We are excited to offer Coolsculpting to our patients in Boston and the South Shore!
What is Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is the first FDA cleared, safe, and noninvasive technique that uses cold to permanently remove fat. Years ago, scientists at Harvard recognized that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. They realized that the cold from the popsicles was freezing and eliminating pockets of fat cells. This idea that cold can target fat cells without damaging the skin, nerves, or other tissue is the insight behind ‘Cryolipolysis’, the technology that Coolsculpting is based on.
What is Cryolipolysis?
Essentially once fat gets very cold, fat cells die, and the body naturally eliminates them through a metabolic process that takes 1-2 months. As much as 25% of fat cells in the area treated can be permanently eliminated in a single session.
What to expect with Coolsculpting?
You will first have an assessment with one of our doctors or medical estheticians who will develop a customized plan depending on your specific goals. Do you have specific problem areas? Do you want to have your clothes fit better? Do you want to look better in a swimsuit?
The Coolsculpting procedure usually takes 35 minutes-1 hour for each area that is treated. A cool gel pad and a suction applicator is applied to the area being treated. The applicator provides controlled cooling to the fat being treated. You may feel intense cold initially and this usually subsides as the area safely numbs. Because most applicators use a vacuum to draw fatty tissue into the applicator cup, you may also feel tugging or pulling. In general, patients report minimal discomfort. During the procedure, most patients read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, or take a nap. There is no need for anesthesia, needles, or pain medications and you can go back to work or your usual routine immediately afterward.
What areas are most commonly treated?
We have a variety of highly effective applicators that can treat the upper and lower abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs, hips, bra-line, and double chin. Call for a Coolsculpting Consultation to determine a treatment plan that fits your goals for reshaping your body.
What is Recovery like with Coolsculpting?
Most of our patients have no recovery or downtime after a Coolsculpting body contouring treatment. Immediately after treatment, the skin may feel hard but this resolves within 15 minutes. Skin redness can persist for 2-3 days. Rarely patients may develop a temporary bruise, soreness or change in sensation that can last a couple weeks.
When will I see my results?
You will start seeing results 30 days after treatment but it may take 4 months for your final result. Many patients benefit from a second treatment. Research shows that in one treatment 25% of fat cells are permanently eliminated in the treated area. Since by the time we are teenagers we have all the fat cells we will ever have, permanently eliminating 25% of them in problem areas, results in less future opportunity to gain fat in those areas.
At South Coast Dermatology, our providers are highly trained in the Coolsculpting Body Contouring procedure for the removal of unwanted fat. Call 781-335-9700 for your free consultation
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