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It may sound too good to be true, but it’s really that good! CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction and body contouring treatment offered at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA. The CoolSculpting device targets and freezes fat cells so your body can naturally remove them in the weeks and months that follow.

Here are answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions about CoolSculpting:

1. How is CoolSculpting performed?

The CoolSculpting applicator is applied to one area of unwanted focal fat at a time. This typically involves one or more of the following areas: abdomen, hips, bra-fat, inner/outer thighs, or chin. Using vacuum suction, the device gently draws tissue with unwanted fat into a chamber. Controlled cooling is then delivered to the treatment area, and the fat cells undergo “cryolypolysis” (cell death) due to freezing, while the surrounding tissue is unharmed. Approximately 25% of the exposed fat cells will be permanently destroyed, for significant body contouring improvement.

2. Is CoolSculpting painful?

There is some mild, temporary discomfort due to the initiation of strong suction and extreme cold. You may experience sensations of pulling, mild pinching, tingling, stinging or cramping. However, as the temperature falls, there is a numbing effect and most patients sit comfortably during the treatment reading, watching television, or even napping. There may be some hypersensitivity of the skin in the treated area post-treatment, but this general disappears in several days. There may also be some tenderness or soreness for about a week – similar to muscle soreness after a strong workout session. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately post-treatment.

3. Will the fat come back?

The total number of fat cells in your body is constant once you reach adulthood. These cells will get bigger or smaller as you gain or lose weight, but the number of cells remains the same. CoolSculpting destroys fat cells in the treated area and they are eliminated for good. So, it actually reduces the total number of fat cells you have in your body, and makes it so your body cannot store as much fat in the treated area as you could have before, leaving that area “sculpted” even if you gain weight in the future.

4. How long does it take to see results?

Results may be seen as early as 1 to 3 months after treatment. You will initially experience some mild inflammation and swelling to the treated area. This should resolve within one to two weeks, then it will take another few weeks to see a noticeable difference. Full results from that session should be achieved within 12 weeks. Many patients require more than one treatment session to achieve their desired results. So, we schedule a follow-up appointment (including before and after photos and weight) 3 months after initial treatment to assess results and schedule future sessions, if needed.

5. Are there any side effects?

Following treatment, you may experience mild redness, bruising, swelling or numbness in the treated area. This should resolve within 1 to 2 weeks. The fat cell death is a small enough volume that your body breaks down the free fatty acids and triglycerides into harmless energy substrates, so there is no risk of elevated harmful lipids, heart disease or atherosclerosis as a result of CoolSculpting treatment.

6. Will I lose weight with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a contouring or sculpting procedure that modifies the distribution of fat cells to change the shape of your body. Results are not related to weight and CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution. It is a tool to eliminate diet and exercise resistant fat pockets. The closer you are to your ideal body weight, the more you will see your CoolSculpting results. We recommend a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet and exercise to augment and support your CoolSculpting results. Weight is monitored during your treatment cycle to ensure that patient weight gain is not impairing results.

7. What should I do before and after CoolSculpting?

Before treatment, avoid anti-inflammatory products (NSAIDs, ibuprophen, etc.) to help reduce the chance of bruising. After treatment, you may return to your normal daily activities immediately (including exercise). It is important to maintain your weight post treatment, as significant weight gain will compromise best results.

8. How much does it cost?

Every patient has a unique treatment plan based on their body’s distribution of fat and their desired results. A personalized plan, including cost, will be developed for you at a private consultation appointment where you will receive a full-body assessment and all of your questions will be answered. Most treatment plans for a particular area fall between $2,000 and $4,000. We offer no-interest financing options, that allow for easy monthly payments, if desired (must qualify for financing).

Schedule a consultation at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center today to learn more about CoolSculpting and get a personalized treatment plan. 540-341-1900 x214

Laser skin resurfacing treatment could give you a smoother, younger appearance.

Are you wondering if there is a nonsurgical way to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet or brow lines? Hate that you still have acne scars Laserfrom years of battling acne as a teen? Many of us are dealing with skin problems that make us feel more than a little self-conscious. Luckily, our Warrenton, VA, dermatologist Dr. J.C. Caballero offers the Fraxel Dual laser to target and treat a lot of these issues.

