Cool Sculpting: How Does it Work?

Sometimes your body fat can be stubborn — no matter how many trips to the gym you take or how many crunches you do, that last bit of fat just won’t go away. When it feels like you’ve exhausted all of your options, another one pops up and challenges the rules of science. Harvard scientists have developed a new way to lose that last bit of fat, and it’s called Cool Sculpting.

What is Cool Sculpting?
Cool Sculpting is an FDA-cleared system for removing the stubborn fat from your body without invasive treatments or harmful lasers. Cool Sculpting is best for people who have those extra pounds that they can’t lose, such as their love-handles or midsection areas. It works by freezing the fat cells out of your body, and as the fat cells are frozen, they soon leave your body and leave you weighing less and feeling better.

How much Can You Expect to Lose?
Typical patients can expect to see about a 25% reduction in their body fat about 2 to 4 months after starting their procedure. Even though you can visually see some changes after the first treatment, you should allow several weeks to see optimum results.

What are the Treatments Like?
Treatments are roughly an hour long. They can be done on your lunchtime or after work, and aren’t invasive at all. Results can be seen after one hour, and after a couple months of treatments, your body will see full results after your fat cells have been shed from your body.
The treatments do have some associated pain, such as a prolonged numbness, redness, and swelling. When you’re done with your treatment, you can immediately head back to work or home and continue on with what you were doing. Your doctor may be able to explain more how the procedure will work for you.

How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of Cool Sculpting varies by city and doctor, but the average price leans toward $1,500. Many providers may offer payment plans, so be sure to ask ahead of time.

If you still aren’t sure if Cool Sculpting is for you, talk to your doctor. Similarly, Specialists in Dermatology in Tucson also offers these procedures and can help you with any skin or tightening problems.

Lost limbs replaced with a pill? New research says maybe soon

Scientists have long wondered just what gives the young of all species an accelerated capacity to heal after injury. New research designed to answer this question brings us one step closer to developing treatments that will allow our bodies to repair themselves. Lose a leg? Someday you may just take a pill or rub in some cream and grow a new one.

Researchers have identified two genes, Lin28a and IMP1 that supercharge cellular activity at the mitochondrial level. The mitochondria are cellular organs that regulate metabolism. The higher a cell’s metabolism, the more energy it has to repair damage. Lin28a is active during fetal development and shortly thereafter. Over time, the gene seems to simply go quiet. Lin28a is lively in animals that regenerate tissue and regrow lost limbs, like the hydra,the flatworm and salamander. To determine what happens if the gene was revived, scientists conducted research on mice. Results show that mice with the reactivated gene were able to regrow clipped fingertips, experienced faster hair growth than control mice.

Dr. George Daley, of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University, led a team of researchers to study this protein in hopes of eventually developing a drug that could activate the body’s ability to heal itself. The results have been promising. According to Daley, “My strongest conclusion is that Lin28a, or drug manipulations that mimic the metabolic effects of Lin28a, enhances wound healing and tissue repair, and thus in the future might translate into improved healing of wounds after surgery or trauma in patients.”

Interestingly, the research found more evidence that makes development of pharmaceuticals more likely. Lead author of the study, Shyh-Chang Ng of Harvard Medical School shares “One of our experiments showed that bypassing Lin28a and directly activating mitochondrial metabolism with a small-molecule compound also had the effect of enhancing wound healing, suggesting that it could be possible to use drugs to promote tissue repair in humans.”

Questions remain as to why this gene seems to go dormant with age. Some suggest that this is a protective mechanism against cancer and other age related diseases.

Unhappy with your skin? Contact Specialists in Dermatology, for your Tucson skincare solution.

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Introducing: Radio Frequency (RF) Tissue Tightening!

Specialists in Dermatology now offers an exciting opportunity in the world of body contouring. Currently the first and only practice to offer this procedure in Tucson, Exilis is the latest advancement in FDA approved, noninvasive skin and tissue tightening and circumferential fat reduction.

What areas can be treated?
Common areas for this procedure include: eye area, around the mouth, chin area, jaw line, décolleté, abdomen, back, arms, legs, knees and “cankles”.

How does the procedure work?
Utilizing radio frequency (RF), Exilis Therapy involves comfortably heating deep targeted layers of the skin to tighten collagen tissue and to boost the metabolic activity and therefore shrinking fat cells. Exilis can treat all areas of the face and body.

Before & After Photos:

What Can I Expect?
The procedure generally lasts about 20 minutes per session, and involves the use of a hand piece to carefully control and monitor skin temperature levels. The goal is to reach a therapeutic thermal effect to treat the target cells underneath the skin. Patients should come to their appointment well hydrated and should expect to feel heat during treatment, however there should be no pain or discomfort. Optimal results can be seen after four to six treatments spaced two to four weeks apart.

Pricing discussed during consultation. Package pricing also available. Call to schedule a body consultation with us today! 520.382.3330

Introducing CoolSculpting!

Grab your friends and raise a glass to A Cool Night Out!

Specialists in Dermatology is inviting you to attend A Cool Night Out, premiering our new, non-invasive way to reduce fat – CoolSculpting®.

CoolSculpting uses a precisely controlled cooling method to target, cool, and eliminate fat cells without damaging neighboring tissue. Over the next two to four months, the crystallized fat cells break down and they are naturally flushed from your body.

The best candidates are near their ideal body weight with diet- and exercise- resistant fat bulges. If you are seeking spot reduction for specific areas of fat but are not considering a surgical procedure, CoolSculpting may be right for you.


Thursday, September 29th
5:30PM – 8:00PM
at Specialists in Dermatology
2732 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ 85712

$10 admission will be donated to New Beginnings for Women and Children

Seating is limited, please RSVP by September 23rd

Call or email us today!
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UltraPulse Fractional Ablative Laser Resurfacing

Introducing our newest laser, the UltraPulse Fractional CO2 Ablative Laser.  With minimal downtime and long-lasting effects, the UltraPulse is an excellent treatment for wrinkles, scarring, sun damage and more.  Fractional CO2 Laser microbeams target the deep dermal layers of the skin to stimulate healing, tissue regeneration and collagen formation throughout the entire treatment area for healthier, more youthful looking skin.  Click here for additional information.