Millions of people have experienced the fat-freezing, body-sculpting results attainable with CoolSculpting. This non-surgical treatment destroys fat cells by freezing them, without affecting the surrounding tissue. Fat is reduced by up to 20-25 percent in targeted areas. Dr. Ronald Schuster is pleased to offer this minimally invasive body-shaping option to patients interested in a no-downtime alternative to surgery. To learn more, please call our cosmetic surgery practice in Baltimore at 410-902-9800.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting uses “cryolipolysis” to freeze and thereby destroy targeted fat cells on certain parts of your body. “Cryo” means icy cold and lipolysis means the breakdown of fats. Once frozen, the fat cells are gradually eliminated from your body naturally, leaving a noticeably smoother, flatter body area.
CoolSculpting is fat reduction, which should not be confused with weight loss. Weight loss refers to your whole body weight. When you lose weight, the fat cells in your body shrink. CoolSculpting freezes and eliminates fat cells in highly targeted areas, resulting in fat reduction of up to 20-25 percent in the selected area. Results can vary and in some cases CoolSculpting does not work.
It’s actually the best-case scenario to be as close to your ideal body weight as possible before getting this fat-freezing treatment. CoolSculpting works best as a way to eliminate stubborn fat that’s resistant to dieting, exercise and your other attempts to slim down. It’s a great way to refine tighter, firmer body contours.
CoolSculpting Treatment Areas
CoolSculpting is an ideal match for excess fat in these body areas:
- Under the chin
- Under the jawline
- Back fat/”bra rolls”
- Under the buttocks/”banana rolls”
- Upper arms
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
There are several CoolSculpting applicators, which are the devices placed over the skin that freeze fat. Each applicator is designed to fit well over a certain body area. Some people have two different body areas treated during a single session. Many people benefit from more than one treatment session to get the best results. We’ll help you decide the best course of action for the results you want to achieve.
Your CoolSculpting Appointment
The appointment is a great opportunity to sit back, relax, and catch up on your favorite shows, your work emails, reading, etc. We’ll provide you with a blanket in case you feel chilly during treatment, which is not uncommon.
The applicator has two panels, between which the skin is gently drawn in. You may feel sensations of tugging, pinching, tingling, stinging or mild cramping as the device works. The skin will eventually be numbed by the cooling panels. Treatment lasts as little as 35 minutes depending on the amount of fat and size of the area.
Once the applicator is taken away, there will be a firm bulge beneath your skin where tissue has been frozen. It’s perfectly normal and in fact desirable because it shows that the treatment has effectively frozen the fat cells. We’ll gently massage this area to break up the fat and to promote fat reduction.
What To Expect During Recovery
There’s little to no downtime after CoolSculpting. You won’t see results right away because it takes time for your body to naturally process out the destroyed fat cells. The first obvious results will take shape about three weeks later, with the best results at three months after CoolSculpting.
Are Results Permanent
The fat cells that are eliminated are gone for good. They won’t come back. Nonetheless, it is of course still possible to gain more weight, which may appear in the treatment area or elsewhere on your body. Most of our CoolSculpting patients feel more motivated than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stable body weight after seeing their results, so we find that the results are lasting for those patients.
Learn More About Freezing the Fat Away
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster is personally driven by helping his patients achieve the results they’ll love. After listening to your goals and examining the area you’d like to change, he can determine if CoolSculpting is right for you. To arrange a consultation at our Baltimore practice, please call our staff at 410-902-9800. Dr. Schuster’s patients visit us from across the surrounding areas, including Owings Mills and Towson.
*Individual results may vary