Body Sculpting

Medical Aesthetics located in Oakton, VA


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David Allingham, MD, MS knows how hard you’ve been working to reach a healthy body weight. He also understands how frustrating that stubborn bulge of fat on a trouble spot like your belly or thighs can be. That’s why Dr. Allingham offers noninvasive body-sculpting treatments like cryotherapy at Oakton Primary Care Centers in Oakton, Virginia. Call or make an appointment online today to learn how body sculpting can help you achieve your goals.

Body Sculpting Q & A

What is body sculpting?

Nonsurgical body sculpting is here to stay.
Body sculpting is the term loosely used to describe destroying fat in areas where it has always been tough to destroy fat. These areas usually overlie muscle, so what is left is well-defined muscle, and the patients really dig it.
The results are exciting. But a 600% increase in body sculpting modalities in general in the past 20 years is only half the story. The really exciting thing is that slimmer and slimmer patients with excess fat finding it difficult to mobilize fat in certain body areas are joining in, and are super happy about the results they have seen from having entered into this care.

Body-sculpting treatments are noninvasive aesthetic procedures that help you get rid of stubborn pockets of unwanted fat. At Cryo Body Doc, Dr. Allingham uses cryotherapy, an FDA-cleared, well-tolerated body-sculpting procedure that uses cryolipolysis technology to destroy unwanted fat cells.

Dr. Allingham uses cryotherapy to sculpt and tone a variety of trouble spots, including your:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Double chin

Body-sculpting treatments like cryotherapy are safe and require no downtime to recover. Dr. Allingham provides consultations before recommending a body-sculpting procedure. In addition to performing a physical exam, he explains the treatment in detail and can answer any questions you have about how it works and what to expect.

How does cryotherapy sculpt your body and remove fat?

Cryotherapy freezes your subdermal fat cells. Your fat crystalizes when it’s frozen, which destroys the cells. Then over the weeks following your cryotherapy treatment, your body processes and removes the damaged cells. You could notice results after just one treatment, but you could need a series of body-sculpting treatments to achieve your optimal results.

By now, it is becoming more widely known that there are multiple nonsurgical, so non-invasive, energy transferring modalities that are being used to burn fat (lipolysis) in medical therapy generally known as body sculpting. Cryo-therapy is really gaining popularity. And laser therapy and heat therapy are also widely used. Electromagnetic therapy is also being used to impart an energy form into fat containing tissue to burn fat. It’s the newest kid on the block, and everybody’s waiting to see the pros and cons as it makes its debut this decade.
Slightly more invasive, needle therapy is also somewhat popular because it allows the physician to inject fat burning chemicals into very specific areas where lipolysis is desired. This therapy of course thus provides chemical burning. Obviously, there are a few downsides with needle therapy – pain, needles, chemical burning. In contrast, we can provide all of the other energy imparting body sculpting modalities noninvasively.
In addition to cold, heat, and laser energy, there is yet another energy modality that can be transferred noninvasively to burn fat. And that’s acoustic energy; and it’s generated with ultrasound.
Ultrasound at one range of settings is widely known for imaging techniques. While, at other settings, it destroys fat – or at least convert fat into something the body can eliminate.

What we do in our practice

We apply these two modalities at the correct settings to anybody region where you want to eliminate fat. Freezing to freeze the fat. Then ultrasound to create veins so that the body can eliminate the fat. And the freezing therapy we find the safest is cryo-skin because there’s no inflammation or tissue death, snow inflammation. And the ultrasound we use similarly produces no inflammation. We have discovered that the safest most effective way to freeze the fat is with Cryoskin.
Cryoskin freezes the fat no colder than -7°. That way there’s no tissue death. We like to avoid tissue death because it is being correlated with tumors in the number one freezing modality on the market which is now under attack. See this video.

Discussing Alternatives

Our competitor freezes the fat to death at temperatures colder than -11°. This produces tissue death. And where there’s death and necrosis, there’s inflammation. And where there is inflammation, there’s cancer. And these tumors are starting pop up – in court rooms everywhere. In fact our competitor makes you sign a release designed to make you feel happy about the possibility of tumors being created when you get their therapy. That’s right. They say they will cover the plastic surgery of any tumors that might occur. Take a look at their disclaimer. Nuts!
Well that’s enough about our first modality. Our second modality is shockwave. We use shockwave also known as ultrasound also known as acoustic waves or sound waves to upregulate the body ability to make more veins in the tissue the ultrasound is being applied to.
We do the acoustic, sound wave “shockwave“ if you will treatment for free. And that’s what’s going to generate veins – they get the fat out. So instead of just body sculpting bu just temporarily freezing fat and making it smaller… We’re actually getting rid of the fat that’s frozen! So: weight loss! And you can see your muscle lines better.
Ultrasound, it has also been discovered, leads to an increase the vascularity in the tissues where it is applied. In short, ultrasound upregulates any tissues ability to produce more veins. Veins as you recall are what take garbage out of tissue. So the more veins in the tissue, the healthier the tissue becomes.
In ultrasound therapy, acoustic waves are generated which are sent directly into the skin. Depending on the settings, scatter can be minimized or maximized, but depending on the effect you want to achieve, it is most safely exploited.
If those waves produce bubbles of a certain size that cause a certain type of impact, blood vessel growth, specifically, the production of veins, is produced.
And there’s another advantage to ultrasound. Unlike other modalities being used for non-surgical body sculpting, ultrasound produced fat destruction does not produce inflammation. With non-heat generating ultrasound techniques, there is no heat generated (clever name, right?). If there’s no heat generated, there’s no inflammation. If there’s no inflammation, there is less induration. If there is less induration, there is less downtime. If there is less downtime, the patient can continue to work out, critical for weight loss and staying in shape and toned, as everyone obviously knows. So the fat exodus is not only faster because of the increased vascularity allowing the body to rid itself of the dead fat quicker . There is less pain. And there is less downtime for the patient.
And! There is much less risk.
So for many separate reasons, increased vascularity and decreased inflammation, ultrasound shockwave therapy produces faster body sculpting results that are nicely effective. Every patient can be excited about this.

Who is a good candidate for body sculpting?

If you’re in good health and close to your desired body weight, but struggling to tone your stomach or other trouble spots on your body, you are probably an excellent candidate for body-sculpting treatments.

What happens during a body sculpting treatment?

During your body sculpting treatment, you relax in a comfortable treatment chair. Dr. Allingham applies a gel pad to the part of your body you want to target and attaches the cryotherapy applicator device. Your skin will get cold, and you might notice a mild suction on your skin. After 5-10 minutes, you’ll be numb.

Depending on your needs, your session could take 35-60 minutes. You can read, watch television, or catch up on your emails during your appointment. The procedure is noninvasive, and you can get right back to your regular activities when your treatment is over.

Call Cryo Body Doc today or schedule a consultation online and discover how body-sculpting treatments can help you look your best.

*Individual results may vary.

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