Despite dedicated efforts of eating healthily and exercising on a regular basis, many women and men find that fat accumulations in certain areas of the body remain resistant to change. To help individuals address this common concern and achieve the physique they desire, our board-certified plastic surgeons—John M. Sarbak, MD and Amy Simon, MD—offer an innovative fat reduction treatment known as CoolSculpting.
- What Is CoolSculpting?
- How Does CoolSculpting Work?
- What Areas of the Body Can CoolSculpting Treat?
- CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction
- What Is the CoolSculpting Procedure Like?
- Are There Any CoolSculpting Side Effects?
- When Will I See My CoolSculpting Results?
- What Does CoolSculpting Cost?
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a gentle, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that utilizes patented cooling technology to reduce excess fatty tissue in targeted regions of the body. While it is not designed for excessive weight loss or as a treatment for obesity, this non-surgical body sculpting technique can be an excellent way to eliminate stubborn fat that is resistant to dieting and exercise, helping patients attain a slimmer, more toned figure without the hassle of surgery.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
To diminish fatty buildups, CoolSculpting uses Cryolipolysis™—a regulated cooling method designed to freeze fat cells without damaging healthy surrounding tissue. Once frozen, the fat cells begin to break down and die, eventually being eliminated from the body by way of natural metabolic processes. As this reaction occurs over time, the targeted area of fullness should gradually slim to a leaner, more desirable contour.
What Areas of the Body Can CoolSculpting Treat?
Dr. Sarbak and Dr. Simon have begun employing new CoolFit applicators for the CoolSculpting® procedure. The CoolFit’s flat applicator cup and unique design allow them to target numerous regions of the body for fat reduction, including smaller areas that may have previously been more difficult to address. For ideal candidates, some of the most common regions of the body that can be treated with Coolsculpting include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and arms.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction
Although both treatments are performed to get rid of unwanted fat, CoolSculpting and liposuction are very different. As a non-invasive procedure, CoolSculpting does not require anesthesia, incisions, and/or downtime. Due to this non-surgical nature, however, the amount of fatty tissue that can be reduced is limited. In comparison, liposuction is a surgical technique that utilizes small incisions to extract fatty tissue via a special cannula. This allows for a much greater quantity of fat to be removed, though patients will typically need at least a few days away from work and/or other normal routines. At the time of your consultation, your plastic surgeon can determine which method would be most beneficial for you based on the amount and location of fat to be removed.
What Is the CoolSculpting Procedure Like?
To perform treatment, the appropriate CoolSculpting applicator will be gently guided across the targeted area as it directs controlled cooling energy into the stubborn fatty tissue. As the chilling effect starts to occur, patients typically report experiencing a mild cold and/or tingling sensation until the region becomes numb. Due to this numbing effect, there is virtually no discomfort associated with treatment.
On average, the CoolSculpting procedure takes about one hour per targeted area to perform. At our practice, patients often pass the time by reading, watching movies, using their laptops, or simply relaxing.
Are There Any CoolSculpting Side Effects?
The side effects most commonly associated with CoolSculpting include temporary itching, tingling, redness, and/or minor bruising. That said, these symptoms generally do not prevent patients from resuming normal daily activities and routines soon after they leave our office, if not immediately.
When Will I See My CoolSculpting Results?
CoolSculpting results typically become apparent within two to four months, with some individuals continuing to notice improvement for at least six months. Depending on one’s unique needs and goals, multiple CoolSculpting sessions may be necessary, though most patients are able to achieve their desired results after just one treatment. To help maintain an optimal outcome, our plastic surgeons recommend leading an overall healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and regular exercise.
What Does CoolSculpting Cost?
CoolSculpting pricing depends on several different factors, including the number of areas being treated, the experience and skill of the practitioner, and where the practice is geographically located. To obtain a personalized price quote, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sarbak or Dr. Simon. At this time, he or she can perform a thorough evaluation and provide an accurate estimate of the total cost based on your specific case. If desired, our practice offers affordable financing options through CareCredit® that can also be discussed with you during your visit.
Can CoolSculpting Help You?
Contact us online or call us today at 772-563-0930 to set up a consultation and learn whether CoolSculpting® is right for you.