Based on the scientific principle that fat cells are more sensitive to cold than the overlying skin and surrounding tissues, CoolSculpting® reduces the temperature of fat cells in the treated area. This is intended to promote fat cell elimination through a natural biological process known as apoptosis, without causing scar tissue or damage to the skin, nerves or surrounding tissues.
Please note: Although many practitioners perform CoolSculpting®, patients would be wise to visit a plastic surgeon who is qualified to offer other treatments if you are not a good candidate for CoolSculpting®. Learn more about board-certification and specialization here.
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The CoolSculpting® Procedure
When treatment begins, the doctor will position the CoolSculpting® device on the area and it will draw the bulge up between two cooling panels. The sensation is a firm pull and pressure-enough of a pull to ensure the selected tissue will be cooled efficiently. During the first few minutes of the cooling, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates and patients experience no pain. Many people read, work on a laptop or take a nap during their treatment. Treatment is usually complete in about one hour.
Results Of CoolSculpting® Treatment
Patients generally start to see results as soon as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months. The body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to six months after treatment. Many patients return for a second treatment for maximum results.
CoolSculpting® is not intended as a weight-reduction program for obese individuals. The best candidates for the CoolSculpting® procedure are people near their ideal body weight who eat well and exercise regularly yet have pockets of fat that are unresponsive. It is appropriate for those who are seeking spot reduction for specific areas of fat but are not interested in a surgical procedure.
Recovery Of CoolSculpting® Treatment
The procedure is completely non-surgical, so most people can resume their regular activities immediately. Patients frequently return to work after the session is finished.