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Linda Pitt, Lead Master Aesthetician and Body Specialist at Signature Medical Spa and Body by Signature, was selected by Allergan as one of 10 national Coolsculpting Field Trainers. She joins the Coolsculpting University faculty of 2021 and will travel to practices in DC, VA, NC, and SC to train clinicians. In addition to expertise in Coolsculpting, Linda has a deep knowledge of the medical aesthetics field and a talent for instruction. She will maintain her position treating clients and leading the Body Team at Signature Medical Spa, a division of Albemarle Dermatology Associates, owned by Bonnie Straka, MD.

Coolsculpting® is an FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen, flanks, back, arms, inner and outer thighs, and chin. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting.

Body by Signature - a division of Signature Medical Spa and Albemarle Dermatology Associates - is the #1 Coolsculpting provider in Central Virginia. With over 10 years of body contouring experience, this Charlottesville practice, which ranks in the top 1% of all Coolsculpting providers in the United States, is dermatologist-owned and employs approximately 40 local staff. The practice’s reputation for excellence is based on thousands of recommendations from clients. All body contouring providers are highly experienced and Coolsculpting University Master Level graduates.

Body by Signature offers multiple FDA-cleared devices, including 3 Coolsculpting Elite systems, to target permanent fat reduction, skin tightening, and muscle building on multiple areas of the body. Body treatments are non-surgical with little to no down time. Coolsculpting results are typically achieved within three months.

Countless people struggle with weight loss, and unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Getting into shape is a unique, personal journey. If you have tried dieting and rigorous exercise but cannot seem to lose the fat deposits on your body, you may want to consider Coolsculpting®. This treatment is a noninvasive, FDA-approved procedure that literally freezes fat cells away.

Ready to learn more? We are breaking down six key things you should know about Coolsculpting.

What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is the process of using cooling technology to isolate and destroy fat cells in the body. Once frozen, the body will naturally eliminate the crystallized cells, permanently removing the fat deposits within the targeted area.

Coolsculpting is one of the few noninvasive medical procedures aimed at fat loss to receive FDA approval. The treatment is an attractive option for many people, as it is virtually painless. In fact, most patients find it to be incredibly comfortable. There are also very few adverse reactions associated with Coolsculpting. In rare cases, patients may develop a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. However, this is a treatable cosmetic issue and not a serious medical concern.

Six Facts to Know About Coolsculpting

If you are interested in the Coolsculpting procedure, keep the following key facts in mind:

1. Coolsculpting is a Relatively Quick Procedure

Coolsculpting is unique in that it produces noticeable results without the need for long, time-consuming operations. A typical session takes about 35 minutes, which is a breeze compared to most cosmetic procedures.

2. Do Not Expect Immediate Results

Coolsculpting results are not immediate, but they are permanent. Most patients notice their best results in approximately three to four months, while some see changes even earlier. The best part? Treated fat deposits will not return.

3. The Procedure is Nonsurgical & Noninvasive

Unlike liposuction and other fat-loss treatments, Coolsculpting is noninvasive and non-surgical. Plus, it does not require the use of any medications before or after treatment.

4. Coolsculpting Is Not a Weight-Loss Treatment

Coolsculpting can help you look more trimmed and toned; however, it is not a weight loss solution. Rather, it is designed to permanently remove fat cells that do not improve with dieting and exercise.

5. It Is Not Right for Everyone

Most people can undergo Coolsculpting treatments safely. However, the procedure is not safe for individuals with cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.

6. Coolsculpting Provides Lasting Results

Coolsculpting is one of the most effective treatments for permanently eliminating fat cells.

What Results Can I Expect?

Coolsculpting patients will generally see a 20 to 25 percent reduction of fat cells in the treated area. However, it may take more than one treatment to reach your desired results.

How Much Does Coolsculpting Cost?

Because it is a cosmetic procedure, health insurance carriers will not cover the cost of Coolsculpting. Generally, treatment plans range from $2,000 to $4,000, depending on your unique needs. For example, treating one small area will be less expensive than treating several larger areas.

Say Goodbye to Stubborn Fat with Body by Signature

If you think Coolsculpting may be right for you, the experts at Body by Signature will create a personalized, effective treatment plan with real, lasting results. For more information about Coolsculpting, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!

Written by Leigh Walsh, Master Aesthetician and Body Specialist:

In the ever-evolving cosmetic world, it has been exciting to watch technology change and witness the growth of non-invasive procedures over the years. Among those changes, body sculpting devices have been one of the fastest developing in the field.

As a mother and master aesthetician, I was thrilled when the first FDA-cleared device for the postpartum tummy entered the market. In the past, there was never great success with treating the female postpartum body. VelaShape was cutting edge and designed to reduce the circumference of the “mommy pooch” as well as smooth thighs. Although this was groundbreaking at the time, the results were not permanent. As technology continued to advance, it wasn’t long before the first body device with permanent results entered the scene. This is when my passion for body contouring really took hold.

One of the most gratifying parts of my profession is helping women regain confidence in their body again after having children. At Body by Signature, we have the ability to permanently reduce stubborn pockets of fat. In addition, we have series-treatments to lift and tighten the skin, and even build muscle. Busy mothers can come in and have these treatments in very little time. Better yet, all of the treatments are non-invasive and have little to no downtime.

Magnetic muscle stimulation is one of the latest advancements in body contouring and offers many benefits to women that have carried children. During pregnancy, abdominal muscles can become weak, stretched, and sometimes separated. Devices such as Emsculpt and CoolTone have the ability to put your muscles to work in a way that is humanly impossible through exercise alone. This not only gives women a leg up on strengthening and toning their body, but also increases their ability to perform stronger workouts.

My advice for mothers, both new and old, is that it is okay to invest in yourself. You are worth it! When we look and feel our best, we do our best. I invite you to schedule a free consultation and begin your journey towards a more confident you, today.

Leigh Walsh, Master Aesthetician and Body Specialist
Leigh Walsh, Master Aesthetician and Body Specialist

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