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Serving patients in Ohio and Michigan including Toledo, Sylvania, Oregon, Detroit, Taylor, and Troy.

What is CoolSculpting®?

Even with proper diet and routine exercise, many people continue having trouble with problem bulges caused by fat cells that lie beneath the skin. Now there is a means of eliminating these persistent areas using a technique known as CoolSculpting®. This non-surgical, non-invasive procedure reduces subcutaneous body fat through a method known as cryolipolysis, which means breaking fat down through exposure to cold temperatures.

The FDA-approved technique uses a handheld device that draws skin into a C-shaped compartment lined with metal plates. When turned on, the electronic wand cools the metal to temperatures that are just above freezing. While the temperature is not cold enough to harm skin cells, the fat cells crystallize and die. The body’s immune system then dissolves and consumes the cells.

Details About Cryolipolysis

Each treatment targets a specific area and lasts approximately one hour. The number of treatments required depends largely on the amount of fat in each area, the size and number of areas requiring treatment. Following treatment, the skin over the treated area may appear slightly bruised from the
continual vacuum. However, this typically subsides within 24 hours. Clients typically see a visible difference in two to three months. Visual studies indicate that subcutaneous fat layers are reduced by up to 25 percent following treatment. If clients continue a regimen of healthy eating and exercise, the results are permanent.

CoolSculpting® Benefits

CoolSculpting® procedures offer many benefits over traditional liposuction or other surgical procedures. When needing basic body contouring, consider the benefits of cryolipolysis:

  • Effectively reduces localized fat deposits/ add lift
  • Does not require anesthesia
  • There are no injections
  • It is not a surgically invasive procedure
  • There is no risk of infection
  • Recovery time is not necessary
  • There are no serious side effects

Are You a Candidate for CoolSculpting®?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for CoolSculpting®. The procedure was not designed as a cure for obesity. The spot treatments help minimize the appearance of bulges that are not corrected by diet and exercise. The areas targeted involve locations on the body where skin folds are easily pinched between the fingers. These regions include the love handles around the abdomen, bulges on the body along the bra line, deposits around the hips, and inner and outer thighs.

Each potential client undergoes a consultation and physical assessment process that determines whether CoolSculpting® is appropriate for their specific problem. The number of sessions required varies for each individual. Treatment plans will also vary according to each client’s budget, personal goals, and availability. Someone within 10 pounds of their ideal body weight and has an overall toned appearance may only need one or two treatments. Those who have a greater body mass often require a higher number of treatments. However, the technique is not designed to remove the large deposits of fat commonly associated with being seriously overweight or obese. The treatments also do not correct excess or sagging skin problems.

What Will the Results Be?

Many patients are pleased to see the changes produced by a single treatment, but understand a second treatment is almost always needed to reach optimal results. Clients must keep in mind that the change is gradual and relies on natural body processes to remove the damaged fat cells. CoolSculpting® is particularly effective for correcting problems found in the middle abdominal and waist regions.

Can I Return to Normal Activities After the Procedure?

The minimal effects that clients experience following a procedure do not inhibit normal activity and typically disappear within 24 to 48 hours. Common side effects include redness or slight bruising over the treated area. Numbness or tingling sensations are also common. There are no physical restrictions, which means that patients may resume all normal daily functions. In fact, due to time conflicts, some clients receive treatments during a lunch break and promptly return to work with no ill effects.

When Will I See Results?

Depending on the size of the site treated, clients may see results in as little as three weeks following treatment. The gradual changes continue over months and typically peak at around the sixth month.

Are the Results Permanent?

As long as someone does not become obese, eat correctly and maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity, the remaining fat cells do not enlarge, and the body does not produce more fat cells.

How Much Does CoolSculpting® Cost?

The expense associated with CoolSculpting® depends on the individual treatment plan required by each client. While health insurance plans generally do not help cover the cost, Artisan Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery accepts CareCredit™, Surgery Loans, and Healthcare Financing Direct as plastic surgery financing options.

Dr. Manish Raj Gupta

At the Artisan Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Center, Dr. Raj K. Gupta & Dr. Manish Raj Gupta offer plastic and reconstructive surgery and non-invasive advanced skin care to patients across Ohio and Michigan including Toledo, Sylvania, Oregon, Detroit, Taylor, and Troy. Contact the Artisan Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Center office today to schedule your arm lift consultation!

Written by Artisan Cosmetic Surgery June 23, 2015