CoolSculpting is a new FDA-approved approach to eliminating stubborn fat cells. Ideal for those who are fit but have areas that are resistant to diet and exercise, CoolSculpting employs non-invasive cooling technology to target and freeze fat cells, which the body then eliminates naturally. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you understand what CoolSculpting is and how it may help you.
CoolSculpting uses a comfortable, targeted cooling technology. Unlike other procedures that require surgical incisions or heat-based technology, CoolSculpting does not damage surrounding tissues and requires no downtime. Patients may receive a treatment for one to two hours and then return to their normal activity.
You can see results as early as 3 weeks and most dramatic results are seen in 1 – 3 months; results can be maintained indefinitely (as long as you keep a healthy, normal diet!). Once fat cells have been eliminated through CoolSculpting, they do not return.
According to our many happy patients, this is comfortable procedure. When the treatment first starts, you will feel some discomfort (tugging, pulling or stinging) for the first 5 – 10 minutes.. Most patients are not bothered by these sensations and spend the time during their treatment reading or catching up on phone calls and email.
CoolSculpting is a safe, non-invasive procedure. It has been approved by the FDA for use on the abdomen, flanks and inner and outer thighs, and over 1 million CoolSculpting treatments have been performed.
You’ll be seated in our comfortable reclining chair or lying on your stomach, depending on what part of the body we are treating. A cool gel pad will be applied the skin on the treatment area, and then CoolSculpting applicator is applied at which point you feel the pulling, tugging, tingling sensations. The applicator remains on each treatment area for one hour. Once the applicator is removed, the provider will massage the area to encourage the dissipation and breakdown of dead fat cells. After the procedure, patients return to their normal activities, and this treatment can even be performed during a lunch break.
The most common side effects of CoolSculpting are bruising, redness, swelling tenderness and numbness in the treated area as a result of the intense application of cold. These dissipate in one to two weeks in most cases, numbness can last up to one month or a bit longer.
Complete results can be expected in 1 to 3 months, but results can be seen as early as 3 weeks following treatment. Patients report a slimmer and tighter result and reduction in areas of stubborn fat and continue to enjoy their results with regular diet and exercise.
The recommended number of treatments for your specific circumstances will be determined during your consultation. Most patients will need two treatments to see maximum results.
The best candidates for CoolSculpting are those who are physically fit and within 10 to 15 pounds of their target weight. CoolSculpting is ideal for targeting areas of stubborn fat that are not responding to diet and exercise but is not designed to address obesity. For those who do not wish to undergo anesthesia or more invasive surgical procedures, CoolSculpting is an excellent alternative and can focus on trouble areas like “tummy pooch,” love handles and thighs.
Because CoolSculpting is non-invasive, there are no extensive preparations or restrictions on diet, medications or supplements. It is advised that you eat a light snack prior to treatment and have at least two hours available for the procedure.
If you are still wondering, "what is CoolSculpting?" feel free to contact us so we can help make sure all your questions get answered.