Even rigorous diet and exercise can only go so far in eliminating stubborn pockets of excess fat. For many people, liposuction can be an effective way of eliminating these isolated fat pockets; however, liposuction is not for everyone, and may not be necessary in some cases. A new technique called CoolSculpting®, available here at The Plastic Surgery Center, is an FDA-approved liposuction alternative that involves no surgery and no downtime after treatment. The procedure uses a special cooling technique to get rid of extra fat in targeted areas while keeping the surrounding skin unharmed.
CoolSculpting® Liposuction Alternative
CoolSculpting® can help to eliminate small pockets of excess fat in specific body areas. With CoolSculpting®, there is no cutting, no needles, and no anesthesia involved. Treatment can be performed relatively quickly, and there is no recovery time required. Many patients experience effective results after only one treatment with CoolSculpting®. The procedure is designed for patients who are in reasonably good physical shape but are having difficulty getting rid of small areas of fat in certain body regions. CoolSculpting® can be a useful alternative for patients who do not wish to undergo invasive surgery, and for those who may not require a full liposuction procedure to achieve their goals.
The CoolSculpting® Procedure
Using Cryolipolysis (a method of cooling excess fat cells), CoolSculpting® breaks down extra fat by way of a small, vacuum-like applicator placed over the treatment areas. The excess fat cells are cooled by the device, which ultimately causes an inflammatory response. After they start to break down, the fat cells are filtered out naturally through the liver. Patients often see the best results about two to four months following the CoolSculpting® procedure.
Since CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure, no excessive recovery time is typically necessary. There is usually some redness present in the treatment areas after the procedure; however, this is temporary and should quickly fade. Most patients who undergo CoolSculpting® are able to resume normal daily activities right after treatment.
Contact The Plastic Surgery Center
To schedule an appointment or to learn more about the CoolSculpting® procedure, contact Dr. Jeff Scott at The Plastic Surgery Center.