What is Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is a procedure that uses low temperatures to reduce pockets of fat in the abdomen, flanks, arms, inner thighs, bra fat, back fat, and chin areas. The FDA approved device kills the fat cells by cryolipolysis, while part of your skin is held under vacuum by an applicator. About 20% of the fat cells freeze and are reabsorbed by the body. Your skin is unaffected and remains completely safe and intact.
Are there alternatives to Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is the only treatment that uses cold temperatures to rid the body of fat. We do offer alternatives to Coolsculpting, though, including the following:
- Kybella: Kybella is an injectable deoxycholic acid which is the first and only FDA-approved non-surgical injectable treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submittal fullness (sometimes referred to as a double chin).
What can I expect during a treatment?
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. We also offer Netflix and Bose Wireless Headphones for you to enjoy your time here at Center.
Does Coolsculpting hurt?
As the name suggests, the Coolsculpting procedure can be a little chilly. Controlled cooling is delivered via an applicator to freeze the targeted fat. Though you may feel intense cold initially, this feeling usually subsides within 5 to 10 minutes as the area numbs. Because most applicators use a vacuum to draw fatty tissue into the applicator cup, you may also feel some pulling, tugging, and/or mild pinching.
Is there any downtime involved?
The Coolsculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, which makes returning to normal activities afterward a typically easy process. Often times, patients even return to work after their Coolsculpting treatment is over.
How many Coolsculpting treatments will I need?
Everyone's body is different - so this question can truly only be answered after a consultation. One of our providers 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 35-60 minutes, some patients have more than one treatment during the same office visit. We offer Dual-Sculpting so you can treat two areas at once. We work with you to make sure your treatment plan is optimal and fits into your schedule seamlessly.
What are the side effects of Coolsculpting?
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. A sensation of fullness in the back of the throat may occur after a submental area treatment. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks. Though rare, some additional side effects may occur. We are happy to answer any questions during your consultation to ensure your ultimate safety and comfort.