CoolSculpting is a unique, noninvasive procedure designed to reduce unsightly fatty tissue around the body. This cutting-edge technology uses cool temperatures to target and destroy fat cells, which are then safely eliminated from the physique. CoolSculpting can benefit almost any area including the back, ‘love handles’, abdomen, arms, and legs.
Utilizing the process of Cryolipolysis, a CoolScultping treatment will deliver an extreme chill to the predetermined area. This process will cause the fat cells to die off, which are then naturally metabolized by the body. Over the course of eight to sixteen weeks, as the tissue is eliminated, the treated area will see a 20-25% reduction in fat. While the technique is not intended to be a replacement for weight loss, or a more invasive procedure such as Liposuction, CoolSculpting can make a significant improvement with isolated, stubborn areas of fatty tissue. Furthermore, unlike liposuction, there is no concern over creating skin laxity.
The Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting
Individuals who are generally healthy and trim, but want to eliminate localized fatty deposits, may make an excellent candidate for CoolSculpting. Prospective patients should understand the technique and hold realistic expectations for the outcome. Patients should talk to Dr. Hillelson prior to scheduling their CoolSculpting treatment, to make sure the procedure is right for achieving their goals.
The CoolSculpting Procedure
CoolSculpting is comfortably performed in the American Self Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic office. No pre-treatment is necessary. The procedure will take one hour per treatment area. The CoolSculpting technique causes minimal discomfort, so there is no need for anesthesia. Patients report feeling a very cold sensation, and suction, but this will quickly dissipate. After the treatment, the area may have a tingling feeling, as the tissue warms back up.
The provider begins the CoolSculpting procedure by prepping the treatment area with a cool protective gel pad. Then, the excess fatty tissue will be gently pulled up and placed between two small panels. As the applicators cool down, the fat cells are slowly killed off. During the procedure, patients are comfortable enough to read, watch a movie, or even nap.
Recovery after CoolSculpting
No downtime is required following a CoolSculpting procedure. Work, school, and other daily routines, such as exercise, can be resumed immediately. Initially, the treatment area may experience mild redness; this can last up to two weeks. Rarely, bruising will occur. Over the following six to eight weeks, mild itching, tenderness, or soreness may be experienced.
The results of CoolSculpting will not be immediately noticeable; the body needs time to naturally eliminate these unwanted fat cells. The full benefits of CoolSculpting will take between two and four months to be appreciated. Each CoolSculpting treatment will eliminate between 20% and 25% of the fatty tissue in an area. Repeat treatments can be used to further eliminate fatty deposits; these should be spaced six weeks apart.
Risks from CoolSculpting
While CoolSculpting is one of the newer techniques available, to reduce the appearance of fatty tissue, the procedure has been through rigorous studies. CoolSculpting has been found to be safe for the healthy tissue surrounding the treatment area, as well as for the body. If side effects occur, these can include bruising, inflammation, and tenderness. These will fade over the course of one to two weeks. On the rare occasion, uneven fat loss may be experienced.
CoolSculpting at American Self Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedics will take one hour per treatment area.
CoolSculpting is not painful. Patients will experience very little discomfort with this noninvasive technique at American Self; therefore no anesthesia is needed.
It is important that patients wait a minimum of six weeks before having a repeat CoolSculpting procedure. This gives the body time to fully eliminate the fat cells and the true results to show. Another site can be performed at any time.
It will take the body several months to eliminate the fatty cells in the treatment area. However, the results will become noticeable from four weeks after treatment and continue for four months.