What is CoolSculpting?

You may have a lot of questions about CoolSculpting, one of the newest and most exciting fat elimination treatments available today. At ArtfulSurgery, we’re more than happy to help you get the skinny on CoolSculpting and understand why it’s become the hottest non-invasive, spot-reducing treatment for stubborn bulges of fat.

The FAQs below are some of the most common questions we hear from patients, but if you still have questions, schedule a private CoolSculpting consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Lee. Dr. Lee will walk you through the entire experience and recommend a customized plan that will fit your goals.

What is CoolSculpting?

ArtfulSurgery offers CoolSculpting treatments for patients who are looking to slim down specific parts of their bodies that aren’t responding well to dieting and exercise. You can think of CoolSculpting as a leg up in your journey to achieve a lean, sculpted body.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction technology that reduces stubborn stores of fat by triggering the permanent breakdown of fat cells in the treated area. Once the fat cells are broken down by the CoolSculpting treatment, your body will naturally eliminate these destroyed fat cells. They are gone for good!

Can I get CoolSculpting treatments at ArtfulSurgery?

Yes! Lafayette area candidates have access to one of the premier CoolSculpting centers in the country. Dr. Lee and our ArtfulSurgery staff have been selected by Zeltiq (the developers of CoolSculpting) as one of only seven trusted providers in the United States to have access to the newest CoolSculpting technologies!

As a preferred CoolSculpting provider, we have access to the latest advancements in fat sculpting technology, such as:

  • CoolAdvantage
  • CoolAdvantage Plus
  • CoolSmooth PRO
  • CoolMini
  • CoolPetite

How does CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting technology was developed by Harvard medical researchers and FDA-approved more than a decade ago. The technology was inspired by the observation that children who have a habit of eating popsicles also tend to develop dimples.

From this observation, CoolSculpting technology was designed with the goal of safely achieving cryolipolysis in targeted treatment areas. Cryolipolysis is a process where fatty tissue is lowered to a precise temperature, which causes fat cell death. We know that fat cells have a higher water content compared to other tissues and are far more vulnerable to freezing. With this is in mind, CoolSculpting brings fatty tissue to the temperature where cryolipolysis occurs, while surrounding tissue is left unharmed.

Who is Dr. Elizabeth Lee?

Dr. Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD is board-certified in plastic surgery and general surgery. With her esteemed reputation and experience, the researchers and developers of the CoolSculpting system have entrusted her to be one of the nation’s CoolSculpting leaders and pioneering practitioners.

Dr. Lee draws on her extensive training and experience to ensure her patients receive the best care and experience. She prides herself on delivering results with the eyes and hands of an artist, “A surgeon’s hands, a woman’s touch.”

What is CoolAdvantage Plus?

CoolAdvantage Plus is the next generation of CoolSculpting technology. At ArtfulSurgery, we and a handful of other centers around the country are partnered with Zeltiq, the makers of CoolSculpting, to offer the latest advances in CoolSculpting technology.

CoolAdvantage Plus is a next-generation permanent fat reduction treatment that can achieve results just 35 minutes! It is capable of treating a larger area of the body, achieving optimum results as efficiently as possible.

What CoolSculpting options are available?

CoolAdvantage and CoolAdvantage Plus are the next step in CoolSculpting techniques. Treatment times are cut in half, thanks to the improved design of the applicator.

With CoolAdvantage Plus, a wider range of options are now available, tailor-made to treat fat deposits on different parts of the body. Dr. Lee will discuss the ways that these applicators can achieve your desired body sculpting results during your private consultation.

What is the CoolSmooth?

CoolSmooth is an applicator designed for flatter areas that aren’t “pinchable,” or are relatively taut. CoolSmooth is a good option for treating the outer thighs.

What is the CoolMini?

The CoolMini applicator is a compact applicator for treating small areas such as bulges under the neck, chin, armpits, thighs, and knees.

What is the CoolPetite?

The CoolPetite applicator is a compact applicator that achieves precise fat reduction of areas such as the upper arms, around the knees and the braline.

What results can I expect from CoolSculpting?

Each person’s body will respond differently to treatments, but patients usually see changes after three weeks. Slimming, tightening, and shrinkage become most dramatic two months after treatment, but your body will continue to expel fat cells for the next four to six months. Typically, patients will experience a 22-23% reduction of fat in the treated area after a single treatment.

