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We all have them – stubborn pockets of fat that don’t seem to budge no matter how healthfully we eat or how many hours we spend in the gym. Historically, patients who wanted a way to eliminate these areas of fat had to resort to costly and invasive surgeries with extended downtime and recovery periods, but fortunately, thanks to modern advances in technology, surgery is no longer necessary to achieve stunning results! Below, Dr. Gerald Bock, a board-certified dermatologist who serves patients in Stockton, Elk Grove, and Lodi, explains why CoolSculpting, a revolutionary fat loss treatment, is great for fat reduction.
What CoolSculpting is and how it works
CoolSculpting is a cosmetic treatment that harnesses the power of cold temperatures to destroy unwanted fat cells. It is highly effective at removing unwanted areas of fat using what is called “cryolipolysis,” which is the destruction of fat cells when they are kept at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. When CoolSculpting is used, it can remove up to 25 percent of fat in the target area while leaving the muscles, skin, and nerves in the treatment area unharmed. After treatment, patients begin seeing results in about six weeks, and they improve over the next two to four months. Depending on the treatment area and desired results, a few CoolSculpting treatments spaced out over several weeks may be necessary.
Why CoolSculpting is a great choice for fat reduction
CoolSculpting, treatments are fast, comfortable, and do not require incisions, anesthesia, or recovery. There is no downtime, which means that you can step into California Skin & Laser Center for your lunchtime appointment and get back to your regular day! Each session usually takes around an hour. Most patients can achieve similar results as liposuction with this effective, non-invasive method of fat reduction. While liposuction can sometimes cause dimpling of the skin, that does not happen with CoolSculpting.
After your treatment is over, your body flushes out the dead fat cells that were frozen through natural processes via your liver. This means you will gradually see improvements from the treatment over the course of a few months. There are a few side effects with CoolSculpting, though some patients may experience skin sensitivity or bruising after treatment, which usually subsides within a few weeks. Since there are no incisions, you do not need to worry about surgical side effects, such as the possibility of infection, or scarring from the treatment.
Perhaps one of the best parts about CoolSculpting is that the fat cells that are destroyed in the process are gone permanently. This means that once your treatments are complete, those fat cells will not come back! It is important to note that you can regain weight in other areas of your body, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercise is important to keep your newly slimmed figure.
Areas that CoolSculpting can be performed on
Patient satisfaction with CoolSculpting tends to be highest when they receive treatment in several adjacent areas for a maximum slimming effect. CoolSculpting is a great option for many of the areas of the body where people naturally hold on to extra fat, including:
Arms (in some cases)
Patients who are seeking fat removal in other areas of the body can discuss other fat reduction options with Dr. Bock, such as liposuction. While CoolSculpting is great at eliminating fat cells, it cannot tighten loose skin or reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Learn more about CoolSculpting and whether it is right for you
CoolSculpting can be highly effective for many men and women alike. Even better, it can benefit most people no matter what age they are. However, it is important to note that CoolSculpting is not intended to be an obesity treatment—it works best in people who are already committed to a nutritious diet and a regular exercise routine, and who are seeking to remove stubborn pockets of fat that they have been unsuccessful eliminating with a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Gerald Bock works with each patient in a personalized consultation to determine whether CoolSculpting is the right choice for them. He discusses your desired end results and treatment preferences with you and will walk through what to expect before, during, and after CoolSculpting so you can feel confident in your treatment choice. With offices in Stockton, Lodi, and Elk Grove, CA, we are conveniently located near your home or work so you can easily get to your consultation. The CoolSculpting procedure is performed at our Stockton location.
Dr. Gerald Bock is a board-certified general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatologist serving patients in the following California, United States communities: Lodi, CA; Stockton, CA; and Elk Grove, CA. He is a fellow with the American Academy of Dermatology and is a pioneer of cosmetic surgery in the Central Valley. Dr. Bock’s goal is to provide services that enhance an individual’s beauty without making them look like they have had anything done. He is committed to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals with innovative treatments that deliver ageless results.