Category: CoolSculpting & Fat Reduction

The Skinny On Body Sculpting: Fat “Freezing” and Fat “Melting”

The Skinny On Body Sculpting: Fat “Freezing” and Fat “Melting”

It’s no secret that diet and exercise methods that once worked in our twenties may not garner the same results as we get older. Stubborn pockets of fat (that seem to come out of nowhere!) have led many of us to start searching terms like “body sculpting near me” or “does fat melting really work?” If you’ve found yourself going down this particular internet wormhole, then this blog is for you! We’ve put together everything you’ll ever need to know about non-surgical body sculpting treatments.

What is fat melting and fat freezing?

Fat melting and fat freezing are forms of body contouring. Depending on the technology used, you can have fat removed from almost any part of your body. Unlike cosmetic surgery procedures such as liposuction, the fat melting and fat freezing options we have at Dermacare are non-invasive, pain-free treatments that can be done without any anesthesia and have little to no downtime.

So, how exactly can we “melt” or “freeze” fat? At Dermacare, we achieve this by using either Exilis Ultra or CoolSculpting.

Exilis Ultra v. CoolSculpting

Both Exilis Ultra and CoolSculpting are body contouring treatments that get rid of fat on various areas of the body. But there are key differences between the two.

CoolSculpting is a fat freezing method of body contouring.

With this technique, fatty tissue is brought down to a cold temperature wherein the fat cells crystallize. This damages the fat cells and initiates apoptosis (cell death). Once the fat cells are dead, the body flushes them out, and it’s goodbye and good riddance forever. 

Exilis Ultra is our fat melting method of body contouring.

This method uses radiofrequency and ultrasound energies to heat the cells up enough to trigger apoptosis (a.k.a. cell death). Once the fat cells are dead, the body flushes them out.

Another difference between Exilis and CoolSculpting is…

CoolSculpting freezes fat through applicators applied to the skin. These applicators can generally debulk distinct bulges of fat very efficiently. This means you can potentially get rid of more fat in one sitting. This makes CoolSculpting great for getting rid of fat on large areas of the body such as the stomach, torso, thighs, and arms. 

In comparison, Exilis Ultra utilizes a wand (and not applicators) to melt fat. This makes the technology more nimble and able to contour and sculpt areas of the body where CoolSculpting applicators can’t fit or be applied—so areas such as hands, feet, ankles, inner and outer thighs, neck, chin straps/jawline, etc.

At Dermacare, we assess each patient’s needs carefully then recommend the course of treatment that will help them achieve their goals. Sometimes this means starting with CoolSculpting and then following with Exilis Ultra to contour any smaller areas that CoolSculpting couldn’t reach. Sometimes it means just CoolSculpting or just Exilis Ultra. It all depends!

Fun Fact: Exilis Ultra can melt away stubborn fat AND tighten up loose skin. So if you struggle with both, our experts may recommend a series of Exilis Ultra treatments for you. (We touch more on Exilis Ultra’s amazing skin tightening abilities in this blog!)

We hope that you now have a better idea of how we can help you get rid of stubborn body fat without the cost or downtime associated with surgical cosmetic procedures. Now we’re going to answer some of the most common questions we receive about body sculpting.

Will these body sculpting procedures work for me?

Both Exilis Ultra and CoolSculpting treatments are a great, safe way for those who desire aesthetic improvement without the cost and recovery time of surgery. That being said, both of these treatments have limitations, and there are some people who will not be good candidates. Your Dermacare Expert will be able to assess your body areas, explain more, and make personalized recommendations just for you.

How many treatments will I need?

The recommended number of body contouring treatments all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. It also depends on which treatment method your Dermacare Expert recommends.

How quickly can I expect to see results?

Everyone’s body is different. Many body contouring patients will start seeing results in about 1 month. Full results are usually seen about 3 months after final treatment. However, it is not uncommon to see improvements up to 6 months later. 

Is there anything I need to know before my first procedure?

Exilis Ultra – Drink lots of water! Radiofrequency travels best through hydrated skin, so pump up that water intake three days prior and up until your treatment.

