Top Treatments for Double Chin & Neck Rejuvenation in Calgary

Top Treatments for Double Chin & Neck Rejuvenation in Calgary

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Top Treatments for Double Chin & Neck Rejuvenation in Calgary

Top Treatments for Double Chin & Neck Rejuvenation in Calgary

There are a number of non-invasive body contouring treatments available to patients now that do not have the same risks as surgical procedures and require no recovery or downtime. These procedures are usually best for patients that are close to or have achieved their ideal weight and would like a treatment that is complementary to their health and fitness goals; taking away the last few stubborn pounds, tightening loose skin, or contouring their overall figure.

These treatments can also be used for double chin and neck rejuvenation. The neck and chin areas can become loose or hold fatty deposits as we age, and this can result in self-consciousness and not feeling as youthful and vibrant as the patient feels inside. Some of the best treatments to restore youth and to revitalize the appearance with non-invasive methods include.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting has long been developing a reputation for being a fast, painless, and effective way to remove stubborn fat, and has long been an incredibly popular method for people looking to reduce stubborn pockets of fat found in the area of their abdomen, hips, flanks, and thighs. The creators of CoolSculpting, however, recognized that this resilient fat can also remain beneath the chin, a place that is not as easy to hide with clothing. This is why they developed a new applicator, which is smaller in size, specifically to be used on the chin and neck areas. The procedure works by using CoolSculpting’s new smaller applicator, which, like its larger variant, sucks in about 2 inches of fat on the treatment area at a time. Once this short process is complete, the temperature inside the chamber drops significantly until the fat cells are permanently destroyed. This treatment requires no anesthetic and the patient is free to go home or even back to work the same day. Most patients that have a CoolSculpting procedure undergo the treatment while reading, watching television, catching up on emails or simply relaxing.

Belkyra Injectables

In 2015 the FDA approved a drug called Belkyra, also known in the United States as Kybella, which is similar to a naturally occurring chemical in the body called deoxycholic acid – a substance that helps to absorb fats. This injectable drug can be a great alternative to more invasive procedures such as liposuction.

The drug is injected into the targeted area and, depending on the size of the area being treated, patients may need 15-20 injections per visit and 6 treatments may be necessary one month apart or less. Much like with CoolSculpting, there is no downtime for recovery following the procedure, however, there are some side effects to be noted when using this treatment which can include swelling and bruising at the injection sites, numbness and small firm spots around the treated area. Belkyra works best on smaller areas so the stomach and love handles are best left to other treatments such as CoolSculpting.

Every patient is unique and a consultation and an assessment is the best way to determine the best non-invasive treatment for a double chin or a neck rejuvenation. The highly skilled team of professionals at the Calgary Institute for Plastic Surgery can help guide patients through treatment options or create customized treatment plans that will address their individual concerns and achieve their aesthetic goals. An assessment is also a great opportunity to ask any questions concerning the treatments directly. To learn more about CoolSculpting or Belkyra treatments contact the clinic at (403)286-4263.

Now You Can Freeze Away Your Double Chin

Now You Can Freeze Away Your Double Chin

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Now You Can Freeze Away Your Double Chin

Now You Can Freeze Away Your Double Chin

Many patients want a body contouring alternative to invasive surgeries that take them away from work, family and social activities. There are a number of non-invasive treatments that do not require incisions and therefore, require no downtime, recovery and produces zero scarring. CoolSculpting is currently one of the most popular treatments for removing the double chin, an area that is very concerning to patients.

. As a sign of aging that is sometimes unavoidable and is extremely resistant to both diet and exercise, a double chin can lower self-esteem and make people feel less confident in their appearance. CoolSculpting has been the solution for many when it comes to freezing away the double chin quickly, safely and effectively.

How does it Work?

CoolSculpting has been available for about six years and 2 million patients have already tried it. The CoolSculpting body contouring treatment is performed by pinching a couple of inches of excess fat and allowing the applicator to suction it into the device. In the applicator, the temperature will drop low enough for the fat cells to crystallize, at which point they experience permanent death. Throughout the duration of this treatment, most patients will take the time to read, check their email or even relax and sleep until the procedure is complete. It is not painful and requires no downtime or anesthesia.

Who is a Candidate?

