Women and men who live healthy lifestyles that include a balanced diet and regular exercise are often disappointed when they notice localized fat that seems resistant to their efforts. Although liposuction is typically an ideal treatment for those who are near their goal weight but continue to struggle with stubborn pockets of fat, some individuals may not want or need surgical intervention. CoolSculpting® provides non-surgical fat reduction in a variety of common problem areas, such as the abdomen, flanks, hips, arms, double chin, and thighs. Fat cells present in areas treated with CoolSculpting® are generally reduced by 20% to 25%.
If you think you may be a candidate for CoolSculpting®, please contact my practice to learn more or to schedule a consultation. We have the latest technology with shorter treatment times and increased comfort. During a consultation, if it is determined this treatment is not right for you, I can recommend other beneficial procedures that may be more appropriate for achieving your aesthetic goals.
Benefits of CoolSculpting®
CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical treatment, so most patients require minimal or no recovery/downtime after the treatment. Some other key benefits include:
- Treatment is designed to be comfortable
- A single session often takes less than an hour
- No anesthesia, needles, or incisions required
- Treatable areas include virtually all areas between the chin and knees
- Fat cells can be reduced approximately 20% to 25% in treated areas
- Long-lasting results can be attained
Targeted fat cells are broken down and eliminated from the body over time via natural processes, so results should gradually improve. To achieve long-term results, maintaining a healthy lifestyle after treatment is important. The removed fat cells do not return; however, fat cells remaining in the body after CoolSculpting® can increase in size and cause patients to gain weight, so I encourage patients to incorporate routine exercise and a healthy diet into their schedule.
The CoolSculpting® Procedure
Although a single treatment can be completed in as little as 35 minutes, depending on the size and number of treatment areas, a complete session of CoolSculpting® may last 1-3 hours. Patients typically relax and read a book or magazine during treatment, and often return to their daily routine immediately afterwards. During treatment, a specialized applicator is affixed to the targeted area. Multiple applications may be needed for larger treatment areas and/or if multiple areas are being addressed.
Through a patented process called Cryolipolysis™, CoolSculpting® is designed to use controlled cooling to “freeze” fatty tissues until they are completely destroyed, while leaving surrounding tissues in the treatment area unharmed. Once the fat cells have been broken down, they are gradually filtered out of the body via natural processes. CoolSculpting® results will continue to improve over time as the affected fat cells are progressively eliminated from the body.
Following a CoolSculpting® session, most patients are able to immediately return to regular activities; little to no downtime is required. Some patients may experience mild redness, bruising, and/or tenderness in the treated area(s), but this should subside relatively quickly. Patients should notice gradual fat reduction in the targeted region(s) over the course of approximately two to four months; however, I generally recommend multiple CoolSculpting® sessions in order to achieve the best possible results.