works when it is used on the right patient. Click on the video to the left to watch the full story on CoolSculpting non-surgical fat reduction.

Hundreds of thousands of people receive liposuction every year in the United States to slim down and remove pockets of cellulite, but not everyone is willing to go under the knife for a surgical procedure. Fortunately for them, there is a new body sculpting procedure that is being advertised as a non-surgical alternative to traditional liposuction.

CoolSculpting is a relatively new cosmetic procedure that uses cold to kill fat cells and remove them from the body. The procedure has received mainstream attention on a CBS This Morning segment that showed the procedure in action and explained that it can produce results similar to those from liposuction after just a handful of sessions. The segment also reported that nearly all the experts who were consulted agreed that CoolSculpting really works as long as it is performed on the right patient.

CBS News Highlights Men Using CoolSculpting for Body Sculpting

When you hear stories about weight loss and body sculpting, you probably mostly hear about women who want to look better, thinner and more beautiful. However, guys want to look great too! Fortunately, there are just as many options out there for men as as there are for women.

CBS News recently featured a story about men who are taking advantage of one of the most current body sculpting procedures available. CoolSculpting is a fat freezing process that causes excess fat cells to die off without any type of invasive procedure. It takes about one hour to treat each area, and men are seeing excellent results.

All over the country, there is a growing trend among men to look better and feel better too. While many of them hit the gym and change their eating habits, they’re finding that they don’t always make all the progress they want. That’s where CoolSculpting comes in. CoolSculpting is the perfect complement to any healthy lifestyle, and with more men taking advantage of the opportunity to get the bodies they really want, it’s easy to see that this is a trend that’s only going to keep growing.

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Inside Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin challenges in the United States, and it is not just limited to teenagers. In fact it impacts all ages, races and genders. Nearly 60 million Americans have activeacne and 20 million are at risk of developing scar tissue as a result.

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Acne is defined as a skin disease that occurs as a result of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin – when the follicles, dead skin cells and sebum (a combination of squalane, wax esters andtriglycerides) get trapped in pores and become infected with bacteria. While there are many theories as to the exact cause of acne, we do know there are a number of triggers including: hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, medications, stress, poor hygiene, and genetics. The key to proper treatment is proper diagnosis of the root cause for your client.

Common Acne Triggers

Hormones – oil production is regulated heavily by hormones, specifically testosterone, which stimulates the development of sebaceousfollicles and attached oil glands. This explains why acne is most common during puberty, pregnancy, menstrual cycles and menopause.
Stress – stress is one of the top triggers of acne as it stimulates the adrenal glands to produce more cortisol, which can cause excess sebum and inflammation. Acne flare-ups can occur anywhere form 14 days to one month after the stress response.
Medication – the hormones (adrenals) may be affected by some medications and drug use and can spur on blemishes.
Nutrition – alcohol, caffeine and foods with iodides (salt, processed and fast foods, MSG, dairy in excess) can trigger existing acne.
Face cleansing – when oil builds up on the skin, bacteria will form, which creates blemishes. Sleeping in makeup, along with exposure to debris from the day, sets up a perfect opportunity for more bacteria. Teaching your clients to cleanse properly and regularly will often eliminate their acne issues.
Skin irritants – detergents, fabric softeners, certain shampoos and conditioners, and fragrances or dyes can irritate existing acne conditions.
Drying – overuse of certain drying skin care products may cause the skin to over-produce sebum.
Genetics – some may be predisposed to acne based on certain genes that are passed along, but it is believed it is polygenic, or a grouping of genes as opposed to one singular gene.

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Be sure to talk to clients about the role lifestyle plays in the skin’s health. It is important that they eliminate as many antagonizers as possible, adopt a healthy, clean diet and reduce exposure to skin irritants by changing pillowcases often, thoroughly rinsing laundry to get rid of excess soap, and using healthy skin care products. Also remind clients to keep their hands off of their skin as this adds contamination to an already vulnerable area. Whenever there is a localized area of acnelesions, ask questions and determine if they are touching their skin, resting their hand on their face or even sleeping on that area.

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Hormones & Your Skin

Having an understanding of how hormones affect the skin can help licensed practitioners assess the causes of some skin conditions and should be included in dialog during the initial consultation. Discussing the effects of hormones during the consultation will help give the client a clearer picture to some causes of their skin concerns.

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What Are Hormones?

Hormones are chemicals secreted by cells or glands, which act as messengers that are sent out from one part of the body to signal cells in other parts of the body. Hormones control and regulate the body’s internal environment by regulating metabolism, controlling the reproductive cycle, inducing hunger and cravings, stimulating or inhibiting growth, and preparing the body for changes such as puberty, childbirth, or menopause. They are often released directly into the bloodstream, but may also be secreted into ducts.

The Effects of Inflammation

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect us from infection such as bacteria and viruses. However, inflammation is also the single greatest precipitator of aging and age-related diseases and does damage by stimulating free radicals, which accelerates aging by attaching to and damaging cells. With acne, the stimulation of the oil glands, brought on by pro-inflammatory responses, can result in clogged pores and an increase in pro-inflammatory fatty acids. Studies have shown that there is a connection between sugar and inflammation in the body.

The Effects of Stress on Hormones

Other factors to consider are the effects that stress has on hormones. Systemically, stress stimulates hormones which can affect acne breakouts. Elevated hormone levels prior to menstruation, or excessive androgen production produced by the adrenal glands, can make acneic conditions worse in both men and women. Women are more affected than men by pro-inflammatory responses related to cortisol and insulin and the effects of androgens in the body. A woman’s androgens are synthesized in the adrenal glands; therefore, they are more susceptible to adrenal hormone stimulation and more prone to inflammatory responses in the body. Hyperandrogenism may be caused by disorders such as polycystic ovarian disease, which can indicate insulin resistance with acne patients.

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