Category: Body

June 8, 2017, By: Ava Lawson, Body

7 Things You Should Know Before a Butt Lift

Imagine turning that unwanted belly fat into a more curvaceous, rounded derriere. Though it may sound too good to be true, this cosmetic enhancement is one of the most popular body contouring procedures requested today. The Brazilian butt lift can help women (and men!) improve the projection and shape of their backsides, and offers the slimming bonus that comes with targeted liposuction.

If you’ve been dreaming of having more prominent buttocks and are tired of that flat “pancake” look, here are 7 important things you should know before having a butt lift.

Brazilian butt lift basics

  1. A Brazilian butt lift involves fat grafting – It’s important to distinguish the difference between a butt lift and buttock augmentation with silicone implants. A Brazilian butt lift is performed by harvesting a patient’s own fat (in areas such as the thighs, hips, love handles, stomach or back), processing it and then carefully re-injecting it in key areas of the gluteals to enhance contour, shape and projection.
  2. Not everyone is a great candidate– If you are already very slender and have a flat rear-end, you may not have enough extra body fat for liposculpture. In cases like these, you may be better off with permanent silicone implants.
  3. There is little to no scarring – Because the liposuction cannula is tiny, incisions are also small, meaning less chance of noticeable scarring. Most patients heal beautifully and have no visible scars after a few months.
  4. The procedure is customized to each patient – Some people want more volume at the top of the buttocks, while others want fullness around the sides and the bottom. Your surgeon will discuss your goals and inject the fat exactly where it’s needed to get desired results.
  5. Different anesthesia options may be available – Depending on the length of your procedure (which can range between 2.5 and 4 hours) and the amount of fat being transferred, your surgeon may recommend either twilight sedation, where you are in a  deeply relaxed state but feel no pain, or general anesthesia. Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of each before your surgery.
  6. Recovery is relatively quick – Unlike more invasive procedures, the Brazilian butt lift entails a shorter recovery time, with most patients back to work and their normal daily activities within 10-12 days. However, keep in mind that you cannot sit down or put any pressure on your new buttocks for a minimum of 14 days, so have some pillows handy.
  7. The results are immediate and long-lasting – The techniques used in the Brazilian butt lift offer patients immediate results, though be warned that some of the fat will be re-absorbed by the body over the next several months. So if you wake up to a startlingly huge backside that seems larger than life, don’t worry!

Brazilian butt lift surgery in Manhattan

Like any type of plastic surgery, a Brazilian butt lift requires technical skill but also an artistic eye. Sculpting a beautiful, feminine derriere that is proportionate with the body takes talent and years of experience, which is why it’s important to choose your surgeon carefully. Dr. B. Aviva Preminger is a board-certified NYC plastic surgeon renowned for her exceptional work and natural-looking results.

To request a private consultation, please call 212.706.1900.

Additional Brazilian Butt Lift Resources:

  1. ASPS, Four key things to know before your buttock augmentation consultation
  2. Web MD, Arms, Thigh, and Buttock Lifts,
May 30, 2017, By: Jacky Gale, Body

4 Ways to Get Ready for Beach Season

bathing suit seasonThere’s nothing quite like the feeling of self-confidence during swimsuit season. But if you’re not quite ready to slip into a bikini yet, don’t sweat it. There are several cosmetic enhancement options that can help you get ready for beach season without going through a lengthy recovery time. However, it’s important to choose a plastic surgeon who is committed to making sure your treatment plan truly is the right choice for you. “During the later spring months, I do typically see an increase in women who are interested in getting a great bikini body, but each of my patients receives an individualized set of treatment recommendations,” says Dr. Preminger, a board-certified plastic surgeon in NYC. “It’s my goal to enhance natural beauty in a way that looks both artistic and natural,” she adds.

Sculpt your silhouette with laser lipo

For some women, laser liposuction may be a good option for enhancing natural beauty by sculpting the body to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. Laser-assisted liposuction is usually appropriate for patients who are within a healthy weight range, but still struggle to get rid of fat deposits—such as those on the hips, thighs, abdomen, and upper arms.

