Would you like to start the New Year looking slimmer? If so, you might be interested in a revolutionary fat reduction system known as coolsculpting®. Learn more about coolsculpting® by reading through the most frequently asked questions, compiled by Dr. Ronald Schuster.
What is coolsculpting®?
coolsculpting® is a non-invasive lipolysis system that produces a noticeable reduction in surplus fat. It can be used on the following areas of the body:
How does coolsculpting® work?
coolsculpting® uses Cryolipolysis, or controlled cooling technology, to crystallize (freeze) fat cells. The freezing causes the fat cells to die. After the fat cells die, the body eventually gets rid of them through its natural waste-removal system. The treated area then looks slimmer.
How does coolsculpting® compare to liposuction?
coolsculpting® is a non-invasive alternative to traditional liposuction. Treatment does not require anesthesia, incisions or injections. Also, coolsculpting® does not require any downtime to recover. Individuals who want fat reduction results without the risks of traditional surgery may be interested in pursuing treatment with coolsculpting®.
Am I a candidate for coolsculpting®?
You may be a suitable candidate for coolsculpting® if you are within 20 to 30 pounds of your target weight with localized areas of surplus fat that won’t respond to diet or exercise. You should also be in good physical and psychological health and have reasonable expectations of the results.
Is treatment painful?
No, treatment is not painful. Some patients report slight pressure or a pinching/pulling sensation, but it does not hurt. Treatment areas will remain slightly sore for about a week after treatment. Rarely, the soreness can last a few weeks.
How long is the treatment session?
The length of a coolsculpting® treatment session varies by patient. It generally takes an hour to treat a single area of the body. During this time, you can read, check your email or simply relax.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of treatment sessions you need will depend on the number of areas being treated. Dr. Schuster will create a treatment plan based on your personal goals and specify the number of sessions he anticipates will give you the results you want. Treatments may be repeated for further improvement if desired.
As your body processes and removes the frozen fat cells, you should start to see results. This can happen as quickly as three weeks post-treatment, with results continuing to improve for up to three months.
How long will results last?
coolsculpting® permanently destroys fat cells. As long as you eat well and exercise regularly, you can maintain your results long-term.
Is coolsculpting® safe?
coolsculpting® is approved by the FDA and has an excellent track record of safety and success. Because it is non-invasive, it eliminates many of the risks associated with traditional open surgery.
Some patients experience temporary side effects such as numbness, soreness and bruising. However, these side effects will quickly subside on their own without any problems.
How can I learn more about coolsculpting®?
For more information about coolsculpting®, please contact Dr. Schuster’s office and schedule an informational consultation. Call 410-902-9800 or send us an email today. Also, you can visit our coolsculpting® dedicated website www.CoolMyFatNow.com.