What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive method of reducing fat cells in the body in areas that are not easily reduced by diet and exercise alone. CoolSculpting’s advanced technology uses cooling to effectively and safely eliminate these fat cells. Many patients seek CoolSculpting as an alternative to traditional surgical methods for removing unwanted fat in common problem areas such as the flank or “muffin top” area. The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is FDA-cleared to eliminate stubborn fat in 8 treatment areas, including: abdomen, flank/sides (“love handles” or “muffin top”), double chin, inner thighs, outer thighs, and upper arms.
How does CoolSculpting work?
First, your CoolSculpting specialist will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting treatment will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. The latest technology of CoolSculpting can treat a patient in 35-60 minutes, but some patients have more than one treatment during the same office visit.
A gel pad and non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the desired treatment area without needles or syringes. Because of their composition, fat cells crystallize and and die off when exposed to low temperatures that do not cause any damage to nerves or other tissue. During your procedure, feel free to read, check email, or even take a nap!
After CoolSculpting treatment, the fat cells in the treatment area gradually die off and are metabolized safely by the body, resulting in a natural-looking and noticeable reduction over the two to four months following treatment. There is no downtime associated with CoolSculpting; although some bruising may occur, patients can resume normal work and exercise activity immediately following treatment.
You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment. The most dramatic results typically become visible after 2 months, and your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment.
Who can benefit from CoolSculpting?
If you’ve worked hard at exercising and eating right, but still can’t seem to lose your muffin top, CoolSculpting may be right for you. The best candidates for CoolSculpting are people within a healthy weight range who can’t seem to reduce problem areas with diet and exercise alone and aren’t considering surgical methods to remove the fat from these areas. The price for CoolSculpting procedures varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of treatments needed, and your ultimate goals. Most patients opt to receive treatments in multiple body areas in order to achieve their goals.