What is CoolSculpting?
It is a revolutionary procedure by Zeltiq that uses cold
temperatures instead of heat to sculpt and tone stubborn areas of
fat. It is non-invasive and generally well tolerated by everyone.
The most common areas to treat are the abdomen, love handles, back
and hips. Inner and outer thighs can also be treated. A consultation
is required to determine appropriate candidates and treatment areas.
How does a CoolSculpting treatment work?
Coolsculpting takes the fat cells to just above freezing without
affecting the surrounding tissue. When the fat cells are introduced
to this temperature, they freeze, break apart, then the body can
then absorb them naturally and remove them in the same way as any
fat that you would eat.
What can I expect when receiving a treatment?
It is performed right in the office, requires no anesthesia and is
non-invasive. Your Certified CoolSculpting Technician will start by
applying a gel pad on the area to be sculpted. After that is in
place they will then put the suction apparatus over the target site.
The apparatus will suck the skin up between the two cold plates.
There may be a cold sensation at first which generally disappears
between five to ten minutes. Each treatment area takes an hour and
it is common to treat anywhere from 1 to 4 areas in a session.
During treatment patients choose to relax and read a book, watch a
movie, talk on a cell phone or even take a nap. Once the treatment
is complete, the device is removed and the treatment area is briefly
massaged. Patients can leave the office and go on with whatever
activities they have planned with no restrictions.
What are the side effects of CoolSculpting?
Since there are no incisions necessary and no anesthesia used the
risks are minimal. The worst side effects are cramping or redness at
the site which resolve on their own.
What improvement will I see?
As with any body sculpting procedure the results will vary. For the
majority of people, there will be a significant reduction of fat at
the area where CoolSculpting was performed, typically about 20% fat
reduction per treatment. The results will be noticeable within two
months, with full results occurring at about four months.
How many treatments will I need?
How many treatments desired is individual and based on the amount of
fat in the treatment area. During your Consultation, the area and
your desired result will be assessed in order to determine your
treatment plan. An area can be treated once or multiple times, and
can be re-treated as early as 6-8 weeks or later.
Before and After Photos
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Photos Courtesy of Brian Stolley, MD