If you’re ready to improve the appearance of isolated fatty deposits that remain even after reaching your target weight, you may be wondering if CoolSculpting® is right for you. Dr. Michele S. Green, a Board Certified Dermatologist, answers the most commonly asked questions about CoolSculpting® below. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Green, who has helped men and women from New York City and the surrounding areas to look and feel their best through a number of medical and cosmetic skincare procedures.
Am I a candidate?
The best candidates for CoolSculpting® are already at or near their healthy body weight, but find that they have a few problems spots (like the love handles) that just aren’t responding to diet or exercise. Candidates should also be in good overall physical and mental health, and have realistic expectations about their results.
How does CoolSculpting® work?
CoolSculpting® is a patented, FDA-approved technology that allows for concise, intense cooling of fat cells in the treatment area. Through this process, called cryolipolysis, the targeted fat cells are destroyed, and the body eliminates them through natural metabolic processes over time. The final result is a sleeker physique without the need for incisions, scars or even downtime.
Can I combine CoolSculpting® with other cosmetic procedures?
Some patients may benefit from combining CoolSculpting® with additional procedures for the best results. For example, Dr. Green may recommend a secondary treatment like Thermage® for patients who also notice loose skin in the treatment area. Dr. Green works closely with every patient to ensure a customized treatment plan that will help meet your cosmetic goals.
What should I expect during treatment?
The treatment session itself is relatively short, generally lasting about an hour, although larger treatment areas may require more time. Dr. Green will use the handheld device to position the target spot between the two special cooling panels. Once the cells have been sufficiently frozen, the session is completed, and you can return to your normal daily activities.
Will I need multiple sessions?
Most patients see significant improvement after just one appointment, but some choose additional sessions for further fat reduction.
Does CoolSculpting® hurt?
Although you may notice a sensation of pressure and intense cold initially, the CoolSculpting® process overall is gentle enough that most patients use the session time to work on their laptop or tablet, read a book or even take a short nap.
How soon until I see results?
The results of your session will appear gradually as the body processes and eliminates the treated fat cells. Some patients see results as soon as a few weeks after their appointment, while others continue seeing improvements for up to six months.
What areas respond best to CoolSculpting treatments?
Stubborn fat on the inner thighs, upper arms, love handles (the oblique areas of the stomach), the tummy, the bra area and back fat are targets for CoolSculpting. Any area with enough loose fatty tissue will respond well to this procedure.
Are there any pre-existing conditions that affect CoolSculpting treatment?
Some patients experience neuropathy (numbness and tingling sensations) in the abdomen after CoolSculpting, but this lasts only during the recovery phase right after a treatment. There are several causes of neuropathies and rarely are these caused by cold temperature. However, as with any pre-existing medical condition, if you have questions or concerns about how a procedure may affect you, talk to your supervising medical specialist.
Does CoolSculpting work on arms, love handles, thighs, back and bra fat?
Yes! And unlike weight loss surgery or other non-surgical weight loss procedures, results from CoolSculpting are permanent because once the fat cells are eliminated, they’re gone for good. Whether or not you weigh less, you’ll be thinner and your clothes will fit better, you’ll feel better, and you’ll look better.
Is CoolSculpting right for diabetics?
Because this is a non-invasive procedure that involves no medications or anesthesia, CoolSculpting is safe for diabetics. Because there are no incisions made there is no surgical wound and no risk of infection or poor healing. You may experience slightly increased numbness in the treated areas, but most diabetic patients experience no discomfort or side effects.
Can CoolSculpting be used after pregnancy
Patients who are pregnant are not generally candidates for CoolSculpting, but the procedure is safe and effective after pregnancy for that post-baby belly bump and will not affect future pregnancies in any way. Three months after your pregnancy you can consult Dr. Michele Green about Coolsculpting to help with the “mommy makeover.”
Are there any side effects to the CoolSculpting procedure?
During the CoolSculpting procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain.
For more information about CoolSculpting in NYC and to book an appointment, contact us online, or call us at 212-535-3088.