CoolSculpting® Can Eliminate Stubborn Fat for Sleeker Curves
Pockets of unwanted fat on the outer thighs, abdomen, and flanks are a common concern for many patients. Not all fat deposits respond to diet or exercise, and this can often cause a great deal of frustration for those who are otherwise fit. If you wish to eliminate stubborn fat deposits, a new type of body sculpting procedure could be an excellent solution. CoolSculpting® is a fat reduction technique available now at the Visalia-area practice of Dr. Thomas Mitts. CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical body shaping technique for both men and women that works by freezing fat cells that are subsequently eliminated from the body. It is a non-invasive, effective, FDA-approved treatment with no downtime, yet it can yield incredible results. If you would like to learn more about how CoolSculpting® can give you a more toned-looking body, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mitts today.
CoolSculpting® is best suited for patients who:
- Are within 30 pounds of their target weight and lead a healthy lifestyle
- Have stubborn bulges of fat on the belly, outer thighs, and flanks
- Prefer a non-surgical, non-invasive fat reduction solution
- Like the idea of results appearing gradually (within weeks) so it is not obvious that you have undergone a cosmetic procedure
- Are not willing or able to take time off to recover from liposuction
- Have realistic expectations about what body sculpting can accomplish
CoolSculpting® vs. Liposuction
For some patients, liposuction is more appropriate than CoolSculpting®. The face and neck are not suitable areas for CoolSculpting®, so patients who want to correct a double chin should consider liposuction instead. Liposuction may be a better option than CoolSculpting® for patients with larger fat deposits who are seeking a more dramatic result. Dr. Mitts will review your case during a consultation to determine which treatment is best for your needs.
How It Works
The process involved in CoolSculpting® is called cryolipolysis, or the use of controlled cooling to destroy fat cells. The CoolSculpting® device delivers safe, precise, gentle cooling directly to the problem area. Fat cells lying under the skin are destroyed by freezing without any of the surrounding areas being affected. Once the cells die, they are naturally processed and eliminated by the body. Following the procedure, the treatment area will have fewer fat cells and they will never return. CoolSculpting® technology differs from other fat removal procedures in that the untreated areas will have no change in the distribution of fat cells.
Prior to treatment, you will meet with Dr. Mitts to discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals. Together, you and Dr. Mitts will determine which area or areas will be treated with CoolSculpting®. The procedure itself takes approximately one hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. You will relax in a reclined position while Dr. Mitts applies the device to your body. Expect to feel a cold sensation in the treatment area and some pressure, which will subside shortly. You may also feel deep tugging, pulling, or pinching. Usually, the treatment is so mild that patients read, work on their laptop, or go to sleep. After the procedure, you can return to your normal activities right away. Possible side effects include temporary swelling, bruising, firmness, numbness, and pain.
Because it takes time for your body to flush out the fat cells, it will take several weeks to notice changes. Improvement will be most apparent in approximately two months. For the next four to six months, your body will continue eliminating the fat cells. Results are long-lasting. You may elect to have further treatments to reduce fat on other areas of your body, or to enhance your CoolSculpting® results.
Schedule Your Appointment
To find out if CoolSculpting® is right for you, contact us and schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitts.