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As we age, we start to notice sagging skin and excess fat around the body. Unfortunately, back fat is a common example of these unwanted areas of fat. Even those who maintain a healthy lifestyle and are in excellent shape still may have issues with fat bulges in certain areas, such as the back. For those who struggle with excess fat and are self-conscious with the way they look, non-surgical fat reduction has been revolutionary.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment for fat loss that reduces the appearance of fatty tissue in a variety of specific areas of the body, targeting belly fat, double chin, inner and outer thighs, upper arm fat, and back fat–including “bra bulge” or bra fat that women commonly experience. It uses fat freezing technology to isolate and eliminate fat cells in the treated area without any need for more invasive surgeries that a plastic surgeon might offer.
If you are frustrated by stubborn areas of back fat, CoolSculpting treatment may be the solution you’re looking for. Contact the office today to learn how NYC expert cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, can help you create a custom body contouring treatment plan.
How does CoolSculpting work for back fat?
When it comes to firming up and toning, some areas of the body naturally react faster than others towards diet and exercise. When we age, even if weight loss has occurred, individual pockets of fat can often remain. These areas of stubborn fat are typical when it comes to areas that retain fat deposits, such as the love handles or the abdomen. Similarly, both the upper back and lower back can retain pockets of fat.
CoolSculpting treatment works for men and women to target these areas of fat, using a fat-freezing technique to help remove fat cells from the body. The technical name for fat freezing is cryolipolysis, and CoolSculpting cryolipolysis technology is FDA-approved for fat reduction on the body. The fat removal technology behind CoolSculpting was discovered by two Harvard medical researchers who observed the temporary “freezing” of fat cells on a child’s cheek while eating a popsicle. They realized that fat cells die at a higher temperature than other cells in the body, and thus can be fully eliminated through the use of targeted fat freezing application.
The CoolSculpting procedure is able to freeze fat cells, which can then be metabolized naturally in the body. This non-invasive process starts with initial body contouring that continues to improve for several weeks post-treatment, leading to permanent fat reduction with no downtime necessary.
One of the main benefits of CoolSculpting is that you don’t need liposuction or plastic surgery to see improvements. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat reduction treatment that works will with instances of stubborn fat. For those individuals with “banana rolls” and fat bulges on the back, CoolSculpting can be used to permanently eliminate fat in as little as one treatment.
Before and After – 4 weeks, source: Allergan
What is CoolSculpting’s fat freezing treatment like?
The process for CoolSculpting treatment is painless and easy. First, you’ll have an initial consultation with Dr. Green during which you will have the opportunity to review your medical history, as well as goals for body contouring and fat removal. Dr. Green will carefully and frankly assess the potential treatment areas and design a treatment plan that meets your needs.
During your CoolSculpting procedure, an applicator is placed on the body in the treatment area. The skin is then cooled down to the point where the fat cells are destroyed in the surrounding area. The entire process takes, on average, from 35 minutes to one hour–the exact timing depends on the size of the adaptor and treatment area.
Since CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that requires no down time, individuals are free to resume their normal activity straight after the treatment. After three to four months, you should see visible results from the treatment, as CoolSculpting actually continues to work for up to six months post-treatment. As the fat in the treatment area has been permanently removed from the body, pockets of fat are unlikely to return, but you will need to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you wish to keep the results, like any healthy exercise or diet plan might require.
Who Can Have CoolSculpting treatments for back fat?
A good candidate for CoolSculpting is someone who does not have an extreme amount of fat in the treatment area. Typically, side effects from the procedure are fairly limited.
There are some contraindications for CoolSculpting treatment. These include:
- Cold Agglutinin Disease
- Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria
When undergoing the treatment, patients may feel a little pain or stinging. Following the procedure, there may be some minor swelling, redness or bruising in the area where the applicator has been placed. Recovery time is typically quite minimal in these instances, but each individual case can differ. In all cases, it is best to discuss with Dr. Green what your potential options may be and what will work best for you during your initial CoolSculpting consultation.
Before and After – 9 months, love handles and thigh area
Are there other fat reduction treatments I should consider?
From New York to Los Angeles, CoolSculpting has become the gold standard for non-invasive fat removal. When considering non-surgical fat reduction treatment, CoolSculpting is one of the best treatments available to eliminate fat cells and reduce the appearance of pockets of fat almost anywhere on the body. CoolSculpting is one of Dr. Green’s most popular cosmetic procedures because it is safe, simple, and incredibly successful. One unique aspect to CoolSculpting treatment is that it can be combined with other cosmetic treatments in order to create maximal body contouring and rejuvenation.
