We all have them. And we all agonize over them. But it’s time to stop fixating on the things we dread seeing in the mirror and start fixing them. With the advent of some amazing medical spa technologies and products, you can say goodbye to your stubborn beauty problems and hello to a more beautiful you.
Stubborn fat? Meet CoolSculpting®.
Most of us have at least one part of our bodies that holds on to a little extra fat. You might be carrying yours in the hips, back, belly, arms, thighs, or other areas. And even though you log the hours at the gym or yoga studio, sometimes you just can’t shrink the fat cells.
That’s where CoolSculpting comes in. Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Theresa M. Jarmuz, calls it the “ideal body contouring procedure” for people who are generally fit but have some pesky bulges they’re tired of. Unlike liposuction, there’s no anesthetic needed, no downtime, and you could easily have a session done during your lunch hour.
Even supermodel Molly Sims, who has been candid about her struggles to remain slim after having children, has embraced CoolSculpting as a safe and easy way to target unwanted fat on her midsection.
Stubborn hair? There’s a laser for that.
If you’re always plucking, waxing, or shaving the same areas, laser hair removal can make that ritual (read: nuisance) a thing of the past.
Dark hair and light skin are the best pairings for successful laser treatments. Many hair-removing lasers work best when there’s a significant contrast between hair color and skin tone. This is because the laser can more easily target the dark pigment in the hair and function at a wavelength that’s harmless to the skin.
That said, there’s a wide variety of lasers on the market, and darker skin or lighter hair is not necessarily a barrier to effective treatment. It’s best to seek the advice of a board-certified dermatologist or surgeon.
The only downside to laser hair removal? You’ll need 4 to 6 sessions to remove all the hair in a given area. That’s because hair grows in staggered cycles. Your practitioner won’t be able to spot follicles that aren’t currently growing new hair.
Stubborn freckles? There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
For the fair-skinned among us, “fun in the sun” sounds like an oxymoron. Even after slathering yourself with sunblock before heading outside, you may still be left with little dotted mementos of the occasion. Freckles (fun fact: their medical name is “ephelides”) form when melanin, a normal skin pigment, takes the summer sun’s UV rays as a cue to form irregular brown clusters.
In an intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, that same melanin becomes the target of light energy. The device delivers rapid pulses of light, encompassing many wavelengths (unlike lasers, which zero in on a specific wavelength) to the lower layers of skin without damage to the top layers. The light is converted to heat energy, causing damage to the targeted area. That heat breaks up the brown pigment in your skin, turning visible clusters into imperceptible particles, which in turn leave the skin as part of its natural exfoliation process.
It’s important to clarify here, though. While an IPL treatment can target and remove freckles that are present in your skin, it cannot change your skin’s predisposition to forming new freckles. The summer sun remains a formidable foe indeed, and you’ll want to double down on the sunblock after treatment.
If you have any questions about these options, please call Dr. Jarmuz at 404-233-3937 or visit Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery online!
Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery
1218 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest #108
Atlanta, GA 30327