5 Things You Wanted to Know About CoolSculpting - But Never Asked

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Oct 21, 2016 10:09:56 AM

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1. Is CoolSculpting permanent?

Yes. Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good. At Sona MedSpa we are committed to ensuring our clients achieve their desired results and that is why we offer The Sona Promise for CoolSculpting.


2. What does it feel like?

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you may typically feel intense cold. This soon dissipates. With some applicators, you’ll feel some pulling as suction is applied. The area generally goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes during treatment. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their CoolSculpting treatment.

After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 or 3 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately following their appointment. 


3. Why does it take so long to see results?

Once the the fat cells treated die, your body will process those dead cells naturally. You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment. Check out Hannah's CoolSculpting Transformation!


4. Will CoolSculpting help me lose weight?

No. The number of fat cells in our bodies typically becomes a fixed number sometime in our teenage years. Losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, it changes the size of fat cells.



5. I hear you treat the banana area - What exactly is that?

The banana roll is a pocket of fat underneath the butt that is in the shape of a banana. Some people say it makes them look like they have a double butt. Check out the two new areas we can treat with CoolSculpting!


Learn More About CoolSculpting at Sona MedSpa by Scheduling a FREE One-on-One Consultation Today!


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5 Things You Wanted to Know About Laser Hair Removal - But Never Asked

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Oct 12, 2016 2:48:27 PM

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No. Unlike waxing, you do not need to grow out your unwanted hair. Shaving is required before your laser hair removal treatment. However, do not wax before any laser hair removal treatment. The objective is for the laser energy to go directly to the root of the hair and shaving allows the laser to locate the pigment of the hair follicle, with the follicle still in place.



Our medically trained staff are very sensitive to your privacy. A private changing room is in each of our treatment rooms and for your privacy, we provide a robe to wear during treatment. Only the area being treated is exposed. Keep in mind, your laser hair removal is only between you and your provider. 



You can have as much area or as little as you want treated. Only your provider will know your preference. 



No. But if you have sensitive skin, you may experience some flushing of the skin due to the heat from the laser. If you experience any bumps or flushing of the skin immediately after treatment, our providers will provide cream to calm the irritation. 



The purpose of the gel used during each laser hair removal treatment is to cool and protect your skin. The gel must be cold to protect your skin from the heat of the laser. Our providers will generously apply the gel throughout your treatment to ensure a safe and effective treatment. 


Learn More About Laser Hair Removal at Sona MedSpa by Scheduling a FREE One-on-One with a Sona Skin Consultant Today! 


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Product of the Month: SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Oct 1, 2016 9:46:31 AM


The Retinol to Use for Age Defense

SkinMedica Age Defense Retinol Complex 1.0 enhances the skin's appearance to promote a smoother, rejuvenated complexion. Formulated for skin types pre-conditioned to retinol treatments, it minimizes the appearance of age spots and wrinkles. It also improves elasticity and works effectively to visibly reduce acne scars. With continued use, faster cell renewal is encouraged.


Why Use Retinol Complex 1.0?

  • 1% retinol exfoliates the complexion and encourages cell turnover 
  • Antioxidants defend against free radicals and soothe skin 
  • Bisabolol calms inflammation and irritation 

Increase cell turnover to reveal smoother, softer and brighter skin with SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0.


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SkinMedica's Retinol Complex 1.0 at any Sona MedSpa location through October 31, 2016!



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WATCH: Skin Tightening and Cellulite Reduction with Venus Legacy

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Sep 22, 2016 10:22:10 AM

Both cellulite and loose or sagging skin are common complaints for many Sona clients. Over time, the skin naturally becomes less elastic, which can lead to drooping and sagging. Cellulite can occur at any age and on any body type, and is caused by underlying fat deposits that give the skin a dimpled or lumpy appearance. Cellulite is notoriously difficult to treat, despite the influx of creams, at-home treatments, and special exercises.

Technology comes to the rescue with Venus Legacy™ at Sona. Venus Legacy™ is a non-invasive, pain-free treatment that gets proven results for cellulite reduction & skin tightening.

Check out why clients are choosing Venus Legacy at Sona MedSpa and how this revolutionary procedure can benefit you!

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New! CoolSculpting® is Now Available For 2 Additional Areas

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Sep 15, 2016 9:40:59 AM

CoolSculpting is the World's #1 non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. The experts Sona MedSpa have performed thousands of CoolSculpting treatments leaving many of our clients with increased confidence and looking better than ever! We are happy to now offer CoolSculpting for two new body areas - the Banana Roll and Distal Thigh (Knee)! CoolSculpting can treat almost any area of the body with specialized applicators for each individual need. 

NEW! CoolCurve+™ Applicator for the Banana Roll

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The CoolCurve+™ applicator is ideal for curves, as in the flank area, and can also treat the Banana Roll. 


