All types of fatty tissue are not created equal. If you’re struggling to reduce stubborn pockets of fat from “trouble spots” like the stomach, hips, thighs, and other areas, you may be fighting against genetics rather than an imperfect diet or exercise regimen. Fortunately, Dr. Charles Perry, our experienced plastic surgeon, in addition to liposuction offers an innovative and non-invasive option for smaller areas that can help you to reduce localized fat deposits without undergoing surgery: CoolSculpting®. This state-of-the-art modality utilizes freezing temperatures to break down fatty tissue, which can then be cleared away by your body’s natural metabolic processes. CoolSculpting® can provide gradual, natural-looking results, and this procedure can also work in conjunction with your regular fitness and nutrition program for more comprehensive body contouring. Furthermore, we offer DualSculpting to help you attain your results in half the time if you wish to address more than one area.
For more information about CoolSculpting® and DualSculpting as a liposuction alternative, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry, please contact us today.
How Does CoolSculpting® Work?
While liposuction eliminates fat via direct suction, CoolSculpting® reduces fatty deposits using an innovative technology called Cryolipolysis™, which delivers cold energy to the exterior of the targeted area. The technology is designed to generate a precise temperature that affects fatty tissue while leaving surrounding tissue unharmed. As a result, gradual fat loss of up to 20 percent occurs over the course of a few months. While a single CoolSculpting® treatment may be sufficient to achieve your cosmetic goals, additional sessions can provide more extensive benefits. Cryolipolysis™, in addition to traditional liposuction, typically can offer the best and most complete results possible.
What Should I Expect?
When you arrive for your initial consultation, Dr. Perry will ensure that you are close to or at your ideal weight before developing a customized treatment plan that addresses your areas of concern, which may include the stomach, hips/flanks, thighs, or other regions. You will then sit or lie down in our chair, and we will place the CoolSculpting® device onto your “trouble spot,” at which point vacuum suction will draw the bulge between two cooling plates and hold the tissue securely during the procedure. If you are targeting more than one area, such as the hips or the thighs, we will use two devices to reduce your treatment time. This method is called DualSculpting. The experience typically takes approximately one hour to complete, after which you’re welcome to return to normal activity.
When the CoolSculpting® device begins to work, you will likely feel some pulling, mild pinching, or light tugging, although your discomfort should be minimal. You will then experience an intense cold sensation followed by numbness for the next 5-10 minutes or so. Some patients have reported mild aching, tingling, and cramping; these effects should subside with time. Following the procedure, bruising, tingling, numbness, redness, and mild swelling in the area are normal and should fade within a few days or weeks; however, individual results will vary. Dr. Perry will explain in detail what side effects may occur and how long approximately they will last, though there are no known lasting complications with CoolSculpting®. You should begin to see some benefits after two to four weeks, with the full outcome visible after two to four months.
If you have additional questions about CoolSculpting®, DualSculpting, and how this procedure can help you to reduce fatty tissue, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry, please contact our office today.