Laser lipo is similar to traditional lipo, but with a noticeable difference. Laser lipo liquefies the fat before suctioning it out. Conventional liposuction simply suctions it out without liquefying it. The use of the laser makes the newer technique far gentler. Plus, the plastic surgeon will use another wavelength of laser afterward to stimulate the tissues to create more collagen. This helps keep the treated skin tight and taut.

Try a noninvasive approach with CoolSculpting

If you want results similar to laser lipo, but prefer not to have any incisions or recovery time, consider asking a plastic surgeon about CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting uses special cooling technology to freeze the fat cells, while leaving healthy tissue unharmed. The frozen fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from the body over time. There are no incisions, no bandages, and no restrictions on activities afterward. However, the results do take a little time to be noticeable, so schedule an appointment right away.

Restore youthfulness with Ultherapy

Ultherapy is an excellent choice for many adults who want to restore their youthful beauty to their face and neck areas, but aren’t ready for a facelift yet. Ultherapy is noninvasive. It uses ultrasound technology to gently, yet effectively stimulate collagen production, and to tighten and lift the skin.

Choose breast augmentation without a lengthy recovery time

If you’re dissatisfied with your bikini body because of a small cup size, consider talking to a plastic surgeon about autologous fat transfer. This is a way to augment the size of the breasts without getting breast implants. It’s a less invasive surgery that requires a shorter recovery time. As an added bonus, the fatty tissue transferred to your breasts is completely natural, as it comes from your own fat deposits elsewhere on your body.

Beach season is nearly here, so don’t delay scheduling your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Preminger in Manhattan. A board-certified plastic surgeon, she is renowned for her technical skills and artistic eye. Dr. Preminger is committed to working closely with each patient to enhance natural beauty and boost self-confidence. Call her NYC office today!

Additional “getting ready for beach season” resources:

  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation,
  2. WebMD, Laser Liposuction May Zap Fat Without Skin Sag,
December 16, 2016, By: Ava Lawson, Body

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

woman post tummy-tuckHave you dropped some weight but find yourself with sagging, loose skin? Has childbirth taken a visible toll on your belly? Do you want to eliminate love handles and flatten your stomach? Here at the boutique NYC plastic surgery office of Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, we are often asked by patients if they need a tummy tuck or liposuction. Both body contouring procedures are extremely effective for different reasons, but many of our patients mistakenly believe that they have to choose one or the other, when abdominoplasty can be a wonderful complement to liposculpture.

Tummy tuck vs liposuction

There are some important variables that will help determine if you’re a better candidate for liposuction, or if you’d achieve better results with a full tummy tuck. The amount of skin laxity in the midsection is one of the first things considered. If you’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight and are bothered by folds of excess skin that won’t disappear despite diet and exercise, an abdominoplasty is the best solution since this procedure is designed to eliminate excess skin, leaving a tighter, flatter stomach.

Along those same lines, your surgeon will do a thorough examination to assess muscle laxity in the abdominal wall. Normally, after women have had several children, these muscles become lax, creating a noticeable “pooch.” A tummy tuck tightens the underlying abdominal muscles that have been stretched out during pregnancy. Depending on the amount of muscle repair needed, some patients may only need a mini tummy tuck, while others would benefit from a standard or full abdominoplasty, where the incision goes from hip-to-hip.

Liposuction is indicated for patients who have small, localized areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Considerably less invasive than a tummy tuck, this outpatient procedure is great for those who do not have problems with muscle or skin laxity. Whether you choose laser-assisted or tumescent liposuction, this procedure can dramatically improve silhouette, especially in the midsection. Lipo is performed under local anesthetic and generally carries fewer risks compared to more invasive surgical procedures.

Patients need to keep in mind that a tummy tuck involves general anesthesia, some visible scarring along the bikini line and a much longer recovery time. In certain situations, your doctor may recommend both body sculpting procedures, which may be performed simultaneously or in stages for optimum results.

In sum, if you have good muscle and skin tone, are within 15 percent of your ideal weight but just want to get rid of a belly role, than liposuction is likely the better choice. Tummy tucks are usually reserved for weight loss patients and women who want a post-pregnancy tune up.

Body contouring in NYC

If you’re ready for a change and would like to schedule a consult with a leading female plastic surgeon in New York, call Dr. Preminger’s office or request a consultation online.

