CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive body contouring procedure by ZELTIQ® Aesthetics that can create a tighter, slimmer shape in under an hour. The process is FDA-cleared for the reduction of fat cells on the abdomen, flanks, and thighs, helping tone these common trouble areas. CoolSculpting® works by sending cooling energy to stubborn pockets of fat that have not seen improvement from diet and exercise. The technology targets excess fat cells and does not affect the surrounding tissue, such as the skin, nerves, or vessels. As a result, the treatment is typically more comfortable and requires no downtime following each session.
CoolSculpting® can often be a great solution for patients wanting a more athletic physique without undergoing a surgical procedure, such as liposuction. The treatment is ideal for those already at or near their goal weight who have accumulated excess fatty tissue in areas such as their abdomen, back, love handles, and thighs as well as underneath the chin and buttocks. These individuals can typically achieve a more toned look by the gradual fat reduction obtained through CoolSculpting®.
To ensure patients get the best possible results from their CoolSculpting® experience, our team at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery will create a custom treatment plan based on the patient’s desired outcome and how much fatty tissue is present.
The CoolSculpting® Treatment
To begin the CoolSculpting® process, a gel pad will be placed on the area to be treated, and the applicator will be secured to the target area. The technology will begin to send cooling energy to the area to lower the temperature of the fat cells and gradually destroy them. This can feel like an intense cold sensation for the first 5 to 10 minutes, after which the area becomes numb. Immediately following treatment, the area will be massaged for a few minutes as it returns to its normal temperature. A session of CoolSculpting® takes approximately 35 to 60 minutes per treatment area to complete.
CoolSculpting® Recovery and Results
It is normal to experience some discomfort following CoolSculpting®; however, no downtime is usually required, allowing patients to resume their normal schedule after leaving our office. As the body naturally disposes of the treated fat cells, results can begin to been seen as soon as three weeks, and optimal results can typically be noticed at four to six months.
CoolSculpting® vs. SculpSure®
CoolSculpting® and SculpSure® are similar in that they are both non-invasive treatments designed to destroy fat cells for an improved body contour. While CoolSculpting® uses cooling technology to freeze fatty tissue, SculpSure® utilizes laser energy to heat it.
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If you have any questions about CoolSculpting®, or would like to learn about one of our other body procedures, please contact us to schedule your consultation.