CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure performed under the umbrella of body contouring treatments to help rid the body of stubborn fat, and provide the patient with a slimmer, sleeker silhouette.
It is performed in a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office under the care of a certified practitioner as an in and out procedure.
The patient has the CoolSculpting applicator applied directly to the skin of the area being treated, where it will adhere to the skin’s surface.
Once it is secure, the applicator will work its magic by freezing the fat cells under the skin’s surface through a process called cryolipolysis.
Depending on the area being treated, and how many areas are being treated in a single visit, the procedure itself can take up to 35 minutes for a single treatment area.
During the process the area may feel tingly, pulling or tugging, intense cold, mild pinching, stinging or cramping but these feelings will fade as the process progresses and the area becomes numb.
Prior to receiving their first CoolSculpting treatment, patients should expect to have a consultation appointment with a certified practitioner like Jane Weston.
This is an opportunity for the patient to ask any questions about the treatment and for the doctor or specialist to walk them through the procedure itself, the risks and benefits, possible side effects and what the patient should expect for results following their treatment.
In most cases, patients will only need a single treatment of CoolSculpting to see results, however they can work with their doctor to determine their best course of action should they feel they need additional treatments.
Results can take up to six months or longer to be fully realized, with the expectation being that patients are remaining active during that time to avoid the enlargement of fat cells that weren’t frozen.
While CoolSculpting permanently kills off the frozen fat cells in the targeted area, it doesn’t prevent new fat cells from forming or existing fat cells from becoming enlarged.
CoolSculpting works through a process called cryolipolysis, which simply put, means freezing fat cells. Once the fat cells are frozen, they will naturally die off and then go through the body’s natural process of elimination through the liver.
Because this is a natural process, there isn’t much a patient can do to speed up the process.
Continuing to eat a healthy, nutritious diet, stay active and drink lots of water will ensure the body’s systems are working at their maximum efficiency which may help to metabolize the fat cells in an efficient manner.
This isn’t guaranteed to speed up the appearance of the CoolSculpting results, but will keep the body healthy and fit, thereby continuing to reduce the existing fat cells and prevent new ones from forming.
CoolSculpting isn’t intended to be used as a weight loss tool, but as a means to help people who are already near their ideal body weight and shape eliminate stubborn fat cell pockets that diet and exercise aren’t able to get rid of.
CoolSculpting is a safe and effective treatment used to reduce and eliminate fat cells in a non-invasive, non-surgical manner.
As this procedure doesn’t involve anesthetics or any type of abrasion to the skin’s surface or inner tissues, there is little to no downtime following a treatment session and patients can go about their day like normal.
Patients may experience side effects of their treatment such as bruising, swelling, itchiness, cramping and skin sensitivity, among other mild symptoms, so may choose to take it easy for a day or two to give their body time to fully recover.
A certified CoolSculpting practitioner such as Jane Weston can let you know if there are any activities you should avoid following your treatment. We serve patients from Menlo Park CA, Redwood City CA, Palo Alto CA, Belmont CA, Woodside CA, and Mountain View CA.