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How to Prep Your Body For CoolSculpting

In previous posts, we’ve discussed what an ideal CoolSculpting candidate looks like, and why they should be within 30 pounds of their target weight prior to undergoing this non-invasive and pain-free procedure.  For some, reaching this target weight can seem daunting and virtually unachievable.  Today, we’d like to offer some lifestyle tips our clients have had success with, in hopes of helping you to be one step closer to your desired body type and to a happier you.

If you are displeased with your current weight, and wish to benefit from CoolSculpting, then you have mentally taken that first step towards achieving your goal.  However, the most well-known adages pertaining to weight loss, healthy diet and exercise can often deter even the most disciplined person from making good decisions in terms of food and fitness routine.  Below we will discuss a few time-tested and sure fire ways in which you can begin to change your life for the better, prior to visiting our office for your CoolSculpting.

Healthy Eating is a MUST.

While genetic predispositions to weight gain, stress in the work or home environment, and lack of nutritional conveniences all play a part in gradual weight gain and body dissatisfaction, there are a few ways in which you can adjust your eating habits to counter the weight loss obstacles you face.

Watch the Carbs!

In today’s world, there is a substitute for everything.  From sugar to meat to dairy, healthier options are being made available to the masses.  Carbohydrates – specifically simple carbs – are well-known for reducing good cholesterol, causing higher blood pressure and increasing the amount of fat in your blood; many things you don’t want happening in your body.

To combat these negative side-effects, we posit that substituting the most common grains for either whole-grain options or vegetable substitutes is an easy and often fun way of eating healthy.  For example, rather than going for that bog bowl of traditional chicken alfredo, swap out the pasta for spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.  You’d be surprised at how tasty and satisfying these substitutions are!

Additionally, grain-free and gluten free breads are gaining popularity amid the competition of white flour offerings.  Often, grain or gluten free breads contain much needed protein, antioxidants and other compounds that promote overall health and weight stabilization.

Fall In Love with Veggies!

Because our parents force fed us broccoli and carrots as children, many of us now associate veggies with weird textures, undesirable flavors and an overall unsatisfactory dining experience.  It’s time to uproot these notions to make way for a love of vegetables.

When properly cooked and seasoned, vegetables, alongside a healthy protein such as fish or chicken, offer a delectable addition, while also promoting a healthy lifestyle.  As a side, try cooking cauliflower rice in lieu of white rice, or opt for baked sweet potatoes over French fries.  For healthy and delicious recipes that are easy and fit any budget, visit any of these sites:

You Need to Get Your Body Moving.

The fact is, some of us just hate working out.  If you were a fitness model with a perfect figure, you probably wouldn’t have need for our CoolSculpting service.  No one’s body is perfect, and every person struggles with image.  And while eating properly steers you toward the direction of a healthy and happy body, it is important to get your body moving.

Although weightlifting and traditional cardiovascular exercises like running or biking are popular modes of exercise, they are not the only answer.  For those of you who wish to be more active but cringe at the idea of a habitual workout routine, there are several solutions.

Try a Zumba Class!

Zumba is the type of dance exercise class that requires you leave your ego and troubles at the door.  Dance fitness has revolutionized the exercise industry, and has provided men and women across the globe with a fun and vibrant activity.

People of all ages, genders and nationalities are welcome to come together and dance while toning their muscles, increasing flexibility and partaking in cardio.  For more information about Zumba, and how to find a class near you, click here.

Invest in New Office Furniture

While taking time out of your day to visit your local gym or to take a brisk walk is optimal, there are a few simple things you can change in the workplace to assist with weight loss that don’t require additional time.  First, rather than sitting in an office chair for 8+ hours, straining your back and depriving your body of muscle stimulation, invest in a ball office chair.  These “chairs” help to continually engage your core and to silently burn calories while you work.

Another way to promote weight loss in the workplace is to forego the standard sitting desk and invest in a standing desk.  These platforms lift upward and allow you to stand while working at your computer, thus causing you to engage your leg muscles throughout the day.

