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What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting uses rounded paddles which lower temperature to nearly 4 degrees Celsius in a treatment area, the fat cells below the pads crystallize and die, while your skin and the surrounding tissue remain unaffected.
The procedure is completely noninvasive and relaxing that many patients bring books to read, play or work on their smart devices, watch some TV, or even take a short nap all while the machine freezes your fat away. Over the course of several weeks, the body’s own natural processes works to digest and remove the dead fat cells and best of all, because we as adults don’t generally grow new fat cells, they’re gone forever! This creates a permanent destruction of fat cells via CoolSculpting.
We offer CoolAdvantage. What is CoolAdvantage?
CoolSculpting utilizing CoolAdvantage represents the gold standard in non-invasive fat reduction, CoolSculpting via CoolAdvantage is a procedure of unparalleled innovation. CoolSculpting has undergone significant improvements recently, helping make it even more effective, faster and more comfortable all while being able to treat a wider range of body areas.
CoolAdvantage delivers the CoolSculpting technology at a lower temperature which reduces treatment time almost in half: safe and effective results can now be achieved in as little as 35 minutes.
The applicator has an enhanced cup design which increases direct contact with the tissue. It has three distinct applications within the applicator:
- The CoolFit Advantage to target vertical areas of fat such as the inner thigh
- The CoolAdvantage which is ideal for the contours of the abdomen
- The Cool+ Advantage which addresses the flanks
A clinical study compared the new CoolAdvantage applicator with the older CoolCore applicator and found that the CoolAdvantage design delivers a 45 percent increase in comfort for patients. A significant 85 percent of patients who underwent treatment preferred the CoolAdvantage application.
Which areas of the body can CoolSculpting treat?
CoolSculpting uses a vacuum suction to draw areas of pliable fat between the cooling paddles of the device.
- Double chin
- Backs of arms
- Fat above knees
- Bra line fat
- Enlarged male breasts caused by fat
- Back fat
- Fat under the buttocks (“banana roll”)
- Flank or sides ( “muffin top” or “love handles”)
- Inner and outer thighs
Does CoolSculpting tighten loose skin or treat cellulite?
CoolSculpting doesn’t have any effect on tightening skin. We do however offer Exilis at a discounted price when coupled with CoolSculpting to tighten skin laxity post treatment. This is best done when full improvement is seen after CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting does not treat cellulite either, although we offer Exilis, an energy-based procedure that can be used to stimulate collagen production and improve the appearance of cellulite. Exilis, a radio-frequency device can be easily paired with CoolSculpting to help you reach your goals. Exilis is offered to all our CoolSculpting patients that may need it to help improve laxity or the appearance of cellulite at fraction of its original cost.
Who is a suitable candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting isn’t for everyone.
There are many factors to consider before committing to CoolSculpting.
The best candidates for the procedure:
- Are in good health.
- Are within 20 to 30 pounds of their target body weight.
- Have healthy skin with good elasticity.
- Have “pinchable” fat that can be pulled from the body.
- Have discreet and distinct pockets of fat with well-defined borders.
There are some medical conditions that prevent an individual from undergoing the CoolSculpting procedure.
- Cryoglobulinemia is a condition in which the blood contains a lot of particles that clump when cooled below normal body temperature. These clumps can cause blood clots and lead to much more severe conditions.
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria can cause mild to severe anemia if the sufferer is exposed to cold temperatures. In severe cases a blood transfusion may be needed to treat it.
- Patients with conditions that cause hypersensitivity to cold, such as Raynaud’s disease, pernio, or chilblains, should avoid CoolSculpting.
If you suffer from any of the above conditions or have any other health concerns, please inform your provider prior to treatment.
Can the treatments be repeated?
Yes. Typically, a single treatment results in shrinkage of about 20-25% of fat in the targeted area.
Full results usually take about two to three months. It can take your body this long to naturally process and get rid of all the crystallized fat cells. At this point a repeat treatment can be considered or may be recommended.