Additional “tummy tuck” and “liposuction” resources

  1. ASPS, Abdominoplasty
  2. ASPS, What is Liposuction?
August 16, 2016, By: Jacky Gale, Body

Is a Reverse Abdominoplasty Right for You?

woman post tummy-tuckYou may already be familiar with the term “tummy tuck,” medically referred to as an abdominoplasty. Tummy tucks are a great way to remove excess skin and fat in the abdominal region, tighten the underlying muscles, and produce a toned, pleasingly contoured torso.

Tummy tucks are particularly popular among women who are finished growing their families. They are often included as part of an overall Mommy makeover. But conventional tummy tucks might not be right for every woman. For some women, a reverse abdominoplasty may produce better results.

What is a reverse abdominoplasty?

The term “reverse abdominoplasty” is something of a misnomer as the procedure does not refer to something that reverses an original tummy tuck. Rather, it refers to a difference in surgical approaches. To understand a reverse abdominoplasty, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of the anatomical issues associated with a conventional tummy tuck.

A good patient for a conventional tummy tuck is one who has excessive amounts of skin of poor elasticity around the lower abdomen, excess fatty tissue, and separation of the abdominal wall muscles. This last condition is referred to as diastasis. To correct these problems during a conventional tummy tuck, the cosmetic surgeon uses liposuction to eliminate excess fat, after which the abdominal muscles are repaired and extra skin from the lower abdomen is removed.

These techniques bring great results for many patients, but some people also have loose skin in the upper abdomen. These same patients may have stubborn fat deposites in the lower abdomen, but without excess skin in this area. Additionally, these patients may not have a full diastasis that necessitates excessive repair of the rectus muscle. For these patients, a reverse abdominoplasty may bring better results than a conventional tummy tuck.

What’s involved with the procedure?

Like some other plastic surgery procedures, a reverse abdominoplasty may be performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will start by making incisions along the lower breast fold. It may be necessary to make incisions under both breast folds. For a conventional tummy tuck, the incisions would normally be made in the lower abdomen between the public line and navel. During a reverse tummy tuck, the excess skin is removed upward, rather than downward as it is during a conventional tummy tuck. After the extra skin is removed, the surgeon can place permanent lifting sutures. These serve to raise the lower skin edge to the upper skin edge underneath the breast fold, which is known as the inframammary fold. One of the benefits of this surgical technique is that the resultant surgical scar is neatly hidden.

Schedule your confidential consult in NYC

Individuals who are unhappy with their abdominal area, and are having trouble producing desired results through diet and exercise alone can explore their options under the guidance of Dr. B. Aviva Preminger at her Park Avenue office. A top NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Preminger is known for her meticulous attention to detail, commitment to full patient satisfaction, and artistry of her results.

You can schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. Preminger by calling 212.706.1900.

+ Resources
- Resources
  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, What Is A Reverse Abdominoplasty And Who Needs It?
  2. National Institutes of Health, Tensioned reverse abdominoplasty,
July 27, 2016, By: Ava Lawson, Body

People Magazine Spotlights Coolsculpting with Dr. Preminger

coolsculptingImagine freezing away unwanted fat cells with no pain, no surgery and no downtime. Although it sounds too good to be true, this revolutionary fat reduction treatment has been changing the lives of men and women for more than five years.

Coolsculpting uses targeted cooling technology to freeze away stubborn fat tissue that is resistant to diet and exercise, helping patients get rid of stomach rolls, love handles, bra fat and other pesky bulges.

Without needles, anesthesia or pain, CoolSculpting can eliminate an unflattering muffin top, trim belly pooches and other problem areas in as little as three treatment sessions.

Dr. Preminger featured on People’s List

Dr. B. Aviva Preminger explained Coolsculpting technology in a recent interview with People magazine, which highlights the incredible results of this non-invasive treatment. In the feature, People spotlights Cheryl, an active grandmother who just doesn’t feel good about her figure despite daily workouts and healthy eating. After just two Coolsculpting sessions with Dr. Preminger, Cheryl’s unwanted fat bulges on her back, torso and belly shrank considerably, giving her a huge confidence boost!

