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!

Could CoolSculpting Be For You?

Have you made the same New Year’s resolution year after year with no success? Tired of fighting the gym crowds and struggling through each new fad diet? If your problem is certain target areas such as love handles, muffin tops, and hard to tone belly bulge then CoolSculpting may be right for you!

CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq is an FDA cleared technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells permanently, no surgery required. Zeltiq uses precisely targeted cold therapy in a comfortable treatment room.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes 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 procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless. “No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. After your procedure you can typically get back to your regular day,” states CoolSculpting.com. The best part? Although a few months of treatment is best for your desired result you will most likely see a difference after your FIRST treatment!

Dr. Germain is the only certified dermatologist in the Lowcountry who offers this innovate process. If you are interested or have further questions give us a call today! 843-881-4440 or visit the Germain Website for lots of great demonstrations and information. 

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®.

Germain Dermatology Hosts CoolSculpting by Zeltiq Night

It’s one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the Lowcountry, CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq. On Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Germain Dermatology is proud to offer a CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq night to educate and inform the community about this non-invasive, safe, and clinically proven method for the selective reduction of fat permanently. The event is free, but space is limited. Guests are encouraged to call (843)881- 4440 to reserve their spot for the event, which will include a live demonstration. 
CoolSculpting fills a previously unmet need in the medical aesthetic marketplace with a safe procedure cleared by the FDA that gently cools unwanted fat cells in the body to induce a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells. This reduces bulges in the treated area of the body. On average, each CoolSculpting procedure results in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area, and patients can start to see results as soon as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months in most patients.  

With fat cells being naturally more vulnerable to the effects of cooling, the cooling effect from the CoolSculpting procedure causes crystallization of the lipids in the fat cells. The cells then begin to break down and are gradually eliminated by the body’s normal metabolic processes, over a period of two to four months. These fat cells are eliminated from your body permanently. Unlike liposuction -which also eliminates fat cells from your body- the procedure doesn’t require the patient to endure surgery as there’s no cutting or needles. 
The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is someone who is relatively fit but may have some fat bulges that aren’t easily reduced through diet and exercise in problem areas such as love handles, stomach and back. Since there’s no down time, patients return to daily activities immediately. 
Dr. Marguerite Germain, M.D. of Germain Dermatology in Mount Pleasant is the only Charleston-area dermatologist to offer CoolSculpting by Zeltiq. Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the non-invasive reduction of fat,, the procedure has recently been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, Rachael Ray show and more.
What: CoolSculpting by Zeltiq Night 
When: Tuesday, October 25, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Germain Dermatology, 612 Seacoast Parkway, Mount Pleasant. 
Call to RSVP: (843)881-4440 – Hope to see you there! 

Fun in the Sun

Beach season is just around the corner and with the weather in the high 70s today in the Charleston, folks are already pulling out the shorts and tank tops but along with this warm weather comes some things to think about. 

1. Apply Sunscreen Daily 

Be sure that you’re applying sunscreen before you head out the door every day and make sure that they contain physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These minerals are used in physical blocks and sit on top of your skin and reflect the rays of the sun, shielding what’s underneath. I always like to suggest our Germain Rx Anti-Aging SPF 45 or our Germain Rx Oil Free Sunscreen
Look for chemical blockers that provide complete protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and apply at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors, so the chemicals have enough time to soak into the skin and protect your skin. And ladies, suggest it to your boyfriends, husbands and brothers…we see a few men that have spent years not wearing sunscreen and it definitely takes a toll on their skin just like yours. 
2. Cover Up 

Thank goodness large sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats are so fashionable because they’re wonderful for your skin too! Of course, the best way to guard your skin is to shield it from the sun with things like hats, sunglasses and even sun protective clothing. 
3. Freeze It 

If you are going to be on the beach and you’re worried about your muffin top, love handles or back fat hanging over your bathing suit, then freeze your fat permanently with CoolSculpting by Zeltiq. Zeltiq works by delivering targeted cold therapy to treatment areas and crystallizing the fat cells which die off and are flushed out of the body by natural processes.The procedure is simple and requires no needles, pain, or downtime for the patient. On average, each Zeltiq procedure results in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area. Results are seen as soon as 3 weeks after treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months in most patients.

Zeltiq is not for patients who are looking to lose a large amount of fat, rather it’s only for small fat deposits. Treatment is painless and patients enjoy the ability to get back to normal activity right away.
Currently, we are the only dermatology office in South Carolina to offer it. The FDA approved it in 2010 and it’s been growing in popularity ever since. It’s been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, The Doctors, Nightline and many other news programs. We have already treated many patients in the Lowcountry and the results have been amazing. But since it takes 2-3 months to see complete results this is the perfect time to get the procedure done, so when it is time to pull out that polka dot bikini, you won’t feel embarrassed or scared to flaunt what you’ve got. We have free consultations for Zeltiq by calling our office at 843-881-4440. 

We hope that no matter how you enjoy the outdoors in the Lowcountry – you do it safely!  

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.