This body contouring treatment is intended for individuals that do not have a lot of fat to lose. It is best suited for those that want to target a specific area that has been holding onto fatty deposits. This is why CoolSculpting is ideal for correcting a double chin as oftentimes, even patients in great shape develop a double chin due to aging or genetics and usually, no amount of diet or exercise will eliminate the fat in this area.

How Many Treatments are required?

Treatments are dependent on the patient’s aesthetic goals and body type. There are many factors which can determine how many sessions are necessary to achieve optimal results and as such, a consultation with a professional is always recommended. The sessions themselves last approximately 60 minutes.

The CoolMini is the specific applicator to target smaller areas of the body including the neck for a double chin and, as with CoolSculpting, an effective treatment plan can be best outlined by an expert.

After this body contouring procedure, patients can go home or even return to work the same day. There is no downtime necessary for recovery, and no needles or incisions, making it the ideal treatment for anyone who has always wanted to improve their appearance with a cosmetic treatment but is uncomfortable with the idea of injections or anesthesia.

Are the Results Permanent?

The treatment reduces fat on the chin by 20% and these results can be considered permanent. However, this is not a treatment that will permanently stop an individual from gaining weight in that area so it is important that the patient does not gain a lot of weight after the treatment. Weight gain is usually distributed throughout the entire body but some of this will affect the treated area. Without weight gain, this is an effective and permanent body contouring treatment and patients can eliminate their double chin.

Booking an assessment at the Calgary Institute for Plastic Surgery is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting and to discuss other types of body contouring procedures that may be better suited or used in combination with this treatment. During an assessment, patients have a great opportunity to ask questions and to receive recommendations for a customized approach that takes their personal needs and aesthetic goals into consideration. Contact us online at calgarysurgery.com or by calling (403)286-4263.

Nonsurgical Fat Reduction or CoolSculpting

Nonsurgical Fat Reduction or CoolSculpting

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Nonsurgical Fat Reduction or CoolSculpting

Nonsurgical Fat Reduction or CoolSculpting

While liposuction remains a popular and effective treatment for fat reduction, it is a surgical procedure that requires some weeks to recover from. This translates to bed rest, time off work, less income for a short time, and a general disruption to patients’ schedules. Still, many people opt to undergo the treatment because liposuction is the best option for removing larger amounts of fat from the body.

However, in recent years, demand has been growing for nonsurgical fat reduction treatments due to the time commitment and physically taxing nature of liposuction and other invasive procedures.
Today, nonsurgical procedures are available for patients who want to improve the shape of their figures or remove stubborn patches of excess fat. Ultrasound treatments (which use ultrasound waves) and CoolSculpting (also called cryolipolysis) both work to destroy fat underneath the skin without having to make any incisions or taking a significant time to recover afterwards. This is great news for patients who are simply too busy to take time out of their busy lives to recover from elective surgery. It’s important to note that unlike the dramatic outcomes that are possible with liposuction, these nonsurgical options bring more subtle results, and multiple sessions may be needed to achieve your ideal goals.
CoolSculpting is one of the most popular and preferred non-surgical procedure available for reducing fat in smaller, specific problem areas for patients who are fit and healthy. The treatment works by placing applicators on the skin in a target area, suctioning “pinchable” fatty tissue between the applicators, and carefully cooling the area with a controlled process until the fat cells freeze. The skin, nerves, and muscles are not affected by this procedure. After being frozen, the destroyed fat cells follow the natural process of apoptosis (which occurs when cells die) and the body absorbs the crystallized fat cells over a few weeks following the procedure, leaving the target zone slimmer and more toned.

How Does CoolSculpting Compare with an Ultrasound Treatment?

Ultrasound treatments work by focusing ultrasound energy waves onto a treatment area. Focusing ultrasound energy to a point heats and damages the fat cells in the area around the focal point, just like a magnifying glass can be used to focus sunlight to burn a spot on a piece of paper. The focused energy causes the fat cell to burst open and stop functioning. Afterwards, the damaged fat cells are absorbed by the body over time. This treatment works to destroy fat cells that are about 1.3 cm to 2.5 cm below the surface of the skin rather than “pinchable” fat.

While clinical testing has been performed on this treatment and it does not seem to hurt the skin or organs beneath it, the issue remains that scientists do not fully understand how this procedure works or the potential effects of this treatment on the body in the long run. Damaging the fat cells this way certainly removes them, but it is unknown whether ultrasound waves can cause long term damage to other parts of the fat tissue (such as blood vessels) or the upper and lower layers of the skin.