Not only did Cheryl lose several inches from her waist, she dropped two whole dress sizes in two months. Coolsculpting is the go-to body contouring treatment for problem areas and bulges, including localized fat in the abdomen, thighs, bra area, back, under chin and buttocks.  And because this quick, lunch-hour procedure is non-surgical, patients can return to work and their normal activities immediately.

Coolsculpting freezes and eliminates fat cells

In the interview, Dr. Preminger explains how researchers noted Cryolipolysis — the process of freezing and killing fat cells – in children who ate popsicles. The extreme cold was actually causing fat cells in the cheek tissue to die. This same principle applies to Coolsculpting, which freezes and crystallizes unwanted fat in targeted areas. Over the following weeks, the body breaks down and eliminates these dead cells through sweat and urine. Most patients begin to notice slimming results within 1-3 months after treatment.

Coolsculpting is not a weight loss treatment, and patients with large areas of fat may be better candidates for traditional liposuction or Smart Lipo. This innovative body sculpting treatment is suitable for men and women who are already at a healthy weight but need a helping hand for stubborn problem areas.

Safe, non-surgical fat reduction

CoolSculpting treatment plans will vary from patient to patient. Each session takes about one hour, and most patients experience minimal to no discomfort. The most common side effects associated with CoolSculpting include redness, minor swelling and soreness at the site of application, but these symptoms usually resolve with 24 hours. Some people may do well with only one Coolsculpting session, while others may need a series of three treatments for optimum results. Coolsculpting results are permanent as long as patients avoid major weight gain. 

For more information about Coolsculpting in NYC with Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, we invite you to schedule a private consultation by calling 212.706.1900.

+ Resources
- Resources
  1., What is Coolsculpting?
  2., CoolSculpting: First FDA-approved fat-cell reducer puts the deep freeze on flab
July 14, 2016, By: Jacky Gale, Body

Bikini Season Is Here – Is Your Midriff Ready?

Tropical GirlYou’ve probably heard of liposuction, tummy tucks, perhaps even lower body lifts. But what about “outie” surgery?

Medically known as umbilicoplasty, this is a cosmetic procedure that can turn an “outie” into an “innie.” A belly button might be a fairly insignificant part of one’s anatomy, at least in terms of function. But aesthetics can be a major concern for women, particularly as bikini season arrives. It only makes sense that someone who has done umpteenth crunches to get a washboard stomach would want to show it off, and an “outie” belly button can interfere with this.

Is this the solution to your outie?

But there is a solution. Plastic surgeons are seeing an uptick in requests for belly button surgeries. The fix may depend at least in part on the cause. Many people who have outie belly buttons have had them since early childhood. The belly button is essentially the scar that marks where a fetus is connected to the umbilical cord. Genetics is primarily responsible for determining whether someone has an innie or an outie, although the postnatal care of the umbilical cord can also play a role.

However, it is possible for someone who was previously an innie to become an outie. This can occur due to pregnancy or excessive weight gain. Sometimes, an acquired outie is due to a small umbilical hernia. If this is the case, then the surgeon will fix the hernia and attach it to underlying tissues to create an innie. As an added bonus, umbilicoplasty to fix an underlying hernia might even be covered by insurance.

Considerations for abdominal surgery

If you’re considering any sort of abdominal surgery, it’s important to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience with these procedures. An umbilicoplasty or other abdominal surgery might not be right for everyone; a good plastic surgeon will listen carefully to your concerns and your goals, and design a treatment plan that works for you.

You might find, for example, that you can combine an umbilicoplasty with a tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover. A tummy tuck may be a good option for patients who have concerns about excess skin on the abdominal area. Tummy tucks are particularly ideal for moms who are done growing their families, since pregnancy causes the abdominal muscles to stretch apart. This is a problem that no amount of crunches will fix – but a tummy tuck can. A tummy tuck is often performed along with liposuction to remove stubborn bulges of fat in the area.

Female NYC plastic surgeon

Considering having an umbilicoplasty, tummy tuck, or other plastic surgery in New York City? Schedule a confidential, one-on-one consult with Dr. Preminger in her Manhattan office. Dr. B. Aviva Preminger prides herself on close communication with each patient to design a personalized treatment plan. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and a leader in her field, Dr. Preminger is widely recognized for her dedication to patient care and safety.

