With the help of advanced cooling technology, your body can naturally eliminate its own fat cells.
CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq is a non-invasive, FDA-approved procedure that reduces fat through an intense cooling process. Areas that collect stubborn pockets of fat, such as the flanks, abdomen and back, can be treated with the non-surgical cooling device, causing the excess fat cells to be filtered out by the body’s natural processes. This can result improved contour and less fat without the need for surgery or long recovery times. CoolSculpting&Reg; from our board-certified plastic surgeon can be an effective and safe fat-eliminating alternative to liposuction, helping patients to reduce moderate areas of excess fat.
How is the CoolSculpting® Procedure Performed?
During your consultation with Dr. James Vogel, you will establish the areas of excess fat to be targeted for treatment. He will answer all of your questions and determine whether CoolSculpting® is the right option for your needs. Typically, the procedure takes only one to two hours to complete, but it ultimately depends on the size of the area to be treated. If you prefer to be somewhat aggressive with the contouring in one session, several areas over 3-4 hours can also be treated. A second session may be recommended to provide the best result.
At the time of your procedure, you will sit or lie down, and a suctioning device will be placed on your targeted area. Through the cooling process, called cryolipolysis, your fat is pulled between two panels, which may result in a sensation of tugging and coldness. Soon, any minor discomfort will subside as the area begins to numb. The advanced technology gently cools your lipids and fat cells to the point of crystallization, allowing your body to eventually break them down and eliminate them through natural processes.
Before and After
How Long is the Recovery Period?
Since the procedure is non-invasive, it requires no downtime for recovery, and patients can typically resume their normal activity immediately. Following the procedure, you may temporarily experience some redness, minor bruising or sensitivity.
What Results Can I Expect?
One to two months following the procedure, you should begin to notice the results. Over the next two to three months, your body will continue to eliminate the fat cells, further improving the outcome. A follow-up visit is scheduled post-treatment to monitor results and determine whether a second CoolSculpting® procedure is needed to reach the desired goal. Treatments can be done four to eight weeks apart, giving your body enough time to show results.
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If you would like to learn more about CoolSculpting®, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vogel, please contact us today!