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.
Is it safe?
The FDA has cleared CoolSculpting to safely treat unwanted fatty bulges. It has an excellent safety profile. Like any medical procedure, there are risks. As a teacher and trainer of other physicians in safe, effective body contouring, Dr. Cox stresses the importance of finding an experienced provider directly supervised by an on-site physician who understands the finer points of fat reduction.
How long does recovery take?
CoolSculpting is well tolerated. We have two machines and the latest applicators, which means we can treat multiple areas simultaneously with the applicator best suited for the area. The applicator is applied to the area, and the controlled cooling begins. You will feel intense cold, which dissipates after the first few minutes of the procedure. With the newer applicators, a typical procedure lasts 35 minutes. Our patients generally use the time to read, browse online, or even take a quick nap.
There is no downtime associated with CoolSculpting. Immediately after the procedure, the treated area will appear red, numb, and firm. We provide complimentary Z-Wave massage following treatment to aid in the breakdown of fat. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely, typically within the first two weeks. Most patients are able to go about their day immediately after treatment.
What kind of results can I expect?
CoolSculpting permanently and predictably destroys fat cells in the treated area. In clinical study, each session was found to remove 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 four weeks to begin seeing results, with maximum results typically visible three months after treatment. CoolSculpting can be used to treat most areas with excess fat, including under the chin, arms, “bra fat,” back, abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs and above the knees. Some patients are happy with results from one treatment, and others opt for additional treatment.