CoolSculpting is an amazing technology that uses controlled cooling to freeze your fat cells. Once treated fat cells are frozen, the body naturally processes and eliminates the fat.
Sometimes we can do everything right and still have stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t let go. If you’re troubled by problem areas you can’t seem to get rid of, an innovative new body contouring technology called CoolSculpting® may be the answer. The CoolSculpting® procedure eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, without surgery or downtime. This fat reduction treatment is the only FDA-cleared procedure to use controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat. CoolSculpting® results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look and feel great from every angle.
How Does CoolSculpting® Work?
Freeze away fat? It comes down to science. CoolSculpting uses a fat-freezing technology called cryolipolysis. Fat cells are known to freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding skin, making them more susceptible to the effects of extreme cold. CoolSculpting® technology delivers controlled cooling safely and effectively to target fat cells without harming nearby tissues. The treated fat cells die from the freezing, crystallizing effects. Over time, your body will naturally process the fat and dispose of these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you. CoolSculpting® is used to treat common problem areas, such as:
- Hips and thighs
- Neck and chin
You can reshape your body! Once fat is destroyed with CoolSculpting® technology, it’s gone for good. When we gain weight, fat cells grow in size, but their numbers remain constant. CoolSculpting® eliminates some of these fat cells to inhibit weight gain in treated areas and sculpt a slimmer figure. This is effective because once these fat cells are removed, they don’t return. If patients do gain weight after CoolSculpting®, it will be evenly distributed throughout the body.
At Dermacare, we will develop a customized CoolSculpting® treatment plan that addresses your problem areas. CoolSculpting® has been shown to result in a fat reduction up to 20-25 percent in treated areas with most patients losing a pant size or two. Targeted areas can be safely re-treated and additional sessions may further enhance your results. Your individualized treatment plan will be tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.
What Can I Expect During a CoolSculpting® Treatment?
It’s easy to sit back, relax and say goodbye to stubborn fat. After we select the area(s) to be treated, the device is positioned on your body and controlled cooling is applied. The tool uses gentle suction to accurately direct the freezing temperatures to your problem areas. During your procedure, you may feel a cold sensation, some tugging or pulling, and numbness. Most patients find the treatment to be comfortable and relatively painless, choosing to read, check email, or even nap during their CoolSculpting® session. Although procedure times can vary from patient to patient depending on individual goals, expectations and treatment areas, CoolSculpting® treatments generally take about 30 minutes.
The CoolSculpting® fat freezing treatment is completely nonsurgical; there will be no incisions, no anesthesia and no scarring. You may feel slightly sore after your CoolSculpting® treatment, but there is no need to take a day off to recover. The majority of patients can resume work and other normal activities immediately after their procedure.
You’ll be happy with your results. In the next few months following your treatment, your body will naturally process treated fat and eliminate the dead cells. Once the targeted fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.
Trust Dermacare for Your CoolSculpting® Procedure
Are you ready to love every view of you? Our experienced providers can ensure safe, consistent fat reduction with individualized CoolSculpting® treatments. At Dermacare, we understand how frustrating stubborn, unwanted fat can be. That’s why we’ve developed proper techniques to help you attain optimal, long-lasting results. Specialized manual massage, for example, can help break up crystallized fat and encourage cell death, otherwise known as apoptosis. The more fat cells that are eliminated by CoolSculpting®, the better your results will be.
It’s also important to ensure that the right areas are treated evenly and efficiently to avoid an unbalanced appearance. Some inexperienced providers may target the wrong place, use incorrect modules or treat patients that are not ideal candidates. At Dermacare, we thoroughly assess each client during their consultation to develop a customized CoolSculpting® treatment plan. We discuss your goals and expectations, explain the procedure, and ensure accurate, even results by taking photos and marking treatment areas. Our CoolSculpting-certified technicians are experienced in revealing the beautiful, slim figure you’ve always wanted. The sooner you set up your consultation with us, the sooner you’ll be able to see results in the mirror—long-term results in those stubborn areas that have resisted all efforts through diet and exercise. Contact us today in San Diego to find out if the CoolSculpting® fat freezing procedure is right for you.
Am I a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting®?
Good candidates are at or near their goal weight and have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. CoolSculpting® treatments are specifically designed for patients who have unwanted fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. Unlike other procedures such as gastric bypass surgery, CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss solution for people who are overweight or obese. CoolSculpting® is a noninvasive fat reduction procedure that provides patients with an alternative to liposuction. It should not be used as a substitute for healthy habits, although patients don’t have to adopt any specialized exercise routines or diets to see results. CoolSculpting® is ideal for those who:
- Are within 30 pounds of their weight loss goals
- Have good skin tone and elasticity
- Want to address stubborn fat in specific problem areas
- Have reasonable expectations
- Want to avoid more invasive, surgical procedures
It’s important to note that CoolSculpting® is not for everyone. You should not receive CoolSculpting® treatments if you suffer from paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, cryoglobulinemia, or chronic skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not a solution for obesity and doesn’t treat scarring or loose skin. If you have problem areas that are resistant to diet or exercise and have been considering a fat reduction procedure, request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting® treatment is right for you.