 

How does the Fraxel Dual laser work?

Using fractional technology, the FDA-approved Fraxel Dual system safely penetrates deep within the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing process to develop new, healthy cells and to improve the radiance of your skin. Fraxel Dual also stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, which enhances skin’s firmness and elasticity.

 

What problems can Fraxel Dual address?

Fraxel Dual can handle a variety of dermatological issues including,

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age and sun spots
  • Melasma
  • Acne and other superficial scars
  • Dull skin

 

How many Fraxel treatment sessions will I need?

This is something that our Warrenton, VA, cosmetic dermatologist can discuss with you in more detail once he has the opportunity to examine your skin and talk to you about your treatment goals. In most cases, several treatment sessions are required in order to get the desired results. This can range from two to five sessions, depending on the severity of the issues you are looking to treat with Fraxel. Each treatment session can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

 

Is it painful?

Our dermatologist will monitor and control the strength of the laser and how deeply it will penetrate the skin to achieve the optimal results. It is normal for there to be some stinging or a prickling sensation during treatment; however, we can apply a numbing ointment to the skin before treatment to reduce discomfort.

 

When will I see results?

You will already notice some improvements right away, and for the next 1-3 months as the stimulation of elastin and collagen improves the skin’s tone and texture.

 

Is there a recovery period?

It is common for patients to have a sunburn-like appearance for a few days after treatment (those with sensitive skin may take a little longer to heal).

 

Are you dealing with tired, distressed or aging skin in Warrenton, VA? If so, Fraxel Dual laser therapy could be the right way to give your skin the healthier appearance you want. Call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center today to schedule a consultation with.

1. Soak Your Feet Regularly

Take a bath or soak your feet in a large bowl with warm water for 10 to 15 minutes to help soften the skin. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil or Epsom salts. Epsom salts will help relax the nervous system, ease muscle strain and draw toxins from the body. Not only will a foot soak help relax your feet, hydrate your skin and relieve pain due to standing or walking for hours, it will also soften skin, making it easier to exfoliate.

 

2. Exfoliate

When feet are not properly moisturized, dry skin cells will begin to build up. After soaking your feet to soften the skin, exfoliate with a pumice stone (a natural lava stone) in warm water to remove dead skin and calluses. Apply light pressure while moving the stone in a circular motion across the skin, especially over the heels. Foot scrubs or exfoliating creams can also be used to gently get rid of dead skin cells between your toes.

3. Trim & File Toenails

Keep your toenails short. They are thicker and more brittle than fingernails, so soaking your feet before trimming your toenails will make the job easier and help prevent them from splitting. Try to clip the nails straight across to avoid painful ingrown nails, and gently file the corners to round sharp edges. Let your nails breathe. Consider taking a break from nail polish every now and then, so your nails don’t get too dry and discolored. When using polish, be sure to apply a clear base coat before pigmented polishes to keep them from staining the nail.

4. Moisturize

Hand creams are not necessarily formulated to meet the specific needs of your feet. Moisturize regularly with a product specifically made for foot care. Pay particular attention to the heel and ball areas of your foot.

Summertime is the time to enjoy sandals and bare feet in the sand! If you experience problems with your toenails and/or the skin on your feet (i.e. cracked skin, nail fungus, athlete’s foot), the skin care professionals at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center are here to help you. Call 540-341-1900 to schedule an appointment.

Improve skin texture, shrink pores, reduce oil and sebum production – all without downtime.

Do you want radiant skin with smaller pores and a smoother surface? Fine tune your overall skin appearance fast, with AquaGold® Fine Touch micro-infusion treatments. This patented, gold-plated, hair-fine needle system painlessly delivers custom solutions into the skin. Tiny amounts of customized serum are delivered directly into the skin (not placed topically on it, or below the skin). The effect is different than having Botox placed in the muscle or filler injected to replenish volume under the skin. Micro-infusions work at the superficial dermal level of the skin itself to make your complexion glow and provide a “filter-like” airbrushed effect. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian-West get this treatment right before big events, like the Met Gala, to perfect their camera-ready look. There are also long-term benefits - like stimulation of your own natural collagen production with continued treatments.

