CoolSculpting: Non-Invasive Fat Removal
Although we live in a time of rapid progress in cosmetic procedures and devices, a few advances are truly revolutionary. The development of BOTOX®
and the use of fillers as volumizers shifted our understanding of what we could accomplish without surgery or downtime. Now, with the development of CoolSculpting as a device that can remove fat without surgery or downtime, we have made another major step forward.
For many years, researchers attempted without success to find a non-invasive, no-downtime way to remove fat safely. There have been a number of devices that have been marketed claiming to do this, but they have failed to produce lasting benefits. Now, with the introduction of CoolSculpting, this goal has been achieved.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the effect of cold on the skin. They found that by cooling the skin and keeping it at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, some of the fat could be destroyed, while the skin, muscle, and nerves survived. This procedure is called cryolipolysis.
The CoolSculpting device evolved from this research. Like liposuction, it is a spot removal device, rather than a weight reduction device. 20-25% of the fat in the skin is sucked into the applicator handpiece. Results are visible as early as 6 weeks, but, like liposuction, final results are seen in two to four months. Frequently, for optimal results (Treatment to Transformation), more than one treatment in an area is optimal.
The treatment is generally pain-free, although some patients may experience numbness, minor bruising, redness, or discomfort in the treated area, but only temporarily. You can read, use a computer, or talk on the phone while the machine does its work. Furthermore, there is little to no downtime, and most patients are able to resume normal activities the same day. One additional and amazing feature of this treatment is the very high success rate. There are very few non-responders.
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Who Are the Best Candidates for CoolSculpting?
Both men and women can benefit from this procedure. There are no absolute age limitations. It is important to remember that CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity. It aims to mold the body into a more pleasing shape. People who are relatively close to their desired weight will get a more noticeable response than people who are significantly overweight. With this procedure, we aim for Treatment to Transformation. Treatment of several adjacent areas gives the highest degree of patient satisfaction.
How Does CoolSculpting Compare to Liposuction?
CoolSculpting can only be performed on certain areas such as the abdomen, love handles, back fat, inner thighs and in some cases on the arms. Liposuction can be performed on other areas as well, such as the chin and outer thighs.
Liposuction is an invasive procedure that leaves scars and sometimes increases pigmentation around the scars. Occasionally liposuction can be followed by infection and there have been deaths associated with liposuction. CoolSculpting is non-invasive and extremely safe. There are no serious complications associated with CoolSculpting. Liposuction is followed by some down time, while there is none after CoolSculpting. Sometimes there can be dimples in the skin after liposuction while this does not occur after CoolSculpting. There are rare reports of new localized fat growth after CoolSculpting.
If You Are Interested in CoolSculpting, What is the Next Step?
The next step is to call California Skin & Laser Center at 209-751-4292 and schedule an evaluation. At that time, Dr. Bock will advise you whether you are a candidate for this procedure, and what other possibilities exist for improving your appearance.
Why Should You Choose California Skin & Laser Center for Your CoolSculpting?
At California Skin & Laser Center, we want you to enjoy an exceptional outcome and an equally exceptional experience. We are committed to ensuring your satisfaction, your comfort, your privacy, and your safety. All treatments are performed or supervised by a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in successful performing a large variety of cosmetic procedures. Many treatment modalities are available, and we can recommend the suitable options most likely to meet your needs; we're here to meet your needs and help you realize your aspirations. At our offices in Stockton and Lodi, CA, we serve communities throughout San Joaquin County and the Central Valley, including Sacramento, Tracy, Manteca, Modesto, Galt, and Valley Springs; many of our patients also come from the San Francisco Bay Area.