NEW! CoolMini™ Applicator for the Distal Thigh/Knee

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The CoolMini™ applicator is ideal to treat small pockets of fat such as the double chin and now the distal thigh, also know as knee fat.

In addition to these 2 new areas, CoolSculpting also reduces fat in these areas:

  • Double Chin
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks/Muffin Top
  • Inner Thigh
  • Outer Thigh

Learn How Sona Customizes Your CoolSculpting Transformation

 Contact us today and learn how you can see a slimmer you with CoolSculpting.

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Your Skin & Menopause

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 30, 2016 11:18:16 AM

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How Your Skin Changes During Menopause

For all women, menopause is an incredibly complicated process. When your hormones change, your body starts changing: hot flashes, night sweats, dryness, mood swings, hair growth, hair loss, acne, insomnia, and more.  But did you know that menopause significantly effects your skin?

The reason that menopause effects the skin is because women need estrogen to stimulate skin-smoothing collagen and oils. When menopause approaches, estrogen levels decrease, resulting in dryness and sagging of the skin, acne, and fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, with testosterone no longer masked in the women's body, some women may develop unwanted hair growth, particularly facial hair.

Tips for Better Skin During and After Menopause:

  • Hydrate & Protect - Make applying moisturizer and SPF 30+ sunscreen your daily routine
  • Eat your Antioxidants - Eating foods with antioxidants can make the collagen in your skin stronger 
  • Stock up on Soy - Soy is rich in isoflavones, plant-based compounds that act like estrogen in your body, This can help with hot flashes and night sweats
  • Laser Skin Rejuvenation - You are now more prone to sun damage. If you are noticing sun spots or age spots, a solution at Sona MedSpa is the non-invasive skin treatment AFT which can provide a clearer and more youthful complexion with no downtime
  • Laser Hair Removal - Whether it's unwanted hair on you chin, upper lip, legs, or where ever, Laser Hair Removal at Sona MedSpa can relieve the embarrassment and build back your confidence with smooth, silky skin.
  • Botox & Dermal Fillers - If you are noticing more fine lines and wrinkles, Botox and Dermal Fillers are temporary solutions that can restore and correct facial aging. Read more about How to Address the Signs of Aging
  • Maintain Your Youthful Glow - SkinMedica products like TNS Essential Serum, Chemical Peels, and Microdermabrasions are great solutions to keeping your skin looking and feeling its best. Read more about The Benefits of Chemicals Peels


Don't let Menopause control you. Stay in control of your body and be proactive. 

Contact a Sona Skin Consultant today to learn more about how to keep your youthful glow!




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What is a MedSpa?

Posted by Brett Lutz on Aug 18, 2016 2:51:46 PM

Are you looking to schedule a pedicure, massage, or facial? Many spas offer those services, but a medical spa offers a different sort of pampering. Med spas like Sona, also called medi-spas or medical spas, are hybrids between the traditional day spa and an aesthetic medical center. At Sona MedSpa, we blend the best of those two worlds - a relaxing spa-like experience with the non-surgical procedures and expertise previously only found at a doctor’s office.



How does a medical spa differ from a traditional day spa?

The biggest difference between a traditional day spa and a medical spa like Sona is that results-oriented medical aesthetic treatments are offered at a med spa. Unlike day spas, med spas are under the general supervision of a licensed physician and treatments are performed by trained, experienced and qualified providers.


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Treatment types/services can vary but Sona specializes in:

As with all med spas, Sona's treatments are non-invasive, non-surgical, and require little to no downtime.  Most clients resume normal activities immediately following treatment.

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Who performs your treatment can depend on the treatment and which company you choose. Medical regulations also differ from state-to-state. 

Sona’s medically trained staff and personnel have performed more than two million treatments since we first opened our doors in 1997. In addition to hiring only certified and seasoned medically licensed providers, we send our Aestheticians, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians Assistants through the intensive training program known as Sona University.

The level of care at Sona far exceeds that of the average med spa. In addition to the oversight of our Medical Advisory Board, each facility is overseen locally by a physician licensed in that state, as well as a Physicians Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, to focus on the safety and efficacy of every procedure.


Interested in learning more about the services Sona MedSpa has to offer?



Reasons to Consider Spider Vein Removal

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 11, 2016 1:31:33 PM


Do you avoid wearing shorts or swimming apparel because you don't want others to see your spider veins? Even minor skin imperfections can make a big impact. Little things that others may not notice, like spider veins, can stand out bigger than life. Technology comes to the rescue with the Sona solution for removing spider veins.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are dilated or stretched blood vessels that have a branching pattern and are commonly found on the thigh, lower leg and occasionally on the face. On the face they are often referred to as broken capillaries. They can be easily confused with varicose veins, but are not the same. 

