During a CoolSculpting procedure, a plastic surgeon or other licensed practitioner uses a special tool to cool certain parts of your body to freezing temperature. The procedure freezes and kills fat cells in the part of your body that you’re having treated. Within a few weeks of treatment, these dead fat cells are naturally broken down and flushed out of your body through your liver.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has certified CoolSculpting as a safe medical treatment. CoolSculpting has many benefits over traditional liposuction. It’s nonsurgical, noninvasive, and requires no recovery time. And it’s effective in reducing fat cells in a given treatment area by up to 20 to 25%.
Coolsculpting is not a medical treatment for obesity but a treatment to remove stubborn fat that can not be eliminated by diet and exercise.
Fat reduction is different than weight loss. The number of fat cells in the body typically becomes a fixed number in our teenage years. Losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells but it changes the size of fat cells.
Weight loss makes fat cells smaller but does not eliminate the fat cells.
Coolsculpting or cryolipolysis is a medical procedure for fat reduction. It reduces fat by freezing fat cells which are naturally eliminated by the body. This procedure is effective at reducing fat by 20-25% for each treatment area and the fat cells are eliminated for good with cryolipolysis.
What is the procedure like?
Coolsculpting or cryolipolysis is a procedure where fat cells under the skin are frozen and then eliminated naturally by the body. Because fat cells crystallize faster than normal cells, there is no damage to skin, nerve, and other surrounding tissue. Once the treated fat cells shrink and die, the body naturally metabolizes them and eliminate the dead cells. The results of fat elimination are permanent. Once the fat cells are eliminated, they remain gone as long as you are maintaining healthy diet and exercise and not gaining weight. You are able to eliminate fat cells in multiple areas (flanks, abdomen, upper arms, back, chest, under the neck) by 20% with each treatment. The procedure for each treatment area takes about 30-60 minutes.
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What are the side effects?
The side effects include:
- Temporary numbing and tingling (skin sensitivity) in the treatment area
- Temporary discomfort in the treatment area
These symptoms or signs are caused the cold temperature used to freeze the fat cells and are temporary, only lasting a few days to weeks post procedure.
What are the benefits?
Coolsculpting vs. Liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove fat that is invasive and requires general anesthesia. It uses large tubes to pull out fat from targeted areas of the body. The recovery time is at least 2 weeks. There are also potential risks of bruising and infection.
The benefits of Coolsculpting over liposuction include:
- Permanent elimination of treated fat cells
- No rest or recovery time
- No complications
What is the cost?
The cost depends on the area being treated and the number of treatments selected. In order to determine the best treatment plan, please call (916) 299-6501 to schedule a consultation.
What is the recovery time?
Because the procedure is non invasive, there is no scarring or healing time. There is no physical limitations/restrictions or down time. Coolsculpting is a permanent fat reduction procedure so fat cells are eliminated for good. Results may begin to show in as little as a few weeks, with most people experiencing full results three months after their final treatment.
Contact Dr. Hooks at Phoenix Health & Wellness PC at (916) 299-6501 to schedule a consultation regarding for coolsculpting.
Last updated: April 30, 2018
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