CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, noninvasive procedure that helps contour your body by reducing fat cells in the targeted area. It works by a cooling system that gently and effectively targets the fat cells underneath the surface of the skin. Over time the cells die due to the “freezing of the fat,” and your body naturally eliminates the cells. Since this procedure is non-surgical, there is no downtime making it very easy to return to normal activities immediately. The results are proven, noticeable, and long-lasting. With more than 6 million CoolSculpting treatments worldwide, people everywhere are getting a better view of themselves, thanks to the one-of-a-kind CoolSculpting procedure.
The number of fat cells in our bodies typically becomes a fixed number sometime in our teen years. Losing or gaining weight does not increase or decrease the amount of fat cells, but it does change the size of the fat cells. After diet and weight loss, the fat cells get smaller, but the number of fat cells stays the same. With weight gain, the cells get more substantial. This procedure can help women and men get rid of stubborn bulges of fat that diet and exercise cannot. The fat cells are reduced by about 20% to 25% in the treated area. This procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen, and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll) and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments.
The first step is to schedule a one on one consultation with one of our CoolSculpting trained aestheticians. At your visit, your whole body will be analyzed from different angles and then will be directed to the specific areas you want to eliminate the fat. With different applicators to choose from, a customized treatment plan is created for you. It may take as little as one visit to achieve your goals, although more than one CoolSculpting treatment may be needed to complete your plan during that visit. Since we have two systems, we may be able to “dual sculpt,” treat two areas at one time reducing the amount of time you spend in the office. During the actual treatment, a gel pad and applicator are applied to the targeted area. While the device is attached, you can read a book, watch TV, check emails or take a nap. For the first five minutes, you will feel intense cold, but it subsides as the area numbs. You may also feel a slight pulling, tugging, or mild pinching in the treated area since a vacuum is used to help draw the fat into the applicator cup. A brief two-minute massage is performed on the area treated to break up the treated fat cells and enhance the fat reduction once the applicator is removed.
Possible side effects after your treatment include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, and firmness, tingling, stinging tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, numbness or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within hours, days, or weeks. After your treatment, we ask you to return to the office in 3-4 weeks to see how you are progressing. You may see results as early as three weeks but the most dramatic results are usually seen at 3 months following the treatment. At that time we ask you to come back in to take pictures, review your results and discuss additional sessions. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4-6 months after treatment. It is possible to gain weight post-treatment if you don’t keep up your healthy habits. This kind of weight gain will most likely happen evenly throughout your body, not just in treatment areas.
The cost of this procedure varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of treatments needed, and your ultimate goals. Most clients opt to receive multiple treatments in multiple body areas to achieve their goals. We do accept Care Credit which offers financing options that allow clients to proceed with CoolSculpting and make payments over time with 0% deferred interest.
CoolSculpting is not for everyone. You should not have this procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting process is not a weight-loss treatment. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if CoolSculpting is right for you.