Coolsculpting® Fat Reduction and Contouring

CoolSculpting® is the #1 nonsurgical fat reduction treatment available. CoolSculpting® uses FDA cleared, innovative technology which contours the body by freezing away unwanted body fat. The most commonly treated areas are the abdomen, flanks (love handles), inner and outer thighs, back fat/bra fat, back of the thighs beneath the buttock (banana roll), submental neck (double chin), and arms. The treatment is easy with no downtime and no medications are required; therefore, patients can resume normal activities immediately after treatment.

Understanding Fat Cells

The maximum number of fat cells is set at adolescence. Fat cells shrink in size when we lose weight and expand in size when we gain weight, but they do not go away with weight fluctuations. Some individuals may have stubborn pockets of fat that are more difficult to reduce despite diet and exercise. CoolSculpting® technology targets these hard to lose, unwanted pockets of fat, permanently destroying them, leading to long lasting results.

How Does CoolSculpting® Work?

Many of us have stubborn fat despite diet and exercise. Fat cells can be selectively injured if they are cooled to a certain temperature. CoolSculpting® uses safe and effective cold temperatures to freeze fat cells underneath the skin while leaving the skin unaffected. Once frozen, the fat cells are crystalized, irreversibly injured, and go through programmed cell death called apoptosis. In the weeks that follow, our ‘clean-up’ cells recognize the broken-down components from the injured fat cells and naturally remove them from the body. Results are seen approximately 1-3 months after the treatment. Commonly, two treatment sessions spaced 4-8 weeks apart are needed to achieve optimal results. You will enjoy long lasting results because the fat cells treated will be gone for good!

What Does CoolSculpting Feel Like?

During your treatment, a gel pad or gel is applied to the targeted area followed by the treatment applicator. Applicators that use vacuum suction pull the targeted tissue into the applicator cup. You may feel pulling, tugging, and mild pinching. The cooling begins and you will feel intense cold, but this sensation subsides after about 10 minutes as the area becomes numb. Many patients take a nap, read, or do work during their treatment sessions. You can return to normal activity after your CoolSculpting® treatment.

What can I expect after the treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, your CoolSculpting® Specialist will do a gentle 2-minute massage of the treated area. You can resume normal activities after the treatment. It is normal to experience redness, bruising, and swelling for several days and numbness may persist for a few weeks. Improvement from the treatment is gradual and is seen 1-3 months after your treatment.

Photo Credit:
1: Bodify & Steven Sorr, N.M.D., 2 & 4: Dr. Shadan Kabiri, 3: Dr. A. Jay Burns, 5: Dr. Eric Bachelor, FACS