Is There a “Best” Method of Nonsurgical Fat-Reduction?

As we go through life, many of us expect to see some bumps and bulges where we used to be much smoother. Before we notice these problems, we may believe they are related only to a significant change in weight. Once they appear, we realize there are much subtler nuances to the aging process. If your bulges and bumps haven’t been eliminated by your diet and exercise routine, now is a great time to switch things up. We’re happy to help. In our Louisville office, patients have options for nonsurgical fat reduction. The question we usually hear about this is “which is best?” Here, we compare two popular options: CoolSculpting and Exilis.

Freeze Fat with CoolSculpting

Many people have heard of CoolSculpting, the fat-freezing treatment that is super-hot at the moment. This popular treatment has been performed for many years and has helped millions of people get the shape they have wanted. The noninvasive procedure works by securing a localized area of fat between cooling panels. These panels are cooled to freezing temperatures that direct energy from both sides of the fatty deposit. In a short session that lasts just over half an hour, the target fat cells have been frozen. They form crystals inside that damage their outer membrane. As a result, the body flushes these cells to permanently reduce the number of fat cells in the treated area.

Patients who choose CoolSculpting do not require downtime to recover. They do not require anesthesia or have to follow post-treatment guidelines. Starting a few weeks after the first treatment, the shape begins to visibly change. Three or more treatment sessions may be needed in some cases.

Melt Fat with Exilis

Exilis is the FDA-cleared device that emits radiofrequency waves to target unwanted fat. Treatment sessions may last 30 to 90 minutes, during which panels sit on the skin to deliver thermal energy that heats subcutaneous fat cells. The built-in cooling mechanism works throughout the treatment to protect the epidermis and ensure that thermal energy permeates the skin to affect fat only. After an Exilis session, patients may resume normal activities, making sure to drink plenty of water to support the metabolism of fat. Because Exilis works through heat, patients may notice a skin-tightening effect that they wouldn’t get with CoolSculpting.

We love helping our patients achieve their goals because we know it enhances their self-esteem. If you are interested in reducing unwanted fat, come talk to us. Call 502-425-5200 to schedule a visit to our Louisville office.

Why Choose Emsculpt®?

There are a lot of options when it comes to non-surgical body sculpting because many patients are finding great results. Emsculpt is the latest technology in this category to hit the market, but you should know what makes it different from other options like CoolSculpting® or Vanquish™, and why you should be sure to ask about it at your body sculpting consultation.

Build muscle while you lose fat

Although many other body sculpting treatments are effective at reducing stubborn fat in areas of the body that are prone to it, Emsculpt has an added benefit. This procedure uses electromagnetic energy to induce contractions in the muscle (similar to a workout) beyond what the muscle can achieve on its own. This not only burns fat but also forces the muscle to remodel itself to adapt to the contraction. With a few treatment sessions, you’ll notice an improvement in overall muscle tone and contours.

Augment your diet and exercise results

Emsculpt is a great option if you’re already working on slimming down and achieving the body you’ve always wanted because it can speed up your results and give you the progress you’ve been looking for. Emsculpt can also be a great way to jumpstart a new diet and exercise regimen if you’re looking to improve your body’s tone if it’s already at or near your ideal weight. You can still work towards your great results without downtime or recovery from a surgical procedure.

Use it along with other body sculpting procedures

Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to pairing your Emsculpt treatments with another non-surgical body sculpting procedure. Whether it’s CoolSculpting, Vanquish, or Exilis, you can plan your treatment plan with the help of our expert aestheticians to get the best results from these treatments. Although treatments like CoolSculpting might be spaced further apart than Emsculpt, you’ll find great results over a wider amount of time as you continue your diet and exercise regimen.

We’re proud to offer Emsculpt as an effective option for patients looking to achieve the body they’ve worked hard for. To learn more about this new technology, contact our office and schedule a consultation with our expert aesthetic staff who can begin planning the right body sculpting treatment plan for you.

There’s A Fat Removal Procedure For You

While liposuction changed the plastic surgery procedure game when it first emerged as an effective fat removal technique, it seems like there are now a vast amount of liposuction and fat removal options on the market. This can be overwhelming if you’re struggling to lose pockets of fat and don’t know where to start. But don’t worry— whether it’s invasive, non-invasive, or somewhere in between, there’s a fat removal or liposuction option out there to suit your problem areas and aesthetic goals.

