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Dear #AYA: Losing Fat and Feeling Great

August 17, 2016 | Blog

Dear AYA Losing Fat and Feeling GreatWe are officially entering our busy season at AYA Avalon, Phipps Plaza and Northside locations. Our Avalon Open House event is rapidly approaching and we’re hoping to see both existing patients as well as a lot of fresh faces who share our passion for skincare. We know looking and feeling great go hand-in-hand, so we’ve decided to highlight some amazing fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting® nonsurgical fat reduction for the body and Kybella® fat reduction injections for the double chin. Removing unwanted excess fat can lead to a cleaner, healthier life so we’ve taken the time to answer some of your questions below about various fat reduction treatments available at AYA.

Dear #AYA

I am currently overweight and considering fat reduction treatment alternatives. How do I know if nonsurgical fat reduction, as opposed to liposuction surgery, is the right choice for me?


Weighing my Options

Dear Weighing my Options,

There are important distinctions between CoolSculpting® and liposuction. While liposuction is intended to reduce fat all over the body, CoolSculpting® is intended for patients trying to treat small pockets of excess fat in certain areas like the flanks, and abdomen. Additionally, nonsurgical treatments do not require the extensive downtime and recovery that surgeries often do.


Dear #AYA

I’m intrigued by CoolSculpting® Fat Reduction, but the idea of freezing fat has me a bit concerned. Just how cold does CoolSculpting® get and am I at risk for frostbite or other skin damage during my treatment?


Cautiously Curious

Dear Cautiously Curious,

That’s a great question! Thankfully, there is no danger of frostbite associated with CoolSculpting® fat reduction. Fat cells freeze at 4 degrees Celsius, (roughly 39 degrees Fahrenheit). This is higher than the freezing point of water or blood, meaning your other cells are perfectly safe from damage during CoolSculpting®. The experienced staff at AYA is trained and prepared to offer you the safest and most comfortable treatment available.


Dear #AYA,

I have been dealing with a double chin and sagging in my neck for the longest time. A friend recently told me about Kybella® fat reduction for the double chin. Can Kybella® help with my sagging neck?


Looking for the Answer

Dear Looking for the Answer,

Thanks for writing in. While Kybella® nonsurgical fat reduction treatments can work wonders to treat your double chin, it unfortunately cannot help with your sagging neck. Kybella® treatments target excess fat deposits underneath the chin, also known as “submental fat”.  It does not target either the sagging neck muscles or loose skin that may be causing your neck problem. During your consultation at AYA, our staff can determine if Kybella® fat reduction is right for you or if you should consult with one of our plastic surgeons about potential solutions.

We know slipping away during daytime hours isn’t always possible, so we’re happy to announce evening appointments are now available at AYA Avalon by appointment only until 8pm. To schedule an appointment or complimentary skincare analysis today, contact AYA Avalon today at (678) 534-5035.