CoolSculpting Frequently Asked Questions
At Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco, our expert CoolSculpting technician performs CoolSculpting to help you obtain the physique you desire. CoolSculpting is a state-of-the-art fat reduction technique designed to sculpt and contour your body by freezing away frustrating fat cells without surgery. The technology includes the use of controlled cooling (cryolipolysis) to strategically kill fat cells. Then they can be naturally flushed from your system to create a slimmer, trimmer body. Schedule a consultation with Tracy Evans, M.D. and our CoolSculpting technician to learn more about cryolipolysis with CoolSculpting and decide if it is right for you.
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CoolSculpting Procedure Technique
Those considering CoolSculpting should note that it is not a weight loss solution. Rather, it is a method for targeting pockets of stubborn fat — similar to lipo but without surgery. Although this noninvasive procedure has proven successful on both men and women of varying ages, those who are most likely to benefit from CoolSculpting:
- Are within 30 pounds of their goal weight
- Experience stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to natural weight loss efforts
- Are not interested in or do not qualify for surgical procedures
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment
CoolSculpting sessions for one treatment area generally last anywhere from 30 – 60 minutes, but this varies based on the number and size of the targeted areas. First, we will place a gel pad over your treatment area. Then the CoolSculpting applicator will be put into position and secured in place with comfortable straps. Along with some coldness, you will feel some mild pulling and stinging sensations because the handpiece uses suction, but these are not typically considered painful at all. As the applicator delivers the cooling technology, cryolipolysis will begin as the fat cells are frozen. This will be repeated for each treatment area.
What to Expect with CoolSculpting®
Since the CoolSculpting procedure is nonsurgical, you will be able to return to your daily routine following treatment. In most cases, you can go back to work or school as soon as you leave your appointment. There are some possible side effects, including redness, swelling, bruising, stinging, and tenderness of the treatment site. These are temporary and will subside in the hours and days following your procedure. Many patients see results in as little as three weeks; however, it generally takes 1 – 3 months for your ultimate outcome to be visible.
CoolSculpting Ideal Candidates
How much does CoolSculpting cost?
The price of CoolSculpting is based on the number of treatments needed and the amount of fat being addressed. During your consultation, we will discuss your desired outcome to decide the best course of treatment to reach optimal results. Once we have assessed your specific needs and goals, we can discuss your costs.
How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting works by applying a controlled temperature to target fat cells in selected areas for treatment. Essentially, it freezes the fat cells until they die. The cells are then processed by the body and released. You will be able to see your treatment areas shrink as the dead fat cells are disposed of.
Is CoolSculpting safe?
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for the abdomen, thighs, and love handles. It is a noninvasive treatment that has been performed over 1 million times. There is no need for a recovery period, though you may experience some slight redness and swelling immediately after treatment. This typically only lasts for about a week.
How many treatments will I need?
We always address this concern during your initial consultation after we assess your goals. Some patients only need one treatment, but other patients may need more sessions based on the amount of fat being targeted. We will make recommendations based on the results you are looking for, as well as your realistic outcome expectations.
Do the fat cells grow back?
While the destroyed fat cells cannot regenerate, your body can create new fat cells. Significant weight gain will definitely affect your results. To maintain your optimal results, it is important to adhere to a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco is pleased to be able to offer CoolSculpting treatments to remove areas of stubborn fat without surgery for a smoother, slimmer body contour. Thanks to modern technology, you no longer have to choose between living with stubborn excess fat or undergoing surgical liposuction. Schedule a consultation with us today to determine if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting.
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