CoolSculpting – We recommend avoiding anything known to thin the blood (such as fish-oil and ibuprofen) as they can increase the possibility of bruising.

Is either body sculpting treatment painful?

Exilis Ultra – Most of our patients describe the sensation of this treatment as being comparable to that of a pain-free, hot stone massage.

CoolSculpting – We don’t think so, but some patients report discomfort from how cold the applicators get. The first 3-5 minutes of a CoolSculpting cycle is the most sensitive, as your tissue is being brought down to the target temperature. For the remainder of the cycle, your tissue does not become completely numb, but the intensity of the cold is minimal. Immediately following the end of the cycle, we perform a 2-minute manual massage of the area. This either feels ticklish or a little sensitive, as your tissue warms back up and nerves reawaken.

For more information, call us at 757-330-5798 or click here to book a virtual consultation!

A Guide to Coolsculpting Cost

A Guide to Coolsculpting Cost

Shedding stubborn, exercise and diet-resistant fat can be achieved with Coolsculpting. This fat-freezing procedure is FDA-cleared, non-surgical, and non-invasive. It can help you shed unwanted fat and shape the hardest to target body areas, like the abdomen, back, and chin. But how much should you expect to invest to achieve results? In this blog, we will discuss Coolsculpting cost and pricing to help you make a smart and safe investment.

Coolsculpting Cost Basics

Just like any product or service, Coolsculpting has a cost. Keep in mind that it is an FDA-cleared procedure. It should only be administered by an appropriately qualified medical professional, which means training and expertise is required.

Coolsculpting pricing starts at around $750 per cycle per area. The price can decrease based on how many cycles you purchase. It can be as low as $500 per cycle.

If you’re a deal shopper—and let’s be honest, who isn’t—be wary of Groupon-ers with Coolsculpting offers. These are often extended by under-qualified and under- experienced providers more interested in decreasing their cost and increasing their profit.

Why Qualifications and Experience Matter

Saving money and helping a new provider gain experience isn’t a bad combo, is it? Well, it depends, and it is a gamble.

Coolsculpting works by freezing the targeted areas of unwanted fat. The freezing process encourages your body to naturally eliminate the fat pockets. The procedure can produce extraordinary results and take away the stress of toning stubborn fat—if used correctly.

Before choosing a provider, you should ask them three vital questions:

  1. How experienced are you?
  2. How many Coolsculpting cycles have you performed?
  3. Have you been to Coolsculpting University?

The answer to question #3 is perhaps the most important. Graduates of Coolsculpting University have completed a comprehensive and intensive specialty training program, ensuring they are well-qualified to administer the treatment safely and effectively. Additionally, Coolsculpting should always be overseen by a qualified clinician.

All these prerequisites contribute to Coolsculpting pricing. The bottom line is cheaper is not better, especially for your safety and results.

Coolsculpting at DermacareHR

Coolsculpting is just one of the body contouring treatments our highly qualified clinicians are experienced in using. To fully understand your body contouring goals, we offer complimentary consultations and transparency about our qualifications and cost.

Contact us today to get started!

What You Need to Know About Fat Loss and Fat Cells

What You Need to Know About Fat Loss and Fat Cells

Did you know that by the time you exit puberty your body typically stops creating fat cells? The fat cells you have into adulthood increase in volume when you gain weight and shrink when you lose it. It’s one of the reasons there’s a difference between fat loss and weight loss.

What Are Fat Cells?

According to Craig Freudenrich, PH.D., fat or adipose tissue is found in different areas of the body. Subcutaneous fat is located just under the skin. Some fat, called visceral fat, can be found on top of your kidneys and in your liver. Even smaller amounts are stored in muscle.

Men carry fat in their chest, abdomen, and buttocks. Women usually carry it in their breasts, hips, waist, and buttocks. Interestingly, science has proven that your body doesn’t typically generate fat cells after puberty. As your body stores fat, the number of fat cells stays the same. The cells just get bigger. Craig Freudenrich raises the theory that there are potential exceptions to this, but in general, the number of fat cells the body has after puberty remain the same into adulthood.

How Do Fat Cells Accumulate?

It’s all about diet, right? You are what you eat! Well, not entirely.

