Coolsculpting Northern Virginia

Coolsculpting is becoming really popular in the last three to four years I would say, because it gives patients and option to reduce their fat with little to no down time. Comparing it to laser liposuction, which can also be done in the office but you have a lot more downtime to it. There's a little incision, there's a little bit more risk involved. Coolsculpting you can come in, sit for anywhere from one to four hours depending on how many areas you're doing. Leave out of here, walk out by yourself. You don't need a driver, you don't need to take any medication before you come in. You're walking out of here feeling the same way that you did when you walked in. To recover from coolsculpting you're look at maybe a week or so of discomfort in the area that we work on. Nothing to where it would require any kind of pain medication. What you can do is take ibuprofen to help with any kind of discomfort, but for the most par there is really no downtime to it. You walk out of here feeling the same exact way as when you walked in. The charge for coolsculpting is typically by area. If you're looking to do lower abdomen is typically one are, upper abdomen is an area, flanks is also an option. Flanks is typically your love handle area. We always do inner thighs, outer thighs, so those are all the main areas that we use for coolsculpting. All of those do have FDA approval as well. The cost per procedure is normally around a thousand or so per area. If people decide they want to do more than area at a time there's always an option for a multiple area discount as well. For coolsculpting there is really little risk involved, as you saw when I put the applicator on Janice I used that cold gel pad. That cold gel pad really eliminates any kind of risk for anything, for any skin burn. It protects that skin from that applicator so there's no chance of us freezing the actual skin. We're just penetrating those fat cells. Their therapy's been around for 20 to 30 years I would say, over the last five to ten years it's really come a long way in the sense that we have FDA approval for the actual medication that we're injecting into the spider veins. We use a product called Asclera. Asclera is one of two that is FDA approved to inject into those spider veins. It's a polidocanol solution so basically what it's doing is it's getting in that vein lining and it's irritating the vein lining and feeding it away over time. They describe it kind of like a vein detergent. It's goin in there and just kind of rubbing the walls of the veins and fading it away. With that said it still does take multiple treatments. There is nothing that has FDA approval that it's a one and done treatment. After Sclerotherapy the vein is actually gone. A lot of times these veins have a deeper connection to them so one thing that we always do with all of our patients is make sure there is no underlying disease involved. Dr. [inaudible 00:03:26] performs several varicose vein procedures a year. What we're looking for is making sure that everything deep in their veins has good flow before we just go injecting this superficial cosmetic spider veins. A normal treatment if someone were to come in and present with spider veins, we would just do a quick ultrasound then just to make sure everything looks good deep in their system. If we did find something we always do recommend that you do your varicose veins treatments first. While varicose vein treatments and spider vein treatments are not directly correlated, we oftentimes do see a lot of people with deep problems also have that superficial Sclerotherapy needed. The cost for Sclerotherapy is priced per session. Normally we price the session at a thirty minute session. It can range from three to four hundred dollars depending on how much solution is used, if a little bit extra time is needed. The great thing about Asclera therapy is that as you continue the treatment on, the price does reduce significantly. Once you become more of an established patient into our system we have a nice touch up sessions too. As I kind of mentioned earlier, Sclerotherapy is maintenance so even after that three to five sessions it is recommended that you keep up on it. You do one or two every year or so just to make sure you don't get right back to where you started. It's much easier to maintain them once or twice a year than to come back in and do a whole other series of three to five of them. Sclerotherapy has some risk involved with it. I would say one of the more common risk is something called staining. Staining can come if adequate compression is not applied after the procedure. That's why it's so important that you wear your compression stockings for five days after each treatment. The staining is not permanent, which is a positive, but it can last for six to eight months or so. The staining just presents like a little bruise. Any other risk involved are your normal risk. You're looking at probable bruising, a litt