Sometimes, fat in certain areas of the body is nearly impossible to remove with diet and exercise alone. The most difficult “trouble zones” for both men and women include the arms, back, thighs, abdomen, “love handles”, and “muffin top”. While liposuction is a very effective means to reduce fat in these areas, CoolSculpting® can provide similar results without any surgery, anesthesia, or downtime.
Advantages of CoolSculpting®
- No surgery
- No incisions
- No downtime
- No anesthesia
- No pain
- Clinically proven to reduce fat
The best candidates for CoolSculpting® are at or near their ideal weight and have stubborn deposits of fat. If the patient can pinch at least an inch of fat in a particular area, it will likely respond well to CoolSculpting®. Candidates should have adequate skin elasticity. Potential patients should note that CoolSculpting® will not eliminate cellulite or excess skin and is not a treatment for weight loss.
The CoolSculpting® device is applied to the selected area, and the patient’s fat is sandwiched between two cooling panels. These panels emit energy that will literally freeze the fat cells without harming the surrounding skin, nerves, and other tissues. Damage to the surrounding cells is avoided because fat cells will freeze more quickly than any other types of cells. The cooling energy encourages fat cell death. As the fat cells continue to die over the next several months, the body naturally eliminates them as waste through the lymphatic system.
No anesthesia is necessary with CoolSculpting®. Most patients will experience a slight cooling or tingling sensation and some pressure from the device. Patients are free to relax during the 60 to 90-minute treatment and can resume regular activity immediately after treatment. Subsequent treatments may be needed to get optimal results, but most patients experience satisfactory results after just one session.
CoolSculpting® was FDA-approved in 2010 for fat reduction. No serious long-term risks are associated with treatment; side-effects are limited to temporary bruising and numbness.
Most patients experience between 20 and 25 percent fat reduction in the treated area(s). The results may not be apparent immediately but will continue to improve over the next several months. Final results are usually seen after four months. For those who would like a more streamlined appearance to a particular area by reducing stubborn fat, CoolSculpting® is an excellent non-surgical solution.
To schedule your CoolSculpting® consultation, please contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Conrad at our Wichita, Kansas practice by calling (316) 681-2227 or by filling out our online contact form.