When compared to ultrasound treatments, CoolSculpting is strongly preferred due to several factors:

  • The treatment is non-invasive
  • FDA approved
  • Effective on “pinchable” fatty tissue
  • Simulates a natural process to achieve fat reduction
  • There is a comprehensive understanding of the science which drives the procedure

To find out more about how the non-invasive CoolSculpting treatment can help you achieve your personal goals, please contact our office to book a consultation. Your treatment specialist will answer your questions, listen to your desired outcomes, and will be able to advise you on how CoolSculpting can help you achieve the best results for you.

Introduction to CoolSculpting Body Contouring

Introduction to CoolSculpting Body Contouring

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Introduction to CoolSculpting Body Contouring

Introduction to CoolSculpting Body Contouring

The days when aesthetic surgery meant having to go under the knife are fast disappearing, and non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting are helping to push them out the door. CoolSculpting is a patented procedure that uses technology to cool areas with excess fat and thereby freeze fat cells.

After the treatment, the body removes the fat cells naturally so that you will have fewer fat cells after the procedure. CoolSculpting is best suited for patients who are in generally good shape but who wish to eliminate smaller zones of unwanted excess fat.
CoolSculpting body contouring is growing in popularity for multiple reasons, but perhaps most notably because of its non-invasive nature and natural-looking results. Not to mention, using CoolSculpting body contouring can be fast, convenient, and affordable. Keep reading to find out more about the main benefits of CoolSculpting and how the procedure works.

CoolSculpting is fast and convenient

One of the most attractive aspects of this treatment is that it’s quick – a CoolSculpting treatment is a short procedure, generally lasting an hour or less, and you can expect to see some results immediately. With this timeframe, most people can easily fit CoolSculpting into their busy schedules. Some patients choose to have a treatment during their lunch break and go right back to work afterwards.

CoolSculpting requires no downtime for recovery

Surgical body contouring procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck are very effective for removing unwanted fat. However, a major concern with surgical body contouring is that patients must take time off work afterwards for recovery. Both procedures require a recovery period of 2 weeks or more before returning to work.

In comparison to other surgical options, CoolSculpting does not involve any incisions, blood loss, or stitches. After your CoolSculpting session, the treatment area may be slightly bruised or tender. However, any swelling should go down after a short amount of time. CoolSculpting can also be used on a variety of areas with excess fat. This means that patients who have more than one zone treated may wish to avoid their regular workout routine for a week or until any tenderness subsides. Otherwise, it should be business as usual after your CoolSculpting treatment!

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

The CoolSculpting body contouring treatment can be used on the thighs, abdomen, beneath the chin, and on love handles and excess “back fat.” The main requirement for a treatment area is that it should have “pinchable” fat that can fit into the CoolSculpting device.

Once the treatment area has been chosen and marked, you are asked to sit or recline in a comfortable position and a gel is applied to your skin in the appropriate zone. Then, the CoolSculpting applicators are placed on top of the “pinchable” tissue to be treated. The target tissue is “sucked” into the vacuum attachment, and the machine begins to cool the treatment area in a controlled manner.

During the cooling process, fat cells freeze, crystallize, and stop functioning. The body then follows the natural process of absorbing these non-functioning cells. The result is fewer fat cells and a slimmer look in the treatment area, usually immediately. Your body will continue to absorb the remainder of these destroyed cells over the following weeks, and the area will become slimmer and more toned during this time.

Find Out More About CoolSculpting

To discover more about CoolSculpting body contouring, please contact the Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery to book a consultation. Our highly skilled and experienced Advanced Nurse Injectors will answer your questions, listen to your goals, and will be able to advise you on how CoolSculpting can best help you achieve your desired results.

How Much Does It Cost for Body Contouring?

How Much Does It Cost for Body Contouring?

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How Much Does It Cost for Body Contouring?

How Much Does It Cost for Body Contouring?

“Body contouring” describes a number of different surgical procedures intended to improve your body’s natural shape. These procedures may focus on eliminating unwanted fat or excess tissue, or providing lift and volume where it’s needed most. Body contouring is an individualized set of treatments designed to meet each patient’s unique needs.

