Coolsculpting / Zeltiq
In the past, if you had stubborn pockets of fat that refused to respond to your diet and exercise efforts, your only option was to undergo liposuction surgery. However, advancements over the last ten years in aesthetic procedures have introduced several nonsurgical options for targeted fat reduction.
At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer CoolSculpting – an FDA-approved body contouring treatment that utilizes cryolipolysis technology to eliminate those less than desirable areas of excess fat with no recovery or downtime required.
How CoolSculpting Works
CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive body contouring procedure that works by delivering what is known as “controlled cooling” to areas of your body that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. This treatment gently and effectively reduces fat cells, permanently eliminating them from your body. Because the CoolSculpting applicators come in varying shapes and sizes, it is and ideal treatment for nearly anywhere on your body that you struggle with stubborn pockets of excess fat.
The science behind CoolSculpting is known as cryolipolysis, a process that kills targeted fat cells by freezing them. Using a device that has a number of applicator options, CoolSculpting provides precise, controlled cooling to the areas you’ve chosen for treatment. Fat freezes at a lower temperature than other tissues in your body, which makes it easier to freeze only the fat cells, without damaging the tissue in the surrounding area. Once the excess fat cells have been crystallized, they die and the dead cells are naturally processed and gradually eliminated by your body.
What Areas Can Be Treated With CoolSculpting?
With the advent of applicators designed to target specific areas of the body, CoolSculpting has made it even easier to contour and slim nearly any problem spots from head to toe, including:
- Under the chin
- Upper arms
- Back and bra bulges
- Waist and flanks (love handles or muffin top)
- Hip area (saddlebags)
- Under the buttocks (banana rolls)
- Inner and outer thighs
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Some of the applicators available include:
- CoolMini™ – Nearly 70 percent of people say that they are bothered by excess fat under their chin (known as “submental” fat). The CoolMini™ is a smaller applicator designed to effectively reduce submental fat by nearly 20 percent.
CoolAdvantage Petite™ – This applicator can treat the 14 million people who are bothered by upper arm fat, or “bat wings.” The smaller applicator can target that excess fat, leaving you with more sculpted upper arms. This applicator can also be used on any smaller areas that need contouring, including bra bulges or under the buttocks.
- CoolAdvantage™ – If you are looking to treat your abdomen, flanks, or inner thighs, this applicator offers interchangeable contours to ensure that you get the results you desire. The CoolCore Advantage™ slims down your abdomen, the CoolCurve+ Advantage™ will get rid of love handles and give you a more contoured waist, and the CoolFit Advantage™ targets the inner thighs.
- CoolSmooth™ PRO – If more dense, non-pinchable fat is your problem, this applicator is the one for you. Commonly used on the outer thighs, it can also be used nearly anywhere on your body.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Terrasse can recommend the CoolSculpting applicator and number of treatments that will give you superior, lasting results. Once you’ve chosen the areas to be treated and you come in for your CoolSculpting treatment, you will make yourself comfortable in the treatment room. Dr. Terrasse will place gel pads on the skin in the targeted areas for extra protection, and a vacuum applicator is then placed over the pad. The fatty pocket is suctioned into the hollow applicator tip, and the temperature begins to drop, numbing the area. You may experience a mild tugging sensation initially, but once the area is numb, the feeling will subside.
Once your session is complete (usually in under 45 minutes), the applicator is removed and you can return to your daily routine immediately, as there is no downtime required after your CoolSculpting procedure. There may be some minor side effects, including redness, swelling, bruising, or firmness, but these are normal, and usually resolve after a few days.
Because CoolSculpting eliminates up to 25 percent of the fat cells in the treatment area, as long as you maintain a stable weight, the excess fat pockets will be gone for good. While you may see results as early as three weeks after your initial treatment session, your body continues to flush out the dead fat cells for up to six months after your treatment. The most dramatic results are typically visible between one to three months following your procedure, and while you may not see a difference in the numbers on the scale, you will look more slender and toned.
If you are looking for an easy, noninvasive solution to the bumps and bulges that plague your otherwise fit form, let Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery help. Contact Us Today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation.