There are numerous cosmetic technologies that claim to help with fat removal. While many people are happy with the results of plastic surgery, some patients don’t have the time or resources available for that option. For patients near their goal weight who do not need significant contouring, nonsurgical treatments are a great option to reduce small pockets of diet-resistant fat with little to no downtime.
At Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ, we understand that weight loss is a struggle for many individuals. While techniques such as plastic surgery disrupt your schedule, body fat removal is possible through a noninvasive procedure called CoolSculpting. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao uses CoolSculpting to eliminate fat cells through cooling technology. Contact our office to schedule your appointment and learn more about this effective treatment.
Advantages of nonsurgical body contouring
Many fat loss procedures require patients to undergo invasive surgery, which means putting a stop to your daily activities, such as work or childcare, while you recover. Some individuals have certain medical conditions that prevent them from having fat reduction surgery. CoolSculpting in a noninvasive procedure that effectively allows patients to return to their normal life as soon as the treatment is done. During your consultation, Dr. Rao will perform an evaluation to see if you can benefit from nonsurgical body contouring with CoolSculpting. We can precisely target the following areas and eliminate fat cells for good without causing harm to other parts of your body:
Your consultation appointment is the perfect time to bring up any questions or concerns you may have about CoolSculpting. Although this innovative technique is successful for adult men and women of all ages, patients should be within 30 pounds of their goal weight and have realistic expectations about their results. The quality and elasticity of the skin in the treatment areas will be assessed as well. If you are an ideal candidate, Dr. Rao will work with you to create a personalized plan to meet your aesthetic goals. Patients may need one or several sessions to get their desired results.
How CoolSculpting works
Developed by Harvard-trained physicians, CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis to freeze and eliminate fat cells. Fat cells are vulnerable to cold temperatures more than any other tissue, which means the surrounding muscle and skin are completely unharmed. After your CoolSculpting treatment, your body will slowly get rid of the frozen cells over the next few weeks, resulting in a leaner, more contoured figure. CoolSculpting is most effective when performed by a skilled physician who also knows how to reduce the patient’s risk of side effects.
During the CoolSculpting session, Dr. Rao will apply the applicator and gel pad to the skin to start the cooling process. The advanced device uses suction to keep the area steady, and patients will generally feel this sensation during treatment. Each part of the body requires about an hour to complete, during which individuals are free to read, listen to music, or browse the Internet on their phone. Most Tucson-area patients can easily fit CoolSculpting sessions into their schedule, since no anesthesia or needles are required.
During the CoolSculpting procedure, patients may feel a slight tugging or pulling at the treatment site. This sensation is normal and should stop as soon as the session is over. However, patients may experience other side effects such as short-term swelling, bruising, redness, or skin sensitivity that should dissipate as the area heals. If you feel anything more than mild discomfort or if the side effects do not go away, it is important to call Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery so we can walk you through the issue or schedule an examination if necessary.
One of the best benefits of CoolSculpting is that the results should last indefinitely, because the affected cells do not grow back after body fat removal. However, if you gain a significant amount of weight following treatment, it is possible to gain fat in the treated areas. For this reason, it's important to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen to maintain your results. The outcome of nonsurgical body contouring can be seen in as few as three weeks, with optimal results showing in about 1 – 3 months after the final session.
Schedule your CoolSculpting consultation today
Unlike with weight loss methods like diet and exercise, fat cells are entirely eliminated during your CoolSculpting procedure. Skilled plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao can help individuals with stubborn areas of fat improve their appearance as well as their confidence level. Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery is excited to offer patients CoolSculpting treatments to achieve a slimmer silhouette without plastic surgery or other invasive procedures. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rao to find out if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting body fat removal at our office in Tucson, AZ.