Enlist The Support of a Friend

One of the most difficult challenges associated with trying to lose weight is having to do so alone.  Your close family members and friends who care about your wellbeing can serve as a support system for your weight loss goals.  Request the backing of a friend who can offer recipe ideas, emotional support and perhaps even join you in your efforts.

Building a support system around any goal, including your weight loss goals will make your journey seem less daunting.  Remember that your decisions serve to bring you more happiness and healthiness, and those in your life that you care for will be there for you.

Final Thoughts

CoolSculpting kills the fat cells stored in the parts of your body where your diet and exercise has yet to have an impact.  It does not serve to replace an overall healthy lifestyle, and should not be considered for those who are more than 30 pounds away from their ideal weight.

Work hard to get yourself to within that range and we will help you to cross the finish line of your ideal body.  Adjust your eating habits to include nutrient-rich and wholesome foods.  Research and discover a mode of exercise that fits your schedule and that brings your joy.

As soon as you’ve done the initial leg work and are ready to join our happy clients at Renew MD who’ve seen amazing results from our CoolSculpting procedure, give our team of experts a call for a free consultation and to set up your first CoolSculpting appointment.  If you have any questions, our talented group of technicians has answers.

CoolSculpting: Walking You Through the Process

If you’ve read our blogs before, or if you’ve read about how CoolSculpting works, then you know that the procedure was invented by doctors who were working with children recovering from certain surgeries in the hospital. The children were given popsicles to eat during recovery, and the doctors noticed that the consistent popsicle sucking minimized the cheek fat in the children! Turns out, the science behind CoolSculpting is that fat cells are highly sensitive to cold. By pinpointing the exact temperature that fat cells die, doctors were able to create a new method for fat reduction, without harming other tissues like skin and muscle around the areas being treated!

If you are considering CoolSculpting, we wanted to share with you the process from start to finish, from your first consult to recovery to multiple procedures, so you know what would happen, at least in a typical case of the CoolSculpting method for fat reduction:

  1. You’ll come in to Renew MD Reno for your initial consultation, to discuss with a technician to assess which parts of your body are going to respond best to CoolSculpting. Come prepared by wearing loose-fitting clothing, and understand there is a possibility you’ll be asked to step into a comfortable spa robe. Once the technician and you have reached an agreement for which areas of your body you want treated, the technician can then set up your customized treatment plan and give you pricing and payment options.
  2. Once you set up your first appointment, if you have any time between your consult and appointment, opt for a healthier diet and increased exercise (if you don’t already) to boost the outcome of your procedure.
  3. During the procedure, the technician will place cooling panels on targeted areas of the body and the cold does the rest. It typically takes an hour to treat one area.
  4. After the first treatment, patients commonly see a 25% reduction of fat within 2-3 months following the first treatment. It takes about 60-90 days for the body to eliminate the fat cells from the treated area. After a couple of months, and upon the recommendation of a qualified clinician, patients should receive another treatment. After a similar waiting period, it’s not unusual to see another 25% improvement. The norm for most patients is 2-4 treatments over a 4-8-month period.
  5. While recovery from CoolSculpting is almost a non-issue, some patients report mild bruising, tingling or swelling for a day or two. These effects are largely dependent on the health and fitness levels of the individual.
  6. After you are done with your CoolSculpting procedures, you should be very happy with the results, as most of the fat cells treated will have dissipated and should not return, as they ‘died’ in the procedure. Any fat cells that weren’t reached during your treatments will need extra attention from you by continuous exercise and a healthy diet.

Please call Renew MD Reno for your consultation, or if you have any further questions. We have treated hundreds of patients over the years who’ve had terrific results – you can see their transformations on our Before and After photo gallery page. And if you are one of those happy patients, we’d love to hear about your success story (and I’m sure our prospective clients would like to hear from you, too!).

Does Fat Loss Mean Weight Loss?

In order to tell the difference between losing weight and losing fat, we need to understand what weight loss actually is and what fat loss actually is. Often times people believe there is a correlation between the two; but this is not always the case.

What Fat Loss Really Is

Fat loss is achieved through lipolysis. Lipolysis is the process the body uses to breakdown fat that is found in the food you eat or that is stored in your body, in order to produce energy. Lipolysis most often occurs in the mitochondria of your muscles which is why having more muscle burns more fat.