For some a single treatment may be sufficient in achieving their goals, but some do require 2-3 treatments to achieve optimal results.
Where does the fat go?
When undergoing a CoolSculpting procedure, up to 25% of fat cells in the targeted area are killed, allowing them to release the fat they have been storing, which is slowly reabsorbed over a few weeks.
Once your body has metabolized the crystallized cells, they are gone forever. Fat cells do not grow back, so once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.
However, it’s important to understand that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure. Freezing fat cells simply causes them to release their contents so they can be more easily burned off. Your weight will not change as a result of CoolSculpting alone. Eating right and adding exercise to your life will help achieve and maintain the best results. Also keep in mind CoolSculpting is not going to control the remaining fat cells. If you choose to ignore healthy habits your current fat cells can still expand and lead back to a larger unwanted size.
Is CoolSculpting safe?
Cryolipolysis has been performed thousands of times, and has been proven to be extremely safe. As a completely noninvasive procedure, CoolSculpting enjoys significantly reduced risks compared to other fat reduction techniques.
- No anesthesia is required.
- No incisions are made at all.
- There is no recovery time.
Of course, no procedure is completely without risk. Most people don’t experience any side effects following the procedure, but there are a few common issues that can develop shortly after treatment, including:
- Temporary numbness.
- Mild soreness.
- Mild bruising.
CoolSculpting is usually a pain free experience, with the exception of these possible mild side effects. However, on rare occasions other more severe side effects can present themselves.
Approximately 1% of patients will require pain medication and experience numbness for a week or more. You can compare this with almost 100% of patients who experience pain and discomfort following liposuction. Since the device utilizes suction, a “hickey” like effect can also occur with more pronounced bruising, though this is uncommon.
Can I get CoolSculpting while pregnant?
We do not recommend having having this procedure done during pregnancy. There has been no testing with this or other devices on pregnant women so it is best to wait. It is for the best to refrain from any kind of body contouring procedure if you are even planning on getting pregnant within six months, just to be safe.
That being said, CoolSculpting has shown great results in new mothers having trouble losing that last bit of pregnancy fat through diet and exercise alone.
How should I prepare for my CoolSculpting treatment?
CoolSculpting is an extremely safe, entirely noninvasive procedure, so there’s very little that you need to do to prepare yourself. However, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are as comfortable as possible prior to your treatment.
• Check with your provider if you’re a good candidate.
• Find out how many treatments you’ll need.
• Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications.
Unless you’re taking Advil or Ibuprofen for a specific medical treatment or condition, it’s best to avoid any anti-inflammatory medication before your treatment. CoolSculpting can sometimes result in bruising. Anti-inflammatory medications can increase the odds of this happening, and also exacerbate the severity of the bruising. That being said, it is always important to consult with your doctor before discontinuing any of your regular medications.
•Get relaxed prior to treatment.
Being comfortable and relaxed helps ease the mind and body before any procedure, and making sure you are wearing appropriate clothing is one of the easiest ways to stay comfortable. On the day of your treatment you should wear loose fitting clothing. Many patients feel comfortable in a baggy, button-up collared shirt. You should also wear inexpensive undergarments and consider bringing an extra set to change into. A gel is applied between the CoolSculpting applicator and your skin, so your clothes may get wet.
• Don’t forget to bring some entertainment.
Its a perfect time to catch up on a good book, work, email, or your favorite TV show. Many patients even feel comfortable enough to get some beauty sleep.
Overall, there is very little that you need to do to prepare for your treatment when compared to more invasive surgical procedures.
What can I expect on the day of my treatment?
Once you have had a consultation with our professional and decided to commit to CoolSculpting, your procedure will progress through these steps:
- You’ll be shown to your private treatment room where you’ll remove your clothing from the area to be treated.
- You’ll be photographed for documentation purposes and your skin will be marked to best guide the CoolSculpting device. At this point in the process you can simply sit, get comfortable, and relax.
- When you’re ready to begin, a gel barrier will be placed over the area to be treated. This gel layer is a thin membrane that varies in size depending on the target area.
- Next, the actual CoolSculpting machine is applied directly over the gel. Most applicators use vacuum pressure to draw the specified area up and between a pair of cooling pads.
- Once the suction is secure, the cooling process begins. With the aid of modern technology and precisely controlled cooling, the pads lower the tissue to near freezing temperatures. This low temperature has been proven to specifically target and destroy fat cells, while leaving the surrounding skin and muscle tissues completely unharmed.
- The optimal temperature is 4°C. Through this natural cooling process, the fat cells in the affected area crystallize, die, release their stores of fat, and are dispelled by your own body over time, similar to other dead or damaged cells.
- When the cooling portion of the treatment is complete, the area is vigorously massaged for a few moments, and then you’re done.
At the completion of your treatment, don’t be surprised if you can actually feel the crystallized fat through your skin — patients often describe it as similar to a brick of butter. You might also feel strange sensations in the treated area for a few minutes immediately afterward, like cramping, pressure and tightness, along with visible bruising and redness. These are all temporary.
What are the potential risks and side effects?
Although CoolSculpting has proven to be a safe treatment, some unwanted side effects have been reported by patients. These side effects tend to show up at predictable times during the recovery period.
Immediately after treatment there is the possibility of a few mild, temporary side effects occurring, including:
- Swelling or bloating
- Localized numbness
- Mild bruising
- Whitening of the skin around the treatment area
- Mild to moderate pain or cramping
- Tenderness at the treatment site
- Itching or tingling sensations
These symptoms are normal, and can last up to a week. They are caused by the vacuum suction and the cold temperatures created by the CoolSculpting machine. Most of these side effects tend to go away by themselves within a matter of minutes. None require any special or additional treatment whatsoever. They only need time to subside.
In addition to the short term side effects, the treatment also carries with it a handful of more serious but rare complications:
- Late-onset pain — This is the most common complaint following treatment, occurring to less than 1% of patients. This pain can be more severe than the expected mild side effects, and usually starts at least a few of days after treatment. The pain can last for a few weeks.
- Freeze burn — First and second-degree freeze burns happen extremely rarely and should heal on their own if they actually occur. This is not frostbite, which has been reported to have occurred only once in over 2 million CoolSculpting treatments across the globe. It most likely occurred due to human error, and healed without any permanent damage to the patient’s skin.
- Vasovagal symptoms — These include dizziness, light-headedness, sweating, flushing, nausea, and even fainting. They’re caused by a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure. Any of these symptoms would happen either during or immediately after your treatment.
- Subcutaneous induration — In some cases, the treated area will become hard, and sometimes form distinct little bumps. This would happen a short while after your procedure, and is sometimes accompanied by mild pain and/or discomfort.
- Hyperpigmentation — Almost always harmless and temporary, patches of skins at the treatment site may become darker in colour than the skin around it. In most cases this discoloration resolves on its own.
- Hernia — CoolSculpting can sometimes cause a new hernia to form, or can make an existing hernia worse.
- Paradoxical hyperplasia — This is probably the most serious complication. It describes a visible growth of the tissue in the treated area. This usually happens about 2 to 5 months after treatment, and ordinarily needs some surgery to correct. Men seem to suffer from this more often than women, but there is at present no way to predict who might be at risk, or prevent it from happening.
Be aware that these complications are extremely rare, especially paradoxical hyperplasia (which happens in 0.0051% of treatments). Only a single patient has reported paradoxical hyperplasia.
A follow-up appointment around the one-month point can be helpful in ensuring you’re still on the road to recovery and not experiencing any complications.
How much does CoolSculpting cost?
CoolSculpting is not a one size fits all treatment. The cost varies depending on the areas to be treated and the number of treatments that are necessary. Our expert providers will create a customized treatment plan tailored to your body’s specific needs, your personal goals, and your budget.
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