Almost everyone has a stubborn pocket of fat on their body that doesn't seem to care how healthy your diet is or how much you exercise. These pockets of fat may be caused by genetic factors, hormone fluctuations, and other factors that mean it cannot be removed through natural means. However it can be reduced without an invasive surgical liposuction procedure that requires a lot of time to recover. At Bella Lago Aesthetics in Tahoe/Truckee, California, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Virden is proud to offer his patients the innovative CoolSculpting procedure. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CoolSculpting has become a popular nonsurgical procedure to eliminate fat throughout the body. Using controlled cooling, the CoolSculpting system freezes fat cells without affecting other tissue. Once the fat is frozen and dies, it is processed naturally out of the body. Lose that extra bit of fat and look better with CoolSculpting nonsurgical fat reduction at Bella Lago Aesthetics.
CoolSculpting nonsurgical liposuction is not a solution for obesity or a quick fix for weight loss. The best patients show:
- Good skin tone and elasticity
- Near their healthy, ideal body weight
- Fat that is resistant to diet and exercise
What to Expect
With just one application of CoolSculpting, most patients will see up to a 20% reduction in fat about 3 weeks after their treatment when the frozen fat cells have passed through the body. You should see smoother skin and decreased fat. You will have to remain on a healthy eating and exercise regime to maintain your results, but the body will finally release those stubborn cells. This painless and noninvasive treatment will provide a sculpted, slimmer figure.
Many patients nap, watch television, or read during their CoolSculpting procedure. The feeling is similar to a mild tugging sensation, but most patients experience no pain. The patient may experience some cold pressure in the treated area as it is placed between the two cooling panels. There may be some redness or minimal bruising, but it is temporary. Most treatments take about an hour, but this varies based on the size of the area being treated.
Am I a good candidate ?
The CoolSculpting fat-reduction procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat in targeted areas. Unlike weight-loss surgery (e.g., gastric bypass), the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight-loss solution for people who are obese. Good candidates for the CoolSculpting procedure have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Many people want a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
Treatment Timeline ?
Your CoolSculpting physician will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting treatment will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. The latest technology of CoolSculpting can treat a patient in 35-60 minutes, some patients have more than one treatment during the same office visit. Some practices even have multiple CoolSculpting systems and applicators, so it’s possible for a patient to have multiple areas treated at once. You and your provider may also schedule additional treatments or office visits in order to meet your goals.
Where does the fat go ?
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.
What does it feel like ?
As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you typically feel intense cold. This soon dissipates. With some applicators, you’ll feel some pulling as suction is applied. The area generally goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes during treatment. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their CoolSculpting treatment.
After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 or 3 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities following their appointment.
When will I see results ?
You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment.
Plan Your Service
- Average Cost
- From $750
- Recovery Time
- 30 minutes - 1 hour
Freeze Off Fat
CoolSculpting offers amazing results with nonsurgical body contouring to help you accomplish your body goals with confidence. If you have annoying bulges of fat (love handles, back rolls, bra bulges, belly pooch) and want to learn more about using CoolSculpting to eradicate these difficult areas, please schedule your initial consultation at our office.