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Basically, the fat cells are destroyed and removed by the patient’s own body, explains Dr. Crutchfield. CoolSculpting takes about an hour, and usually requires two to three treatments four weeks apart in order to be the most effective. “We’ve seen amazing results,” says Dr. Crutchfield. “Numerous patients report a one-to-three inch loss in fat after completing a treatment plan.”
Many people have heard of Botox, a purified protein toxin injected into the skin to eliminate wrinkles by causing facial muscles to relax (if an area of the body can’t move, it can’t wrinkle), as well as dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm that plump and define lips and fill hollow areas of the face (lines from the nose to the mouth, mouth to the chin, frown lines, and cheekbones, etc), but many people haven’t heard of platelet rich plasma injections.
This cutting-edge therapy isolates elements from your own blood to rejuvenate your skin.
“It’s an all-natural procedure where the patient’s own growth factors and cytokines are isolated and reintroduced to the skin to increase collage and elastin,” explains Dr. Crutchfield.
This FDA-approved procedure appeals to patients who are looking for a natural approach to adding volume to their face and treating or reducing fine lines.
Regardless of the material, fillers can soften the effects of wrinkles—often dramatically so—but cannot fully correct loose skin on the cheeks, neck, or eyelids.
When patients have loose skin or excess body fat, many turn to the experts at Plastic Surgery Consultants for facelifts, liposuction, and tummy tucks. (Dr. Economou specializes in all forms of body contouring, including the non-surgical fat reduction procedure Liposonix.)
When there is loose skin on the eyelids, many patients trust the professionals at Minnesota Eye Consultants. One of the most popular procedures is a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, either performed internally through the inner aspect of the eye or externally through a skin incision.
Excess eyelid skin draping over the upper lash line or fullness in the lower lids can lead to the illusion of looking tired and restless. Elective cosmetic eyelid surgery, with or without associated brow lifting procedures, can make men and women appear more relaxed, youthful, and rested, says Dr. William Lipham, FACS, ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Minnesota Eye Consultants.
A great smile can open doors both personally and professionally. If you feel too self-conscious to smile because of gaps or spaces between your teeth, chipped, discolored or broken teeth, or an awkward alignment overall, gifted cosmetic dentist Dr. Nancy Norling of Minneapolis can help. Dr. Norling—an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (the AACD utilizes a rigorous accreditation and fellowship process demonstrating a dentist’s proficiency in cosmetic dental procedures)—transforms smiles through a combination of technology, artistry, experience, and skills. Patients leave her office with a beautiful new smile and a major boost in confidence and self-esteem.
Picture-perfect movie star smiles are also possible at Dentistry By Design in Minnetonka, where dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures requested, says skilled cosmetic dentist Dr. Atif H. Rizvi. “Veneers provide high aesthetic results while being the most conservative treatment for keeping the original tooth structure,” he explains. Veneers are made of ultra-thin material and affixed directly to the teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth, can make dark teeth appear brighter, and are intended to last for many years.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
When you take the time to educate yourself about treatments and procedures, you’re more likely to have realistic expectations about the results and more likely to be satisfied with the outcome. Do your research in advance. Learn about the doctor’s background, read testimonials. Set up a face-to-face consultation.
“Meet with the provider and staff in the office prior to the procedure,” says Dr. LaBine. “Make sure the office has the breadth of knowledge to handle any complications that may arise.”
A good provider will take all the time you need to explain the risks of any given procedure, explaining the process from beginning to end. A good provider won’t make you feel rushed for asking questions.