Traditional Liposuction

Why mess with a good thing? Traditional liposuction still works to effectively remove fat from areas that can be difficult to tone through diet and exercise. Although it’s performed under anesthesia and requires downtime, this technique can be most beneficial to patients with a higher amount of fat to be removed. This procedure also offers the great potential for fat transfer procedures, like a Brazilian Butt Lift.

Vaser Liposuction

This procedure adds an extra step to traditional liposuction in order to create an effective, gentler, and less-invasive procedure. It uses ultrasound energy that “shakes” the individual cells loose, optimizing them for removal with a smaller cannula than the kind used in a traditional procedure. This means less bruising, easier fat removal, and an added benefit of skin tightening all at once. This fat has also been shown to be excellent for fat grafting to face, body and breast.  Vaser Liposuction surgery is constantly growing in popularity.

Liteshape™ Laser Liposuction

Liteshape laser liposuction procedure also has the benefit of skin tightening, and is most common for post-pregnancy patients looking to get rid of small to moderate pockets of fat with loose skin overlying. This procedure uses a handheld laser to melt fat that is then removed through a cannula. Another laser is then applied at a customized wavelength that effectively tightens the surrounding skin. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic with either oral sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas).  One requires multiple treatments in order to get best results, usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart.


Arguably becoming one of the most popular non-invasive fat removal techniques currently available, CoolSculpting uses an external applicator that essentially freezes fat cells so that they slowly die over several months and are absorbed into the body through normal metabolic pathways.

Radio Frequency Treatments

Radio waves might not be the first thing you associate with fat removal, but both Exilis and Vanquish™ use monopolar and multipolar radio frequencies (radio waves) respectively to create heat that causes the fat deposits within the cells to be released. These are both highly-effective, non-invasive, and even relaxing procedures that give great fat removal and skin tightening results.


Kybella is an injectable form a natural bile salt used in the body to dissolve fat in the digestive tract. It can be injected into small areas such as the neck or knees to slowly melt the fat in that area. A sequence of treatments a month to 6 weeks apart are usually necessary.

It might still seem like there are an overwhelming amount of fat removal techniques to choose from, but a consultation with Dr. Salzman can help you determine the best treatment plan for your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals. Contact our office at 502-425-5200 to get started.

Start CoolSculpting® Now for a Slimmer You by Spring

It may seem a little early to start thinking about swimsuit season, however, if you’ve been thinking about trying non-invasive body contouring procedures now’s the time to start. It is recommended that CoolSculpting treatments are performed in a series approximately one month apart, making an early start a good idea if you’re hoping to see a noticeable change before your next beach vacation.

What Can CoolSculpting do for Me?

Many people can benefit from CoolSculpting since it can be used to slim many areas of the body; however, most patients assume that it is only for belly fat. On the contrary, CoolSculpting can treat the flanks, abdomen, and inner and outer thighs. In early 2017, CoolSculpting it was also cleared for the upper arms.

Benefits of Starting Treatment Early

  • Treatments have to be done at least one month apart and since most patients need more than one visit, it’s good to get a bit of a head start.
  • Results will take at least 3 weeks to show up, and up to 12 to see full results. Starting early will allow your body ample time to flush out the dead fat cells. Also, your body will continue to flush out fat cells for the next 6 months so starting soon isn’t all that crazy.
  • Starting early allows you to make healthy lifestyle decisions to enhance your fat loss result.

Schedule a Consultation

Still unsure if now is the right time? Book a consultation at Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa and one of our CoolSculpting specialists will work with you to build a treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.  A consultation at our practice is the best way to determine if CoolSculpting is right for you and your aesthetic goals.

Slim Your Upper Arms with CoolSculpting Petite!

Are you dealing with arm jiggle that causes you to avoid tank tops and arm-baring clothing? Have you been hitting the gym, but are not seeing results in the upper arm area? If this sounds like you, you may be able to benefit from the new CoolSculpting Petite! Read on to learn more about this amazing treatment option.

What is the CoolSculpting Petite?

The CoolSculpting system uses applicators to apply cooling technology to eliminate areas of stubborn fat. The CoolSculpting Petite is the new applicator meant to treat upper arm fat. This FDA-approved applicator is designed to fit smaller areas of fat, and curves to meet the contours of the upper arm.