For this reason, it is difficult to give a simple estimate of the cost of body contouring. Each procedure has a cost, and the pricing varies depending on the size of the area to be addressed, how many procedures you will need to achieve your desired results, and how long it will take you to recover. Keep reading to find out more about the factors that affect pricing of some of the most common body contouring procedures, such as the tummy tuck, liposuction, and CoolSculpting.

What Costs are Associated with a Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck procedure works to reduce excess tissue in the midsection and belly area to create a flatter and more toned midsection. Patients who benefit most from this procedure are those who have excess or loose skin due to aging, considerable weight gain or loss, or following a pregnancy, and who are generally in good health.

The pricing of this surgery will be affected by the extent of the work required. For instance, some patients may only need a mini tummy tuck to address the area below the navel, while others will need to have a traditional tummy tuck to address a larger area of the midsection. Pain management and anesthesia must be included in the surgical costs as well. Lastly, after a tummy tuck, you will have to take a significant amount of time off from work. After a mini tummy tuck that is healing well, it may be possible to return to work in a little over a week. However, a traditional tummy tuck will require at least two weeks or more off from work to allow for safe healing. This is a significant part of the cost of a tummy tuck procedure.

What Costs are Associated with Liposuction?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure in which your surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a tube (cannula) to suction out excess fat from virtually any area of the body. This procedure helps to smooth out and contour difficult-to-tone areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and arms.

Pricing varies based on the location of the procedure, because some areas may have more fat to remove or may simply take more work to address. Sometimes, multiple liposuction procedures may be needed to help you achieve your desired results, which will increase costs. Lastly, it is important to note that while this procedure is minimally invasive, there will still be a significant time needed for recovery, during which you may not be able to work. Depending on your employer’s health benefits package, this may lead to a financial impact on your wages.

What Costs are Associated with CoolSculpting?

This may be one of the more cost-effective body contouring procedures because it is non-invasive and does not require patients to take time off work to heal afterwards. Using a targeted cooling process, CoolSculpting freezes fat cells so that the body can flush them out over the next few weeks to permanently remove the fat cells. This procedure can be used to eliminate stubborn fat in the inner thighs, flanks, abdomen, and on smaller areas like under the chin. The price of CoolSculpting is affected by the size of the area to be treated and how many treatments you will need. The best way to find out the pricing for this treatment is to have a consultation appointment during which our treatment experts can evaluate what will work best for your unique body and needs.

Are There Financing Options Available?

Absolutely! To make body contouring more affordable, we recommend that our patients explore their financing options and customized payment plans through our partners at Crelogix and Medicard.

Do Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedures Work?

Do Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedures Work?

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Do Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedures Work?

Do Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedures Work?

Non-invasive body contouring procedures are becoming increasingly popular as the technology has allowed dramatic results without booking days off work, and taking time off from family, social and recreational activities. As well, patients are able to eliminate the risks associated with surgery, which is often a major deciding factor in whether elective surgery is an option at all.

When it comes to fat removal, however, traditional surgery has been the industry standard for decades, which leaves many patients wondering if weight loss and a more youthful appearance is attainable with non-invasive treatments such as CoolSculpting.
The CoolSculpting treatments have been gaining popularity for their ability to target specific body parts for weight loss and toning. Specifically, the abdomen, hips/flanks, arms and thighs are targeted. The CoolSculpting applicator suctions in small amounts of fat (the patient usually requires two inches available) into the device and the temperature drops to levels low enough to result in permanent death to the fat cell, without damaging surrounding skin tissue. 22% of the area receives permanent fat cell elimination. The treatment works immediately and the best results are noticed after 1-3 months.

When do Body Contouring Treatments Not Work?

CoolSculpting, and other types of non-invasive body contouring procedures are still dependent on the patient resuming their normal healthy diet and exercise regimen. Destroying fat cells, or removing fat can be considered permanent if the patient does not gain weight by over consuming calories or not being physically active. The best patient for this procedure is one that has tried diet and exercise and will continue to do so but still has stubborn deposits of fat that have been resistant to fitness and diet. The treatment is not a solution for serious weight loss but rather a boost and aid to assist with reaching an ideal look.

CoolSculpting Benefits Over Fitness and Diet

While fitness and diet are extremely important and should not be given up on, non-invasive contouring has the benefit of targeting specific areas such as loose skin on the upper arms, or fatty deposits on the abdomen. With exercise and diet, weight is lost all over, and the individual does not decide where exactly they will lose the fat. This sometimes results in people that have reached the lowest body weight that is healthy for their proportions but still have a stubborn area that is making them self-conscious or does not look exactly how they would like. CoolSculpting is very complementary to a fitness routine and a healthy diet.