  • Spider Veins are smaller, flat, red, purple, and blue vessels
  • Varicose Veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels 

Spider veins are progressive in nature and usually increase in number and visibility with age. They are caused by increased pressure in the veins. The question of why people get them, and some don't is unclear, but doctors say the tendency of those who get them is hereditary. Other factors that can cause spider veins: occupations (standing for long periods of time), obesity, and hormonal influences.

When to Consider Spider Vein Treatment

  • If you have visible veins on your legs or thighs that have a branching or web-like pattern
  • If you have a pattern of branching veins on your face that you try to conceal
  • If you feel that your spider veins are a sign of aging that you would like to eliminate

How to Treat Spider Veins

There are many different ways to treat spider veins. At Sona MedSpa we use lasers that are typically used to treat small to medium-sized blood vessels that usually occur in the face. During treatment, a hand piece is passed over the skin and the laser light is absorbed by the blood, causing the vessels to coagulate and be absorbed by the body. Plus, there is little downtime!

READ MORE: Ask The Expert - Get Rid of Spider Veins

If you have spider veins on your skin, you don't have to live with them any longer!

Schedule your FREE consultation today


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The Benefits of Chemical Peels

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 1, 2016 4:05:16 PM

iStock_000011860992_Double.jpgAs we age naturally, our skin cells do not replace themselves as rapidly, This can result in a dry and dull appearanceAt Sona MedSpa, we exclusively offer SkinMedica professional level chemical peels which exfoliate dead skin cells and help reveal fresh, new skin. 

By eliminating this dead skin cell build-up with a consistent routine of professional peels, your skin will have a younger, healthier, well-hydrated and more radiant appearance. Safe for all skin types, you will notice improved appearance in days and continual improvement for weeks to come. Not only are SkinMedica Chemical Peels a great solution to restore your skin, but we highly recommend using chemical peels to maintain your results from other services at Sona MedSpa like Pixel and AFT. But why Chemical Peels?

Benefits of Chemical Peels :
  • Improves the tone of your skin
  • Reduces the signs of aging
  • Clears acne and acne scarring
  • Stimulates the production of collagen

Professional peel treatments contain anti-bacterial and immune stimulating ingredients which makes it an excellent treatment option for skin prone to acne. Peels help break the oily skin cycle, unclogging pores and preventing future outbreaks. Professional peels also are recommended for improving irregular discoloration, smoothing rough texture, and reducing mild scarring.  Our Sona Skin Consultants will customize a solution depending on your skin type and condition.

If I'm Using Chemical Peels to Improve My Skin Tone, How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments recommended will vary depending on the skin condition that is being addressed. A more aggressive approach would be as frequent as every two weeks. Once desired results are achieved, peels can be repeated as part of an ongoing maintenance program. 

Do Chemical Peels Require Any Downtime?

Post treatment, your skin may be pink or slightly red which will subside within a few hours. Over the next several days your skin may feel tight and dry. You may notice some peeling or flaking of the skin, Make-up can be worn, however a mineral based make-up is recommended. Sun exposure should be limited immediately following treatment.


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Tools of the Trade: How Sona Customizes Your CoolSculpting® Transformation

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Jul 13, 2016 3:19:36 PM

CoolSculpting is the revolutionary technology in aesthetic fat reduction that everyone is talking about. Whether your have stubborn fat around your stomach, thighs, or even under your chin - CoolSculpting could be the perfect solution. But what can you expect from your CoolSculpting transformation at Sona MedSpa?

When you schedule your Free Consultation at Sona MedSpa, a CoolSculpting-certified treatment provider will customize your CoolSculpting treatment plan with a wide range of CoolSculpting applicators that are specifically designed to eliminate stubborn fat for good. The applicators you will hear your Sona Skin Consultant describe are: CoolMax (Large Volume Reduction), CoolCore (Abdomen), CoolFit (Inner Thighs), CoolSmooth Pro (Outer Thighs), CoolCurve+ (Flanks/Love Handles), and the NEW CoolMini (Double Chin). Having a variety of applicators allows this FDA-cleared technology to be optimized to fit different body shapes and sizes to produce the best results.

Most of the CoolSculpting applicators use vacuum pressure to draw the tissue between the cooling panels. During the treatment, the applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling conditions that have been proven to target and eliminate fat cells in specific areas of the body. When the fat cells are exposed to this cooling, they trigger a process of natural removal that gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. See some before and after photos from the various CoolSculpting applicators:


Eliminate a Double Chin with the NEW CoolMini™ Applicator :


           Click to view Brandy's CoolMini transformation


Slimmer Inner Thighs with the CoolFit™ Applicator :



Slimmer Outer Thighs with the CoolSmooth Pro™ Applicator :



                       Click to View Hannah's CoolSculpting transformation




Contact us today and learn how you can see a slimmer you with CoolSculpting.

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