When it comes to fat removal on the body, on areas of fat that have proven to be stubborn and not responsive to diet and exercise for removal, many patients have turned to liposuction to reduce and/or eliminate the appearance of this resistant fat on the body. In addition to reducing the appearance of stubborn fat on the body, patients also gain a better contour to the body. For patients that do not want to undergo an invasive surgery to address these areas of fat, CoolSculpting AKA cryolipolysis AKA “fat freezing” is a procedure that is performed by freezing targeted fat cells on the body. The subcutaneous fat, that is located in the targeted area, is cooled to the point where the fat cells are destroyed. Cosmetic Town receives many questions about this popular cosmetic procedure. In order to make it easier for patients to get all the information they need about CoolSculpting in one easy to find location, Cosmetic Town TV sat down with Dr. Michael Zarrabi, a board-certified plastic surgeon from Santa Monica, to discuss how a CoolSculpting procedure is performed. In addition, Cosmetic Town News has important CoolSculpting details in the informative article below.
The doctor that is performing the CoolSculpting procedure targets the hard to remove fat cells in order to cool them to the point that they are destroyed. The doctor places a handheld device, which contains applicators, on the targeted area of fat along with a gel pad. The applicator is used to cool the fat in the targeted area. Once the targeted fat is cooled to the proper point, a suction device is used to remove the fat on the body by moving the device over the skin. In addition to removing the fat with the suction device, some of the destroyed fat is naturally absorbed by the body. The fat cells that are remaining in the area being treated will start to shrink and be destroyed over the following weeks. There are some popular areas that are often targeted for the use of CoolSculpting. These areas of the body include the back, arms, chin and abdomen. In general, the area that is targeted for the CoolSculpting treatment often enjoys a reduction of fat that is in the range of 20%-25%.
Patients that visit the office of a doctor that is experienced in performing CoolSculpting can expect to see these side effects:
The side effects listed above usually last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Patients do not need to worry as these side effects will eventually subside on their own.
Patients that are interested in having CoolSculpting can expect to pay a cost that is anywhere in the range of $1500-$4500. The total cost of the cosmetic procedure depends on:
Patients that are interested in having CoolSculpting should be aware of the fact that the procedure is not deemed to be medically necessary so the cost of the treatment is not covered by insurance. Some medical providers offer payment plans or financing options and it is up to the patient to get more information from their doctor.
CoolScultping is a good option for many patients that want to reduce the amount of fat they have on certain areas of the body. Even though these stubborn areas of fat can be removed using this noninvasive cosmetic surgery technique, it is not a weight loss procedure and should be not entered into with the hope that weight loss will happen.
The first step in the CoolSculpting process is to schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor that is experienced in performing the procedure. The doctor will want to learn more about the reasons why the patients wants to have CoolSculpting along with being able to answer any questions or concerns about the treatment.
The patient can also ask to see any “before and after” photos of actual patients treated by the doctor of choice. The doctor can also set realistic expectations for the patient so the person can have a good idea of what to expect from the treatment and the type of results that can be expected once it is performed.
As mentioned above, CoolSculpting is not a weight loss method and should be not promoted as such to a patient. The procedure helps to reduce and eliminate stubborn and resistant fat cells but it is not a substitute for patients living a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and exercise plan.