Nicole, a Madison resident and Pewaukee native, is getting married June 1, 2019 in Shorewood.
In November, Nicole is finishing a pair of non-surgical procedures – CoolSculpting and Emsculpt – that she said have made her look her wedding-best but will also positively shape her body for the rest of her life. She’s had both procedures done this year over a series of several months at Quintessa Aesthetic Center’s Middleton location.
“A wedding is a huge milestone in someone’s life,” said Nicole, 29, who is a full-time global sourcing manager at a large clothing/home décor retailer, and a part-time yoga teacher. “I want to look my best. If these procedures weren’t around, I think a lot of people would be fine how they look, but this is like icing on the cake. It’s not just for celebrities; any person can do it.
“I’m excited to talk about this because I don’t want other people to feel ashamed about getting something like this done,” Nicole added.
The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to remove fat.
Emsculpt is the only non-surgical body contouring treatment in the world that simultaneously builds muscle and burns fat cells. The treatment utilizes state-of-the-art High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology causing the muscles to contract in a way that’s unachievable through normal motion and exercise.
Quintessa has combined the two non-surgical procedures in what it’s calling Q sculpting.
“What CoolSculpting struggles with, Emsculpting is great at,” said Quintessa Aesthetic Center’s facial plastic surgeon and owner, Dr. Andrew Campbell, who lives in Delafield and whose practice also has offices in Delafield, Mequon, Sheboygan, Middleton, and Madison. “I see the two working together to give people more muscle tone and help with fat loss. Emsculpt helps with abdominals and the butt area, and it will improve with building the muscle and reducing some of the fat. CoolSculpting can do the rest, from the back to the sides to the arms, in terms of helping with fat reduction.
“We have always found that combination treatments provide the ‘wow’ factor,” Campbell added. “You combine things, and the results you get go from good to great.”
Nicole, who has had both procedures this year and said she will finish her last Emsculpt procedure in mid-November, has focused CoolSculpting on her sides and the Emsculpt device directly on her abdomen. She said the procedures have helped her lose about 10 pounds but also tighten and slim her waistline.
“For me, it’s not that I needed the treatment,” Nicole said. “I’m very happy and comfortable in my skin, but this has given me a definite confidence boost, and it’s great to have an option to shape my body before my wedding. My wedding is one day, but what I’m doing will last a long time. I’m going to reap these benefits for a very long time.”
Nicole is not alone in terms of brides-to-be having plastic surgery or aesthetic procedures before a wedding. A study from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery noted weddings are the No. 1 special event cited by women as a deciding factor in undergoing an aesthetic procedure, with temporary fillers and injectables in the forehead (42 percent), cheek (35 percent) and lips (18 percent) serving as the top procedures.
CoolSculpting was approved for use in the United States in 2010, according to Forbes, and Quintessa became the first Wisconsin-based practice to offer Emsculpt earlier this year.
“Brides want the so-called perfect wedding, and part of the wedding is that they look perfect,” Campbell said. “Brides spend a lot of time, energy and money on makeup and hair, and to spend time, energy and money to make them truly look better physically makes sense. It’s money well spent. Every time they look at those wedding photos, they’re going to say that they look fabulous.”
Nicole said she was cautiously optimistic having the CoolSculpting and Emsculpt procedures but “when I saw the results, I was very excited.”
“I wanted to do this as a way of boosting my confidence,” she said. “The wedding is an added benefit. The real benefit was building my confidence. This is the body I’ve been given, and I can do what I please with It, and I can make it the best I can.”
Quintessa is not revealing the name of the patient due to HIPAA laws