What Is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical and FDA-cleared treatment for fat reduction and body contouring. Our Richmond med spa now offers this innovative liposuction alternative to help patients address stubborn pockets of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise. Using advanced cooling technology, CoolSculpting® can target and destroy isolated fat pockets, while leaving surrounding tissues unharmed. If excess fat on your abdomen, hips, or other areas is a source of frustration, this treatment may be beneficial.
- How CoolSculpting® Works
- Areas CoolSculpting® Treats
- CoolSculpting® Candidates
- CoolSculpting® Treatment
- Number of CoolSculpting® Sessions
- CoolSculpting® Results
- CoolSculpting® Risks
- CoolSculpting® Cost
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
The advanced contouring technology of CoolSculpting® uses cooling energy to target fat cells under your skin’s surface. By freezing these cells through a process called Cryolipolysis®, the fat begins to break down. Over time, the damaged cells are metabolized and eliminated from your body, with help from the lymphatic system. Once eliminated, existing fat cells cannot regenerate. Results from CoolSculpting® can be seen as soon as 3 weeks, but may take up to 4 to 6 months for the final results to occur.
What Areas Can CoolSculpting® Treat?
CoolSculpting® can address a variety of body areas that are prone to fat accumulation. Commonly, this extra fat is in areas such as the following:
- Love handles (flanks)
During the consultation process, our aesthetician will perform a physical exam, discuss your cosmetic goals, determine your candidacy for non-surgical body contouring, and recommend a customized CoolSculpting® treatment plan that can meet your needs.
Am I a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting®?
Patients who are interested in CoolSculpting® should be in relatively good health and at or near their ideal weight. The procedure is not designed to cause dramatic weight loss. It is intended for men and women who struggle with isolated areas of excess fat, despite following a relatively healthy lifestyle composed of a nutritious diet and regular physical activity. Candidates typically want to eliminate remaining fat pockets that have proven resistant to this strict diet and exercise. This excess fat may be concentrated in one area or spread across multiple areas such as the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, and/or flanks.
A CoolSculpting® Treatment Session
On the day of your appointment, our experienced medical staff will lead you to our treatment area. You may lie down or sit comfortably, depending on what area is being targeted. CoolSculpting® does not require you to have an anesthetic because it is a non-invasive treatment. Your treatment should last about 35 to 60 minutes.
To begin treatment, the CoolSculpting® gel pad and applicator will be placed on the target area. Suction is applied, and the cooling process will begin. Commonly, patients feel an intense cold sensation for the first 5 to 10 minutes, at which point the area becomes numb. After the process is complete, we will remove the device and massage the area for 2 to 3 minutes. You may feel tingling at this point as the tissue warms back up. Once you leave our office, you are free to resume your normal daily activities. You may also schedule any follow-up appointments for other areas you wish to treat.
How Many CoolSculpting® Treatments Will I Need?
Every patient will respond differently to CoolSculpting® treatment. In your consultation, we can discuss your expectations and areas you wish to target. From there, we can develop a custom treatment plan to help meet your aesthetic goals.
What Can I Expect in My CoolSculpting® Results?
Results from CoolSculpting® are typically noticed as soon as 3 weeks after treatment but may take up to 4 to 6 months to fully develop. Once the targeted fat cells are destroyed, they will not regenerate. Although new fat cells cannot develop, your existing fat cells can still grow or shrink depending upon your diet, exercise regimen, and lifestyle choices. Keeping diet and exercise a part of your daily routine can help curb further weight gain. When patients diligently maintain a healthy lifestyle, the results of CoolSculpting® are considered long lasting.
Are There Any CoolSculpting® Risks?
Since CoolSculpting® is non-invasive, there is very little risk associated with the treatment. However, patients may experience mild side effects after treatment. This can include temporary redness, numbness, stinging, aching, or increased sensitivity may develop at the treatment site and last for a few days. Patients who are sensitive to low temperatures, or those who have certain pre-existing conditions, are at a greater risk for complications. Your medical history will be carefully reviewed prior to treatment to determine your candidacy for CoolSculpting®.
How Much Does CoolSculpting® Cost?
CoolSculpting® is usually considered a cosmetic treatment by insurance companies. Therefore, it is not likely to be covered by most policies. Since each treatment is customized by our Licensed Aesthetician to meet your unique needs, there is no fixed CoolSculpting® price. A number of variables will be considered when calculating the price of your custom CoolSculpting® treatment plan, including which area or areas are treated, the size of the treatment area, and the total number of treatment sessions needed to achieve your goals. At the end of your preliminary consultation, your aesthetician will provide you with a quote for the complete treatment package. Our office staff can aid you in finding the best financing options and payment methods to help meet your needs. Qualifying patients are able to take advantage of low monthly installment plans with little to no interest.