What is CoolSculpting and How Does It Work?
CoolSculpting targets and destroys fat cells by delivering controlled bursts of cooling. This cooling kills fat cells. Once the cells are dead, the body then processes and absorbs the fat cells and then eliminates the waste. This natural process reduces the number of fat cells in the targeted area, which contours the body.
The CoolSculpting technique works so effectively because fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other kinds of cells. The applicator delivers cooling at a very specific temperature — cold enough to destroy fat cells but not cold enough to harm any tissue. Removing excess fat with CoolSculpting can help you look more youthful by giving you a trimmer, more toned appearance.
How Does CoolSculpting Compare to Liposuction?
Because the candidates for liposuction and CoolSculpting are often similar, the procedures are sometimes compared to one another. A single session of CoolSculpting can remove approximately 25% of fat cells in the target area. While liposuction can remove 30% to 40% of fat cells in target areas, it’s an invasive procedure with more risks. Typically, liposuction requires a general anesthetic and a recovery time of one to two weeks or more. CoolSculpting requires virtually no recovery time, and it’s a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require any anesthetic.
Am I A Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting reduces body fat, but it’s not suitable for people who want to lose a lot of weight because it eliminates fat in targeted areas. There are some medical conditions that aren’t a good mix with CoolSculpting. These include paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria and cryoglobulinemia.
If you’re affected by one of these conditions, speak with Dr. Nusbaum about alternative treatments. In general, you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting if:
- You’re within 15 pounds of your ideal weight, and
- You have noticeable pockets of fat that you can’t diet or exercise away.
Is CoolSculpting Safe?
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for spot-reduction of body fat from:
- The abdomen and sides (love handles and muffin top)
- The inner and outer thighs
- Submental fat (double chin)
What Happens During My CoolSculpting Treatment?
Before a CoolSculpting treatment, you will have a consultation with Dr. Nusbaum. He will discuss the results you hope the treatment will achieve and where on your body you want to have fat removed. Then your Dr. NUsbaum will develop a customized treatment plan that details:
- Where fat will be removed
- How much will be removed
- How many CoolSculpting sessions you’ll have – If you want to remove fat from several areas, it may take multiple sessions
When it’s time for your CoolSculpting treatment, a gel pad and an applicator are placed on your skin in the area to be treated. The applicator delivers controlled bursts of cooling to the fat cell layer in that area.
A typical CoolSculpting treatment takes about an hour. At the end of your session, the applicator is removed, and the treated area is massaged. This treatment is completely non-invasive. The applicator applies suction, so you’ll feel some pressure in the treatment area, but most people don’t feel any pain during the treatment. While you’re having the treatment, you can read, check email, or even relax and take a nap.
How Long Does Recovery Take after CoolSculpting?
Not long at all! Once your CoolSculpting treatment is over, most people return to work immediately and can resume their normal activity level the next day.
Common side effects include numbness, tingling, or pain at the treatment site, as well as redness, bruising, and swelling. Most side effects only last a short time, although the treated area could be swollen for up to three weeks. Some people do experience some pain after their CoolSculpting treatments. If you experience pain, it is likely to begin several days after your treatment and could last for one to two weeks.
Why Should I Choose Nusbaum Medical Centers for CoolSculpting?
To get the best results from your CoolSculpting treatment, it’s important to see a board-certified surgeon who has lots of experience with body contouring procedures. Why is this recommended?
- It ensures that you’re working with someone who has the knowledge and expertise to complete your procedure safely and effectively.
- An experienced surgeon can help you decide what procedure will best give you the results you want, whether it’s CoolSculpting or other body contouring procedures.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Nusbaum and his team at Nusbaum Medical Centers have been performing body-contouring procedures for many years. We have the trained eye you need to get the results you’re hoping for.
If you are looking for CoolSculpting in Maplewood NJ and you are ready to get rid of those last few unwanted pounds and achieve a more streamlined, contoured silhouette, contact us to schedule a CoolSculpting consultation with Dr. Nusbaum. You can also complete the form below to schedule a free consultation.