CoolSculpting is a popular procedure for removing stubborn fat pockets. The procedure, which is clinically known as cryolipolysis received FDA clearance in 2010 for eliminating excess fat cells. CoolSculpting essentially involves fat-freezing which causes the cells to break down and be eliminated through the body’s natural processes.
Board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center provide CoolSculpting to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.
CoolSculpting doesn’t involve any needles, medications, cuts or incisions. The treatment provider will use a non-invasive cooling device at the target area. The paddles will cool quickly to a safe temperature and transfer it to your fat cells. The doctor will leave the device on for 35 – 60 minutes.
The process has an efficacy rate of destroying 20 – 25% fat cells at the target area by the end of the full treatment. It may take some time for the final results to show up. You should be able to see changes within a few weeks once all the treatment sessions are over. Dead fat cells are eliminated from the body by the immune system.
Risks of CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting can be completed at the doctor’s office without any recovery time. The procedure is relatively safe. With that said, you may feel a tugging or pulling sensation on your skin. Many patients report feeling intense cold. It’s possible that the targeted area swells a little bit and feels sore, like you have been exercising. The skin may appear less smooth following the procedure. Stemming from this, all these side effects or risks are minor in nature and resolve on their own after a few days.
Paradoxical Fat Hyperplasia
Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) or paradoxical fat hyperplasia occurs when the fat cells in the targeted area gain size rather than getting smaller. This complication occurs in less than 1% cases. It can create a firm, large and painless mass under the skin which may need to be removed surgically.
The risk of PAH is higher in the following:
- Hispanic descent
- Abdominal region
- Large handpiece was used
Recovering from CoolSculpting
There is almost no downtime following a CoolSculpting procedure. You should be able to resume your regular activity immediately following the procedure. Minor soreness or redness may appear at the treated area in certain cases. Typically, minor side effects subside within a few weeks. You should be able to see results in just three weeks of the procedure. Pertaining to this, it may take more than one session for getting your desired results.
Fat flushing continues for at least 6 months following the initial treatment. Typical results are attained in 2 to 3 months for most patients. 79% patients reported a positive difference in the way they looked and clothes fit following CoolSculpting as per market research.
The procedure addresses specific body parts to remove stubborn fat pockets. Hence, you don’t need any further treatment. It’s necessary to understand that CoolSculpting doesn’t treat obesity. It’s a fat loss technique instead of a weight loss procedure.
Cosmetic surgeons at VIPS and MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for CoolSculpting body contouring procedure.
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