This procedure does not require anesthesia, pain or discomfort. CoolSculpting patients can have a relaxing session and read, listen to music or go online and patients can even go for treatment on their lunch break and return to work. The treatments are very safe. Some patients do report some tingling and numbness for days after the procedure and in rare cases, pain and discomfort. Generally, these non-invasive body contouring treatments are very fast, hassle-free and effective. They can be considered the final step in achieving the ideal body that has been worked hard for.

To learn more about CoolSculpting and to explore your options for body contouring procedures, contact the Calgary Institute for Plastic Surgery. An assessment will answer any questions and concerns and it can be determined if you are an ideal candidate for the treatment. To book a consultation or to learn more about a CoolSculpting treatment contact us online at calgarysurgery.com or dial (403)286.-4263.

CoolSculpting: Body Contouring Without Surgery in Calgary

CoolSculpting: Body Contouring Without Surgery in Calgary

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CoolSculpting: Body Contouring Without Surgery in Calgary

CoolSculpting: Body Contouring Without Surgery in Calgary

CoolSculpting or controlled freezing is a non-invasive and permanent method of reducing stubborn fat. This effective treatment requires no anesthesia, offers no discomfort and allows patients the chance to catch up on emails, read or listen to music throughout the procedure.

Oftentimes, we diet and exercise for years and never see the results we want. Unfortunately, many individuals are genetically more likely to hold on to fat in certain areas and these unwanted pounds can be extremely stubborn. For the remaining fat that is resistant to exercise, dieting, and other weight loss methods, CoolSculpting provides a fast, painless and safe way to tone and contour your body.

What is CoolScupting?

The treatment was discovered by Harvard scientists who observed that pockets of fat cells could be targeted, frozen and eliminated without damaging surrounding skin cells. A pinch of fat at a time is placed into the CoolSculpting applicator and that fat is suctioned into the device. The temperature significantly drops to a point at which the fat cells crystallize, thereby killing the cells. 22% of fat cells in any area on average are permanently destroyed. It has been determined that the best areas to target for this procedure are the:

  • Upper Arms
  • Thighs
  • Love Handles
  • Abdomen

CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical so there is no need to take time off work or prepare for the procedure in any way. Most patients finish their treatment and return to work or their regular routine the same day. Due to the limited discomfort and minimal pain, this treatment is also preferable for anyone who is nervous about undergoing cosmetic procedures, as no anesthesia is used.

Who is CoolSculpting for?

The best candidates for CoolSculpting are men and women that are very close to their ideal weight and are in general good health. It is important for potential candidates to note that this is not a treatment used to induce significant weight loss. CoolSculpting specifically targets stubborn pockets of fat that have been resistant to traditional diet and exercise.

CoolSculpting is very beneficial for patients that exercise because many in the fitness industry will rightly say that you can’t target single body parts with diet and exercise, however, with this treatment, it is possible. Losing too much weight to target a specific area can make anyone look too thin, or others lose weight in the chest when trying to lose in the abdomen. This is a targeted approach.

How Long Does It Take to Work?

Many patients notice results immediately and additional treatments after the initial procedure may be required to achieve optimal results. The majority of patients will notice results in 3 weeks but the most dramatic results are at their peak by 1-3 months. More treatments usually produce a dramatic result.

Is the Result Permanent?

The CoolSculpting applicator freezes fat cells to the point of permanent death. In this sense, it is a permanent procedure. The patient’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle following the treatments will be imperative when it comes to maintaining results. If a patient were to gain weight, fat cells would fill in the surrounding cells and the patient would, of course, gain back some fat in the treated areas. It is important to maintain any exercise regimen and healthy diet that the patient had before the treatment. CoolSculpting is a great boost and extra help when it comes to achieving your ideal shape and figure.

The Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery offers CoolSculpting body contouring in Calgary. An assessment with one of our highly skilled Nurse Injectors can be booked to learn more about this procedure and to find out if you are a good candidate for the treatment. For questions or to schedule a consultation call (403)286-4263.

