Who Experiences Hair Loss?
Hair is always top of mind for patients when asked about aging concerns. Hair loss and thinning of the hair is a common complaint of millions of women and men around the world. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 45% of all men suffer from visible hair loss by the age of 35 and will continue to do so with age. 40% of women will suffer from visible hair loss by the age of 40. Hair loss is a major concern whether being from age, stress, genetics, hormones or medical conditions. With new technologies emerging in the field of regenerative medicine, numerous therapies have been produced to combat this issue. A state-of-the-art treatment known as Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, does a remarkable job to slow down and reverse the signs of hair loss.
How PRP Can Stimulate Hair Growth?
The rationale for the use of PRP therapy is to mimic the healing process that normally occurs in the human body. PRP is a safe option because it is prepared from the patient’s blood so it eliminates the risk of immune reactions or infections. PRP acts as a source of growth factors to stimulate cell growth but also strengthens the cells in the area. This is ideal for hair loss patients to strengthen the follicles to promote regenerative hair growth.
Is PRP the Right Treatment for You?
PRP therapy is ideal for essentially any patient suffering from hair loss. However, those with early hair loss have the most favorable results. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is defined as the pattern of hair loss due to genetics. In men, this condition is known as male pattern baldness. Hair loss that occurs at the temples, hairline and crown of the head. In women, hair loss occurs throughout the entire scalp but the hairline does not recede. These patients have weak hair follicles that are easily strengthened by the effects of PRP therapy.
What Other Issues Arise from Hair Loss?
Hair loss can also be contributed to an unhealthy scalp that inhibits the growth of healthy hair. Poor scalp health includes conditions such as dry skin, clogged hair follicles, dead skin, and lack of circulation. Cleansing and exfoliating the scalp while promoting circulation to deliver growth factors and skin proteins is good for the scalp health just as proper facials promote the health of facial skin. Hydrafacial Keravive treatments are relaxing and nutritive and used in combination with PRP therapy will result in thicker, fuller, healthier-looking hair under the right conditions.
Hair Loss: Next Steps
Proper diagnostics in each patient to be certain of the type and the cause of hair loss are essential. In addition to naturally promoting growth with PRP and scalp care, combined treatment options with oral prescription medications and topical or injectable medications can also help maximize outcomes.
Are you experiencing hair loss? Contact CMA Medicine today for a complimentary consultation with our experienced staff.
Some people are cursed with areas of stubborn body fat that just won’t budge, no matter how much they exercise, or how healthy their diet. That’s when body sculpting can help!
Stubborn fat is physiologically different from regular fat and therefore requires a different type of treatment to remove it. If you’ve tried all the recommended ways to rid your body of stubborn fat, yet can’t seem to achieve smooth, tight and toned skin, perhaps it’s time to get a little helping hand. You work hard on your body, so there’s no shame in using available new technology to rid your body of those last few pounds and finally getting that refined appearance you’ve always wanted.
What is body sculpting?
Body sculpting—or body contouring as it is also referred to—is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that can help achieve the body of your dreams without having to spend hours sweating it out in the gym and without going under the knife.
Many areas of the body can be targeted with body contouring such as unwanted bulges around the abdomen, thighs, bottom, upper arms—essentially anywhere you’d like to see reshaped.
Due to the fact that it can be performed quickly, with minimal discomfort and downtime, it is growing in popularity with celebrities and regular joes alike. Celebrities including Kristin Davis, Molly Sims, Kris Jenner, and Gretchen Rossi have all been outspoken about their support of CoolSculpting.
How does body sculpting work?
There are several different body sculpting treatments, all of which work in a similar way by breaking down fat cells that are eventually flushed out of the body over the course of a few months.
CoolSculpting (also known as cryolipolysis) uses cold temperatures to freeze and destroy fat cells. The area being treated is sucked into an application that works in a similar way to a vacuum. The applicator is placed on the area where there is desired fat loss and then safely placed on the protected skin and the fat is frozen to a temperature as low as – 11 degrees. This process crystallizes the fat cells under the skin, and then the crystallized fat cells are eventually flushed from the body through urination.
The treatment can take around 45-minutes to an hour per area being treated, and while it is non-invasive and non-surgical, it can be uncomfortable. CoolSculpting can be used on almost any area of the body with minimal recovery period, however, it is FDA-cleared for the treatment of stubborn fat under the chin and jawline, thighs, abdomen, and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, upper arm fat, and fat underneath the buttocks. The average patient can see a 20 to 25 percent reduction of fat in the area in three months. However, this is not a treatment that will help anyone who is severely overweight. This treatment is for people who need help with unwanted bulges in problem areas that they have not been able to get rid of on their own with diet and exercise.
