in Bethesda, MD
What Is CoolSculpting Used For?
Despite following a healthy diet and exercising regularly, many of us struggle with unwanted bulges. If you’re looking for a non-surgical treatment that will eliminate stubborn fat beneath the skin safely and effectively, you might be interested in CoolSculpting. Using technology that freezes unwanted fat, this procedure reduces the number of fat cells in the areas being treated.
How Does Treatment Work?
The treatment works through the process of cryolipolysis. This process targets fat cells underneath the skin, causing the fatty tissue to crystallize and die at very cold temperatures. Once the treated fat cells are frozen, they die and are naturally processed and eliminated through the body. After treatment, the lymphatic system filters out the digested fat cells as waste and they’re eliminated. Since this procedure is noninvasive, it doesn’t damage the surrounding nerves, muscle, or tissue.BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
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Am I a Candidate for CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting procedure can help men and women eliminate stubborn body fat. If you’re generally healthy and near your ideal body weight, this treatment might be right for you. Ideal candidates for the procedure are looking to eliminate subcutaneous fat and bulges that are difficult to remove with diet and exercise. This includes pesky love handles, double chins, back fat, or fat bulges on the thighs, upper arms, or buttocks.
This FDA-approved fat-reduction treatment is effective, but it’s not intended for weight loss. People who are overweight or obese aren’t considered candidates for this procedure. If you’re interested in losing weight for health reasons, you should consult with your doctor for other strategies. Most people choose CoolSculpting as an alternative to liposuction.
CoolSculpting Before and After Photos
Take a look at these CoolSculpting before and after images to get a better idea of the results that can be achieved from this procedure.
What Can I Expect During a CoolSculpting Treatment?
The procedure doesn’t require much preparation, but your provider might ask you to avoid taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatories several days before your procedure. Before treatment begins, you’ll be comfortably reclined in a chair. Many patients choose to read or listen to music while they’re receiving treatment.
During the procedure, your provider will mark the targeted areas that will be receiving treatment. Then, your provider will apply a gel pad and applicator to the surface of your skin. The applicator is designed to deliver controlled cooling
to the targeted area. Your provider will move the device over your skin as it delivers cooling technology to the outside of the body while sucking excess fat into the applicator.
It’s normal to experience feelings of pinching or pulling during treatment, but these sensations will quickly fade once the treated area becomes numb from cold. After treatment, your provider may massage the treatment area to break up any frozen tissue deep within the skin. The massage will help your body absorb all of the destroyed fat cells, but it’s common to feel a mild tingling sensation.
How long your CoolSculpting treatment takes depends on how many areas of the body are being treated during a single session. Depending on the size of the treated area, a single treatment takes from about 35 to 60 minutes. Some practices may have several machines, enabling them to treat multiple areas of the body at the same time.
There’s no downtime associated with the procedure, and you can immediately resume your everyday life without any interruption. Most patients choose this procedure since there’s no anesthesia, needles, or downtime. After treatment, you might experience some swelling, redness, bruising, tenderness, or skin sensitivity at the site of treatment. These effects are only temporary and will usually subside within a few days or weeks.
You can start seeing results within three weeks after treatment. Most patients experience the most noticeable CoolSculpting results after two months, but your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to six months following treatment. Certain areas of the body may require more than one treatment to achieve the desired results. Once the treated fat cells have been eliminated, they’ll be gone for good. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet will help you maintain your results.
Where Can I Receive CoolSculpting?
Our Board-Certified dermatologists have the experience and training to safely perform this procedure. Our dermatologists can answer any of your questions as well as provide before and after photos of previous procedure results. To learn more about the procedure and whether it’s right for you, schedule a consultation today.
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