Body Contouring with CoolSculpting

Body Contouring with CoolSculpting

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Body Contouring with CoolSculpting

Body Contouring with CoolSculpting

Body contouring is a treatment option for patients who wish to slim down and sculpt specific areas of their bodies that simply won’t respond to exercise or a healthy diet. At our clinic, we offer both surgical and non-surgical procedures that target different zones to reduce excess fat.

CoolSculpting is a fantastic option for slimming down smaller areas of “pinchable” fat on virtually any part of the body, because it’s fast, non-invasive, cost-effective, and there is no downtime required after the procedure. If you wish to return to work immediately after your treatment, you can go back to the office the very same day.
CoolSculpting freezes fat cells so that your body can naturally absorb them over a few weeks after the procedure and remove them permanently. This means that you can expect some immediate results, continued improvement over time, and a significantly smaller number of fat cells left over in problem areas for the future. While it is possible to gain back the appearance of fat in the treated area over time, many patients are satisfied with their results that they decide to make additional lifestyle changes to maintain their new shape.
Find out how this treatment can help you sculpt your body exactly where you need it.

Abdomen

CoolSculpting uses several slightly curved applicators to target stubborn bulges or fat deposits in the abdominal region. It should be noted, however, that this is not a weight loss procedure and is not suitable for obese or overweight patients with excess weight in their midsections. CoolSculpting for the abdomen is best suited for generally healthy and fit people who need to target and tone smaller areas of the midsection, such as a persistent bulge in the front or below the belly button.

Flanks

The flanks are the area between the ribs and the hip, and many people find it impossible to slim down this zone using diet and exercise. Because it’s a slightly larger area, larger applicators may be used for the flanks. This treatment can freeze fat cells along the side of the body to target love handles or to tone and define the waist area. It may also be used to target the back of the flanks, fat found on the upper back, or for getting rid of the “bra roll.”

Thighs

Both men and women often have a difficult time reducing fat in the thigh area as well. To address this hard-to-tone zone, CoolSculpting freezes and kills fat cells so that they can be removed permanently. With fewer fat cells, it should be easier to maintain your slimmer results in the long term. CoolSculpting applicators can be applied to the outer and inner thighs as needed. This may mean your treatment will take longer than for a smaller area.

Arms

The body stores fat in many locations, including on the arms. After weight loss, this area may still be a source of dissatisfaction for patients. CoolSculpting uses smaller applicators to target this area and remove fat cells for good.

Chin and Neck

CoolSculpting is also a safe and non-invasive method to treat a double chin, which is a common issue that occurs with age or weight gain. Sometimes a double chin remains even after losing excess weight over the rest of the body. Using the CoolSculpting method, it is possible to reduce excess fat under the chin immediately, and your results will continue to improve over a few weeks following the procedure. For some patients, a small amount of visible swelling or bruising may occur after treating this area which could be visible for a short time.

To discover more about the benefits of CoolSculpting, we invite you to contact our office and book a consultation. Your treatment specialist will be able to advise you on how CoolSculpting can help in bringing you one step closer to attaining your aesthetic goals.

Belkyra vs. CoolSculpting: Non Surgical Double Chin Treatments

Belkyra vs. CoolSculpting: Non Surgical Double Chin Treatments

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Belkyra vs. CoolSculpting:  Non Surgical Double Chin Treatments

Non Surgical Double Chin Treatments

Before body contouring technology like CoolSculpting and Belkyra or Kybella as it is known as in the U.S, a double chin was most effectively treated with liposuction and a neck lift or facelift procedure. A double chin can be deeply concerning to individuals and unfortunately, this can sometimes be hereditary, so even after diet and exercise this sign of aging can be problematic.

Now body contouring through CoolSculpting technology and Belkyra treatments allow stubborn, resistant fat to be removed without downtime for recovery, minimal discomfort or anesthesia.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting was approved by the FDA in 2010 after Harvard scientists discovered that fat cells could be frozen and permanently destroyed without damaging the healthy, surrounding skin cells. CoolSculpting works by suctioning small sections of fat into the CoolSculpting applicator and dropping the temperature to well below freezing in the chamber where the fat is held. The fat cells experience permanent death and this causes immediate results, manifesting more noticeably over time. One of the most surprising and beneficial aspects of this body contouring technology is that it is virtually painless and most patients read, listen to music or relax while they are receiving the treatment.

