What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses controlled cooling to target and permanently destroy fat cells.
How does it work?
CoolSculpting works through a controlled cooling process called cryolipolysis. Because fat cells are less resistant to cold than other cells, it’s possible to target fat with specific temperatures that aren’t harmful to other kinds of tissue. These fat cells ultimately die and are naturally and permanently eliminated from the body.
What kind of results can I expect?
Each session removes 20% – 25% of the body fat in the treated area. Because the body removes the dead fat cells gradually over time, it will take about three weeks to begin seeing results, with maximum results typically visible three months after treatment.
CoolSculpting results are long lasting. Studies show durable results up to five years after treatment. A sensible diet and active lifestyle will prolong results.
What can I expect during the procedure?
A typical procedure lasts 60 minutes. We have two machines that can be used simultaneously, so two areas can be treated at the same time. The applicator is applied to the area, and the controlled cooling begins. You will feel pressure and intense cold, which dissipates after the first few minutes of the procedure. During the procedure you may experience mild discomfort such as deep pulling, pinching or numbness. Our patients generally use the time to read, browse online, or even take a quick nap. Immediately after the procedure, the treated area will appear red, numb, and firm. Your provider will massage the area or suggest a Z-Wave treatment, both of which aid in the breakdown of fat.
How long does recovery take?
CoolSculpting is non-invasive. That means there are no injections or incisions, and virtually no downtime. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely.
Is it safe?
CoolSculpting is cleared by the FDA for safe and effective fat reduction. To date, millions of procedures have been performed without complications. That said, it’s important to seek care from a practice that specializes in body contouring, and ensure that you aren’t at risk for some of the rarer side effects.
Who is a good candidate?
CoolSculpting is intended for patients with undesired fat that hasn’t responded to diet and exercise. Ideal candidates are in good health, with a stable body weight, who have areas of soft, pinch-able fat.
Is CoolSculpting a substitute for weight loss?
No. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure, nor is it intended to take the place of healthy eating habits and regular physical activity. CoolSculpting is intended for individuals who have localized fat that has not responded to diet and exercise.
What if I gain a significant amount of weight after the procedure?
Some patients regain weight in the area where the body contouring was performed. Because these procedures do not remove 100% of fat cells, the remaining cells are still able to swell with weight gain. Other patients experience just the opposite – the body redistributes new weight to other parts of the body, and weight gain to the treated area is relatively minimal. The result is difficult to predict. This is why body contouring procedures are intended for patients with a stable body weight, who are able to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
Our CoolSculpting treatments are performed by board certified Cosmetologist Kim Forster, an expert in the procedure. She is overseen by Dr. Cox, who has extensive experience in the area of non-invasive body contouring. Aesthetic Solutions is a Premier Level provider of CoolSculpting. This means that we perform the procedure daily and are deeply familiar with the treatment. You can feel confident that Kim Forster and Dr. Cox will work together to provide you with the best possible results.
We’re also proud to offer advanced technology in our CoolSculpting suite. Our two machines allow us to treat certain areas simultaneously, such as the “love-handles.” This reduces treatment time. We’re excited to be the first in the area to introduce two new CoolSculpting applicators – the CoolMini and CoolAdvantage. These applicators cut treatment time in half and are more comfortable. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.