What to expect?
Everyone’s body is different. We will work with you on the best treatment plan tailored to your needs. It may take as little as one office visit to achieve your goals. For some people, a customized treatment plan may include more than one CoolSculpting® treatment. With different applicators to choose from, we can design a treatment plan that can give you your desired results. During your treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to the targeted area. The CoolSculpting® applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat. During your procedure, feel free to read, check email, or even take a nap.
How does it work?
Years ago, scientists at Harvard University observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. The scientists realized that the popsicles were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells. The idea that cold can target fat cells- without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue – was the insight behind Cryolipolysis®, the proven science on which the CoolSculpting® procedure is based.
The CoolSculpting® procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
How long is each treatment? How many treatments will I need?
We 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 60 minutes per area, some patients have more than one treatment during the same office visit.
Can the CoolSculpting procedure reduce fat anywhere on my body?
The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, and underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll).
What does it feel like?
As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you typically feel intense cold. This soon dissipates. You’ll feel some pulling as suction is applied. The area generally goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes during treatment. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their CoolSculpting treatment.
After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 or 3 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities following their appointment.
Are there any side effects?
During the procedure, you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity. Sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental area treatment. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks.
Do I need to take special supplements for follow a strict diet and exercise program?
No supplements are required after your CoolSculpting treatment. It’s not a diet and exercise program, so you won’t need to change any of your lifestyle habits. Many patients do feel more motivated to take care of themselves after a CoolSculpting treatment. It’s as if they got a second lease on their body! They want to take even better care of themselves.
What happens if I gain weight after my CoolSculpting procedure?
Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, feel even more motivated to stay close to their ideal weight. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.
What is the difference between losing weight V.S losing fat?
It may be confusing to hear that reducing fat is not the same as losing weight. It’s all about what happens to fat CELLS. The number of fat cells in our bodies typically becomes a fixed number sometime in our teenage years. Losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, it changes the size of fat cells. After dieting and weight loss, fat cells get smaller but the number of fat cells stays the same. When weight is gained, fat cells get bigger. The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure actually reduces the number of fat cells in treated areas by about 20% to 25%. These fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated, so they won’t migrate to another area of your body.
When will I see results?
You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment.