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CoolSculpting®

What Is CoolSculpting®?

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.

Who Is a Candidate for CoolSculpting?

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.

What Can I Expect in the CoolSculpting Procedure?

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. This step—which is often referred to as “massaging the butter”—helps break up the damaged fat cells, making it easier for the body to naturally dispose of them. A session of CoolSculpting takes approximately 35 to 60 minutes per treatment area to complete. Some patients choose to have multiple areas treated during their appointment, but additional visits can be scheduled as well. Depending on the individual’s treatment plan, multiple sessions to address the same area(s) may be required to help them achieve their desires outcome.

What Does the CoolSculpting Recovery Entail?

It is normal to experience some discomfort following CoolSculpting; however, since the procedure is non-invasive, 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.

How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Last?

Since CoolSculpting breaks down fat cells and naturally eliminates them from the body, they cannot grow back. Although these cells are considered permanently removed, your newly contoured body shape can be affected by future weight fluctuations. This is due to the remaining fat cells in your body being able to grow with weight gain. With this in mind, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and regular exercise, as this can help you maintain the positive outcome from your CoolSculpting treatment.

Photos courtesy of CoolSculpting®

Photos courtesy of CoolSculpting®

How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?

According to the manufacturer, the average cost of CoolSculpting is approximately $2,000 to $4,000, though this can vary. Men and women interested in CoolSculpting will need to schedule a consultation to receive a quote for their treatment cost. Since the procedure is customized for each patient, the total cost will depend on multiple factors involved in a patient’s treatment plan. This includes the volume of fat removal desired, the number of areas being treated, and how many sessions are required to reach the optimal outcome.

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

CoolSculpting technology is designed to deliver safe and effective treatments for those who are good candidates for the solution. The device delivers controlled cooling to target the unwanted fat underneath the skin. If the system’s sensors detect the skin has reached too low of a temperature, it will automatically shut off. In addition, our team has undergone specialty training and certification to perform CoolSculpting, ensuring your comfort and safety.

Are There Any Side Effects to CoolSculpting?

Side effects from CoolSculpting are typically well tolerated and fade as the body heals. During the treatment session, you may feel pulling, mild pinching, intense cold, and cramping. As the area becomes numb over the course of 5 to 10 minutes, this discomfort gradually fades. After the procedure, you may experience redness, swelling, bruising, itching, and sensitivity in the treatment area. These effects typically subside within a few days or weeks. More details about the possible risks and side effects of CoolSculpting will be described to you in detail during your consultation, allowing you to make an informed decision about your body contouring treatment.

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.

CoolSculpting Patient Testimonials

Hear what one woman had to say about her experience undergoing CoolSculpting, and why she would recommend it to others struggling with stubborn fat deposits around their body.

Contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery

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.