There are limits to what exercise and diet can do, which is why Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care offers various modes for body contouring and sculpting. If you have ever been told by a trainer or nutritionist that you can’t “spot reduce,” that is true—at least when depending exclusively on workouts and a healthy diet. However, CoolSculpting is a means of “spot reduction” that works by freezing away small amounts of unwanted fat cells. It has long been one of the most popular, safest, and effective ways to non-surgically contour the body and summer is the perfect time to start the process.


The CoolSculpting technology has been available for years, but the makers continue to improve and advance modalities. For instance, CoolSculpting can now be used just about anywhere you want to reduce fat cells, including small areas like the submental (under-chin) area. CoolSculpting works slow and steady, with most clients requiring 3 – 6 treatments for optimal results. When fat is “frozen away,” fat cells “die” but do require some time to be absorbed and expelled from the body. This means that results are not immediate, but you can start to see improvement after one month. Taking photos and measurements is a better means of gauging CoolSculpting progress rather than a scale. It is not uncommon for CoolSculpting clients to lose 1 – 2 pounds, but bear in mind that this is a contouring treatment and not a weight loss procedure.


Qwo is the only FDA-approved injectable for quickly and effectively removing cellulite for up to two years, on average. Cellulite can happen to anyone, though women are most likely to struggle with it. In fact, over 90 percent of women will have cellulite at some point in their lives, and the most common area is the buttocks. Cellulite cannot be addressed with diet and exercise and appears when fat pushes through the fibrous matrix right below the skin’s surface. Before Qwo, the only way to really address cellulite was with a minor and painstaking surgery in which the fibers causing cellulite were snipped. However, Qwo is capable of actually dissolving those fibers with quick injections. There is no procedure, surgical or otherwise, that will permanently stop cellulite because those fibers will reattach in the months and years following any procedure. However, the good news is that you can repeat Qwo injections when the effect “wears off.” Qwo may cause bruising after the treatment, but since it is only approved for women and for use on the buttocks, this temporary side effect is easy to hide.


Contouring the body isn’t just about targeting pockets of fat and getting rid of cellulite. Men and women alike know that muscle tone is critical for looking your best during swimsuit season and beyond. However, building muscle is very difficult and can require intense sessions in the gym. Emsculpt can help take your fitness to the next level with a non-invasive treatment that forces muscles into 20,000 supramaximal contractions in 30 minutes. That is the equivalent of performing 20,000 perfect squats, crunches, curls, or other muscle-building rep. You of course could not do this on your own (safely or otherwise), but Emsculpt can. The treatment is quick and easy, but you should expect to feel sore afterward just like with any workout. Remember that Emsculpt is not an alternative to strength training, but a complement to it. It can help get you ready for a new fitness routine, break through plateaus, and take your strength training to the next level.

These three body contouring strategies work well together, too. It is possible to undergo back-to-back treatments to work on body contouring, cellulite reduction, and muscle-building in tandem. After all, all three means of body sculpting are important. To find out more about body sculpting options at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, start with a complimentary consultation. Here, Zuzana Likar personally trains every staff member to the highest standards so you can count on getting the best treatment and best results. Contact us today by calling the office or simply complete the online form for the quickest response.