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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our office has been open since June 15, 2020. We consider the well-being of our patients and staff as our highest priority and it is always best to take sensible precautions during a time like this.

Our staff have all been vaccinated, and we have had no single case of COVID-19 due to our strict protocols. We have an extensive level of cleaning and sterilization between patients for your safety while in-office. I appreciate your efforts in keeping our practice a safer place!

Please note the following in regards to all patient appointments:

We are asking patients who experience any of the following symptoms to self-quarantine and cancel their appointments: fever, shortness of breath, change of sense of smell or taste, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, chest pain, any direct contact with Covid-19 positive individual(s). COVID-19 testing is no longer required for certain procedures for fully vaccinated patients.

We do provide a Virtual Consultation for your convenience: Virtual Consultation if needed, but we strongly recommend taking advantage of our in-person consultations since those are most effective for meeting with Dr. Sheena Kong or Colette Janes.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to our office!

Kindest Regards,
Dr. Sheena Kong

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Would you like to achieve a trimmer, more fit body contour without invasive surgery and a long recovery time? If so, our CoolSculpting San Francisco procedure may be the treatment you're looking for. An award-winning body sculpting system that was developed through extensive research performed at Harvard University, CoolSculpting reduces deposits of unwanted fat for a slimmer, sexier you. The best part is there are no injections, incisions or anesthesia needed, and no downtime.

As San Francisco's most trusted body sculpting professional, Dr. Sheena Kong Med Spa is one of only a few medical spas that offers the most recently released CoolAdvantage applicators and Dual CoolSculpting system. While Dual CoolSculpting makes it possible to remove fat in half the time, the CoolAdvantage applicators make the process even faster, with most treatments requiring only 35 minutes.

The CoolAdvantage applicators can treat larger areas more quickly, and are more comfortable, for a better patient treatment experience! For larger areas of fat, patients may benefit from CoolAdvantagePlus. As a physician with years of body sculpting experience, Dr. Kong is pleased to have the latest Dual CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage system to offer patients for safe, effective body sculpting treatments.

How CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage Works

The idea for CoolSculpting treatment came from two Harvard University scientists that noticed that children got dimples from eating popsicles. Based on this observation, the scientists concluded that cold temperatures could target and kill fat cells without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue. They coined the phenomenon of targeted cooling "Cryolipolysis," the basis for CoolSculpting treatment.

Freeze Away Fat Cells

CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for the reduction of unwanted fat. CoolAdvantage applicators are the latest generation of controlled cooling technology. This cutting-edge applicator shortens the treatment time to 35 minutes, makes it possible to treat a larger area and provides a more comfortable patient experience. The treatment crystallizes (freezes) fat cells in a targeted area of the body. Over several weeks following treatment, the body naturally processes the fat cells. Once the cells are gone, they never return. Clinical studies have shown an average of 20 to 30 percent fat loss in each treated area.

CoolSculpting versus Smartlipo, which one is better for you?

Both CoolSculpting and Smartlipo are effective treatments to remove unwanted fat. Both procedures address fatty deposits that diet and exercise cannot resolve.

Smartlipo uses laser energy to melt the fat, as well as tightening the skin. Excess fat is extracted from the body with a minimally-invasive liposuction technique. Results will be visible after treatment and continue to improve for several months after a Smartlipo treatment. The procedure involves little downtime. During recovery, you will need to take 2 to 3 days off from work, and you will need to wear a special compression garment for about 2 weeks. During recovery, you will be asked to avoid vigorous exercise and other strenuous activities. The incisions are much smaller than earlier generations of lipo, and almost disappear after a few months in most cases.

Coolsculpting versus Smartlipo for Body Contouring

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Non-Invasive, Effective Fat Removal

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive treatment that targets unwanted fat cells in various body areas. It is an amazing technology freezes the fat cells in specific body areas, after which the body processes the dead fat cells. CoolSculpting is an effective treatment to contour abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs, bra bulges, and arm fat. Each treatment leads to a reduction of 25% of fat cells in the area, and up to 40% to 50% of fat cells if treatment areas overlap. CoolSculpting technology can now reduce fat deposits under the chin for remarkable results. With 2 cycles of CoolSculpting to resolve a double chin, most patients see a significant reduction in the size and appearance of excess chin fat. CoolSculpting is an ideal treatment for patients who want to avoid a surgical procedure, and can't afford downtime. This system can contour the body to give it a trimmer, slimmer, more attractive body shape. With CoolAdvantage, the CoolSculpting process has advanced even further, making the treatment time faster. Some patients, particularly those with large areas of loose skin, may achieve better results with Smartlipo. Only a one-on-one, confidential consultation with Dr. Kong will reveal which treatment will get the most dramatic results for you.