Is CoolSculpting right for me?

CoolSculpting candidates are adults with trouble spots of fatty deposits that resist dieting and exercise. You should be in good overall health and within reasonable (at least 30%) range of your healthy BMI.

If you feel you’re doing everything in your power to live a healthy lifestyle and are looking for a way to sculpt and trim down areas of the body like the flanks and stomach without surgery, CoolSculpting is an ideal option. Individuals with conditions such as cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria are advised against receiving CoolSculpting.

What does a CoolSculpting treatment feel like?

A CoolSculpting treatment is performed in-office. You will be awake and resting comfortably. Depending on the area treated, you’ll likely be seated or lying down. Many patients read, chat or watch something on their phones or an iPad. The cooling panels are then placed around the target area, and a suction device draws flesh close to the panels. A pinching and cooling sensation is common, as well as numbness as the area is being cooled. Any discomfort experienced during the session will dissipate within a few days.

Where does the fat go?

Over time, your body’s metabolic system naturally breaks down and processes fat cells that are frozen and destroyed by CoolSculpting. These cells are expelled safely and naturally through the body’s elimination processes.

Is CoolSculpting safe?

CoolSculpting is one of the safest fat reduction methods available and is FDA-approved with an impeccable safety record. Moreover, CoolSculpting is non-invasive and non-surgical, meaning there’s no need for any incisions. Patients avoid risks associated with surgery and anesthesia. More than three million patients have received CoolSculpting treatments around the world and have come away happy with their results.

When will I see results?

About three weeks after a session, you’ll notice a reduction and slimming of the treated area. Your body will continue to process the destroyed fat cells and remove them from your body. Visible slimming can be seen as soon as two weeks after treatment.More dramatic changes will emerge within two months.

What are the benefits of getting CoolSculpting versus other treatments?

CoolSculpting is a unique, convenient fat reduction treatment There are few comparable technologies out there, but it is often compared to liposuction. Though liposuction is great for fat removal, CoolSculpting is for those who wish to avoid invasive treatments or surgery. With CoolSculpting, your body expels broken down fat cells through your lymphatic system. You can return to your daily activities immediately after receiving CoolSculpting: there is no downtime required!

How many CoolSculpting treatments can I get?

There are no limits to how many, but additional treatment sessions are best scheduled a few weeks apart. If there are additional areas you’d like to sculpt after your initial session, you can undergo additional CoolSculpting treatments, continuing until your goal is met. It is typically recommended to undergo 2-3 treatments per area to attain the best results.

How many treatments will I need?

A single CoolSculpting treatment can achieve visible fat reduction, but multiple sessions may be recommended depending on your body goals. Future maintenance treatments may also be recommended if there are weight fluctuations.

What areas can be treated by CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting can address bulges and fatty deposits around the abdomen, arms, inner thighs, outer thighs, buttocks, flanks, hips, chest, and neck.

Is CoolSculpting for weight loss?

CoolSculpting is a fat reduction treatment and is not an alternative to healthy living or weight loss. Weight loss that is achieved through dieting and exercise is important for your health, but it is not the same thing as fat reduction. When you lose weight on your own, the fat cells in your body simply shrink. With CoolSculpting, fat cells are permanently eliminated from the body because they are broken down by cryolipolysis.

Are CoolSculpting results permanent?

The fat cells destroyed during a CoolSculpting treatment are permanently removed from the body. However, it is always possible to put on weight in the future.

Many patients actually improve their health and lifestyle after a treatment, inspired by the results they see with CoolSculpting. If you maintain a lifestyle that helps you maintain your current weight, your results will be sure to last.

How do I achieve the most significant fat reduction?

The best CoolSculpting fat reduction results are seen after multiple sessions spaced about six weeks apart. Back-to-back treatments achieve greater fat cell reduction compared to treatments spaced many months apart because your body’s fat cell breakdown response is already kicked into high gear. Six weeks will give your body time to dispose of your broken down fat and allow your next treatment to address remaining fat. A single treatment will reduce fat by up to 25%! Results will continue to improve with each subsequent CoolSculpting session.

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