What Weight Loss Really Is

Weight loss is achieved by expending more energy than you absorb when taking in food or drink. When your body uses up all the energy it has taken in for the day, it still needs energy to function. Your body will reach into its stored reserves from fat and/or muscle which will eventually lead to weight loss.

Which Process Truly Makes a Difference for My Body

Now that we’ve cleared up what exactly fat loss and weight loss are, we can discuss their differences and how it can affect you positively and negatively. As stated earlier, just because you lose fat doesn’t mean you’ll lose weight. It is possible that you are losing fat but gaining muscle and therefore you may see no difference on the scale. Conversely you may lose weight but you might not be losing fat. You can lose water weight as well as muscle weight and see the scale read lower numbers. This does not mean you’ve lost fat. In fact, it’s entirely possible you’ve gained some.

If you are someone who’s intention is to lose weight, there are many ways to go about it. Three effective weight loss strategies are:

  1. Exercise more
  2. Change your diet
  3. Plastic surgery

Diet and exercise can only take some people so far. For whatever reason no matter how hard they hit the gym and no matter how balanced their meal plan is, some people just can’t seem to tone certain areas of their body. Plastic surgery doesn’t appeal to a huge audience for several reasons. Often times people can’t afford elective surgeries or if they can, it may seem a bit too extreme and invasive. This is why CoolSculpting™ is getting so popular.

CoolSculpting to Get Rid of Stubborn Fat

CoolSculpting™ is relatively new and is very welcoming to an extremely wide audience. CoolSculpting™ works on these stubborn fat areas that didn’t disappear after working out and watching diets. This process freezes the fat cells that will then be flushed from the body in ample time.  It is minimally invasive, cost effective, and a less extreme commitment. In addition, some patients see results after a month; but normally, CoolSculpting™ success can take up to 4 months in order to see the full benefit. This is due to the fact that the fat cells need to fully die and the body needs time to eliminate them properly. Anyone remotely interested in getting more information should contact Renew MD Reno.

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Get Close to Your Target Before CoolSculpting

If you’re considering CoolSculpting, you’ve likely heard how effective it is at eliminating stubborn pockets of fat that don’t seem to budge with diet or exercise. You probably also know that it’s affordable, non-invasive and virtually pain-free. Results come quickly and are essentially irreversible as the body does not produce new fat cells to replace those that are frozen and eliminated with each treatment. With all this good news, however, there is a caveat. Not everyone seeking to lose body fat makes a great candidate for CoolSculpting. In this piece, we’ll explore the health factors and physical preconditions that contribute to successful CoolSculpting outcomes.

Lean and Mean

Knowing how CoolSculpting should be understood and used is critical for setting proper expectations. It is a body contouring technique that targets fatty bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a comprehensive weight loss strategy or a substitute for sensible eating and regular exercise. Because of this, we advise patients that they should be within 30 pounds of their target weight before seeking treatment. Target weight isn’t a picture you see in a fitness magazine – it refers to a medically healthy weight that you can maintain over the long run. For a lot of us, maintaining target weight has steadily become more tenuous over the years.

The procedure helps patients reduce fat levels by nearly 20 – 23% in targeted areas. Following each treatment, patients can start to see changes within three weeks. They should expect to experience the greatest improvement after about two months. All in all, the body will continue eliminating fat cells for about four months following the procedure.

Why Target Weight Is So Important

Because CoolSculpting causes fat loss, but not weight loss, most practices won’t recommend the procedure until a patient is within a target weight range. This is because the treatment won’t confer appreciable results on significantly overweight individuals. Once a person is within range however, results are plain to see. It is also important for doctors, clinicians and estheticians to be forthright with CoolSculpting candidates about the outcomes they might hope to achieve. Therefore, we and professionals around the country encourage our clientele to achieve a relatively healthy baseline physique prior to treatment. Everyone wants to see patients reach their goals, but it’s important to follow well-documented steps to achieve desired outcomes.

Fat Facts, Fast

Renew MD of Reno is a bastion of knowledge and experience. Our friendly and informed staff is happy to provide you the facts about CoolSculpting and other services we offer. Contact us today to have your questions answered or to schedule an evaluative consultation. We’ll help you get where you want to be.

