CoolSculpting Frequently Asked Questions
CoolSculpting is a breakthrough treatment for fat removal designed to sculpt and mold your body by freezing away stubborn fat cells. Without surgery, needles, or anesthesia, this new-age treatment selectively freezes away pockets of unwanted fat to create a smooth, contoured silhouette. The technique involves the use of regulated cooling (cryolipolysis) to freeze fat cells, which will lead to the cells being expelled from your body naturally over the course of several weeks. At Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ guided by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao, we offer state-of-the-art CoolSculpting to help you meet your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation to learn more about cryolipolysis and decide if this treatment is right for you.
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CoolSculpting Procedure Technique
Women and men alike may turn to CoolSculpting for the extra help they need to smooth away their trouble spots when diet and exercise aren't enough. This system comes with several applicators that are specially contoured to fit various parts of the body. Popular treatment areas include:
- The abdomen
- Flanks or "love handles"
- Inner and outer thighs
- Back or "bra bulge"
- Double chin
Even though this innovative technique has been proven successful with men and women of different ages, those who will benefit the most from CoolSculpting are people who:
- Are within 30 pounds of their goal weight
- Struggle with stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to exercise and diet efforts
- Don't want or are not good candidates for more invasive procedures
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment
Developed by Harvard-based physicians, CoolSculpting uses a patented technology called cryolipolysis to selectively freeze and destroy fat cells. Because fat cells are more vulnerable to cold than other tissue, this technique targets only the targeted fat cells, leaving muscle and skin unharmed. After your consultation with Dr. Rao to schedule your CoolSculpting treatments, your procedure will be planned. During your session, the applicator and gel pad will be applied to the skin and controlled cooling will start to paralyze the fat cells. The device uses suction to keep the treatment area steady, and you'll feel this sensation during the treatment. The device then cools the treatment area for about an hour. During this time, you'll be free to read, browse the internet, or just relax as the technology targets your undesired areas.
What to Expect with CoolSculpting®
Since CoolSculpting is noninvasive, you can expect to return to your normal activities following your treatment. Most of the time, you can return to work or school immediately after a CoolSculpting session. Side effects of the procedure usually include swelling, bruising, stinging, redness, and discomfort of the treated site. These conditions are temporary and usually subside in the days following your appointment. You can expect to notice some results in as little as three weeks, but you will see the most obvious and dramatic outcomes roughly 1 – 3 months after your CoolSculpting treatment has concluded.
CoolSculpting Ideal Candidates
How much does CoolSculpting cost?
The total expense of your CoolSculpting treatment will vary, depending on the number of sessions recommended and the amount of fat that you wish to have removed. During your consultation, we will discuss your cosmetic goals to determine the best course of treatment that will allow us to help you achieve your optimal results. Once your customized treatment plan has been created, we will then talk to you about your out-of-pocket costs.
How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting works by applying a controlled temperature to destroy fat cells in selected areas of the body (abdomen, flanks, stomach, thighs, etc.) for treatment. Essentially, this technology freezes the fat cells until they die. They are then broken down by the body and discharged through natural functions.
Is CoolSculpting safe?
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, external treatment that involves the application of a device to the skin’s surface. With this procedure, there's absolutely no need for a recovery period. You may experience some moderate swelling and discoloration immediately after treatment, but this typically only lasts for around a week.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of treatments necessary to realize your desired results will be decided during your initial consultation. For some patients, only one treatment is enough, but others may require more sessions, depending on the amount of fat being addressed. The number of treatments you will be set to receive is dependent on your aesthetic goals and the thickness of fat in the targeted sections.
Do the fat cells grow back?
The number of fat cells in your body is determined in adolescence. While the destroyed fat cells will not regenerate, the remaining fat cells in your body will fluctuate in size as you lose or gain weight. Because gaining weight will greatly impact your results, it is crucial to adhere to a healthy diet and exercise routine following the conclusion of your CoolSculpting treatment plan.
Plan Your Procedure
Everybody has aspects of their body that they would like to change or improve, regardless of their appearance or confidence level. This includes stubborn areas of fat that have not responded to exercise and healthy dieting. However, with modern advances in technology, you no longer have to choose between living unhappily with unwanted fat and undergoing a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia and downtime. Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery is excited to offer Tucson, AZ individuals CoolSculpting treatments to minimize areas of stubborn fat without the use of invasive techniques for a slimmer silhouette. Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao to find out if you are an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting or if another procedure would better help you meet your aesthetic goals.
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