CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure approved by the FDA for spot treatment of fatty areas of the body. The overall results help to contour one’s shape by eliminating fat cells in problem areas. The procedure makes a great way to bring in the New Year with a new figure.
About Face Medical Aesthetics in Stratham, NH, we offer Coolsculpting to help you get your best body yet. If you have stubborn areas of fat that diet and exercise are unable to remedy, Coolsculpting may be right for you. To find out more and to make your appointment, contact About Face Medical Aesthetics today.
How It Works
CoolSculpting involves a procedure known as cryolipolysis. This treatment uses controlled cooling to reduce fat deposits around the body. It cools fatty tissue to the point of crystallization without freezing other body tissues. This causes the fat to die, and within weeks or months it is eliminated and reduced in size. The procedure is not designed to treat obesity, but it is meant for spot treatment of areas such as stomach “pouches,” love handles and rolls around the torso. It can still be effective for larger individuals for this purpose, however.
During the CoolSculpting procedure, the doctor will pinch the trouble areas by placing them within the arms of the CoolSculpting applicator. The applicator works to drop the temperature of the fatty tissue and cause its cells to crystallize leading to cell death. In the weeks following the procedure, these fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body. There are no needles or anesthesia used, and the procedure can produce up to a 25 percent reduction in fatty tissue with just one treatment. Results should be maintained with a proper nutritional and exercise regimen to prevent development of additional fat.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions are needed to see noticeable results?
Each successive treatment should produce results that stand out
How long does a session last?
Each session should last about one hour. This may vary depending on the area of the body being treated or how many areas are treated within each session.
How does the process avoid damaging other tissues besides fat?
The procedure damages fat cells only because they will freeze at higher temperatures compared to water-based tissues such as skin, blood and nerves. The treatment involves keeping the temperature high enough that it can freeze the fat without dropping low enough to harm other tissues.
Though not invasive, like any medical procedure CoolSculpting may present side effects. For many people, subtle side effects such as bruising, redness or numbness of the treatment area may occur. These side effects usually subside within hours of the session. Any moderate sensory changes can be expected to diminish within a month, and these are not likely to be the effect of any peripheral nerve damage. In most healthy patients, the procedure presents no risk of serious or long-term side effects.
The best way to receive pleasing results is to keep expectations realistic even before the procedure. While CoolSculpting can offer dramatic results, these must be maintained by changing diet and adding appropriate exercise to prevent expansion of fatty tissue. This treatment method can also help with resolutions to lose weight or eat better.