If you’re like most men and women who struggle with stubborn body fat, you have probably tried just about everything. Crash diets, intense exercise routines, body shaping garments and everything in between — sometimes these solutions are simply not enough to fight off fat that refuses to budge. If you’re considering your next steps, you might think cosmetic surgery is your only remaining option. But, as with many plastic surgery clients, the idea of resorting to an invasive technique can feel intimidating.
Until just a few years ago, the least invasive procedure you could use was liposuction, which still required anesthesia, incisions and a few days of recovery. It was difficult for patients to find a procedure or technique that would accomplish their goals without compromising their health or daily routine. You had to either undergo surgery or accept your body in its current state. Today, that’s no longer the case thanks to CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting at Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery can remove unwanted fat without incisions or downtime. The non-invasive and FDA-approved procedure performs what diet and exercise cannot and gives you the figure you’ve been working so hard to achieve.
CoolSculpting works by using a targeted cooling process to freeze unwanted fat cells and initiate a natural response that leads to their removal from the body. Since fat freezes at a higher temperature than water, fat cells are more susceptible to the effects of cooling than all other cell types. CoolSculpting’s cooling treatment is able to target specific fat cells and leaves surrounding tissues unharmed.
The procedure will begin with Dr. Andrews’ staff applying a specialized CoolSculpting applicator to the treatment area. There are different applicators designed to treat different areas of the body. Some applicators use a slight suction effect to isolate your fat — if you are using one of these, you may feel a gentle tugging sensation during treatment. Once your applicator is positioned, the cooling technology, called cryolipolysis — “cryo” meaning freezing, “lipo” meaning fat and “lysis” meaning dissolving — will start to freeze the fat cells, which then triggers their removal via your body’s natural waste elimination processes.
The treatment itself only takes an hour or less, depending on the size of the area you want to treat or if you are treating multiple areas. It needs no anesthesia and does not require incisions, sutures, scarring or needles; it also does not use irritating laser energy or painful ultrasonic waves. Since the procedure is comfortable and nonsurgical, patients are free to relax while they receive a CoolSculpting treatment. Many people pass the time by reading, watching television, checking emails or even napping. Fat reduction is really that simple!
Since it is a non-surgical procedure, CoolSculpting is safe and may be effective for clients of all ages, skin types and body types. If you have been struggling with stubborn fat pockets, but don’t want to undergo invasive surgery, CoolSculpting may be right for you. This cooling technology can be used to treat fat on many different areas of the body, including the:
- Inner and outer thighs
But CoolSculpting isn’t right for everyone. The ideal client is at or near their goal weight and is using CoolSculpting to treat specific areas of fat that have not responded to their diet and exercise efforts. If you have very large deposits of fat in more than one area, liposuction may more efficiently achieve your goals.
If you want to learn more about whether CoolSculpting would provide you with your desired results, we invite you to come see us for an initial consultation at Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery. Dr. Andrews and his staff will examine the fatty areas you’re interested in treating with CoolSculpting and identify whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. If CoolSculpting is determined to be your best course of action, Dr. Andrews will recommend the number of treatment sessions required treat the targeted area. In addition, the ideal applicator will be chosen to specifically conform to the fatty deposit ensuring the best possible result. If you are not a good candidate for CoolSculpting, Dr. Andrews can discuss other options with you and help you create a treatment plan that will allow you to achieve your aesthetic goals safely and effectively.
*Individual results may vary.
The number of treatment sessions needed will depend on your cosmetic goals, as well as the regions you are hoping to have treated. Some patients will notice results after just one 35 minute session, while others may require two or three treatments spaced a month apart to see the desired results. During your consultation, Dr. Andrews or his staff will put together a treatment plan to help you achieve your body contouring goals.
Unlike many other procedures, CoolSculpting takes very little time and is simple to fit into your daily life. In fact, many patients receive a session over their lunch break and go right back to work. Following your CoolSculpting treatment, you can typically return to your everyday activities with no downtime. Some patients experience mild tingling or numbness, swelling or bruising in the treated area for a few days after their treatments. These are normal and usually dissipate in less than a week. If you do experience these side effects, rest assured that you are still free to participate in all your daily activities, including exercise. You can also feel free to contact us after your treatment if any questions or concerns arise.
As for results, you will begin to see improvement in a few weeks but will not be maximal for 2-3 months, mainly because it takes that long for your body to naturally and fully dispose of the treated fat cells. Dr. Andrews will strongly suggest additional appointments to ensure that the fat you want to remove is treated to your satisfaction. We want to ensure that you can achieve the physique you are dreaming of, not results that are “almost there” or “close enough.”
After just a few months, you’ll notice that your clothes fit better and that you will have less “fear of mirrors.” Although it takes some time for your results to be achieved, it is well worth the wait in the long run. CoolSculpting truly eliminates your fat cells rather than simply reducing their size or compressing them, which can often make it easier to keep the fat from returning. As long as you maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise routine, your long-term results can remain stable and you can continue enjoying your sculpted body. Many of our clients find that their results give them renewed motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle; diets and workouts that were not showing results before their treatment now feel worthwhile, encouraging a regular fitness regimen for even further improvement.
For additional information about CoolSculpting and how it can help you lose unwanted fat, contact Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery to set up a consultation at our convenient locations in Cedar Rapids or Coralville, Iowa. We also provide a full suite of cosmetic surgical procedures, including other body sculpting procedures like liposuction, tummy tucks and arm and thigh lifts. Dr. Kahlil Andrews, our expert plastic surgeon, is ready to help you create your ideal body. Call us today at 319-382-8230 to schedule a consultation.