CoolSculpting® is an FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure designed to destroy these pockets of fat – without the need for liposuction or other surgical procedures.
Many men and women struggle with stubborn body fat. Even with diet and exercise, these pockets may be resistant to change because of aging, hormonal changes, and genetics.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® uses freezing energy to penetrate the dermis and disrupt the fat cells that live underneath the skin. The energy destroys the targeted fat cells, which are then flushed out of the body over the course of eight to twelve weeks.
Studies have shown that CoolSculpting® can reduce fat cells by up to 25% in the targeted area – yielding incredible results!
What is the procedure like?
On the day of your treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to the target area. The applicator or handpiece then delivers the controlled cooling to freeze the fat cells in that area. We also offer DualSculpting, which is the use of two CoolSculpting® machines at the same time on multiple problem areas. Not only does this cut your treatment time in half, but it also adds efficiency by treating more areas at once!
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients will see significant results after just a single treatment. Some patients opt to schedule a second CoolSculpting® treatment twelve weeks after their first session.
Your ideal CoolSculpting® treatment schedule will be determined by your Aesthetics Center of SCS expert.
What should I expect?
CoolSculpting® carries very few side effects; most patients can expect to experience some swelling and tenderness at the treatment site. These side effects typically resolve after a few weeks.
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The CoolSculpting® applicator is applied to one area of unwanted focal fat at a time. This typically involves one or more of the following areas: abdomen, hips, bra-fat, inner/outer thighs, or chin.
Using vacuum suction, the device gently draws tissue with unwanted fat into a chamber. Controlled cooling is then delivered to the treatment area, and the fat cells undergo “cryolypolysis” (cell death) due to freezing, while the surrounding tissue is unharmed. Approximately 25% of the exposed fat cells will be permanently destroyed, for significant body contouring improvement.
There is some mild, temporary discomfort due to the initiation of strong suction and extreme cold. You may experience sensations of pulling, mild pinching, tingling, stinging or cramping. However, as the temperature falls, there is a numbing effect and most patients sit comfortably during the treatment reading, watching television, or even napping.
There may be some hypersensitivity of the skin in the treated area post-treatment, but this general disappears in several days. There may also be some tenderness or soreness for about a week – similar to muscle soreness after a strong workout session. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately post-treatment.
The total number of fat cells in your body remains the same once you reach adulthood. These cells will get bigger or smaller as you gain or lose weight, but the number of cells remains the same. CoolSculpting® destroys fat cells in the treated area and they are eliminated for good. So, it actually reduces the total number of fat cells you have in your body, and makes it so your body cannot store as much fat in the treated area as you could have before, leaving that area “sculpted” even if you gain weight in the future.
Results may be seen as early as 3-5 months after treatment.
You will initially experience some mild inflammation and swelling to the treated area. This should resolve within one to two weeks, then it will take another few weeks to see a noticeable difference. Full results from that session should be achieved within 12 weeks. Many patients require more than one treatment session to achieve their desired results. So, we schedule a follow-up appointment (including before and after photos and weight) 3 months after initial treatment to assess results and schedule future sessions, if needed.
Following treatment, you may experience mild redness, bruising, swelling or numbness in the treated area. This should resolve within 1 to 2 weeks.
CoolSculpting® is a contouring or sculpting procedure that modifies the distribution of fat cells to change the shape of your body. Results are not related to weight and CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss solution.
It is a tool to eliminate diet and exercise-resistant fat pockets. The closer you are to your ideal body weight, the more you will see your CoolSculpting® results. We recommend a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet and exercise to augment and support your CoolSculpting® results. Weight is monitored during your treatment cycle to ensure that patient weight gain is not impairing results.
Before treatment, avoid anti-inflammatory products (NSAIDs, ibuprophen, etc.) to help reduce the chance of bruising. After treatment, you may return to your normal daily activities immediately (including exercise). It is important to maintain your weight post treatment, as significant weight gain will compromise best results.