Cryolipolysis, commonly referred to as CoolSculpting®, is a procedure that uses extremely cold temperatures to break down the integrity of stubborn fat cells. After the procedure, the body will begin to naturally excrete the dead fat cells, leaving the slimmer, trim physique you desire. While procedures like liposuction or tummy tucks provide more dramatic results, they require anesthesia and surgical techniques. On the contrary, CoolSculpting® is completely non-invasive, which means there is no recovery time or scarring.
Similar to a procedure like liposuction, CoolSculpting® is not an alternative for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Instead, the procedure works best on patients who are near their target weight or fitness goals and just need a little help getting rid of stubborn fat pockets. If you are looking to rid yourself of any stubborn fat pockets, like love handles, flabby arms, double chins, or fat in the abdomen, you are likely a strong candidate for this procedure.
If you have a condition that is sensitive or triggered by cold, such as Raynaud’s Disease, then this is not a procedure you should undergo, as it could have serious effects on your health.
The first step in this process is scheduling a consultation with Jennifer T., our certified CoolSculpting® registered nurse, who can evaluate your specific condition and the best route to proceed. After the initial consultation, the treating nurse will place a moist pad over the treatment area. At this point, the head of the treatment arm is placed over the area to be contoured. It draws the fatty tissue into the cooling plates by gentle suction while applying freezing temperatures to destroy the unwanted fat cells.
The number of sessions required to achieve your results is highly dependent on your aesthetic goals. Some patients may require one to two visits, while others may need three or more. Each treatment typically lasts around 35 minutes.
Since this procedure is completely non-invasive, there is no recovery period needed. You can continue your regular routine and even exercise immediately after the procedure. There may be some mild discomfort following the procedure, but it should subside within a few hours to days.
In rare cases, patients may experience some degree of pain, at which time Dr. Grotting or Dr. Cohn may prescribe medication to alleviate the symptoms.
Throughout the next six months, your body will continue to eliminate the residue of the frozen fat cells through normal metabolism. Most patients see an average fat reduction of about 20 percent of the fat in any one area. Since treatments are split into several sessions, the process can be tailored to perfectly achieve your aesthetic goals.