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CoolSculpting ® Gets Hotter as Demand from Consumers Rises

The company behind the CoolSculpting ® fat cell freezing continues to grow due to demand from consumers.


Who is A Good Candidate for CoolSculpting ®?

If a person in the Los Angeles or Orange County area has tried diet and exercise and still sees localized pockets of stubborn fat that refuse to disappear. Patients who aren’t significantly overweight but still see some pockets of fat around the abdomen, hips, or thighs that they want to remove are perfect candidates for CoolSculpting ®.


According to Jeffrey Dover, chair of the scientific advisory board of Zeltiq, the best candidates are women who have stubborn fat bulges left over from pregnancies. Many of these women are actively eating right and exercising regularly, but have stubborn areas of fat that just won’t disappear. But, the CoolSculpting ® treatment will work on anyone, male or female.


What Happens During a CoolSculpting ® Session?

With no anesthesia necessary, the patient relaxes in a chair while the technician applies one of the cooling suction devices to the target area of fat. With new advances in applicators, the type of device depends on the area being treated. Above freezing, cold temperatures destroys the fat cells while causing no harm the surrounding tissue. This creates a numbing sensation in the area being treated, just like when you apply ice to an area.


The entire procedure takes about an hour or less. However, new applicators are being developed by Zeltiq that are cutting the time in almost half. Also, more than one area can be treated at a time, so if a patient wants to remove the double chin and the love handles, both applicators can be applied to the different areas, doubling the treatment area while cutting the time in half!


What Are the Side Effects of CoolSculpting ®?

Unlike liposuction that requires small incisions to remove fat, the CoolSculpting ® treatment has only applicators that wrap the fat without any incisions. Some of the side effects to this super cooling treatment are redness, mild pain, and bruising for a few days after treatment. However, with the mild side effects, there is no downtime. Many patients come in on their lunch hour and receive a treatment and then go right back to work.


How Long Does It Take to See Results from CoolSculpting ®?

For patients to see final results, two to four months are needed. This is due to the fat cells dying and then being processed out of the body. Since this is a natural method of fat removal, the body does not work as quickly as liposuction where results are seen almost instantly. However, if a patient is willing to wait the few weeks for results, CoolSculpting ® is the best treatment for fat removal without surgery.


How Safe is CoolSculpting ®?

With Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval, CoolSculpting ® is perfectly safe and effective at removing small areas of unwanted fat. Gordie Nye, CEO of Zeltiq states that they only sell their machines to “board-certified aesthetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons.” Nye states that so far, over 100 U.S. medical practices have purchased the cooling device.


If you have tried diet and exercise and are still seeing little pockets of stubborn fat that just won’t go away, call Orange County Plastic Surgery for a free consultation on CoolSculpting ®. Our board certified plastic surgeons are knowledgeable in all areas of the CoolSculpting ® treatments. Contact our office today to schedule your CoolSculpting ® treatment.

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