Just Released: CoolSmooth PRO™ Coming to Germain Dermatology

Germain Dermatology is thrilled to share the latest news from ZELTIQ®… the release of the NEW CoolSmooth PRO™ applicator for CoolSculpting.  A pre-order has already been placed, and we hope to be offering this new device in treatments as soon as May! Germain Dermatology will be the FIRST to offer the applicator in Charleston, and we can’t wait to give you amazing results with the highest quality of treatment available.  

These new applicators are uniquely designed to safely control treatments at colder temperatures and include an enhanced strapping system that provides increased conformity at the treatment site, while also improving ease of use and patient comfort. *Plus- the newly FDA approved colder treatment standards will allow for shorter treatments with the same great results. 

The new applicator also features a non-vacuum based cooling to treat non-pinchable fat bulges, allowing more patients to be ideal CoolSculpting candidates.  

Stay tuned for their arrival! 

Also, don’t miss our February 24th CoolSculpting night! Get all your questions answered, see a live demonstration & enjoy some cocktails too!

CoolSculpt® Your Way to Lower Body Fat and a Better Looking Body

CoolSculpt® Your Way to Lower Body Fat and a Better Looking Body
 “Wow!” “Seriously?!” you may be thinking…  Well, Yes!
In a one-hour procedure without pills, supplements, special diets or intense workout regimes, an innovative non-surgical treatment is available to remove those trouble spots that seem impervious to healthy changes in diet and solid workout programs.
Developed by two Harvard scientists who observed that cold can be applied to remove fat, criolypolysis or, CoolSculpting®, is a technology used to cool fat cells to temperatures that trigger their natural death.  As lipids and fats crystallize faster than other cells and are more vulnerable to cooling than the surrounding tissues, there is no damage to skin, nerves or other tissue.  When delivering prolonged, controlled cooling to an area, fat cell death and elimination will be produced naturally over time.  Over the following weeks and months, the fat cells begin to shrivel and die until the patient’s own metabolism eliminates them from the body.  The patient’s fat layer will be reduced significantly, giving the patient visible and measurable results in the targeted area.

Whether stubborn inches around the abdomen or leg area is simply a result of genetics or lifestyle habits, CoolSculpting® is an effective way to get rid of fat for good.  It is especially appealing to those who would not normally consider a cosmetic procedure or for those who don’t want the downtime and risks associated with surgery.
Each treatment cycle lasts for one hour and does not require local or other anesthesia. Patient’s may feel slight discomfort for the first five minutes of the treatment as the cooling device comes into contact with the skin and begins to freeze the tissues.  After about ten minutes, the patient may feel slightly numb as the treatment continues.  Patients are able to resume regular activities or go back to work upon leaving the office.  Results are generally seen within a few months of treatment.  CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq is clinically proven and FDA approved.

Ideal candidates are generally those with stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise – love handles, muffin tops, spare tires, inner or outer thigh bulges – problem areas that are difficult to exercise away without extreme fitness or diet programs.
“I have my body back – the body I had in my 20’s!”
Patients who have undergone CoolSculpting® tend to talk about what they have gained, rather than the fat they have lost.  From “I finally look good again; It’s the real me,” to “My clothes fit better,” patients report an increase in personal confidence, Keep in mind, once fat cells are eliminated, they are gone forever.  However, attention will still need to be taken in regards to a healthy diet and fitness program as to not generate new fat cells or increase the size of those still there.  Fortunately, most patients find their amazing results the impetus to continue taking care of themselves in order to retain their new look.
If you’re struggling to lose body fat from particular areas of your body, please set up a consultation with us to learn whether CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq is right for you. We are proud to be South Carolina’s first and most experienced practice to offer CoolSculpting®.

Life is Beautiful without the Bulges


“He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!”
We all know the famous poem describing Santa as a chubby and plump old elf, but when you look in the mirror do you really want your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly?


This holiday season, unwrap a whole new you.  Now it’s easy to get rid of the love handles, muffin top and other unwanted bulges comfortably, conveniently and naturally.  The process is called  CoolSculpting™ by ZELTIQ.™ and I am proud to be the only dermatologist in South Carolina offering the service.  It’s the “cool” way to effectively and permanently reduce fat. 



Unlike traditional invasive surgical procedures, Zeltiq is an FDA cleared technology that uses no needles and there is no need for surgical incisions, anesthesia or pain medication.  During the procedure, our patients rest comfortably as a non-invasive applicator is applied to the skin surface.  This delivers precisely controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat cells in specific areas of the body.
Most people ask, ‘Well if you’re freezing fat, then why can’t I just put a 20-lb bag of ice on my muffin top?’, however, Zeltiq is not actually freezing the fat but taking away the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystalizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body’s normal metabolic processes.

The CoolSculpting procedure is comfortable for most patients; they can read, work on their laptop computer, listen to music or just relax. Most patients typically resume their routine activities, including returning to work and exercise regimens on the same day as the procedure.


So this holiday season, get jolly by saying goodbye to that muffin top for good!
Call us today to see if Zeltiq is right for you at (843) 881-4440.