While the winter months in most climates can seem to drag on forever, there are actually benefits to this season since it is the ideal time to go in for treatments and procedures that require limited or no sun exposure. Here are a few procedures to get excited about this Winter season.
While the title sounds a little terrifying, microneedling is actually a near painless procedure. After applying a numbing cream, minuscule perforations all over the skin prompt a healing response which then promotes collagen production. Collagen are protein fibers that enhance your skin’s natural smoothness and suppleness. It is important to avoid UV rays from sunlight for a couple weeks following treatment. The initial side effects from the procedure are redness and swelling that will disappear well within two weeks, but you can apply makeup on the skin the following day in order to minimize the appearance of redness until it fades. Your doctor will come up with a personalized treatment plan and upkeep/at home regimen, but most people have very positive results that last from six months to a full year.
This is a great option for those that are near their ideal weight (with a BMI of 25 or under) but have some stubborn fat areas that won’t respond to diet and exercise. While it is still possible to do this procedure when you do not meet this criteria, the results may not be as drastic and you will most likely need more treatments instead of only one or two.
CoolSculpting is the process of freezing fat cells, thus killing them so they are disposed of through your body’s natural processes. It is FDA approved and has been described as relatively painless. Mostly people only feel some tugging, pulling, and a brief period of intense cold before numbness sets in. The procedure itself takes around 45 minutes to an hour and many people can relax though the entire process. Gel pads are carefully between your skin and the actual machine to protect the skin from frostbite. Usually, these results are completely permanent as long as you do not gain weight, thus causing other fat cells to grow. This is a fantastic option for someone who is frustrated by specific areas where fat is especially persistent.
EmSculpting is a relatively new procedure that has fantastic results. Like CoolSculpting, the goal is to tone the body. But where CoolSculpting’s main focus is targeting and destroying fat cells, EmSculpting aims to tone and grow muscles. Essentially, EmSculpting causes high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy (HIFEM) pulses to your muscles which generates supra-maximal contractions in the muscles that can stimulate more muscle fibers than can be attained in regular exercise. The side effects are minimal and there is almost no discomfort during the procedure. Most people reported that they felt sore in the area treated as if they had done an intense workout. Unlike CoolSculpting, the results of EmSculpting are not permanent, however they can be preserved with regular exercise and follow up treatments every six months.
These procedures are excellent options for beating the winter blues and keeping you feeling your absolute best.
If you’re interested in any of these treatments or have any questions, please contact us today! 801-331-8554.