What is Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is a non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling and pressure to eliminate stubborn fat that will not shrink through diet and exercise alone. No general/topical anesthesia or pain medication is required. There is no downtime, and you may resume normal exercise and activity immediately after treatment. Results will gradually develop over 2 to 4 months following your treatment; coolsculpting will remove 20-40% of the fat from the treatment area. Areas can be retreated if necessary in the future.
Why should I choose Coolsculpting?
Unlike liposuction, or other extremely invasive fat reduction surgeries or procedures, coolsculpting is completely non-surgical
How to Prepare for your Coolsculpting Treatment
Stop any medications that thin your blood as bruising in the areas of treatment is possible. If you are unsure about whether your medications are blood thinners please review this with me. Over the counter medications like aspirin, anti-inflammatories and fish oil supplements may also exacerbate bruising and should be discontinued.
Your Coolsculpting Treatment Day
What to Expect During the Treatment
There are two types of applicators (vacuum assisted and flat applicators) which may be used during your session...
Vacuum assisted applicators: The most commonly used applicators uses suction to draw the fat into the device. The vacuum pressure may cause sensations of deep pulling, tugging and pinching in the area being treated. This sensation will subside over the first five to seven minutes of each application and for the remainder of the session should be comfortable.
Flat applicator (“Coolsmooth”): The flat applicators do not involve suction but you will feel tingling and stinging for approximately ten minutes as the applicator cools the fat.
Most patients experience very mild sensations; some patients experience more intense sensations at the beginning of each session, but the symptoms will subside after the first 10 minutes.
After one hour (or two hours with the flat applicator) the treatment for that area is completed and the device is removed. Immediately upon removal of the device the tissue will be firm and massage is important to maximize the treatment result. During this 2-5 minute process it will feel like a deep tissue massage – uncomfortable but bearable.
What to expect after CoolSculpting
Immediately after the procedure the treated area may:
You may also feel a general sense of nausea or dizziness as your body naturally warms and sensation returns to your treatment area. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please let us know and I will help you as necessary.
It's important to note - most patients have very mild symptoms, but as with any medical procedure, each patient experiences it uniquely. These symptoms always subside over time, and have NO long lasting complications.
There is typically very minimal recovery time after CoolSculpting - you will be able to return to your normal daily routine immediately after the procedure.
4 to 10 days post Coolsculpting, you may notice more intense sensations than the first few days. This is due to the inflammatory response your body naturally mounts to remove the dead fat cells. For most patients the symptoms are mild to moderate and often are more apparent when trying to sleep. If you are having difficulty sleeping, please notify us - prescription medications may be helpful.
Please notify me if any of these conditions persist beyond two weeks
When Do I Expect to See Results?
The million dollar question! Following the procedure, a gradual reduction in the thickness of the fat layer will take place. You may start to see changes as early as three weeks after CoolSculpting! You will experience the most dramatic results after two to three months. Your body will continue to process the destroyed fat cells from your body for approximately four months after your procedure.
How Do I Maximize my Treatment Results?
Weight gain, of course, will prevent you from appreciating your full results. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine after your procedure can help prevent this. Just like liposuction, Coolsculpting
kills and eliminates fat cells from the treated area. If you are eating more calories than you are burning off through normal activity and exercise, the extra calories will be stored as fat in other locations in your body.
This is the perfect time to evaluate your eating and exercise habits and to make changes if merited to optimize your results. We are happy to provide advice and counselling to help you make changes or assess proper caloric goals if you feel that you may benefit from them.
Avoid the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen and Celebrex for six weeks after the treatment. The inflammatory response in your body is the mechanism which removes the fat cells, and inhibiting the body’s ability to mount a response may slow the progress of your results following Coolsculpting.
Schedule a follow-up medical assessment to review your results and discuss the option of additional treatments to achieve desired outcome for this treatment site and other treatment sites.
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