CoolSculpting® is the only non-invasive technology cleared by the FDA to achieve fat reduction and reshape the body in those troublesome areas, as well as many other areas on the body in need of sculpting.
CoolSculpting is available at Cosmetic Dermatology – Country Club.
Our CoolSculpting team includes clinical estheticians Jeronia (Jaye) Morsch and LaShay (Shay) Shaw. Our board-certified physicians, Dr. Amy McMichael and Dr. Sarah Taylor, oversee the CoolSculpting consultations to determine if patients are a candidate for the procedure.
CoolSculpting - What to Expect
During treatment, a gel pad and applicator perform a precise energy extraction (cold) on targeted fat cells.
It takes just 35 minutes per each treatment site.
It is not uncommon to feel brief intense cold, a suction-like feel or tingling. However there is no pain associated with the treatments.
Because there is no surgery or anesthesia, you may multitask during the treatments – check emails, read a book, stream videos, etc.
Patients usually see results within 1–3 months after treatments.
The results are durable and last up to 5 years, regardless of changes in body weight. CoolSculpting allows the body to continue to process injured fat cells for approximately 4 months afterwards.
There is no recovery period after CoolSculpting. You may continue your normal activities immediately after treatments.
Side Effects of CoolSculpting
While the side effects of CoolSculpting are minimal, they may occur.
During the procedure you may experience the following:
- Mild pinching
- Intense cold
Following the procedure, typical side effects include:
- Temporary redness
- Skin sensitivity
These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks.
How CoolSculpting Works
The inspiration for the development of CoolSculpting is surprising. Harvard scientists noticed that people who ate popsicles frequently developed dimples. They discovered that this was because the popsicles were freezing and eliminating fat cells.
CoolSculpting was then developed to effectively freeze and remove fat cells in other areas of the body. The treatments target fat cells and cool them through the skin.
The cooling causes apoptosis to occur. Apoptosis is essentially the natural biological process of cell death, and it occurs systematically and gradually. When the fat cells die, they are processed as waste in the liver. Because the fat cells go away, patients who undergo these treatments achieve a slimmer look in the treated areas.