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CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared technology that safely delivers controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin while leaving the skin itself unaffected. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells through the lymphatic system, leaving a more sculpted you. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese.
How Is CoolSculpting Performed?
During the treatment, a gel pad and applicator are applied to the targeted area. The vacuum applicators deliver controlled cooling by drawing the targeted tissue into the applicator cup. The procedure is performed in a private room with a comfortable chair and television so you can relax during the procedure. The dead fat cells are cleared through the lymphatic system with proper hydration, so water intake is critical to the overall outcome of the procedure.
The benefits of CoolSculpting include:
- Proven results
- No surgery or downtime
- Treats all skin tones and textures
Our CoolSculpting Specialist will develop a customized treatment plan during the consultation that addresses your specific areas of concern. To achieve optimal results, your treatment may require multiple sessions (or visits). We also prescribe strict Pre-Treatment and Post-Treatment care guidelines for our patients to follow. Following your treatment, our providers will discuss the proper post-treatment care. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to evaluate your results, take photos and discuss additional sessions, if needed.
Patients interested in nonsurgical fat reduction with skin tightening might consider Vanquish treatments. Alternatively, if you are interested in surgical options, liposuction may be a good option for you.
Am I Candidate for CoolSculpting?
Our specialist will determine if you are an ideal candidate. A few contraindications include but are not limited to:
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
- Pregnant and/or nursing
- Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or rashes
Frequently Asked Questions
The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. One cycle (or treatment) typically lasts between 30-45, depending on the area being treated.
This procedure does not require anesthesia, and most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after CoolSculpting. During the treatment, patients will feel sensations of pulling, tugging and mild pinching. Intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching or cramping sensations subside as the area becomes numb.
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for the flank (love handle), abdomen and inner/outer thighs. However, we also successfully treat the chin, arms and bra rolls.
You may experience temporary redness and firmness, mild bruising around the edges of the treatment area or tingling and stinging that will resolve completely. Because there is no anesthesia required, you don’t have to worry about side effects associated with anesthesia.
Some patients report seeing results as early as 3 weeks after the first treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 1-3 months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4-6 months. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine will lengthen the results.
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