CoolSculpting in Salt Lake City & Layton, Utah
Freeze the fat, Utah!
CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical treatment that freezes stubborn fat, which then is 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.
The results are not generally as impressive as 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. Dr. Yates is one of only two board-certified plastic surgeons in Utah offering CoolSculpting. The expertise of a plastic surgeon who also does traditional liposuction and abdominoplasty is important to ensure the appropriate procedure is chosen.
During CoolSculpting, the area to be treated is assessed and an appropriate hand-piece is chosen. This is placed on the area and the area is frozen to very cold temperatures for 35-60 minutes, depending on the specific handpiece and treatment area. The CoolSculpting 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 CoolSculpting patients watch movies or work on their smartphones during the procedure.
Neck and chin CoolSculpting vs Kybella
There are differences between CoolSculpting and Kybella when it comes to treating your neck and chin. Kybella is an injectable chemical that destroys fat, which has been FDA approved for use on the neck. Although Kybella is exciting, CoolSculpting has many advantages over Kybella, including fewer treatments, less pain and swelling, easier recovery, and less cost. Hopefully, we will have some good head to head studies regarding effectiveness soon.
How does CoolSculpting work?
Fat cells are more sensitive to freezing than other tissues, such as skin. Upon CoolSculpting treatment, the fat cells undergo a freezing process termed cryolipolysis in which the cells die and are removed naturally. Those fat cells are gone for good, never to be replaced.
Coolsculpting Plus. Zimmer Z-wave after CoolSculpting
After the CoolSculpting procedure the treatment area is typically massaged. Although uncomfortable, it has been proven that the 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 this improvement in CoolSculpting outcomes. We are excited to announce that we have added Z-wave, a new technology that replaces massage and has been anecdotally shown to improve the effect of CoolSculpting even more. At the completion of the CoolSculpting 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.
Most of us, no matter what kind of shape we’re in, have pockets of unwanted fat that accumulate in areas such as the abdomen, the thighs, lower buttocks, even our jowls. Fat is these areas is resistant to changes in diet and exercise and can be almost impossible to reduce. 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. CoolSculpting does this without any incisions or recovery time.
CoolSculpting was originally approved by the FDA in 2010 for the lower abdomen and upper thighs. Since then, the creation of a smaller handpiece enabled the procedure to be used on other locations. These are the current areas approved by the FDA for CoolSculpting:
- Back fat
- Bra line fat
- Underneath the buttocks
- Double chin
The ideal CoolSculpting candidate 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 CoolSculpting treatments can approach or even exceed those achievable with liposuction in some cases.
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your CoolSculpting 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 CoolSculpting treatment.
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 times, patients return to work after the CoolSculpting session is over.
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 CoolSculpting session.
During CoolSculpting, the treated fat cells are eliminated. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, long-term results should remain stable.
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 on the areas where the CoolSculpting 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 CoolSculpting session. They usually pass within a couple 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 very rare, more serious side effects such as extreme pain, severe numbing, and bloating along the area of contact with the cooling panels is 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. CoolSculpting has proven to be a safe, popular, effective way to reduce fat.
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, once they see the changes CoolSculpting has made to their body contour, begin to take a more serious look at their diet and lifestyle and make changes to keep the weight off.
In this patient the treated areas: upper abdomen x 1, lower abdomen x 2, bilateral upper hips. Photos 3 months after treatment.
How do I get started?
Call us today at (801) 525-8741 or fill out a Contact Form here to set up your free CoolSculpting consultation. We’ll see if you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting in Salt Lake City and Layton, Utah and we will work with you to develop a treatment plan.