ScienceBlogs’s Ed Yong covers the emerging science of obesity and the new understanding of fat cells stemming from studies. A study conducted by Kirsty Spalding from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that people with more body fat had larger fat cells both in their subcutaneous and visceral (belly) fat. The study found that the number of fat cells a person has is set during childhood. Each year, roughly 8% of their fat cells die off and are replaced.

The obese subjects in Spalding’s study included people who were obese from an early age. Interestingly, most of them grew up to be obese. Approximately 75% of obese children become obese adults.

Once fat cell counts are set during childhood, there isn’t a change in adulthood unless a significant event triggers fat cell production. The exact reasons for childhood obesity vary, and sometimes, they have little (or nothing) to do with diet and activity levels.

How Do You Get Rid of Fat Cells?

As weight is lost, fat cells shrink, which is why a person who loses weight begins to look thinner or smaller. If the accumulation of fat cells has little to do with diet and exercise, then it stands to reason losing fat isn’t all about diet and exercise. While adopting a healthy lifestyle is without a doubt a key factor to losing weight and seeing the number on the scale drop, it’s not the only contributing factor to losing fat.

Your body will naturally break down fat, but the number of fat cells will remain the same. Maintaining a healthy weight generally requires:

  • Eating a balanced diet of carbohydrates, fat, and protein
  • Avoiding overeating (a daily diet of 1,500 to 2,000 calories is usually sufficient)
  • Regular exercise

While your body will naturally burn fat for energy, sometimes it doesn’t burn it where you want. This is where targeted fat loss strategies based on the science we just covered come into the picture.

Fat Loss (and Reduction) Strategies

Diet and exercise-resistant fat can be treated in multiple ways. For people trying to rid themselves of fat in hard-to-target areas, body contouring procedures have provided a non-invasive and non-surgical solution, depending on their body and goals.

CoolSculpting and Body Contouring

Our “go to” fat reduction treatment is CoolSculpting, which we many times combine with Exilis Ultra to generate the best possible results of fat reduction and skin tightening.

We also specialize in the use of Exilis Ultra, Kybella, and SculpSure for body contouring and skin tightening needs. You’ll need to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for one of these body contouring treatments.


Faces of Dermacare: Meet Tina Jaffe, LE

Tina Jaffe is a master esthetician with 30 years of experience. Cosmetics for skincare are continually changing, and she’s been on the cutting edge of it all since learning aesthetic lasers in the early 90s – when they first appeared on the market and Exilis gained FDA approval.

What drew Tina to the field? “Helping others is self-gratifying,” she says.

Relationship building is important to her and focusing on the patient-provider relationship is one of the things she does to make a lasting impact on her patients. She also makes it a point to have extensive knowledge of treatments and passes it on to her patients in a way they can easily understand and use.

Getting to Know Tina

Tina lives in Virginia Beach and is a Newport News native. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother to two amazing girls, Lily and Emma.

In her spare time, Tina is passionate about pursuing causes of importance. She is a member of social clubs and a fundraising volunteer for everything from animal cruelty to CHKD. She’s also an advocate for Bikes for Tikes.

Tina’s Favorite Treatments

When it comes to recommended products, Tina likes to share SkinMedica products with her patients. “Their science and technology back up the efficacy,” she says.

Her favorite treatment to perform is Exilis facial treatments. “It helps to rebuild collagen and provides instant gratification plus lasting results. Exilis is an ideal anti-ager,” says Tina. As a provider who has followed Exilis since it first gained FDA approval, her preference certainly carries weight!

diVa is Tina’s favorite treatment to receive. It’s a treatment that has changed her quality of life and the quality of life of many other women. diVa laser vaginal therapy is an amazing solution for women experiencing pain and discomfort for various reasons. You can read all about here: What Is diVa Laser Treatment?

Learn more about cosmetics for skincare. Stop in to meet Tina or browse our online learning center.

What to Expect From Body Contouring Procedures

Non-invasive body contouring options are growing in number. Many are finding these options to be a great means of losing stubborn, exercise-resistant fat and meeting their fat loss goals. But with all the options on the market, it’s easy to get lost. Which body contouring procedures should win your attention and what can you expect from them?