Call her Upper East Side office at 212-706-1900 to arrange an appointment to discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals.

July 1, 2016, By: Jacky Gale, Body

2015: The Year of the Enhanced Rear

closeup of woman from behind wearing white cheek bearing panties

The year 2015 saw such a tremendous increase in procedures like butt augmentations and implants that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons quickly dubbed it the “Year of the Rear.”

In fact, during 2015, buttock enhancement procedures were the fastest growing type of surgery sought after in the U.S. These procedures became so popular that one was performed nearly every 30 minutes of every day.

Identifying the ideal butt

Of course, different people may have different visions regarding the ideal type, shape, and size of butt, but there are general trends as evidenced by what people are looking for in plastic surgery. Recently, the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal conducted an informal survey to find out exactly what features people prefer for buttocks. The general consensus was that the ideal butt is round, proportionate to the rest of the body, and not sagging – but not too tight, either.

Exercising can help people achieve tighter muscles, including tighter buttock muscles. However, no amount of exercise or dieting can precisely sculpt a person’s natural buttocks so that they are a different shape. Hence, plastic surgeries like the Brazilian butt lift have skyrocketed in popularity.

The Brazilian butt lift may involve autologous fat transfers, implants, or a combination approach to increase the fullness and roundness of the derriere and to enhance its projection. Some people decide to have this type of surgery in order to improve their self-esteem and boost their level of self-confidence.

What to know about plastic surgery

Before making the decision to undergo a Brazilian butt lift, it’s important that patients have a clear understanding of exactly what the surgery entails. A Brazilian butt lift is performed on an outpatient basis and it typically takes two to four hours. It may be performed under general anesthesia or twilight sedation. As with any medical procedure, there are certain risks involved, such as the risk of adverse reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, and infections.

After having the surgery, patients are back at work within five to seven days and they can generally resume light activities in two to three weeks. However, it’s important that patients avoid sitting directly on the buttocks for 14 days. It may take up to six weeks for the swelling to fully resolve and the healing process to be complete. At this point, patients can resume strenuous activities. The results of a Brazilian butt lift are generally permanent, although some changes can occur due to weight gain or loss.

Consulting with Dr. Preminger in NYC

Undergoing any type of body contouring procedure requires that the patient have a great deal of trust in the surgeon’s experience, ability, and artistry. With the hands of a surgeon and the touch of a woman, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger combines extensive clinical expertise with her artistic intuition to help her patients achieve the best results.

If you’re interested in buttock augmentation and you live in the New York City area, you’re invited to schedule a confidential, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Preminger in her Park Avenue office.

Call 212-706-1900 or browse Dr. Preminger’s website to read about her extensive qualifications and professional achievements.

+ Resources
- Resources
  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Buttock Augmentation,
  2. CBS News, The hottest trend in plastic surgery,
May 18, 2016, By: Jenn Fusion, Body

How to Get Rid of Cellulite Before Beach Season

Tropical GirlNinety percent of women have cellulite – the #1 “beauty bummer”, according to Fitness Magazine. Their readers rate cellulite worse than acne, frizzy hair and wrinkles. More than half of women admit that they’ve worn clothing over their bathing suits to hide it.

What is cellulite?

“Cellulite is basically fat pushing out of your connective tissue matrix, just below the surface of the skin, causing a dimpled orange peel appearance” says board-certified NY plastic surgeon Dr. B Aviva Preminger. “Although cellulite is fat, its appearance actually has nothing to do with weight,” she adds, explaining that genetics and hormones are the primary causes.

How can you get rid of cellulite fast?

There are plenty of creams promising to “cure” cellulite, but “don’t waste your money” on a scientifically impossible solution, FDA experts tell The Washingtonian. Some treatments — like filler injections — can reduce the appearance of cellulite temporarily, but are expensive to maintain in the long run. Liposuction can actually make cellulite look worse when inelastic skin, sagging, stretch marks and a past history of weight fluctuations are also involved. Plastic surgery may be right for some, but not all, patients.

