Coolsculpting from Dr. Ronald Schuster in Baltimore, Maryland – Part II

Ok, Ok. A lot of people have been asking about the Coolsculpting. So here’s the scoop.

Coolsculpting is the new FDA approved technology for non-surgical fat removal. Made by Zeliq, Coolsculpting is the process of removing fat by freezing, called cryolipolysis. The basic research was done at Harvard. What they foiund, and confirmed through extensive research, was that they could induce the death of fat cells by freezing them. it turns out that fat freezes before water. And, because the rest of the tissues in the body are primarily water based, the fat freezes before the surrounding tissues, which are therefor spared from harm. Some of the fat cells are killed immediately. Others are pushed into a programmed cell death. Slowly, these fat cells die and are removed naturally by the body’s natural processes. This is a different reaction than traditional surgery or lasers (Smartlipo). The fat treated by Coolsculpting dies a “gentle” death and there is very little inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury, producing the common swelling, bruising and soreness that can last several days or weeks. Because there is little inflammation from Coolsculpting, there is very little swelling, bruising or soreness.

The treatment sessions last for an hour at each site. The most common sites are the waist (love handles), tummy and back. The best results are seen in patients who have stubborn areas of fat that will not inprove with a healthy diet and exercise. This is similar to liposuction. Ultimately the results depend on the quality of your skin. The better the quality of skin, the better the results will be.

Expectations are the main issue. The amount of fat removed will be approximately 25% after each treatment. Therefore one should not expect the dramatic results you can get from liposuction. The same areas can be treated multiple times however if the patient wants continued improvement. So why are people so excited about this? There is essentially NO DOWNTIME. You may return to work, exercise and whatever else you want to do the following day. The procedure barely hurts for 5-10 minutes. Then you can catch up on your reading, emails, sleep, or just sit back and watch some TV while the rest of the treatment continues. I had a little bit of bruising which lasted 2 1/2 days but I take baby aspirin. I could feel a little tenderness and the area was numb for about a week. Not bothersome at all. I thought I could see some changes within 2 weeks but final results should not be expected for 3 months. 

The other big thing is the price. it is priced very reasonably so that most everyone could do it. It runs about $1300 per area (tummy – one area, both hips count as one area). Not bad.

Well that’s about it. I am very excited about being able to offer a non-surgical alternative for fat removal that really works. For more info go to CoolMyFatNow.com where you can see more testimonials and before/after photos. See you soon.

Dr. S