More recently the CoolMini has been released which is an add-on applicator for smaller areas like the double chin and neck. CoolSculpting treatments have already been used by over two million patients worldwide and on average, the CoolMini can reduce chin and neck fat that causes a double chin by 20% in 1-2, 60 minute sessions.

CoolSculpting does not have many risks and side effects but some patients do experience tingling and numbing after the treatment and in some cases nerve pain and discomfort.

Belkyra

Belkyra is a drug that is injected into the targeted area and generally requires 5-6 treatments spaced no less than 1 month apart. Oftentimes, the treatment requires up to 50 injections to the site in one sitting but this process only takes about 15-20 minutes. The number of injections will depend on the amount of fat that needs to be eliminated in the chin and neck region.

Belkyra is based on a substance that is found naturally in the human body called deoxycholic acid. This is an acid and chemical substance that destroys fat cells by disrupting their membranes. The fat cells are released when the membrane is no longer intact. The body simply processes these disturbed cells and turns them into waste matter. When the fat cells are destroyed it is considered permanent as long as the patient does not gain a large amount of weight.

While this treatment has shown to be extremely effective there are side effects that patients should be aware of including: bruising, swelling, pain, numbness and small areas of hardness at the injection site. Also, more serious but rare effects include nerve damage that causes an unbalanced smile, facial muscle weakness (4% of those in clinical studies), and trouble swallowing (3% of those in clinical studies). In test groups, nerve damage took 44 days to heal and trouble swallowing cleared up in 3 days.

When comparing CoolSculpting and Belkyra, both have been shown to be effective. CoolSculpting has the benefit of less risk and fewer treatments but Belkyra has been shown to be extremely effective at reducing and eliminating the double chin and excess fat on the jowls and neck area.

Our highly skilled Nurse Injectors will be more than happy to provide more in-depth and detailed information on both treatments and recommend the one that is best based on the patient’s individual requirements and aesthetic goals. To learn more visit our website, calgarysurgery.com or call (403)286-4263 to schedule a consultation.

What Surgery Type is Right for You: Subpectoral or Prepectoral?

What Surgery Type is Right for You: Subpectoral or Prepectoral?

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What Surgery Type is Right for You: Subpectoral or Prepectoral?

What Surgery Type is Right for You: Subpectoral or Prepectoral?

One of the many aspects of breast augmentation surgery that will need to be determined is which type of surgery is right for the patient and this can include subpectoral (under the muscle) or prepectoral (over the muscle). Both surgery types are still commonly practiced by plastic surgeons, but the most common is subpectoral.

Subpectoral or Prepectoral

The decision to go subpectoral or prepectoral is usually based on the thickness of the natural tissue and the patient’s ability to hide the edges of the implant. There are three layers of soft tissue that surround the breasts and these include the outer layer of skin, the fat and connective tissue, and the breast gland itself.


When a patient’s breasts have ample fat and natural tissue it is usually not necessary to cover the implants by placing them under the pectoral muscle. However, in patients that do not have a lot of soft tissue to cover the implant, the pectoralis muscle can be used to cover the breast implants and provide more soft tissue padding. This is a long and triangular shaped muscle in the chest that can provides additional coverage for implants.

Benefits of Subpectoral Implants

  1. Studies have suggested that women with subpectoral breast implants are less likely to develop capsular contracture. This is a condition characterized by a firm and often painful condition that occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant.
  2. In patients that are flat chested with little soft tissue padding, a subpectoral placement offers the advantage of a more natural appearance when compared to the look of prepectoral implants.

Benefits of Prepectoral Implants

  1. In the first few days after surgery prepectoral implants are occasionally less painful. However, many surgeons will say that this should not be a deciding factor as patients that have subpectoral implants do very well by controlling the pain with the medication that is prescribed to them.
  2. In some cases prepectoral placement can help improve the shape and position of the breasts. This is particularly true with women that have mildly sagging breasts. Alternatively, there is also a technique called “dual plane” in which the implant is placed partially above and below the muscle. It too is often used for women that have a slight droopiness to their breasts and it can provide the benefit of both pre and subpectoral placement.


In many cases, the decision to place the breast implants over or under the pectoralis muscle will best be determined by your plastic surgeon. To learn more about breast implants contact Dr. Jonathan Lee, an experienced board certified plastic surgeon in Calgary who specializes in breast augmentation.