Table of Contents:
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- What Is Coolsculpting?
- What Areas Of The Body Can Be Treated?
- What Are The Benefits Of Coolsculpting?
- Who Is A Candidate For Coolsculpting?
- How Is Coolsculpting Performed?
- What Results Can I Expect From Coolsculpting?
- When Will I See Results From Coolsculpting?
- Are Results Permanent?
- Post-Coolsculpting Massage & Zimmer Z-Wave
- When Can I Resume Normal Activity Following Coolsculpting?
- What Happens To The Fat Destroyed By Coolsculpting’s Controlled Freezing?
- Is Coolsculpting Safe? What Are The Side Effects?
- What Happens If I Gain Weight After My Treatment?
- How Much Does Coolsculpting Cost?
- What Is The Difference Between Coolsculpting And Liposuction?
- Why Should I Get Coolsculpting At York Yates Plastic Surgery?
- How Do I Get Started?
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment that freezes stubborn fat, which is then naturally eliminated from your body. No needles, no sedation, no surgery, and no downtime. Patients often spend procedure time reading, working on their laptops, or napping. It’s safe, FDA-cleared, and effective.
What areas of the body can be treated?
CoolSculpting was originally approved by the FDA in 2010 for the lower abdomen and upper thighs. Since then, the creation of new hand-pieces enabled the procedure to be used in other locations. These are the current areas approved by the FDA for treatment:
What are the benefits of CoolSculpting?
Most of us, no matter what kind of shape we are in, have pockets of unwanted fat that accumulate in areas. Fat in these areas is resistant to changes in diet and exercise and can be almost impossible to reduce by diet and exercise. CoolSculpting targets and dramatically lessens these pockets of unwanted fat, destroying from 20-25 percent of the fat in the treatment areas. Reducing this fat slims the contour in the treatment locations. This without any incisions or recovery time.
Who is a candidate for CoolSculpting?
The ideal candidate is someone who would otherwise be a good candidate for liposuction but is interested in a less invasive method with no downtime. They have realistic expectations and understand that the results of CoolSculpting may not be as impressive as liposuction. The results with multiple treatments can approach or even exceed those achievable with liposuction in some cases.
How is CoolSculpting performed?
Fat cells are more sensitive to freezing than other tissues, such as skin. During CoolSculpting, the treatment area is assessed, and an appropriate hand-piece is chosen. The hand-piece is placed on the area, and the area is frozen to very cold temperatures for 35-75 minutes, depending on the specific hand-piece and treatment area. The treatment is uncomfortable but tolerable for the first 6-8 minutes, followed by a more comfortable remainder of the procedure as the area becomes numb. Most patients watch movies or work on their smartphones during the procedure.
What results can I expect from CoolSculpting?
In this patient, the treated areas: upper abdomen x 1, lower abdomen x 2, bilateral upper hips. Photos 3 months after treatment.
When will I see results from CoolSculpting?
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after one to three months. Your body is still flushing fat cells and will continue doing so for up to four to six months after your CoolSculpting treatment.
Are results permanent?
During CoolSculpting, the treated fat cells are eliminated. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, long-term results should remain stable.
Post-CoolSculpting Massage & Zimmer Z-Wave
After the CoolSculpting procedure, the treatment area is typically massaged. Although uncomfortable, it has been shown that massage is important to maximize the degree of fat reduction. It is suspected that rapidly warming and breaking up the frozen fat cells with the massage is what leads to an improvement in outcomes.
We are excited to announce that we have added Z-wave, a new technology that replaces massage and has been shown to improve the effect of CoolSculpting even more. At the completion of your session, we will immediately treat the area with Zimmer Z-wave external shock wave therapy to enhance the results. Although some offices are charging for this additional service, calling it “CoolSculpting Plus,” we offer it at no additional charge.
When can i resume normal activity following CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness, or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely. Often, patients return to work after the treatment session is over.
What happens to the fat destroyed by CoolSculpting’s controlled freezing?
When CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells, they crystallize and die. The body then treats these dead cells as it does any waste product: it engages the lymphatic system to flush these cells from the body. This occurs over the process of a few weeks following a treatment session.
Is CoolSculpting safe? What are the side effects?
CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive. There are no incisions of any sort. After treatment, patients usually have some degree of redness, slight swelling, bruising, and skin sensitivity in the areas where the applicators drew the skin onto the cooling panels. These after-effects are due to the outer skin reacting to the intense cold delivered in a treatment session. They usually pass within a couple of days to a week at most. We’ve found that these feelings and sensations don’t keep our patients from returning to work or their normal activities immediately. Although infrequent, more serious side effects such as extreme pain, severe numbing, and bloating along the area of contact with the cooling panels are possible. CoolSculpting is the most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatment in the world. This innovative treatment has been performed millions of times around the world since its introduction in 2010. It has proven to be a safe, popular, effective way to reduce fat.
What happens if I gain weight after my treatment?
The fat that is destroyed and flushed from the body is permanently gone. That means the treatment areas will have roughly 20 percent less fat…for good. If you gain a significant amount of weight down the road, fat can return to these areas, but it usually accumulates across the body. Most patients, after treatment, begin to take a more serious look at their diet and lifestyle and make changes to keep the weight off.
What is the difference between CoolSculpting and Liposuction?
The amount of fat that can be eliminated is less than can be achieved with traditional liposuction, but there is less risk of contour irregularity. These natural results can be seen as early as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results after one to three months.
CoolSculpting is now widely available and we understand you have many choices where to have it performed. Dr. Yates is one of only a hand full of board-certified plastic surgeons in Utah offering CoolSculpting. Read below to see why that is important.
Why should I get CoolSculpting at York Yates Plastic Surgery?
CoolSculpting is everywhere and with all the choices how does one decide where? Having CoolSculpting in Dr. Yates’s office has some key advantages.
- We specialize in cosmetic surgery of the breast and body, offering all of the surgical options that one may consider rather than CoolSculpting. You will NOT receive CoolSculpting if you really need liposuction or a tummy tuck in our office
- We stay current on all available handpieces and procedures
- We have replaced massage with a much more comfortable acoustic wave therapy, Z-Wave
- Satisfaction is guaranteed! If you complete CoolSculpting but do not reach your goals we will apply the costs of the procedure, less consumable charges, to a liposuction procedure of the same areas. We have heard of NO other office that offers this guarantee.
- Medical spas offering CoolSculpting won’t consider whether a surgical option would be better as they can’t offer surgical options
- Our pricing is always competitive. Why pay the same for a novice, see an expert!
- Our staff has attended CoolSculpting University for advanced training.
See How Our Patients Feel About Us...
"Few weeks post-op from cool sculpting and breast augmentation. Dr. York Yates was/is the best decision. I trusted his advice and experience to give me the results I was looking for. Communication was key and simple. I gave him the details of what I wanted, what I liked, what I did not like, and let him take over. My surgery was incredibly easy! It was a quick and simple process. Lindsey was also amazing during the cool sculpting process. Few weeks out and already seeing results. I had it done on my lower abdomen. I had it done post-op breast surgery, and barely remember the procedure! Mostly just remember sitting there. No pain whatsoever! Best idea to do it the day of my breast surgery. His staff is amazing, wait time is minimal. Do not look for another surgeon!"