CoolTone is a noninvasive innovation in body contouring. Unlike its fat-freezing counterpart CoolSculpting, CoolTone’s Magnetic Muscle Stimulation—or MMS technology—penetrates through the skin and fat layers to target only the muscle layer, inducing involuntary muscle contractions. While CoolSculpting literally freezes and kills fat cells which are then naturally flushed out of the body, as a result of the contractions created by CoolTone, muscle fibers are toned, firmed, and strengthened fat on the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs which will be firmer and have a more defined and toned appearance after treatment. CoolTone is FDA-cleared to strengthen, tone, and firm three separate areas. Envision a more toned stomach, tighter thighs, and firm buttocks.
VelaShape uses a combination of infrared light, bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy, massage, and gentle suction to destroy fat cells just below the surface of the skin. The treatment is delivered to the body via an FDA-approved handheld device that is pressed on the surface of the skin. The suction pulls the skin closer to the energy source inside, working with massage to help relax and stretch the stiff fibrous bands under the skin that cause the depressions and dimpling of cellulite. The infrared and RF energies heat the skin, tightening tissue and making fat cells shrink and, in some cases, die. It’s a quick procedure—typically only taking 20 to 30 minutes, though it can take longer for multiple areas—and it also improves blood circulation.
VelaShape enables you to safely achieve a toned, contoured and well-shaped body in typically three treatment sessions. The most commonly treated areas are the thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and stomach. It can also reduce excess fat and improve sagging under the chin.
Are body sculpting treatments painful?
Whether or not you experience pain during the treatments will largely depend on your pain threshold. What is painful to one person might only be uncomfortable to another, but you can expect to experience a stinging or burning sensation during some of the treatments. Unlike their surgical equivalents, they don’t require anesthesia, there’s no downtime and most can be done in your lunch break from work! However, keep in mind that you are likely to require more than one session depending on the area being treated.
What are the downsides to body sculpting?
Body sculpting is non-invasive, which means there is no cutting of the skin involved in the procedure. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are always elements of risk that must be taken into consideration before undergoing the procedure:
Common side effects:
- Redness, swelling and bruising around the treatment area
- Tingling, stinging or aching for a couple of weeks afterward
- Reduced sensation in the targeted area
Bear in mind that these side effects are temporary and won’t stop you from going about your day-to-day routine immediately after treatment.
Many people opt to get a helping hand in achieving their ideal body. If you feel that body sculpting might be the right procedure for you, make sure to research the different options, and find an experienced, trusted professional that will take the time to answer all your questions to ensure you are completely comfortable before committing to the procedure.
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How to lose stubborn fat. The age-old question. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be called stubborn fat! Whether it’s love handles on your hips, a little belly paunch, or bulges around your butt that is holding on for dear life, some fat can be much harder to get rid of, no matter how healthy your diet or how much you work out.
Frustrating as it is, it’s not just you. These hard to rid areas of fat are common in men and women alike, although they are typically experienced in different areas of the body. For women, it tends to be the lower body that is prone to stubborn fat, whereas for men it’s around the midriff. This type of fat is so hard to shift because it is physiologically different from regular fat, and doesn’t necessarily respond in the same way through diet and exercise. We cover more on this topic in our post, 5 Facts you Need to Know About Stubborn Fat.
Fat is burned when the amount of energy expended from the body through exercise exceeds that which is taken into the body in the form of food. After eating—and the body has absorbed the food’s nutrients—insulin levels will start to decline signally to the body that the energy from the meal is running low. The body shifts to burning fat stores to meet its energy needs. In order to burn fat, it must first be released from a fat cell, and one of the reasons that stubborn fat is so hard to get rid of is that it releases its fat more slowly than non-stubborn fat.
Despite the fact that this type of fat is harder to get rid of, it’s natural that we still want to know how to lose fat so that we can look our best. These are some tips that will help you eliminate that frustrating fat once and for all! Keep in mind, however, everybody is different and the way your body stores and loses fat is unique to you.
1. Accept that your behaviors must adjust.
First and foremost, you cannot lose weight without a change in your current status-quo. Whether you’re gaining weight or maintaining, your current behaviors are not leading to weight or fat loss. Therefore accepting that you will need to make some changes is step one, and it’s a mental step. You probably won’t be able to enjoy a weekly happy hour that includes alcohol and appies. You might have to introduce more exercise into your diet. Essentially, you will have to start being more aware of the decisions you make. If you are unwilling to make changes to your current behavior, you’ve failed before you’ve even started.
