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Coolsculpting (cryolipolysis) is the latest technique for efficient fat removal – and it requires NO INCISIONS. Coolsculpting Treatments are completely non-surgical. An applicator wand is placed over the skin to safely freeze the underlying fat cells, and noticeable results take shape within weeks. No fuss, no downtime. The starting cost is under $1000 and priced by the size of the treatment area and the amount of time needed to freeze the cells.
These are actual quotes from patients who have met with Dr. Donaldson for their first Coolsculpting procedure. These patients were also ALL satisfied after their treatments! Spot reduction for fat loss can’t occur through exercise. However, with Coolsculpting, you can now pinpoint exactly where you’d like to trim down and shape up.
What is the catch? Dr. Donaldson was skeptical of the new technology at first because liposuction removal of fat cells is the gold standard treatment. For a patient who wants the most thorough, most dramatic contouring result, he still prefers liposuction; however, there are many patients who don’t want to undertake surgery no matter what. These patients are often the best Coolsculpting candidates. The result is more subtle, and it may require several treatments instead of just one, but it is a safe and effective alternative.
The idea of freezing fat cells to destroy them developed when doctors noticed smaller cheeks in kids who ate numerous popsicles. Harvard physicians then worked for a decade to determine how exactly the larger areas of fat on adults could be safely frozen. This research led to Coolsculpting, which has now helped millions of patients around the world.
The most popular areas are the belly and the flanks, or love handles — these areas respond very well to treatment. Other common sites include the inner and outer thighs, the upper arms and under the chin. Any fatty bulge is likely amenable to treatment.
CoolSculpting is mostly effective on stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise. Unfortunately, not every person is a candidate for these treatments. Education is at our core, and we will work with you to determine if you are a good candidate for CoolTone, what kinds of results you can expect, or if there is a treatment option better suited to address your concerns.
Immediately after treatment, the overlying skin is red and numb. It may take several days for the color and feeling to return to normal, and patients notice tingling and sometimes a slight burning sensation as the nerves re-warm. Fewer than 5% of patients experience a more intense burning sensation, and this can be treated with a 3-day medication. Swelling is common in the first few days, and often treated with Spanx® compression and a combination of heat packs and cool packs. There is no limitation on patient activity during this recovery period.
Patients return to the office for follow-up eight weeks later. This is how much time it takes for all of the injured fat cells to be swept away by the body, and the results can be fully seen. During this visit, the patient can decide whether to pursue another treatment or to simply move on and enjoy the result.
Coolsculpting is priced by the size of the treatment area and the amount of time that is necessary to freeze the cells in that area. The starting price is under $1000, and financing is available through CareCredit and Prosper. Significant savings are possible since anesthesia and OR’s are not used.
Patients who are looking for fat reduction may choose CoolSculpting, while those looking for better muscle definition may choose CoolTone. However, there is a major benefit to using the two treatment systems together!
CoolSculpting and CoolTone are two sides of the same coin; they work in tandem to help transform your physique. Generally, fat is treated first, then muscle. CoolSculpting patients are usually ideal candidates for CoolTone because they’ve already seen a reduction in their fat layer, meaning that the CoolTone device can penetrate deeper into the muscular tissue beneath. People who are close to their fitness goals are better candidates for CoolTone than CoolSculpting.
Unfortunately, not every person is a candidate for these treatments. Education is at our core, and we will work with you to determine if you are a good candidate for CoolTone, what kinds of results you can expect, or if there is a treatment option better suited to address your concerns.
Our CoolSculpting specialist first meets each patient in consultation to determine whether they are a candidate for Coolsculpting. Typically, treatment is scheduled several days later. But if the Coolsculpting device is not being used at the same time, it may be possible to provide the treatment immediately afterward — you could leave the office an hour later with less fat!