Join us on April 6, 2016 for our Spring Event. We will be learning about all the ways to correct Double Chins. You will learn about options like the CoolMini, Kybellla, Ulthera, and Surgery. Find out more at our special COOL EVENT page with links for you to register.
I am excited to announce that we are one of the first practices in the country to offer the NEW Double Chin Treatment with CoolSculpting! I have been waiting for this since 2010 when we first started doing CoolSculpting. It was quite an engineering challenge to create a treatment head small enough for the chin. The new Cool Mini has been FDA approved and the results have been pretty impressive, just see for yourself:
Now these photos are not from one of our patients, but I think you would agree that the results are pretty impressive. We are hoping to have the arrival of our new Cool Mini this month. After we have completed training (where we get to use ourselves as guinea pigs) we hope to be ready to treat our first patients in December. We are seeing consults now, so call Hilda or Linda today to see if the Cool Mini is for you!
Thanks to all those who attended our Cool Night out event last night. Congratulations to CM, winner of the FREE CoolSculpting treatment - he's all set to use it today!
It's that time again... time for another Cool Night Out. Our last one in April was a success especially for S.C. who won a FREE treatment. Once again, if you attend this event you will have a chance to win a FREE CoolSculpting treatment. To find out more info please see our registration information page. There you will be able to learn more about the event, all the goodies that will be available, and click on the blue buttons to register at our EventBrite page. For this event we are charging a small $25 registration fee. This will secure you a seat and entitles you to a mini-consult with yours truly, registration for door prizes, as well as a chance to win the FREE CoolSculpting treatment.
Space is really limited for this event, so register TODAY!
We enjoyed a nice, intimate evening of CoolSculpting last night. Matt Bustos from the CoolSculpting company provided lots of interesting information and showed some great Before and After photos of CoolSculpting patients.
At the end of the night we had a drawing for a Free treatment and the winner is enjoying her treatment this morning. Thanks to all who attended.
We will be having our next Cool Night Out on Wednesday April 1st. The event is free, but space is limited so call TODAY to reserve your spot!
This past week I saw a patient with Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH). What is PAH? It’s an extremely rare complication of CoolSculpting where the treated area gets larger rather than smaller. It was the first time I had seen a case like this, but something I had read about before. We have been performing CoolSculpting since March 2010, long before anyone else in San Antonio, and I have never had a case of PAH. So far, the causes for PAH have not been found, so it doesn’t seem that this is a preventable complication. Although unavoidable, it is treatable by a qualified Plastic Surgeon
The patient is a healthy lady who went to a Dermatologist in San Antonio to have her upper back/bra fat treated. After her first treatment, the area felt hard. When she went for a follow up, they decided to treat her again, since she didn’t have any reduction. After the second treatment, the treated areas became even larger. Now the skin has stretched and she looks worse than when she started. We talked about options and discussed either cutting out the areas, or trying laser liposuction in an attempt to get some skin contraction.
Unfortunately, she did not go to a Plastic Surgeon first for her CoolSculpting. Sure, I’m biased, but I think that the best person to evaluate and recommend treatments is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. We have extensive training on body contouring and can recommend the best treatment whether it is surgical or non-surgical. Not to say I would have recommended anything different at the beginning, but now that there is a complication, she NEEDS to see a Plastic Surgeon. At least if she had seen a Plastic Surgeon first, she would not have the delay in treatment that she has now. There are many places out there to get your CoolSculpting, you want to make sure that the provider you see is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. To learn more about the training of plastic surgeons, refer to this info from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
This patient said she did not see a Plastic Surgeon first because she did not want surgery and figured if she went to a Plastic Surgeon they would have just wanted to operate. I get that perception, but the best Plastic Surgeons know when to operate and when not to operate. It is important to see a Plastic Surgeon who offers the full spectrum of treatment. Some place like Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery where we offer CoolSculpting, Cellulaze, and Traditional Liposuction. All of our patients are seen by me before any procedure and we have a thorough discussion about your goals and if they are realistic. If I don’t think CoolSculpting is for you, I’ll let you know. Similarly, if you are not a good surgical candidate or if you just need to lose weight, I will let you know.
There is an old saying often quoted in Plastic Surgery that goes something like this: “If the only tool in your box is a hammer, then all the world is a nail”. So, if you go to a provider who is not a Plastic Surgeon and the only tool they have to reduce fat is CoolSculpting, then all the world is one big FAT nail. If you are considering CoolSculpting, see someone that has many tools in their toolbox.
One other thing to consider when choosing a CoolSculpting provider is: “Can the Physician handle all of the complications?”. If the provider you visit cannot perform excision or liposuction of the area should PAH occur, you should keep looking for someone who can.
I hope I have convinced you of the importance of choosing wisely when looking into CoolSculpting. You need someone with Experience who has been doing CoolSculpting for several years. They should have the Expertise to be able to handle any complications. Make sure they have a Reputation for Excellence as evidenced by reviews and recommendations. Finally, they should provide Personalized Care and choose the treatment that is right for you and in line with your goals. If you need help finding someone who fits all these criteria, just give Linda or Hilda a call and they’ll set you up with the Plastic Surgeon who is right for you!
CoolSculpting is an alternative to surgery. Without burning, shattering, or extracting cells, CoolSculpting kills the fat cells under the skin, and forces the cells to freeze to the point of elimination. In the following segment "The Doctors" take a patient through treatment and reveal her results. This procedure is available at Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery, contact us today for more information.
Join us for our next Cool Night Out on Thursday June 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm. Our last event in November was full and this one likely will be as well. We will be offering complimentary consultations during the event along with Special Event Pricing. Ask about our new 5 pack and 10 pack treatment packages and see if they are right for you.
Kari Arnold from CoolSculpting will be joining us for the evening and she has promised to bring along one of the newest heads that is ideal for treating less wide areas than the heads we already have. Come by and compare and see what's new.
Remember, there is no charge for the event, but seating is limited, so call TODAY to reserve space for you and a friend!
Suresh Koneru, MD
Dr. Koneru is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and the first physician to offer Coolsculpting in South Texas.