Reduce Volume Without Surgery in the Weymouth, Quincy, and Braintree Area
Some pockets of fat seem to resist diet and exercise, no matter how faithfully you stick to your weight-loss plan. For bulges that refuse to slim down, the South Shore's South Coast Dermatology offers CoolSculpting® for Braintree, Hingham, Quincy, and other area patients.
CoolSculpting® is an entirely nonsurgical body-contouring solution. Though not a weight-loss strategy, it allows women and men to slim down anything from small areas of fat (like a double chin) to larger regions (like the abdomen). The result is a sleeker look without incision scars.
What is CoolSculpting®?
Years ago, Harvard researchers discovered that eating popsicles sometimes caused kids to develop dimples. This led the scientists to the idea that the icy treats were reducing fat cells in the area by freezing them, causing a change to facial contours. Further exploring this idea led to the development of CoolSculpting®, an entirely nonsurgical method approved by the FDA to reduce the number of fat cells in a targeted area.
Using cold to selectively damage fat cells—while leaving the skin and other nearby tissues intact—is known as "cryolipolysis."
What is Cryolipolysis?
When fat cells drop below a specific temperature, they develop crystals and die, triggering a natural elimination process. Over the course of one to two months after a single CoolSculpting® session, the body can remove up to 25 percent of the fat cells in an area.
What Can I Expect from a CoolSculpting® Treatment?
CoolSculpting® patients 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 your clothes to fit better? Do you want to look better in a swimsuit?
The CoolSculpting® procedure usually takes 35 minutes to an hour, depending on the area to be treated. The doctor or medical esthetician will apply a cool gel pad to the targeted region, followed by a suction applicator that provides controlled cooling. You may experience intense cold at first, though the feeling usually fades as sensation in the area safely dulls. Since most of the applicators use vacuum suction to pull fatty tissue into a cup for cooling, you may also feel some tugging or pulling.
Overall, patients tend to report minimal discomfort, with many choosing to read, watch a movie, listen to music, or take a nap throughout their session. Since no incisions are made, there is no need for anesthesia, needles, or pain medications. You can go right back to work or routine directly after a session.
What Areas are Most Commonly Treated by CoolSculpting®?
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 CoolSculpting Recovery Like?
Most of our patients require no recovery or downtime at all after a CoolSculpting® body contouring treatment. The skin may feel hard for about 15 minutes following a session, but this will resolve naturally. Skin redness can persist for two to three days. Patients rarely develop a temporary bruise, soreness, or change in sensation, but if this happens, it should last only for a couple of weeks.
When Will I See My CoolSculpting® Results?
You should start seeing results 30 days after a CoolSculpting® treatment, but it can take up to four months for your final result to become apparent. Many patients benefit from a second treatment, which can further enhance the results. Since we have all the fat cells we will ever have by the time we are teenagers, reducing the number of fat cells in a problem area by 25 percent means there is less future opportunity to gain fat in that area.
Are There Options Aside from CoolSculpting® for Braintree and Beyond?
EMSCULPT® is a high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy treatment that tones muscles and, like CoolSculpting®, also causes lipolysis. The two treatments can be used in conjunction with each other for more defined results. EMSCULPT® has absolutely no downtime. Patients generally benefit from two half-hour treatments a week for two weeks (four treatments total).
Patients who specifically want to address a double chin have another option in Kybella®, an injectable that uses a chemical derived from the digestion process to disrupt unwanted fat cells.
While fat reduction is ideal for changing body contours, loose skin can hide sleeker lines under folds and flab. Ultherapy® is a nonsurgical, ultrasound-based skin tightening treatment that helps to give targeted areas a slimmer look by addressing laxity.
In some cases, dermal fillers can be used to add volume to key areas of the face, restoring lost volume that not only softens harsh angles, but also can lift sagging tissues that form jowls.
Discover which cosmetic dermatology treatments are best for you by contacting our experienced team.
At South Coast Dermatology, our providers are highly trained in reducing unwanted fat with CoolSculpting®. Braintree, Hingham, Quincy, Weymouth, and all South Shore residents interested in scheduling a consultation can call 781.335.9700 for more information.