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
- A CoolSculpting® Treatment Session
- Ideal CoolSculpting® Candidates
- CoolSculpting® FAQs
How CoolSculpting® Works
The 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.
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.
Ideal CoolSculpting® Candidates
Patients who are interested in CoolSculpting® treatment are usually close to their ideal weight. They are likely wanting to eliminate remaining pockets of fat that have been resistant to strict diet and exercise. Commonly, this extra fat is in areas such as the:
- Love handles (flanks)
Patients should be in relatively good health before having this treatment.
CoolSculpting® Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive body contouring treatment, designed to reduce stubborn fat pockets. Areas that can be treated with CoolSculpting® include the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, and/or flanks.
How many 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.
How can I pay for this treatment?
CoolSculpting® is usually considered a cosmetic treatment by insurance companies. Therefore, it is not likely to be covered by most policies. Our office staff can help you find the best financing options and payment methods to help meet your needs.
What results can I expect?
Results from CoolSculpting® are typically noticed as soon as 3 weeks, but may take up to 4 to 6 months to fully develop. Once the targeted fat cells are destroyed, they will not regenerate. Keeping diet and exercise a part of your daily routine can help curb further fat gain.