We exercise, maintain a healthy diet and try to stay active in our day-to-day lives and it still doesn’t seem to be enough to remove stubborn fat deposits in some areas of our bodies. This is a common complaint among men and women. Past treatments for eliminating these fat deposits have often been invasive with social downtime, time off work and exercise and a longer healing process. CoolSculpting is another option for body contouring that is nonsurgical, effective and gentler. If you have stubborn areas you’d like help with CoolSculpting might be an excellent choice for you.
How It Works
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved treatment that utilizes controlled cooling to reduce fat. It is especially helpful at reducing fat in stubborn areas otherwise not eliminated by diet and exercise. CoolSculpting allows specialists to basically freeze fat away in order to help contour your body by targeting fat cells.
While CoolSculpting is extremely beneficial for good candidates, it may not be useful for everyone. The procedure isn’t effective as a weight-loss treatment or as an answer for cellulite, loose or mottled skin. It has proven to be an effective treatment in people who want to contour areas like:
- The flank (or love handles)
- Inner thigh
- Outer thigh
- Double chin
- Above the knees
- Upper and lower back
Relax and Kick Back During Treatment
There are no needles or surgery involved in the CoolSculpting process. It’s even possible to schedule a consultation and then begin treatment the same day if you’ve decided you want to proceed.
Each area of treatment takes about an hour, but times vary from patient to patient. Your doctor will use CoolSculpting technology to gently and effectively target fat under the skin. The extreme cold temperature destroys layers of fat cells, but leaves your skin unharmed. These cells freeze, die and then your body processes the fat and eliminates the dead cells over a process of one to three months. More than one treatment is recommended for best results.
You and your CoolSculpting specialist will determine the best treatment plan for your specific body type. The procedure itself should be comfortable. During this time, you can read, watch television, check your email or even take a nap.
Ask a question about CoolSculpting – I’m happy to provide information!
Alisa Baker is a physician assistant to plastic surgeon Dr. Jamal Bullocks, M.D., F.A.C.S. She administers Botox®, collagen filler (Juvederm®) and chemical peels; performs minor surgical procedures; and assists Dr. Bullocks in the operating room.