The Hampton Roads Body Contouring Experts

We’ve been serving the body sculpting and fat reduction needs of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk since May of 2006. We have multiple systems and modalities for body contouring, allowing us to truly customize to meet your unique needs.

The number of fat cells the body stores typically remains constant throughout adult life. Fat cells shrink as we lose weight, but diet and exercise don’t destroy them. Body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting, Exilis Ultra, and SculpSure destroy fat cells for people who struggle to lose fat in troublesome areas.


CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures to accomplish its goal: the destruction of fat cells. It’s completely non-surgical and non-invasive. Your provider will attach the applicator to the area being treated and freeze the unwanted fat cells in your target area. Once the fat cells are cooled in a controlled way, they die.  The dead cells are naturally eliminated from the body over the next 12 weeks.

Want to know more? Check out these helpful CoolSculpting topics:

Exilis Ultra

Our second most popular body contouring treatment is Exilis Ultra. It’s the most capable skin tightening and body contouring system of 2018, and it’s multi-purpose. It can be used to contour troublesome areas like the abdomen or as a powerful face and neck treatment.

For the Body

The need for skin tightening can occur anywhere on the body for numerous reasons. If you’ve lost a good deal of weight or have a post-pregnancy “pouch,” you know how hard it is to tighten loose skin. Toning at the gym doesn’t always work, and professional intervention is needed. Exilis Ultra is a solution. It can be used to tighten and rejuvenate skin anywhere on the body.

For the Face

Exilis Ultra is our “go to” system for face and neck skin tightening and rejuvenation. The skin on the face and neck is delicate and has many contours. Exilis allows us to best customize the procedure for exactly the area you need to tighten, no matter how delicate or shapely.

You can learn more about Exilis Ultra by browsing these topics:


Kybella is the first (and the only) FDA-approved injectable designed to contour and improve the appearance of submental fullness or a double chin.

o one likes looking a double chin in the face, especially when it’s your face in the mirror. If you’ve done the diet and exercise thing, adopted a healthy lifestyle, lost weight, and still find that double chin is staring back in the mirror, there IS a solution – Kybella.

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The SculpSure body contouring treatment is, in some ways, the opposite of CoolSculpting. Instead of freezing away unwanted fat cells, SculpSure heats them up to achieve similar results. Instead of causing a cooling sensation during treatment, it creates a warm and sometimes achy feeling.

Let’s Chat

Is body contouring something you’ve wanted to try or are curious about? Let’s chat! Our team of passionate experts is ready to assess your needs, discuss your goals, and recommend the best body contouring procedure for you.

Contact us today for a consultation!

How Long Does the CoolSculpting Procedure Take?

One question that we get often is, “How long will CoolSculpting take?”

Depending on the applicator and the placement of the applicator, it can take anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes.

Also, everyone’s body is different! This means that CoolSculpting will vary from person to person. Some people will also have multiple applications to complete the process.

To help get a clearer idea of what the CoolSculpting process will look like for you, we recommend that you schedule a complimentary consultation. We will help you fully understand the process so you can know exactly what to expect.

Give us a call or email us to schedule your complimentary consultation!

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The CoolSculpting Procedure


CoolSculpting Risks: Should You Worry?

Every medical procedure comes with risks, even the safest and most straightforward. If you have decided CoolSculpting is right for you, then you are about to be one of the hundreds of people to shed unwanted, stubborn fat through this FDA-approved procedure. Chances are you already know the possible side effects are minimal, but are there any CoolSculpting risks that should worry you? We’re here to tell you that there is one major risk you need to be acutely aware of – the practice you choose.

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CoolSculpting Side Effects

What You Need to Know About CoolSculpting Side Effects

CoolSculpting is a cutting-edge fat reduction treatment with numerous benefits. It’s non-invasive and non-surgical. Most patients receive treatment with limited downtime and impact on their daily routines. If you’re thinking about getting CoolSculpting, side effects may be a topic that concerns you. The good news is most “side effects” are superficial and minimal. Let’s take a look at the three most common that affect some patients.

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