For areas of the body in which smaller pockets of stubborn fat can emerge (such as the double chin or underarm areas), CoolSculpting can be combined with Kybella treatment to target smaller areas of fat cells and completely remove the remaining submental fat in a treatment area. Kybella is an injectable that uses a naturally occurring substance, deoxycholic acid, to absorb and break down dietary fat. Thus, CoolSculpting is able to eliminate an initial, bulk amount of excess fat, and Kybella is able to dissolve any remaining fat cells in the treatment area. As Dr. Green mentions in her interview with Authority Magazine, “Kybella and CoolSculpting have also been game changers in that previously patients had to have liposuction to remove unwanted fat, and now there are effective non-invasive treatments that have a proven track record of success.”
Additionally, CoolSculpting can be combined with secondary treatments. For those who notice skin laxity (loose skin) in the treatment area, or who are experiencing cellulite in the treatment area, Dr. Green may recommend Thermage, a radiofrequency energy treatment that stimulates collagen production to tighten and smooth skin. Whatever your specific needs, Dr. Green will work with you to ensure your aesthetic goals are achieved.
Non-invasive fat reduction vs. Liposuction
Before non-surgical fat reduction procedures like CoolSculpting were developed, liposuction was essentially the only way to reduce the appearance of excess fat on the body. However, since the advent of CoolSculpting and other non-invasive fat removal procedures, surgical liposuction has become a much less popular fat reduction technique. Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that not only causes significant bruising, but also leaves behind fat cells which are then redistributed to other parts of the body. This sudden fat decrease causes excess skin laxity, which leaves patients feeling dissatisfied and frustrated. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is a completely noninvasive process that eliminates fat cells rather than redistributing the cells to other areas of the body and does not cause any skin laxity. CoolSculpting results are often equivalent to liposuction, and can be even more permanent, and CoolSculpting treatment has the added benefit of having no downtime.
How much does CoolSculpting cost for back fat reduction?
To determine how much is CoolSculpting for back fat, a patient must factor in both body contouring needs and aesthetic goals. Different CoolSculpting applicators target different areas of the body, and these applicators vary in intensity and cost per treatment.
Typically, for upper back fat and/or bra fat, either the CoolMini or CoolPetite is used, which cost $1,000 and $750 per treatment, respectively. For those with larger amounts of excess fat on the lower back or flank area, the CoolAdvantage applicator may be best, which combines the strength of three smaller CoolSculpting applicators to optimize both effectiveness and treatment time. The CoolAdvantage applicator costs around $1500 per treatment, depending on the size of the treatment area. Optimal CoolSculpting results frequently require just one treatment, though some patients may choose to maximize fat removal through a second, follow-up treatment.
The incredible benefit to CoolSculpting is that it permanently removes excess fat without any need for downtime, allowing you to look and feel your best without any of the risk that an invasive plastic surgery might require. For most patients, the ease and effectiveness of CoolSculpting treatment is well worth the cost.
Before and After – 8 weeks first treatment, 4 weeks after for second, source: Allergan
Is CoolSculpting treatment worth it?
CoolSculpting is a revolutionary fat reduction technology that is able to transform the body without any need for invasive procedures. Though optimal CoolSculpting results are dependent on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the amazing body contouring results from a single treatment has proven to be inspiration for countless patients in our office.
However, not all CoolSculpting treatments are created equally. It’s important to work with an expert in CoolSculpting, like Dr. Green, who can review your medical history and current body contouring needs, and create a realistic treatment plan for fat reduction treatment. Oftentimes, “med spas” will offer CoolSculpting treatment that is inconsistent with a patient’s needs, promising unrealistic changes or even applying the CoolSculpting device ineffectively for the treatment area. For these reasons, we always recommend you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York.
Dr. Michele Green was one of the first NYC-based cosmetic dermatologists to incorporate CoolSculpting into her boutique practice over ten years ago, and has consistently produced outstanding cosmetic results.
Does fat come back after CoolSculpting?
If you’re worried that you can gain fat back after CoolSculpting, you’re not alone. When it comes to fat cell reduction treatment, many patients wonder, do fat cells grow back after CoolSculpting?
It’s important to note that CoolSculpting is not a tool for weight loss. For this reason, patients should come in for a CoolSculpting treatment within a thirty pound range of their ideal weight. If you maintain a routine of regular exercise and a healthy diet, you should have no issue after your CoolSculpting treatment. If a patient undergoes a substantial amount of weight gain or loss of muscle, new fat cells can develop and return to common stubborn fat areas of the body. However, the fat cells that were eliminated during CoolSculpting treatment are removed permanently.
If you’re still concerned about whether fat cells can come back after CoolSculpting, be reassured: CoolSculpting treatment works to eliminate fat cells during initial treatment, and these fat cells will continue to be metabolized by the body for a few months post-treatment. Once fat cells are frozen and metabolize within the body, those cells do not grow back.
How can I get rid of back fat with CoolSculpting?
If you have unwanted fat on your back, Dr. Green is here to help. Contact our office by calling 212 535 3088 or contacting us online to find out how a CoolSculpting treatment for back fat can work for you.