  • Shrink Pores with Micro-Botox
  • Smooth Skin with Dermal Micro-Hyaluronic Acid Gel (Juvederm)
  • Improve Superficial Acne Scarring with Micro-Hyaluronic Acid Gel
  • Brighten Skin with Micro-Pigment Reducers

How It Works

The AquaGold® Fine Touch micro-infusion treatment, sometimes called a “Botox facial,” involves using a tiny micro-channeling device to stamp a special elixir of strategically blended, skin-enhancing ingredients into the superficial layer of the skin. The infusion blend is customized to meet your skin’s needs, and may include vitamins, anti-oxidants, growth factors, pigment reducers, Botox, and/or hyaluronic acid gel. The AquaGold® Fine Touch device painlessly, safely and effectively delivers treatments with 24K gold-plated, surgical-grade microchannels, each thinner than a human hair. The ingredients are gently stamped into the skin at a precise 600-micron depth, completely covering the surface of the treated area – usually the face, neck, chest and/or hands. Not only is the custom serum delivered to the skin, but the process of creating the tiny punctures with the micro-channels kickstarts the body’s wound-healing response, resulting in increased collagen levels and boosted cellular turnover. When Botox is infused into the dermis (not the muscle) it acts on the arrector pili muscles in the skin to help control pore size. This is the only recognized treatment to have an actual physical effect on pore size (note: infusing Botox into the skin does not affect muscle movement and will not replace the need for regular Botox injections to minimize expression lines).

Unlike other micro channeling devices or rollers, the AquaGold® Fine Touch is uniquely designed so it will not create micro tears in the skin or cause bleeding. It is completely painless, and there is no downtime following the procedure. For ultimate safety, the device is used only once on your skin and then is discarded. Post treatment, we recommend that you avoid direct sun exposure, wearing makeup and washing your face for the remainder of that day (sunscreen is okay).

Treatment Options

The AquaGold® Fine Touch can be used on the face, neck, chest and hands. Special attention is often used around the mouth and in the delicate under-eye area. It is also an excellent way to address signs of aging on the décolletage, where wrinkles and discolorations can be harder to treat.

Possible Infusion Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid Gel (like Juvederm) is a soft substance that absorbs water and brings full hydration to the treated area, giving it improved firmness, elasticity and smoothness.

Botox applied to the dermis (not the muscle) helps control pore size and refine skin surface.

Growth Factors stimulate the skin for improved healing and maintenance of collagen levels.

Pigment Reducers inhibit melanin response. Combined with sunscreen, discolorations are reduced.

When going to a doctor's office, you may have seen medical providers that do not have the designation M.D. (Medical Doctor) after their name. Do you ever wonder what "PA-C" means? It stands for Physician Assistant, the "C" means that they have been certified by the National Commission of Certification of PAs.

PAs are state licensed health care providers who work in close collaboration with physicians to improve access to healthcare and to provide patients with many of the services traditionally provided by physicians. Educational requirements for a PA include an undergraduate degree followed by a master's degree in a certified PA program. PAs practice in all fields of medicine and in all states. PAs work closely under the supervision of a physician to provide health care. The care provided by PAs varies depending on their training and the discretion of the supervising physician. While some PAs work in primary care, some others choose to practice in a more specialized field. Dermatology trained PAs can perform some of the same duties and procedures as dermatologist. They can perform skin checks and treat a multitude of skin conditions.

The relationship between a physician and a PA is based on trust and mutual respect. The dermatologist and the dermatology PA are part of the dermatology care team and, as such, their mutual goal is to provide the highest level of care to patients in the clinic. Patients should know that PAs work closely with a dermatologist and should know that the physician is always available to the PA for consultation when needed. At times, the PA may even ask the physician to assume the care of more complicated cases if these are outside the scope of practice of the PA. When seeing a dermatology PA, it is important to know if they have maintained their certification and if they have been trained by a board certified dermatologist. At Warrenton Dermatology, our board-certified M.D. is fortunate to practice side-by-side with two amazing PA-Cs. Not only are they smart and competent but compassionate and dedicated to our mission.





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