CoolSculpting is one of the most advanced forms of spot fat treatment. Even better, it’s a solution that fits in with most busy lifestyles. If you’ve ever been intrigued by the latest technology in fat removal, then it may be time to learn more about CoolSculpting. You can find out if it’s the right treatment to suit your needs. Here’s what you need to know about this powerful, yet gentle treatment.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a revolutionary, FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure for removing unwanted fat. Also known as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting actually freezes the unwanted fat cells in treated areas. This causes them to die and be gradually broken down by the body. Using a special device, controlled cooling is applied to “problem areas” of stubborn fat. Areas commonly treated include the abdomen, “love handles”, inner and outer thighs.
The procedure is completely non-surgical, and patients can expect to see a 20-25% reduction in fat in the areas treated. While many liposuction procedures leave patients with loose skin, the gradual fat loss from CoolSculpting prevents this from happening. At American Self, we utilize RadioFrequency (RF) to tighten those areas that have problem fat and laxity.
The Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting is an exciting and effective treatment, but it’s not right for everyone. It’s best for adults who are already committed to following a consistent diet and exercise program to maintain their weight. While CoolSculpting can produce excellent results, the actual volume of fat removed is fairly small. This makes it best suited for people with “problem areas” of stubborn fat in areas like the stomach and under the chin. It’s also a great option for body contouring to produce a more aesthetically pleasing silhouette in the treated areas. It is not a tool for weight loss or weight maintenance, and patients should be at a stable weight before undergoing CoolSculpting. Patients need to have realistic expectations and understand the limitations of the procedure before moving forward.
For patients who don’t want to undergo surgery, CoolSculpting is a great option. There are no incisions, needles, sutures, or significant discomfort from the procedure. This makes it a perfect choice for people leading a busy lifestyle who can’t take time off work to recover.
How Does it Work?
CoolSculpting is administered using a safe, proprietary device to deliver the cooling. A protective gel pad is used to keep the skin from coming into contact with the cooling device. Two cooling panels are then used to contain the treated area and isolate the unwanted fat to be treated. The panels will then cool the area, killing off unwanted fat cells with very little discomfort. Many patients read, watch television, or even nap during the procedure! Each treatment area takes about an hour to complete.
Once the treatment is over, patients can get back to their day! Many patients experience no side effects, while others might notice some itching, soreness, and redness or, more rarely, bruising. There are no activity restrictions following treatment. In fact, patients can even hit the gym as soon as they feel up to it! Gradually, over the next few months following treatment, the body will break down the frozen fat cells, and patients will be able to see the results of the procedure.
Discuss Your Options
If CoolSculpting sounds like a good option for your needs, then your next step is to schedule a consultation with an expert plastic surgeon to discuss your goals. Even if CoolSculpting isn’t the right solution for your needs, you’ll be able to get recommendations and learn more about your options. Don’t forget to ask lots of questions!
If you’re looking for the best of the best in Richmond, VA, come to American Self for a consultation with Dr. Ruth Hillelson. Dr. Hillelson is a renowned and experienced plastic surgeon with a commitment to bringing patients beautiful results with aesthetic treatments in whatever combination is necessary. To schedule a consultation, call 804.290.0060 today!