8 Things to Know About Noninvasive Body Contouring

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I’ve read so much about CoolSculpting® over the last few years, and I can honestly say my interest has piqued. There’s so much out there on the internet and social media that I wanted to get down into the nitty gritty with someone who knows the process well. So, I called upon Laura Dyer, PA-C, to get to the bottom of what the noninvasive body contouring treatment is and everything else you need to know about it before trying it for yourself. Keep reading for more.

Meet the Expert

Laura Dyer, PA-C, has been practicing clinical and cosmetic dermatology since 2005 and is a board-certified physician assistant specializing in aesthetic and clinical skincare. 


How Does CoolSculpting® Work?

CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis, which is a technical way to say “fat-freezing,” to target, freeze, and kill the treated fat cells. These cells are then naturally eliminated from the body in the weeks to months following treatment. Laura Dyer, PA-C explains, “CoolSculpting® is the number one nonsurgical fat reduction treatment used by most doctors.”

How Much Stubborn Fat Can CoolSculpting® Reduce? 

“CoolSculpting® applies targeted cooling to trouble spots to freeze and eliminate fat cells,” says Dyer. “It can reduce stubborn fat by up to 20-25% in the treated areas, all with little to no downtime and no surgery.”

What Areas Does CoolSculpting® Treat?

CoolSculpting® is cleared for nine different areas of the body in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen, flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. 

Who Is The Ideal Patient?

“CoolSculpting® is for people who have stubborn fat they can’t get rid of despite efforts through diet and exercise. CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss procedure.” If you’re wondering if you’re an appropriate candidate for treatment, head to CoolSculpting.com to find a provider for a consultation.

What Does CoolSculpting® Feel Like? 

“During your treatment, your provider will place the applicator on the desired area and there will be a slight sucking sensation as the applicator adheres to your skin through light vacuum pressure, followed by a cooling effect. In the first 10 minutes following this, the area will go numb. A CoolSculpting® treatment can be performed in as little as 35 minutes (depending on the area(s) of the body treated), and during this time, patients can relax, read, or even nap.” Some common side effects include temporary numbness, discomfort, and swelling. During the procedure, you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations lessen as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment. Rare side effects may happen in 1 to 10 out of 10,000 CoolSculpting® treatments (between 0.01% to 0.1%). One such rare side effect is a visible enlargement in the treated area which may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction.

How Many Sessions Are Necessary?

According to Dyer, you may see fat reduction in the treated area after a single treatment; however, for a majority of patients, two or more treatment visits are recommended. You can work with your provider to determine the right treatment plan.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

“Patients may start to see changes to their treated area(s) as soon as one to three months post-treatment; however, final results may take six months or more,” says Dyer. You can talk to your provider to come up with a personalized treatment plan.

How Much Does CoolSculpting® Cost?

This all depends on what areas you treat and how many treatments you have. “Many patients choose to do CoolSculpting® on multiple areas to reach their ideal end result,” explains Dyer. Typically, CoolSculpting® will cost around $3,100 for an 8 treatment personalized plan, based on a national study. 

Uses

CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen, and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. CoolSculpting® is not a treatment for weight loss.

Important Safety Information

This procedure is not for everyone. You should not be treated with CoolSculpting® if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.

Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions including recent surgery, pre-existing hernia, and any known sensitivities or allergies.

During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations lessen as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment.

Rare side effects may happen in 1 to 10 out of 10,000 CoolSculpting® treatments (between 0.01% to 0.1%). One such rare side effect is a visible enlargement in the treated area which may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction.

Please see full Important Safety Information for CoolSculpting® on CoolSculpting.com.

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