2. Build lean muscle
To lose stubborn fat, you have to lose fat overall. One of the best ways to lose fat is to build lean muscle. The more lean muscle you have, the easier it’ll be to lose fat, due to the metabolism-boosting effects that come with having more lean muscle. In addition, with leaner muscle, you’ll benefit from stronger bones, better nutrition, better physical function and much more.
Maintain a moderate calorie deficit
To lose fat you should create a moderate deficit in your caloric intake vs output.
This means no crash diets and no extreme calorie deficits, otherwise, you’ll lose weight, but it will come from losing lean muscle as well as fat. Extreme diets are also impossible to sustain and losing stubborn fat takes time. Consistency is key.
Tracking your calories is important when trying to maintain a calorie deficit. It’s all too easy to rack up your calorie count by nibbling at something here or taking a mouthful of something there. In order to know—rather than guess—what your body is taking in, you need to track calories. Part of this is reading nutritional labels. This might be a new behavior for you, but, as outlined in point #1 above, to lose fat, you need to accept that changes must be made.
To lose a pound of fat, you must consume 3500 fewer calories than you currently do, which works out to about 500 few calories a day for a week.
Keep in mind, however, that the goal here is to lose fat and build lean muscle, so you need to eat a good balance of foods. You can’t eat a slice of chocolate cake per day at 1200 calories, burn 1300 calories, and expect to build muscle. Sure, you’ll lose weight but that’s not muscle building food.
Eat a good balance of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and healthy fats
Eating adequate protein optimizes your ability to build and retain lean muscle as muscle burns more calories than fat tissue. Protein also helps you feel full for longer, so incorporate lean protein into every meal to make sure those muscles and cells are properly fueled. Use the rough guide of 0.5-1g of protein per pound of goal body weight.
Fibrous foods like whole-grain breads, oats, vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, and chia seeds help slow your digestion and will fill you up more than foods high in refined carbs and sugar. Fiber is also good for lowering cholesterol, reducing bloating, and avoiding constipation.
Vitamins and minerals are present in most foods, so as long as the majority of your calories are coming from whole foods like vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, dairy, grains, potatoes, and starches, you don’t need to worry about whether or not you are getting enough.
If you want to lose fat, you have to eat fat…but only the right kind. Healthy fats in a meal (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats) can help you feel more satisfied with your meals. Healthy fats are found in foods like olive oil, nuts, avocados, fatty fish, and eggs, and, when consumed in moderation, provide a variety of health benefits.
3. Increase Your Daily Exercise
Walking every day is a simple way to start getting daily exercise if you don’t already have an established exercise routine. Even if it’s only five minutes a day to start with, that’s five minutes more than you were doing before. Start small, and increase the amount you walk by 1-2 minutes a day. It won’t be long until you are walking an hour a day and burning significant calories.
4. Lift more weights (or just heavy things!)
Regular weight lifting builds lean muscle tissue which helps boost your metabolism for better fat burn. You don’t have to be a member of a gym to lift weights, you can easily do it in the comfort of your own home. Either purchase your own weights or simply find something heavy to lift! Proper form is important to make sure you aren’t damaging your body, especially your back, so make sure you know what you are doing. Larger muscles burn the most calories so give your fat burn a kick start by focusing on larger muscles, like those in the legs or buttocks. Eventually, incorporate all muscle groups. Start lifting weights at least two days per week and work up from there.
5. Get enough sleep
Our final tip is important in all facets of life, not just when trying to burn fat. Getting enough sleep is vital and impacts all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness, and mood.
When seeking to better understand how to lose stubborn fat, a study compared two groups of overweight non-smokers on calorie-restricted diets for 14 days. One group slept for 8.5 hours per night, and the other for 5.5 hours per night. At the end of the study, the people who got more sleep lost more fat than the group who had less. People literally burned fat while they slept. With less sleep, the body seeks to meet the increased metabolic needs of longer waking hours by burning fewer calories and less fat.
With these five tips you will have a better understanding of how to lose fat. When it comes to your particular fat loss journey, it’s important to remain patient as changing habits takes time and hard work. Hard doesn’t mean impossible, however. Keep your expectations realistic, and know that small, maintainable changes are better at first rather than drastic changes to your diet or fitness routine that just won’t be sustainable. Eventually, you will fall back into your old unhealthy diet and exercise routines. Instead, focus on creating healthy habits and making lifestyle changes to build lean muscle while ensuring you are still enjoying your life.
