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Many people who are in great physical shape still have small pockets of fat in undesirable areas, such as in the abdominal area. These fat deposits may be a cause of great concern, damaging self-confidence and keeping people from having the body they desire. These patients may not want to turn to such drastic measures as surgical procedures; many find non-surgical CoolSculpting by Zeltiq® to be a great alternative to attaining their ideal body.
FDA-approved CoolSculpting utilizes a targeted cooling process, Cryolipolysis™, to kill the fat cells that lie beneath the skin, freezing them to elimination. The process is able to specifically target only fat cells, leaving skin and other underlying cells untouched and healthy. The frozen, crystalized fat cells die and are naturally metabolized out of the body over a period of two to three months after the procedure. The effects are noticeable after one visit; typically patients see a reduction of 20 – 40% fat in the treated areas, and additional procedures can help patients lose even more fat.
Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are patients who are close in range to their ideal body weight, with noticeable bulges in the specific areas they would like to get rid of. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution for patients who are obese, nor can it remove as large amounts of fat as surgical liposuction. The experienced doctors at Advanced Dermatology will be able to determine if a patient is eligible for CoolSculpting during a consultation.
A CoolSculpting procedure is simple and painless. At the start, the patient and the doctor will determine what areas will be treated. Then, the CoolSculpting device is placed upon the treatment area, which will begin to pull and push the fatty area between two cold panels. The treatment may take between one to three hours, depending upon the amount of fat and the breadth of the area to be treated. No anesthesia or pain medications are needed; patients initially may feel some pressure and cold, but this mild discomfort is only temporary and many patients even choose to nap during their procedure. The advantage of CoolSculpting over surgical liposuction is that there is no downtime needed for recovery; patients are free to resume their daily activities immediately after their procedure. Some patients experience common side effects with fat removal procedures such as bruising, loss of feeling in the treatment area, or minor discomfort, but these are temporary and will be gone as the body heals itself.
After the procedure, patients may see results in as early as three weeks; the most dramatic results will be apparent after two months, but the body will continue to metabolize fat cells for up to six months after treatment.
Patients interested in learning if CoolSculpting is the right solution for their body needs are encouraged to book a consultation with Advanced Dermatology. Advanced Dermatology offers clinics in multiple locations throughout the New York and New Jersey area, including Westchester County and Summit, NJ. The experienced doctors at Advanced Dermatology are some of the first providers in the country to provide CoolSculpting as an alternative to surgery for their patients.