Treatment with the Petite applicator is quick, taking about 35 minutes to complete. Just like traditional CoolSculpting treatments, CoolSculpting Petite freezes away fat cells for long lasting results. Results are seen after 4-6 weeks, and continue for up to four months.

Benefits of CoolSculpting Petite

There are many benefits associated with the CoolSculpting Petite applicator. These include:

  • Created to specifically treat the upper arm
  • Comes with two interchangeable contours to fit every upper arm shape
  • Non-invasive
  • No stitches or needles
  • Quick treatment
  • No downtime

If you are ready to take the first step towards slimmer, more youthful looking arms, contact Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa today to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that will address your aesthetic goals. If you are located in the Louisville or Lexington area, call 502-425-5200.

Busy Schedule? CoolSculpting Might Be for You

If you lead a busy lifestyle and are giving your best effort to getting fit but are still in need of a boost, CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment used to treat stubborn pockets of fat. CoolSculpting is particularly good for patients that are too busy to take time out of their busy lives for recovery. Read on to learn more about the benefits of electing this effective and non-invasive procedure.

It’s Quick

For patients with a hectic schedule, it’s nice for them to know that each treatment itself lasts less than one hour. Although this treatment requires a series for best results, patients are able to multi-task during the treatment. This is because the treatment is comfortable enough for the patient to sit back and relax. Patients can check email’s and do other activities on a laptop or tablet during their treatment.

No Downtime

Many patients elect this procedure because it is non-invasive and requires no downtime. Almost all invasive procedures entail some downtime from work, social events or physical activity. This is one major benefit to CoolSculpting for patients because they can immediately go back to their everyday routine without making any adjustments to their day.


When a procedure is less invasive, a patient’s chance for complications dramatically decreases. With the risk of complications, come the risk of unforeseen downtime and schedule changes. To avoid this, patients who are eligible for CoolSculpting can avoid these potential interruptions by opting for a less invasive series of CoolSculpting treatments at Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa.

If you are ready to get rid of those stubborn pockets of fat quickly and conveniently, CoolSculpting may be right for you. Patients in the greater Louisville area are encouraged to call Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa to schedule a consultation today.

Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa featured in January 2016 Issue of Today’s Woman Magazine

Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa was a Finalist in Today’s Woman January 2016 issue “Best For You” Reshape/Contouring list of cosmetic surgery practices! Read the full excerpt below or click here to view the digital version of the January 2016 issue!

“There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to getting rid of unwanted fat and improving the contour of the face or body. ‘One of the advantages of going to a plastic surgeon is that depending on what the patient needs, we can offer everything from invasive procedures like a tummy tuck to less invasive laser liposuction to completely non-invasive modalities like heating and killing fat cells with Vanquish treatments,’ says Dr. Marc Salzman. The board-certified plastic surgeon has recently added the CoolSculpting PLUS to his arsenal. ‘I think it’s the latest and greatest thing in non-invasive fat reduction,’ he says.”


CoolSculpting® is Here at Salzman Cosmetic Surgery

Coolsculpting® by Zeltiq is a method of cryolipolysis. This uses freezing of fat to destroy it permanently. When Coolsculpting® first came out years ago I was hesitant to jump on board and offer it to my patients for a few reasons. At that time they only offered a small applicator that fit only one area over the abdomen. No other body areas other than a part of the belly could be treated. The concept has changed full circle and now with the addition of several new applicators, the process has migrated to a regimen called “treat to transformation”. The applicators are now overlapped somewhat such that a smoothing effect over the entire surface area of the abdomen can be achieved. Also, with new curved applicator heads, areas such as the hips, thighs and bra strap areas can likewise be treated successfully. The treatment consists of a negative pressure suction applied over the area until the skin and fat are positioned between two metal plates that then cool the area for one hour. The frozen fat is naturally removed from the body resulting in a permanent loss in the area treated. The result is a more sculpted appearance. The process is completely non-invasive and requires no post procedure changes in what you can do as far as work or exercise. The vast majority of patients can have this done while using their computer, watching a movie or simply relaxing in the chair. Side effects are minimal and short lasting. Best candidates for CoolSculpting® are at or near their goal weight and have at least an inch of skin that you can pinch away from the area. Our CoolSculpting® certified technicians can examine you and see if you’re a candidate. Who ever thought losing inches could be so “cool”.

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