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Most people have an area of stubborn fat in their body, an area that has resisted all efforts through diet and exercise and just won’t go away. This stubborn fat is usually the fat just under our skin that you can pinch, the subcutaneous fat, as opposed to the visceral fat that attaches to internal organs like your liver and pancreas. Stubborn fat is incredibly frustrating especially when you eat healthily and exercise regularly, but can’t seem to shift it. However, there are actually many possible reasons as to why that last bit of fat isn’t coming off…and it’s not always to do with exercise and diet.
These 5 facts about stubborn fat will give you a better insight into what it is, and why you might be having trouble getting rid of it:
1. Stubborn fat is physiologically different from regular fat
There is a physiological difference between stubborn fat and regular fat. Fat cells have all kinds of different receptors for different purposes, but in the case of stubborn fat, only the alpha-2 receptors and the beta-2 receptors are relevant. Alpha-2 receptors hinder fat burning and beta-2 receptors accelerate fat burning. The ratio of the two receptors determines the rate at which fat is burned, and stubborn fat regions have much higher alpha-2 receptors compared to beta-2 receptors which are why they are so hard to get rid of. One of the ways to inhibit alpha-2 receptors is to keep insulin levels low, and this can be achieved with a low-carb diet. However, as we mention in the next point, it’s not possible to spot-reduce areas of fat, and while a low carb diet will help reduce overall levels of body fat, but the stubborn fat might remain.
2. We rid our body of some areas of stubborn fat faster than others
You may have heard that it’s not possible to spot-reduce fat, and it is true. You can’t do crunches just to lose stubborn fat around the abdomen. Exercise increases the amount of calories burned, and with a calorie deficit, you will lose weight from all over your body, not just the part you are working out. So, while crunches are good for building strength and working out the muscles near the belly, they won’t burn off stubborn fat in that area.
That being said, some people will lose weight at a faster rate from some parts of their bodies compared to others, and where the fat melts off first is totally different from one person to the next. So, while we can’t choose which areas of the body we would like to lose weight from first, some areas will slim down at a faster rate than others, and there’s not a lot that can be done about it.
3. Hormones can increase stubborn fat
When stubborn fat continues to cling to areas of the body even with a healthy diet and regular exercise, hormones could be the culprit. In females, fat that is primarily stored in the lower body is often due to the impact of the hormone estrogen. Higher levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) can also cause your body to hang on to fat. Hormonal belly fat, in particular, is commonly associated with visceral fat, and as we get older, even a slight disruption in our hormone levels can cause stubborn belly fat to stick.
Bottom line: If your waistline is getting bigger, but you’re eating right and exercising regularly, hormones could be to blame.
4. Women are more prone than men
Women generally have a higher percentage of body fat than men—body fat content is approximately 25% for normal-sized women compared to 15% for men. Women tend to have more alpha-2 receptors in their stubborn fat regions than men in theirs. In fact, female subcutaneous fat in the lower body has about 9 to 10 times more alpha receptors compared to male lower body fat. Many women trying to lose weight say that fat around their hips, buttocks, and thighs are the last to shed (if at all). Bear in mind, however, that this is very normal, and it’s because women’s bodies are designed to carry children—extra fat in these areas is crucial for childbearing.
5. Stubborn fat can be removed non-surgically
Liposuction is a procedure that most people will have heard of. A thin tube called a cannula is inserted into areas of fat through small incisions in the skin and the fat is suctioned out through a vacuum. The process is surgical, and you may have to stay in hospital depending on the type of surgery you had. With liposuction, you can expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks.
However, people who have noticeable fat bulges in certain areas but want to avoid surgery can consider other procedures such as CoolSculpting that can remove the fat cells giving a slimmer silhouette without having to go under the knife. Coolsculpting involves freezing fat cells so they become crystallized and die. The dead fat cells are then naturally processed and eliminated by your body.
Stubborn fat is frustrating, especially if you are eating healthily and exercising regularly. However, as these 5 facts show, it is actually very different to regular fat, and depending on genetics, gender, and hormone levels, it can be almost impossible to shift. However, if you’ve tried everything to rid your body of those stubborn areas of fat to no avail, there are non-surgical procedures that can give your body the helping hand needed to get the shape you want.
To learn about nonsurgical options to non-surgical ways to combat stubborn fat, contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.