Does laser cellulite removal work?

The situation is not hopeless for those wishing to get in shape for bikini season this spring, however, says Dr. Preminger. Laser therapy can dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite by freezing or melting fat bulges. With laser cellulite removal, a small probe is guided through tiny incisions to direct laser light in all the right areas. Newer lasers include Cellulaze, CelluSmooth and SmartLipo.

Similar procedures (like Coolsculpting) freeze the fat for removal and do not require any incisions for proper targeting. Swelling and bruising are common side effects. Most patients report a resolution of side effects within two weeks – during which time they wear compression clothing to maximize results – although some patients have up to 12 weeks of minimal discomfort. Dr. Preminger says these treatments are revolutionary in that only one session is needed to see immediate results.

Cellulite removal treatments depend on the patient

“The answer is not the same for every patient,” explains Dr. Preminger. “The exact nature of a fat bulge differs from person to person. Is it loose, baggy skin causing the dimpling? Is it pockets of fat pushing through? Is it a weak dermal matrix? Does the patient have a history of yo-yo dieting, dramatic weight loss, pregnancies, or hormone-related disorders?”

All these questions explored during one-on-one consultations help plastic surgeons recommend the best procedures for the patient. “Maybe it’s fat removal, not cellulite removal, or skin tightening that will really produce the results patients want,” she adds.

Women who are interested in body sculpting in time for bikini season can contact Dr. Preminger at 212-706-1900.

March 24, 2016, By: Jacky Gale, Body

Best Ways to Sculpt Your Body

Beautiful and naked female back viewExciting new technologies offer more options than ever for those who are looking to sculpt their bodies without invasive surgery.

Plastic surgery offices have been embracing techniques like Smart Lipo, CoolSculpting, and Kybella to rid patients of stubborn fat in problem areas like the hips, abdomen, thighs, and arms. Imagine a more toned, sleek figure in just days – without scars or extensive downtime!


CoolSculpting: Freezing your fat away

Just as the name implies, CoolSculpting rids the body of problematic fat by literally freezing it away. During a CoolSculpting procedure, the patient’s targeted treatment area is placed between two special plates. The fat cells are then chilled. During the coming weeks and months, the body eliminates the dead fat cells naturally. Once the fat cells are gone, they do not come back.

CoolSculpting offers many benefits for the discerning patient. Since it is non-invasive, it presents minimal risk of side effects. There is no incision site that must heal, nor does the patient risk infection or bleeding. Some bruising and slight discomfort is normal, but these side effects are temporary. Patients can effectively lose inches with this FDA-approved treatment. Many patients are satisfied with the results they achieve after just one treatment session, although some patients may choose to return for additional treatments.

Smart Lipo

Liposuction has long been considered to be the gold standard of body sculpting procedures, but the technique has been refined over the years. Some advanced plastic surgery offices are now offering Smart Lipo, also known as laser-assisted liposuction or laser lipo. During Smart Lipo, the body is sculpted through very small incisions, through which a narrow fiber tool is inserted to gently liquefy the fat cells. This allows the fat to be removed more readily by the suctioning action of the cannula.

As an added bonus, laser-assisted liposuction applies gentle laser heat to the tissues beneath the skin. This stimulates the healing process and the production of collagen, which, in turn, tightens the skin to promote a sleek, sculpted silhouette.

Stubborn chin fat? Consider Kybella

Kybella is an exciting new non-surgical option for patients who are bothered by a double chin. Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is an injected medication that has been FDA-approved for treatment of under chin fat in adults.

Once Kybella is injected beneath the skin, it stimulates the destruction and elimination of fat cells. Most patients need between two and four treatment sessions, scheduled at least one month apart. The results are permanent.

Body sculpting procedures in Manhattan

At the NYC plastic surgery office of Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, you’ll find all of these body sculpting procedures and much more. Dr. Preminger is a renowned plastic surgeon who combines her extensive experience with a true eye for artistry.

If you would like to learn more about body contouring in NYC, please call Dr. Preminger’s Park Avenue office at 212-706-1900.