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Little Known Facts about CoolSculpting

In seven short years since its discovery and development, CoolSculpting has become the most popular non-invasive alternative to liposuction. It is far safer and much cheaper than surgical options, involves minimal recovery, and requires no anesthetic or incisions.

CoolSculpting is beyond cool. It’s the newest and most effective method of removing fat from the body without diet or exercise, which appeals to LOTS of people.

12 facts most folks don’t know about this revolutionary technique:

  1. The science behind CoolSculpting was discovered by noticing that children who sucked on popsicles frequently developed dimples on their cheeks where cold popsicles contacted the mouth. The dimples are attributable to a loss of fat in the affected area. It turns out that fat hates cold.  More accurately, exposure to cold kills fat cells. Direct contact with cold will kill subcutaneous fat without damaging skin or other tissues. The body then naturally processes and removes the dead fat cells as it does with thousands of dead cells each day.
  2. 70% of people who try CoolSculpting will do so again.
  3. CoolSculpting is extremely effective for removing fat deposits, but does not help address skin sag after the fat is gone. Other non-invasive procedures are available to stimulate collagen and tighten the skin.
  4. You may only need a single treatment to notice at least a 20% fat reduction in the treated area. Each continued treatment should yield comparable results.
  5. It can take up to 2 months to notice a positive change, but often results are reported within 3 to 4 weeks.
  6. It takes approximately an hour to treat a single area with CoolSculpting. Each arm or each love handle is considered a single area.
  7. CoolSculpting may cause very mild discomfort during the treatment. Most patients report a slight tingling sensation until the area becomes numb.  A gel pad is placed between the cooling panels and the skin to mitigate any discomfort.
  8. Treated areas may appear ‘squishy’ immediately after a session. This is a typical physical response and usually subsides within a day.
  9. Your technician should massage the affected area for a few minutes after treatment, helping to dissipate frozen fat cells and restore appearance.
  10. While recovery from CoolSculpting is almost a non-issue, some patients report mild bruising, tingling or swelling for a day or two.  These effects are largely dependent on the health and fitness levels of the individual.
  11. Importantly, CoolSculpting is not a substitute for diet and exercise. It does effectively remove fat without dieting or exercising, but patients cannot have their cake and eat it too.  This means individuals cannot lead a sedentary, unhealthy life and go in for a miracle treatment once a month and expect to look or feel good. Patients are encouraged to maintain healthy habits, including regular exercise and a nutritious diet to compliment the superb effects achieved through CoolSculpting.
  12. We’ve saved the best for last: CoolSculpting results are permanent because the body does not grow new fat cells. Once they’ve been killed and removed, they will not return. However, the process does not kill all the fat cells in an area, so remaining cells can expand if patients neglect to eat sensibly and exercise. CoolSculpting does the work of elimination and patients do the work of maintaining the improvements.

Millions of people have met with phenomenal results from this simple, affordable and non-invasive treatment.  If you’d like to start shedding fat and regaining confidence, please contact Renew MD Medical Spa in Reno today for a friendly consultation.

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Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

When there’s a new trending non-invasive procedure — whether it’s on fat reduction, cellulite treatment, weight loss, or anti-aging — the first question that comes to your mind is, Does it work?

This same question has dogged CoolSculpting since it burst onto the scene. Anyone who’s ever searched for CoolSculpting online has asked that question. After all, if you’re spending money on it, it better produce the results promised.

Well, answer it then: Does CoolSculpting really work?

The short, honest answer is YES. Of course, nobody in their right mind would immediately schedule an appointment based on that one-word answer alone. Think about this, though: Over 2 million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed worldwide. That staggering number is already a testament to the treatment’s efficacy.

We can imagine the dissatisfied expression on your face: Really, that’s all you’re giving me? No, that’s not all we’re giving you. We know you want more facts and are happy you’re starting your journey with research, so we’ll help you out with these tidbits of important information.

