Diet and exercise do not always hold the solutions to toning the “trouble areas” of the body that we had hoped.
Localized subcutaneous fat cells can be stubborn and can unfortunately not be targeted by certain physical training.
CoolSculpting, an FDA-approved procedure, permanently removes unwanted fat cells from the abdomen, flanks, inner thighs, back folds, and bra line, rather than shrinking localized fat cells that can increase in size again. The secret is using cold to crystallize the fat, which is then naturally metabolized by the body.
The CoolSculpting Procedure
For patients of both genders within normal body weight standards who have localized areas of fat that have proved difficult to reduce, CoolSculpting may be an excellent non-invasive solution. The procedure is performed by a surgeon in the office on an outpatient basis. Each treated area will undergo 1 hour of CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting relies on the principals of cryolipolysis, the destroying of fat cells through non-invasive controlled cooling. Cryolipolysis is trademarked by Zeltiq Aesthetics. Freezing temperatures are delivered through a specially designed device. Exposure to the cold temperatures leads to apoptosis, otherwise known as programmed cell death. Untreated fat cells and the surrounding skin and nerves remain unaffected.
The process is pain free, although the procedure may initially feel uncomfortably cold as the applicator is placed on the skin but it will become easier after a few moments. The cold temperature has pain reducing qualities so anesthesia and sedation are not necessary. A gel substance is first applied to the skin for protection and then the cooling panels suction the skin and send the controlled freezing temperatures that permeate the tissue until reaching the subcutaneous layers of fat.
Due to the suction qualities of the device and the cold temperatures, the skin may be left looking pink. Redness of the skin can last from a couple minutes to a few hours. The treatment site may also feel tender for the first day or so. Any bruising that occurs will subside within two weeks. Numbness or the feeling of pins and needles are other temporary side effects.
Over the course of three to four months, the body will absorb the crystallized fat cells. Initial results will be visible by around three weeks and will continue to improve. In clinical trials, study participants experienced up to a 25% reduction in fat following CoolSculpting.
Multiple treatments may be required to achieve a patient’s goal, but with no downtime needed, these sessions interfere minimally with daily routines. Any man or women undergoing CoolSculpting may return to work and physically demanding activities the very same day.
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What is Cool Sculpting?
Cool Sculpting is a noninvasive procedure designed to permanently reduce the number of fat cells, which are then reabsorbed by the body, improving the contours of the body.
How is Cool Sculpting performed?
After the targeted treatment area has been determined, a Cool Sculpting applicator will be applied to the skin. This will stay in position for one hour, at which time the procedure is complete.
Who is a good candidate for Cool Sculpting?
Both men and women, in generally good health, within a normal weight limit and troubled by localized fat deposits, can make an excellent Cool Sculpting candidate.
Where is Cool Sculpting performed?
Cool Sculpting is always performed in the office at Kessler Plastic Surgeon, by a trained practitioner.
What type of anesthesia is used during a Cool Sculpting treatment?
No anesthesia is required during a Cool Sculpting procedure. The cold temperature of the hand piece may initially be uncomfortable, but this will generally not last. In fact, the low temperature has the ability to naturally reduce pain/sensations.
How long does Cool Sculpting take to perform?
Cool Sculpting will take approximately one hour to perform.
What can I expect from the Cool Sculpting recovery period?
Patients will initially experience pink or red skin along the treatment area. This will resolve in just a few minutes, or may last several hours. The area may also be tender for 2 or 3 days after the procedure. If bruising occurs, it will decrease over the first two weeks. Temporary numbness or a ‘pins and needles’ sensation may also be experienced.
When can I return to work after a Cool Sculpting treatment?
The Cool Sculpting procedure requires no downtime. Patients are able to return to work, school, and even strenuous activities, immediately after the treatment.
When will I see the results from my Cool Sculpting procedure?
Once the fat cells have been damaged, the body will begin the process of naturally eliminated the unwanted tissue. The initial benefits of Cool Sculpting normally begin to show in about three weeks. The full results will take between three and four months to appear. Patients can normally experience a 25% reduction in fatty tissue in the targeted area.
How long will my Cool Sculpting results last?
The benefits from Cool Sculpting are permanent. Fat cells will not return to the targeted area, although proper diet and exercise are required to prevent fat cells from occurring in the surrounding tissues.
How many Cool Sculpting treatments are required?
Some patients may have satisfying results after only one procedure. On average, a 25% reduction in fatty tissue is experienced during the Cool Sculpting treatment. For those who desire a greater reduction in fatty tissues, a repeat procedure may be performed; generally after enough time to assess the full results from an initial treatment.
What are the risks of Cool Sculpting?
Cool Sculpting is considered extremely safe. Since the procedure is noninvasive, there is no risk of infection. The mechanism of Cool Sculpting only attacks fat cells, therefore the surrounding tissue is not affected.
Will Cool Sculpting result in scarring?
No, there is no scarring associated with the Cool Sculpting procedure.
Can I finance my Cool Sculpting procedure?
Yes, patients are welcome to apply for medical financing through CareCredit. Requiring no money down, patients are able to use their line of credit immediately upon approval.