Advances in body sculpting technology allow Dr. Betty Kim to offer patients more choices than ever. With the CoolSculpting system, she can contour patients’ faces and bodies without surgery, incisions, injections or recovery. Using controlled-cooling technology, she can target and crystallize unwanted fat cells on the chin, abdomen, flanks, back (“bra-strap” area), inner or outer thighs and the arms. CoolSculpting is also ideal for noticeable problem areas like saddlebags or a muffin top. The treated fat cells gradually die and are naturally eliminated from the body. In the weeks following CoolSculpting, the treated area looks slimmer and more sculpted.
Why Patients Love CoolSculpting
There are many reasons why patients love the non-surgical, non-invasive sculpting treatment:
- Virtually no pain
- Virtually no recovery downtime
- Safe (FDA-approved)
- No anesthesia needed
- No needles
- No scarring
- Noticeable, long-lasting results
- Very few side effects
- Complications are rare
Dr. Kim screens her CoolSculpting candidates closely to decide whether they will see the results they want from the treatment. If someone is not a good candidate for CoolSculpting — perhaps because they have too much unwanted fat or because the unwanted fat is in a unique area of the body not treated by CoolSculpting — she may suggest another body contouring option, such as liposuction. Dr. Kim is also very candid when setting her patients’ expectations of treatment; it’s important that her patients understand what CoolSculpting can and can’t achieve. Although CoolSculpting is very safe and effective, it won’t deliver results that are consistent with a surgical procedure like liposuction. Dr. Kim can speak more to these nuances during consultation.
CoolSculpting Treatment Details
CoolSculpting is a quick treatment that can be conveniently scheduled on a lunch break to treat your double chin. Other areas may take a few hours to complete.
During a treatment session, the areas of unwanted fat are identified and marked. The CoolSculpting handpiece is placed over the targeted bulge of fat and delivers controlled cooling to selectively freeze fat cells without disturbing or damaging the surrounding tissue. As the fat cells freeze, they naturally die. This is not painful, and most patients read, watch television or even nap during treatment. The total length of treatment time depends on the size of the selected area and the amount of excess fat.
After treatment, patients can immediately return to work, go to the gym or resume their daily routine. The treated area may be slightly sore or red, but these side effects are temporary.
Over the next few weeks following treatment, the body naturally filters the dead fat cells through its metabolic processes. The treated area gradually starts to look flatter and more sculpted.
Sometimes multiple treatment sessions are required to achieve the desired body sculpting results. These sessions may be staged out and can be completed as soon as one month after your first treatment. Usually, Dr. Kim recommends two treatment sessions for an area.
How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to target and freeze unwanted fat cells. The frozen fat cells die and are naturally filtered from the body in the weeks and months following treatment. CoolSculpting does not require surgery, needles, incisions or extensive recovery downtime.
Is CoolSculpting safe?
CoolSculpting is FDA approved for the non-surgical reduction of unwanted body fat. More than 2 million procedures have been performed worldwide. Adverse side effects are very rare.
Am I a candidate for CoolSculpting?
You may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting if you are over the age of 18, in good health and at or close to your target weight. You should have reasonable expectations of treatment and understand that you will not see instant results (it takes time to achieve the desired outcomes). Also, you should not be pregnant at the time of CoolSculpting treatment.
Who is not a good candidate for CoolSculpting?
Individuals with chronic health conditions, including obesity and autoimmune disorders, may not qualify for treatment. Also, according to the team behind CoolSculpting, individuals with cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria should not have treatment.
What areas of the body does CoolSculpting treat?
CoolSculpting can treat any of the following areas:
- “Love handles”
- Inner or outer thighs
- Upper arms
- Back or “bra strap” area
- Under the chin
Does CoolSculpting hurt?
CoolSculpting is not a painful procedure. The most common sensation is intense cold, which dissipates quickly. Most patients report that they feel numb in the area 5 to 10 minutes into treatment. You might also feel a slight pinching, pulling or tugging sensation or have some tenderness after treatment, but pain is very rare. Most patients are able to relax, read, work on their laptops or even nap during the appointment.
How long does CoolSculpting take?
Total treatment time depends on the size and number of treatment areas. Some sessions can be completed in an hour or less.
When will I see results from CoolSculpting?
In most cases, it takes several months for the body to process and filter the frozen fat cells. Expect to see an improvement in the treated area about three to six months after treatment.
Are the results permanent?
Once the fat cells have been frozen and die, the body removes them through natural processes. The fat is gone for good, and the treated area will always have fewer fat cells. However, that isn’t to say the treated area will always be slim; gaining weight can cause the remaining fat cells to grow and produce a heavier shape, cancelling out the effects of treatment.
How can I ensure my results last long-term?
To maintain the results of your CoolSculpting treatment, you should carefully manage your weight and try to avoid weight gain. Eat a healthy, balanced diet, exercise regularly and avoid smoking and drinking excessively.
How much does CoolSculpting cost?
The cost of CoolSculpting depends on the specific treatment plan — primarily, the size and number of treatment areas. Your ultimate goals of treatment factor into the cost of CoolSculpting. Dr. Kim can suggest a treatment plan tailored to your needs, goals and budget during an in-person consultation.