Dr. Kong has been using Smartlipo in her practice for many years prior to adding CoolSculpting as a noninvasive body contouring treatment. In her ongoing efforts to educate each patient, she wants to share her expertise in how she would select the most effective body contouring system.

What to Expect During Treatment

Prior to treatment, you and Dr. Kong will map out the area(s) of your body to be treated. During treatment, you will relax on the treatment table as Dr. Kong positions the CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage handpiece over the targeted areas of unwanted fat. The CoolAdvantage hand piece will draw up the bulge of fat with direct contact of the treatment hand piece to cool the fat cells under the skin. Once the fat cells reach a certain temperature, they crystallize and then die. Dr. Kong will repeat this process several times to target all of the unwanted fat in the treatment area(s). The treatment cycle takes only 35 minutes to complete. By using two separate CoolSculpting machines simultaneously, Dr. Kong speeds treatment, and freezes twice as much fat, and treatments can be delivered in half the time.

Recovering from CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage

Because treatment is completely non-invasive — and does not involve needles, incisions, injections or anesthesia — it does not involve a lengthy recovery period. You can immediately return to your daily routine after treatment. The area may have mild swelling, redness, tingling or numbness, but these side effects are temporary and quickly subside. With the new CoolAdvantage treatment, issues such as pain and bruising are greatly reduced.

CoolSculpting Results

Results may appear in as little as one to three weeks as your body flushes out crystallized fat cells. The most noticeable results should appear around the two to three-month mark, and will continue to improve for about three to four months. The treated area will become slimmer and flatter, with a slimmer, trimmer contour. Your clothing will fit better and you will have more confidence in your body shape. You can enjoy your results by continuing to maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise and a nutritious diet.

CoolSculpting Q&A

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Is CoolSculpting treatment safe?

Yes. CoolSculpting has earned the FDA approval. Millions of procedures have been performed worldwide with safe and successful outcomes. The FDA has recently approved CoolSculpting for treatment on chin fat, arms, abdomen, love handles, bra bulges, buttock fat, outer and inner thighs.

How long does CoolSculpting treatment take?

It can vary depending on the size and number of treatment areas, but generally CoolSculpting treatment takes between one and three hours. With Dual CoolSculpting and the new CoolAdvantage treatment available at Dr. Sheena Kong's office, the treatment time is faster and the patient experience more comfortable. You can rest and relax while unwanted fat cells are targeted and crystallized.

Does CoolSculpting treatment hurt?

Every patient has a different tolerance for pain and responds to treatment differently, but most find that CoolSculpting treatment is easy to experience. You might feel bursts of intense cold, especially at the start of treatment, with a mild pinching/pulling sensation, but most patients report it is easily tolerated. The CoolAdvantage treatment is more comfortable than the earlier generation of CoolSculpting treatments.

Can I read during my CoolSculpting treatment session?

Yes, you can read, answer emails, listen to music, watch TV or simply relax during your CoolSculpting treatment session. Some patients even nap as Dr. Kong works.

When can I go back to work?

You can plan to go back to work immediately after your CoolSculpting appointment. Most patients are able to resume their daily activities directly after the treatment is completed.

Are there any side effects?

CoolSculpting may cause mild and temporary numbness, bruising, swelling, redness, tingling or stinging after treatment, but these effects subside completely. Serious side effects are very rarely reported.

How many treatment sessions will I need to see results?

It depends on the area(s) to be treated, your current body shape and your desired results. Dr. Kong will perform a physical evaluation during your consultation and advise whether one or multiple treatments would best help you achieve the look you envision.

How much weight will I lose with CoolSculpting?

You may lose a few pounds after treatment, but it is not guaranteed. CoolSculpting is not designed as a weight loss treatment; rather, it selectively "spot-tones" problem areas with unwanted fat. CoolSculpting is not appropriate for individuals that are severely obese or have a great deal of loose skin.

How can I maintain my CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage results?

Dr. Kong recommends you exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet to maintain your slimmer body shape. Once you see how great you look after your CoolSculptingCoolAdvantage treatment, maintaining your slim, trim contour should be easy! Some patients find it much more comfortable to exercise and live an active lifestyle with their new sculpted body.

How much does CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage treatment cost?

The cost of CoolSculpting in San Francisco depends on the size and number of treatment areas, the number of treatment sessions you need and the results you hope to achieve. Dr. Kong can provide you with an individualized treatment plan and customized pricing quote during your CoolSculpting consultation.

Learn more about CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage

As CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage is a highly-customized body sculpting treatment, interested patients need to be evaluated by Dr. Kong to develop a tailored treatment plan. It is impossible to give a cost quote over the phone. For more information about how Dr. Kong can improve your body shape with the non-invasive CoolSculpting treatment, please schedule a consultation today. Visit Dr. Kong' med spa in SF for some of the best CoolSculpting SF has to offer.


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