CoolSculpting has received FDA clearance

Getting the stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is no easy task. It’s a highly rigorous process that required Zeltiq, the company behind the CoolSculpting brand, to conduct numerous clinical trials to prove that the procedure really works. These clinical trials involved more than 4,000 patients. Medical studies have also been published underscoring CoolSculpting’s efficacy, including:

  • A Prospective Clinical Study of Noninvasive Cryolipolysis for Subcutaneous Fat Layer Reduction 
  • Safety, tolerance, and patient satisfaction with noninvasive cryolipolysis 
  • Cryolipolysis for reduction of excess adipose tissue

Note: Cryolipolysis® is the proven science CoolSculpting is based on.

Stop looking for immediate results, focus instead on cumulative fat loss

Sadly, there are individuals who undergo CoolSculpting expecting immediate results. Let us stop you right there: Please don’t think you’ll have the body of a runway model immediately after your treatment. In fact, don’t expect to see noticeable results until after several weeks. As a side note, this is why at Renew MD we always have the consultation first; it helps in setting realistic goals and managing expectations.

CoolSculpting destroys fat cells by freezing them. When these fat cells die, they will be removed from your body as waste. Here’s the thing, though: It takes the human body months to flush out these dead fat cells through its lymphatic system. Most of our patients start seeing results within 8 weeks following treatment.

If you’ve had CoolSculpting recently and not seen any improvement, please be patient. Results will come gradually.

CoolSculpting reduces fat permanently, but…

As mentioned earlier, CoolSculpting destroys fat cells. Since the fat cells in the targeted area are already dead, it can’t expand anymore, so the results are permanent. CoolSculpting, however, removes 20% to 25% of the fat cells in the targeted area. While the treated cells in the targeted area will never grow back, there’s still 75% of fat cells that remain. This is why we advise all our patients to have a healthy diet and to exercise regularly to maintain beautiful results. You have to change your eating habits for the better and get more active, otherwise your body isn’t really going to change.

Success stories abound!

Too see is to believe. On that note, have you seen the Before and After pictures? They’re pretty amazing. Want more success stories? Just Google “coolsculpting before and after” and you’ll get tons of results: Pictures, testimonials, even videos. CoolSculpting works, and thousands of people swear by it.

Want to learn more about CoolSculpting? Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with our CoolSculpting expert!

How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost? It Depends On The Patient

One of the most common questions that new patients ask us is “how much does CoolSculpting cost?” We tell everyone that they must schedule a consultation in order for us to give them an accurate quote for CoolSculpting.

We don’t withhold the price of CoolSculpting in order to be mysterious. In fact, the cost of CoolSculpting varies due to the fact that every body is different and therefore requires a unique treatment plan. The location of fat deposits and the fact that some patients require more treatments than others means that the cost of CoolSculpting is different for every patient.

No really, how much does CoolSculpting cost?

If you are considering the CoolSculpting treatment, plan on spending at least $1,200. Patients with just one small area of fat may spend less, but many patients spend more in order to have larger, or multiple areas treated.

The only way to get an accurate CoolSculpting quote is to schedule a consultation with a trained CoolSculpting technician. The consultation is an opportunity to tell the technician about your goals and the areas you’d like to have treated. At the end of the appointment, the technician will present you with a quote and custom treatment plan.

During the consultation, the technician will also determine if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting. The best CoolSculpting candidates are people who are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight who struggle with fat deposits despite eating healthy and exercising regularly. The fatty areas you plan on treating should be soft and pliable to the touch. Fat that feels hard and dense should not be treated with CoolSculpting.

What Does the Price Depend On?

The cost of CoolSculpting depends on how many cycles are required. A cycle refers to a single treatment for a single area. For example, a single cycle treatment would entail using one CoolSculpting applicator to treat one area of the body for a full 60 minutes. People who wish to treat a larger area or multiple areas may use two applicators during their first session. We would say that they used two cycles since two applicators were used.

CoolSculpting patients typically experience a 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area after a single treatment.* Most patients want to freeze away more fat than that, which is why they opt for multiple treatments. More treatments call for more cycles, which increases the total cost.

Curious about how much CoolSculpting would cost for you? Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with our CoolSculpting expert!

*Results and patient experience may vary