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What is CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting procedure is the only, non-invasive procedure that uses advanced cooling technology to gently and effectively target and eliminate fat in specific areas of the body. The procedure involves no incisions and no anesthesia and reduces the fat layer without harming the skin or other tissues.
New! Now Offering CoolSculpting Elite!
Dr. Joel Schlessinger is the first cosmetic surgeon in the Midwest to offer CoolSculpting Elite. The Elite system allows for faster treatment times, down from one hour to only 35 minutes. It also provides greater comfort levels with 45 percent less discomfort than original CoolSculpting. Best of all, the new treatment applicators feature larger cooling area for the ability to treat 10 percent more tissue at a deeper level, allowing for greater efficacy.
What is CoolSculpting used for?
Generally, the abdomen and flanks are the best areas to treat with CoolSculpting, but other areas such as the arms, inner thighs and outer thighs can also be treated in many people. Additionally, we also have the CoolMini applicator, which is designed to treat smaller areas like the chin. In most people, the areas go back with minimal or no laxity of the skin, but if you have loose skin to begin with, there will likely be loose skin after the procedure. Cellulite may also be more obvious after the procedure if you have it initially, but we have treatments such as Cellfina and Qwo to improve this concern
How does CoolSculpting Work?
During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator is applied to the skin surface to deliver precisely controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat cells in specific areas of the body. As they are exposed to cooling, the fat cells begin a process of natural cell removal. The fat cells in the treated area are gradually eliminated through the body’s normal metabolic processes, similar to how fat from food is eliminated.
Procedures that use laser, sonic waves, and even surgery to remove fat can actually destroy other tissue in the process by burning, shattering, or extracting non-fat cells. This requires downtime for your body to heal. Fortunately, CoolSculpting doesn’t burn, shatter, or extract any cells.
Developed by Harvard scientists, the FDA-cleared, patented procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain, well, healthy. No knives. Once crystalized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body.
After two to three procedures over a several month period, you’ll typically see a visible reduction of fat. It takes a few months to fully realize the effects, mainly because it takes that long for your body to naturally dispose of the fat cells and remodel the remaining fat.
What results can I expect?
Results will be seen over about four months. The areas treated will gradually decrease in size to your eventual shape. If other treatments are desired, they can be done after the initial treatment package. Package rates are available.
Are there side effects of CoolSculpting?
Generally, there is a suctioning sensation and there may be tingling during or after the procedure. Most of our patients feel nothing. You can likely go back to work the same day of the procedure.
Which is better, CoolSculpting or SmartLipo/Tumescent Liposuction?
There are certain people who will do better with one or the other procedure and it all depends on where the fat is, how much is there and what your level of availability is. At the time of your free consultation with Dr. Schlessinger, he will examine you and determine which is the best procedure for you. Having the ability to offer both of these procedures allows more options and a potentially better outcome than clinics who do one or the other.
CoolSculpting is a great procedure for someone who simply doesn’t have the time to be out of work for even a day. It can be done in an hour or so and there is NO recovery time at all. This means you can literally be back at your desk a few hours after you arrive at our facility.
Which is less expensive – CoolSculpting or SmartLipo/Tumescent Liposuction?
It all depends on the area and the amount of procedures necessary. CoolSculpting generally removes about 25% to 30% of the fat in an area, while tumescent liposuction with SmartLipo removes about 60-75% of the fat. This means that two CoolSculpting procedures will result in somewhat less fat removal than with tumescent liposuction in most individuals. Pricewise, it may be about the same cost or slightly more for CoolSculpting depending on the areas treated, but the benefit is in downtime, which is essentially negligible with CoolSculpting! Dr. Schlessinger will determine which procedure is best for you at the time of your free consultation.
“CoolSculpting has changed the landscape of fat removal significantly. It is finally possible to have a truly non-invasive fat removal treatment, all done in the comfort of the office setting.”