- Chin and submental area
- Upper arms
- Back and bra strap region
- Abdomen and flanks (love handles)
- Inner and outer thighs
- “Banana” roll below the buttocks
Sometimes diet and exercise is not enough to target fat in difficult places, such as the lower abdomen or the submental area below the chin. Liposuction is an option, but is it really worth it for such a specific area of isolated fat? CoolSculpting®, a non-invasive, fat-reduction procedure that freezes and destroys fat cells, is an effective way to eliminate unwanted fat without anesthesia or major risks.
At Sona Dermatology & MedSpa, you can receive CoolSculpting in Richmond, VA in an unmatched environment with highly credentialed treatment providers. Go in during a lunch break and return to work with a new sense of confidence.
Sona has two locations in the Richmond area:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Sona’s Midlothian location is open six days per week, including Saturdays and evenings. The office is accessible by US-360 W/Hull Street Rd.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm
The Glen Allen location is also open six days per week, including Saturdays and evenings. You can reach this location via I-64 from Richmond.
CoolSculpting, a brand of cryolipolysis or “fat freezing,” has been on the uptick in the last few years. You may have heard celebrities promote it or friends and family talk about the treatment’s rise or even their own results. In 2017, roughly 350,000 non-invasive body contouring procedures were performed—an increase of 7% from the past year.
So, how has body contouring, specifically CoolSculpting, become so popular? The answer lies in the procedure’s efficiency, convenience, and safety.
CoolSculpting freezes fat cells without needles or a scalpel. Instead, the procedure uses a vacuum applicator to deliver cold temperatures to a localized area of fat. The patient will feel a cold and possibly tingling sensation as the device does its job. Then, the targeted fat cells crystallize and die without any damage to surrounding tissue, muscle, or skin.
Results can take several weeks to several months (think three to four). This is because the dead fat cells must be excreted as waste from the body. This is done with help from the liver. Once the fat cells are gone, you may need additional treatments to destroy extra fat cells or enhance your current results.
The process is safer than surgical procedures that require anesthesia and leave patients vulnerable to scarring and injections. Plus, it doesn’t inflict much pain. Though it is cold, there is a thin barrier between the applicator and skin that protects the skin from damage.
Recovering from CoolSculpting is as simple as walking out of the treatment room and going about your day. There is no downtime needed, so you can resume work, exercise, and visits with family and friends immediately.
The treated area may still be tender, but you should not expect major complications. Visible side effects, like redness or bruising, often resolve within several hours. Other side effects, such as swelling, tingling, numbness or soreness, may resolve within a couple weeks.
While Sona can’t guarantee that you will achieve a perfect result every time, there are ways to improve the likelihood that you will see the results you imagined before treatment.
Clients who want to lose a significant amount of weight should not consider CoolSculpting as a weight loss substitute. Diet and exercise should be your main methods for losing pounds or dress sizes. In addition, those who have already lost a large amount of fat may have excess or loose skin that is not ideal for a fat-reduction procedure like cryolipolysis.
CoolSculpting is specifically for Richmond clients who are within a relatively healthy weight range and cannot lose certain pockets of fat through regular diet and exercise.
Research and patient satisfaction show promising evidence that CoolSculpting is an effective way to reduce unwanted fat. You can be confident that you will see results.
In two animal studies, animal subjects displayed a 40% reduction of total fat layer thickness after one cryolipolysis treatment. Humans in a separate study also had substantial success with a 20.4% fat layer reduction in two months and a 25.5% reduction at six months.
Furthermore, a recent study of 518 patients showed improvement in almost 90% of the study participants. Cryolipolysis was found most effective in the abdomen, back, and flanks. Patients then completed a survey. The survey found that 82% of the patients would recommend the treatment to their friends.
Recovering from CoolSculpting is as simple as walking out of the treatment room and going about your day. There is no downtime needed, so you can resume work, exercise, and visits with family and friends immediately.”
With 20 years of experience and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, Sona has a strong track record in cosmetic and skincare procedures. Sona treatment providers are trained by CoolSculpting University and offer a high level of expertise to their clients. You will be given strong guidance from consultation to post-treatment.
A free-of-charge consultation with a Sona skin expert will be scheduled before your treatment. At this time, your consultant will speak to you about your goals and what to expect from the Richmond CoolSculpting treatment. This is also a good time to talk about the cost of treatment.
When you arrive to your appointment, you will be escorted to the treatment room to change into special treatment garments. Your medical provider will make sure that you are comfortable and that all of your questions have been answered.
The CoolSculpting procedure usually lasts 45–60 minutes per treatment area. You may feel tingling at first from the device’s temperature, but this will numb within several minutes. You can bring a book or some work to keep you occupied during your session.
After your CoolSculpting procedure is finished, your nurse will massage the area to break up frozen fat cells and enhance the results of your treatment. This will only take a few minutes. Then, you are free to leave and continue with your normal activities.
As one of the top five national CoolSculpting providers, Sona strives to surpass industry standards—and clients have taken notice. Take this testimonial from one of our Richmond clients:
“My experience has been great. They offer wonderful deals and will work with you on payments. The staff is very nice, professional and knowledgeable.” —Colleen, Richmond, VA
Across the nation, Sona’s clients are making recommendations to their friends about the welcoming and professional environment. Here are just a few more testimonials from our clients around the country:
“I’ve been so pleased with my services and results at Sona, the staff really care and do a fantastic job.” —Milet, Houston, TX
“The staff explained every step of the process and made sure I was comfortable. Looking forward to my next visit!” —Yvonne, Grapevine, TX
“I was 20 minutes early to my appt., but after being checked in I only waited about two minutes before I was brought back to see the doctor. Very happy with the pleasantness of staff; [the doctor] was friendly and professional. Helped me with an issue that I wasn’t even there for. Will definitely be going back.” —Ashley, North Raleigh, NC
Cosmetic procedures are elective procedures that are not usually covered by insurance, as is the case with CoolSculpting. However, that does not mean that our Richmond CoolSculpting can’t be an affordable option for you. Sona offers financing options so that you don’t have to pay the full cost up front.
You can pay off your services in monthly increments with GreenSky Patient Solutions® or get a CareCredit credit card specifically for procedures performed at Sona. A consultant or Sona representative can also tell you about available promotions and discounts of CoolSculpting and other services.*
If you want to approach your body contouring treatment with a well-rounded set of skincare procedures, then consider the following:
Sona offers laser hair removal for the legs, arms, underarms, bikini area, face, chest, and back. An industry standard laser targets dark, coarse hair with long-term results that save you time and money on shaving and razors.
Tighten your skin and smooth out cellulite with this radiofrequency treatment. Electromagnetic pulses cause cells to release growth factors that regenerate the skin. Venus Legacy™ and its cutting-edge technology is non-invasive and painless, so you can get that youthful look without the risks and hassle.
After reducing submental fullness (fat under the chin), opt to contour your cheeks, forehead, and lips with Botox® and dermal fillers. Fill out areas where you have lost volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Like CoolSculpting, dermal fillers are a less invasive way to give the illusion of a facelift without the surgery. Injections can be done on your lunch break, similar to the quick convenience of body contouring procedures.
Don’t stress about the risks of liposuction for a bit of pinchable fat. Sona will prepare you for your procedure and make your experience as comfortable as possible.
*Product and service offerings may vary by location. Contact your local Sona Dermatology & MedSpa for details. Promotional offers may not be available at every location. Contact your local Sona for details on current promotions.
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