+ Resources
- Resources
  1., 7 Best Body Sculpting Treatments to Get Rid of Fat,
  2. CoolSculpting, What is CoolSculpting?
March 2, 2016, By: Jenn Fusion, Body

What Is CoolSculpting — And Does It Work?

Beautiful woman legsNo matter how much you diet and exercise, “love handles” and “muffin tops” persist. Until fairly recently, your only option for treatment was to opt for liposuction or invasive plastic surgery to rid yourself of unwanted abdominal fat.

Dr. Preminger is pleased to offer the latest scientific advancement called CoolSculpting, a non-invasive way to eliminate fat cells without anesthesia, incisions, or downtime.

How does CoolSculpting work?

Cryolipolysis is a process of targeting and freezing fat cells until they crystallize, shatter and die. The white blood cells of the immune system then digest these cells and they are excreted the same as any other waste. A single one-hour procedure should be able to shrink fat in the treated area by about 20-25 percent or 4 millimeters.

Leah Hardy, writing for the UK Daily Mail, described her treatment: “The machine is about the size of a smallish fridge, and is on wheels. The wand, which is attached to the body of the machine, looks like an oblong-shaped metal frame. A gel sheet is placed over the top before it is put over the area to be treated, and as the machine is switched on, a strong vacuum effect pulls your wobbly bits into the machine.” She said it wasn’t painful for her, but she was surprised to find that the area of skin and fat had been frozen solid — which melted down in 10 minutes without bruising or soreness.

Who should have CoolSculpting?

Before getting the procedure done, you’ll need to make sure you are a good candidate – which is someone who is within about 30 pounds of their ideal weight, with pockets of “pinch-able, soft fat on muffin tops, flanks, back fat, abdomen and inner thighs.”

“I often recommend CoolSculpting to patients who want natural-looking fat reduction in the love handles, abdomen and flanks without the risks and recovery of surgery,” says Dr. B. Aviva Preminger. She adds: “If you still have a substantial amount of weight to lose, your first recourse may still be liposuction.”

CoolSculpting gains FDA approval in 2010

Dr. Preminger’s NYC plastic surgery office features technology by Zeltiq, which has been FDA approved since 2010 for cold-assisted lipolysis of [the] abdomen, as well as the flank, or ‘love handles’ in individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or less.  The device is intended to improve the appearance of the abdomen, but is also sometimes used to numb the skin to minimize pain during laser and dermatological treatments.

Is CoolSculpting safe?

CoolSculpting was developed by scientists at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. Worldwide, more than 425,000 procedures are safely performed each year. A small clinical trial of 60 human subjects treated with the Zeltiq CoolSculpting device for one hour showed visible improvement for 85% of patients at the 16-week follow-up appointment, with no adverse effects for any study participants.

Fast facts about the CoolSculpting procedure

Here are a few things you should know about CoolSculpting:

  • The procedure can be done in as little as an hour – or up to 3 hours, depending on the areas treated.
  • There is no anesthesia necessary and it’s done as an outpatient procedure
  • You may experience discomfort, redness, swelling, or temporary numbness and tingling as side effects.
  • It takes about three weeks to start seeing the results, with vast improvements reported at 12-14 weeks.
  • Results should be permanent, as long as you commit to maintaining a healthy weight.

CoolSculpting testimonials

According to candid reviews on RealSelf, many patients are ecstatic about the results of their CoolSculpting treatments. One woman from Georgia explained, “It was definitely less expensive and less invasive than other options.” Another patient, from Phoenix, Arizona, added: “It was not painful and other than numbness, it was never uncomfortable,” and says she was “thrilled” with her results after previously being unable to achieve her aesthetic goals through exercise. A third patient from Guilford, Connecticut reported no results at four weeks, but noticeable improvement by six. “You can see a difference with my stomach,” she says. “I’m happy that, six weeks later, I’m seeing results and am headed in the direction I used to be in.”

For more information on CoolSculpting in NYC, please contact Dr. Preminger at her Park Avenue office by calling 212-706-1900.

+ Resources
- Resources
  1., CoolSculpting: First FDA-approved fat-cell reducer puts the deep freeze on flab
  2. FDA, CoolSculpting Summary of Safety and Effectiveness 
  3. RealSelf, Coolscuplting