Summertime is a lovely season full of picnics, beach days and exotic getaways that often require shorts and bikinis. But when you’re unhappy with the way your body looks in these clothes, it can be difficult to enjoy these warm-weather months. Whether aging, genetics, weight fluctuation or childbearing has left you with stubborn, excess fat, the extra bumps and bulges can cause some serious issues with body image and self-confidence.
While living a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise is important, unfortunately it sometimes isn’t enough to enhance your appearance. Many men and women stick to strict diet and exercise routines but find that their love handles or belly pooch refuse to budge. At Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery, we offer a completely nonsurgical treatment called CoolSculpting to effectively remove those stubborn pockets of fat.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
If you have been searching for a less invasive alternative to liposuction or a tummy tuck, CoolSculpting is likely your answer. This FDA-approved procedure works using a patented technology called cryolipolysis that freezes and eliminates your fat cells. Yes—it’s really that easy. There are no scalpels, needles or scars involved. And, unlike some other non-surgical fat-reducing procedures, the cutting-edge CoolSculpting tool only targets the fat cells and won’t injure surrounding tissues.
Scientists discovered cryolipolysis after observing a phenomenon called popsicle panniculitis in children. When children eat long-lasting cold foods like popsicles, doctors noticed that they sometimes developed a redness or irritation in their cheeks. They discovered that the irritation was due not only to the cold affecting their skin, but also to fat cells in the area freezing and dying. Then, researchers took this a step further to develop a way to freeze adult fat cells without causing the same skin irritation — the CoolSculpting tool is the result of these efforts. Using specialized cooling technology, CoolSculpting chills your fat cells without affecting the overlying layers of skin. As the fat cells freeze and die, your body registers them as waste products and eliminates them through natural means, shrinking your unwanted areas of fat in the process.
What is CoolSculpting Like?
Before your treatment, you will meet with your provider to talk about your concerns and goals. When you choose Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery, we will welcome you to our comfortable offices in Cedar Rapids or Coralville for your meeting with Dr. Kahlil Andrews or a highly trained member of his staff. If we determine that you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting, we will help you decide on a treatment plan including places to treat and the possible number of treatments.
Your procedure takes place entirely in-office and typically only takes about 35 minutes to complete. While almost any area of the body can be treated, the most common areas include the chin, arms, back, abdomen, hips and thighs. The procedure does not require any anesthesia — just a numbing cream to keep you comfortable, but it is otherwise painless. Since you are awake during this quick procedure, you are welcome to read, answer e-mails, watch TV or listen to music to pass the time. CoolSculpting requires no incisions, so it is ideal for those seeking minimal downtime. In fact, many of our patients return to everyday activities almost immediately following treatment. We do recommend avoiding exercise for a few days, but you do not need to take time away from work or plan for bed rest. Some clients experience minimal bruising, redness or swelling in the treated area, but this subsides within a few days.
After just one visit, you will likely see noticeable fat reduction developing over the course of a few months. Your final results will be visible at the three or four-month mark. Many of our clients require only a single session, but this will depend on your aesthetic goals. If the initial treatment doesn’t provide you with your desired results, we can discuss and schedule additional sessions for a more dramatic transformation
Is CoolSculpting Right For You?
As a practical and safe procedure, CoolSculpting is a great option for both men and women who wish to target stubborn areas of fat. Ideal candidates are already in good physical shape and practice a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise. It is important to understand that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure — if you are hoping to slim down your whole body, we typically recommend working toward your goal weight before choosing a procedure like CoolSculpting. The best effects are achieved when the tool is used on highly visible and concentrated areas of fat, which tend to appear most prominently when overall body fat is relatively low. We would be happy to help you determine the best course of action for your body contouring goals during your consultation.
CoolSculpting is also a helpful tool for people who have been working toward their ideal body but have become frustrated with stubborn areas of fat. After you see the results from your CoolSculpting treatment, you will likely be even more motivated to renew your fitness routine and truly achieve a bathing suit-ready body that you love.
Reach Your Cosmetic Goals
Consider adding CoolSculpting to your vacation checklist to eliminate unwanted fat and regain confidence. Schedule your consultation at Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery in Cedar Rapids and Coralville, Iowa today — Dr. Kahlil Andrews and his dedicated team are here to answer all of your individual questions and concerns. We also proudly offer a wide range of high-quality cosmetic surgeries and non-surgical treatments and we will be happy to match you with the right procedure or procedures to meet your aesthetic needs.
Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery also proudly serves the neighboring cities of Des Moines, Muscatine, Iowa City, Dubuque, Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Give us a call today at 319-382-8230 to set up your initial consultation.