How Much Does CoolSculpting® Cost?
The price for CoolSculpting® procedures varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. Some patients need two to three treatments to reach their desired results. We will help create a customized treatment plan, in person, that’s tailored to your body, your expectations, and your budget.
How Long Is Each Session? How Many Sessions Will I Need?
We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting® session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. With the new CoolAdvantage® technology, treatment time per cycle has been cut in half from 60 minutes to 35 minutes. We also have the ability to perform DualSculpting, which is the use of multiple applicators to treat two areas at the same time, so you can complete each treatment more quickly and effectively. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals. Although it varies depending on how much fat you want eliminated, some patients need two or three treatments to achieve their desired results.
Where Does The Fat Go?
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once they’re removed, these fat cells are gone for good. Fat cannot regrow, migrate or otherwise return once its been eliminated. Diet and exercise shrink fat cells but doesn’t get rid of them. With CoolSculpting®, fewer fat cells mean a more toned, sculpted body even if patients do gain weight.
What Do CoolSculpting® Treatments Feel Like?
As your treatment begins and you start to notice the cooling during the first few minutes, you may feel some pinching, pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates and any discomfort is alleviated as treated areas become numb. Many people watch videos, read work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.
Is CoolSculpting® Safe?
CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen, thighs, back, arms, buttocks and chin. With over one million CoolSculpting® treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for nonsurgical fat reduction. No adverse side effects or dangerous complications have been associated with this noninvasive, effective fat reduction procedure.
Are There Any Side Effects?
During the procedure, you may feel some pulling, tugging, coldness, numbness or mild discomfort. Following the procedure, there are no adverse or harmful side effects, but some patients may experience some minor symptoms which may include:
- Temporary numbness
- Stinging and minor discomfort
Rare side effects such as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia may also occur, but the incidence rate is extremely low. This is a cosmetic (rather than dangerous) side effect that affects mostly men in which treated fat cells become larger. An experienced provider like those at Dermacare can help reduce unwanted side effects and ensure a comfortable, effective treatment. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting® procedure is right for you.
Can I Return To Normal Activities After My Treatment?
Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting® procedure is completely nonsurgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. You won’t feel groggy from anesthesia, won’t need to care for any incisions and won’t be in pain after your CoolSculpting® treatment. Any side effects you do experience will be minor and easily managed with over-the-counter medications. Although you may feel a bit sore, there is no recovery period or downtime required after your treatment. Often times, patients can return to work after their CoolSculpting® session is over.
When Will I See Results?
It takes time for your body to eliminate fat after your CoolSculpting® procedure. Treated fat cells are destroyed by the freezing temperatures before being naturally processed and removed by the body’s waste disposal systems. You may start to notice changes as soon as three weeks after your treatment but will experience the most dramatic improvements after about two months. It may take up to six months for the full results to develop since your body will continue to flush out and eliminate fat cells during this time. Once you begin to notice a slimmer figure, these changes will be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy weight.
Are Special Supplements or a Strict Diet Required?
No special supplements or pills are required for CoolSculpting® to work and you don’t necessarily have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients, however, feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting® treatment to ensure optimal results. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.
What Happens if I Gain Weight Down the Road?
Many people start to adopt healthier habits after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting® procedure. However, if you do gain weight in the future, it will likely be evenly distributed all over your body. After an area is treated with CoolSculpting®, there are fewer fat cells present, so many patients notice increased tone even if they do put on weight. Only in cases of extreme weight gain do the remaining fat cells expand enough to eclipse the results of CoolSculpting® treatments.
Prior to treatment, you will have a consultation with one of our CoolSculpting® experts to determine whether or not you are a good candidate. Each body is different and has unique needs; therefore, each treatment is customized to your specific areas of concern. If you’ve been bothered by stubborn fat that isn’t affected by diet or exercise, the body contouring specialists at Dermacare can help you achieve a leaner, more sculpted body. Contact or call us today in Carlsbad at 760-448-8100 or our Rancho Bernardo location at 858-487-3376 to schedule a consultation and find out if CoolSculpting® is right for you.
The information about CoolSculpting® in San Diego on this page was reviewed by Dr. Jeff Birchall. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.