*Individual results vary
Proven Results with Non-Surgical Fat Removal
For many years, men and women have searched for ways to reach their weight goals. Healthy eating and regular exercise are advantageous but, as you may know, only get you so far. If you are one who finds yourself in that “in-between,” an area where you want more for your body but aren’t in need of surgical intervention like liposuction or abdominoplasty, you may be interested in CoolSculpting technology with Dr. Mark Epstein.
What is CoolSculpting®?
- Safe and effective
CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared device that melts fat cells by targeting them with freezing temperature. The fat-dissolving process is referred to as cryolipolysis. The cooling of fat destroys cells by causing crystals to form inside of them. This crystallization within fat cells destroys them. The body’s natural immune response is to then eliminate these cells. Coolsculpting is a body-contouring method that has been widely studied and found to be one of the most effective modalities to date based on proven, lasting results.
Who is a candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an excellent body-sculpting option for men and women who are at or near their ideal weight and who understand how the treatment works. The ideal patient is someone who has excess fat around abdomen, flanks, chest, arms and inner/outer thighs. Body-sculpting is not intended for weight loss. In fact, most people do not experience any change in weight after undergoing CoolSculpting. The primary benefit of this treatment is that you can look better from every angle thanks to the targeted destruction of fat cells.
To get the body into the state in which fat cells are destroyed, the CoolSculpting cooling panels treat fat tissue in a given area for about one hour per treatment area. Tissue is held between panels with gentle suction. Patients are encouraged to bring entertainment with them. Some people listen to music or read during CoolSculpting sessions, while others watch movies or answer emails. It is not uncommon for a patient to doze off while lying comfortably on the treatment table.
You will feel a sense of coolness for the first minute. After that, the treated area goes numb. You may feel a little discomfort at the start, but it will go away soon after treatment has begun. Treatment can last from 1-6 hours depending on the number of areas that they patient would like treated.
What areas can be treated with CoolSculpting?
In addition to treating stubborn fat on the lower abdomen, CoolSculpting is also commonly used to refine areas including the:
- Inner or outer thighs
- Backs of the arms
- Back (bra area)
Will I Need More than One Treatment?
The number of treatments is determined by how many problematic areas you would like treated. Dr. Epstein keeps your personal goals in mind to help optimize results.
CoolSculpting Before And After
When Will I See Results?
Your final results will not be visible until the patient has the necessary amount of treatments needed to improve the specific area. The number of treatments needed will be discussed during your consultation. The results attained from CoolSculpting are long lasting. CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical, so you can return to normal activities immediately. Patients often return to work on the same day after their treatment is completed.
Unlike other fat removal procedures like the tummy tuck or liposuction, this fat freezing treatment is completely non-surgical. Therefore, people are able to return to their everyday activities and responsibilities immediately after their appointments. In fact, most patients take the morning off and then return to their work day after their procedure. If you are looking for a low time-commitment option for fate reduction, in terms of recovery, CoolSculpting® is the best option for you.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
- Many of us have stubborn fat despite diet and exercise.
- CoolSculpting technology uses controlled cooling (Cryolipolysis) to target and kill these fat cells.
- In the weeks to follow, you will notice a decrease in fat in the treated area.*
- CoolSculpting results are long-term but vary based upon each individuals lifestyle.*
Can CoolSculpting be combined with other procedures?
CoolSculpting may be combined with a number of other cosmetic procedures to maximize the results of each. Because CoolSculpting focuses only on fat reduction, this technique may be complemented by skin-tightening modalities that promote collagen contraction and remodeling. CoolSculpting may be combined with treatments that reduce stretch marks or with those aimed at rejuvenating the face. During your consultation in our Long Island plastic surgery practice, you have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic concerns and explore how we can help you resolve them.
How does CoolSculpting compare to liposuction?
CoolSculpting is one of the best alternatives to liposuction to be developed to date. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that can be performed on a variety of body areas. Dr. Epstein utilizes the Vaser Liposuction method, which targets fat cells with ultrasound energy to ease the extraction process. Being a surgical technique, Vaser liposuction does have a few risks, such as infection and scarring. Patients may need a few days of downtime while initial bruising, swelling, and soreness decrease.
In addition to a few more side effects, liposuction also offers a few unique benefits over non-surgical body contouring. Even with temporary swelling and bruising, liposuction patients may reach their optimal outcome sooner than CoolSculpting patients. Liposuction requires only one procedure to achieve maximum fat reduction whereas CoolSculpting may require multiple treatment sessions to attain the same results. Overall, the results with liposuction are more dramatic than with Coolsculpting.
Both CoolSculpting and liposuction can achieve excellent results that last many years. Regardless of which technique a patient chooses, a commitment to long-term health and fitness is needed to sustain an ideal shape.
Is CoolSculpting Painful?
CoolSculpting can be temporarily uncomfortable. However, most patients do not describe the sensations that occur during or after treatment as painful. During the first few minutes of treatment, while tissue is cooling, sensations such as cramping or aching are likely. Once tissue reaches our target temperature, though, nerve endings are increasingly desensitized and tissue feels numb. Tingling may occur during or after treatment, as well, but should not feel significantly uncomfortable. Most patients are able to resume normal activities immediately after their treatment.
Are there CoolSculpting Risks?
There are very few risks to CoolSculpting treatment, which is one of the many reasons this procedure is so popular. The most common side effects of treatment include transient redness and swelling after fat has been treated. Sensations such as numbness, tingling, or burning may linger for a few days after CoolSculpting. The most significant side effect that could occur is called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia. This rare occurrence, in which fatty tissue thickens and appears more prominent, has happened only about 200 times out of more than 4 million CoolSculpting treatments. Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia is not life-threatening and it can be treated with liposuction or other body contouring methods.