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Have you been trying to turn your “Dad bod” into something a bit more trim? Have diet and exercise gotten you to your ideal weight but not your ideal look? Are your clothes fitting a bit more tightly than they used to?

Up until now, the solution to body contouring for both men and women has been invasive plastic surgery procedures, but over the course of the last decade, CoolSculpting has become a revolutionary name in fat removal. Approved by the FDA in 2010, CoolSculpting is designed to help remove stubborn fat in problem areas of the body, allowing you to feel confident in your body with no downtime.

If you are interested in improving the way you look and feel about your body, expert cosmetic NYC dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, is here to help. Contact the office today to learn how CoolSculpting can help you eliminate excess fat and get the body contouring results you have been looking for.

Contour your body without downtime

CoolSculpting is an innovative body sculpting tool that was discovered by two Harvard medical professionals who observed a fat freezing phenomenon when children ate popsicles: the cold of the popsicle along a child’s cheek would temporarily give the child a dimple, signifying a temporary reduction in fat cells in the frozen area. The doctors soon realized that the process of freezing targeted fat bulges, also known as cryolipolysis, could be applied to patients who sought to eliminate unwanted fat. Thus, the original CoolSculpting applicator was born, and a variety of adaptable CoolSculpting applicators were developed shortly after to help with fat reduction treatment in a variety of stubborn areas of fat, from upper arms, lower abdomen, to love handles and beyond.

The CoolSculpting procedure is unique in that it’s a cosmetic procedure that requires little to no downtime. Its innovative non-invasive fat reduction technology makes it an excellent nonsurgical alternative for excess fat, and it’s become a leading treatment for male patients who lead a healthy lifestyle, but who want to reduce the appearance of fat deposits.

Fat reduction through CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting®, from Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc., is FDA cleared to eliminate excess fat in 9 different treatment areas: the abdomen, flanks, banana roll (between the buttocks and outer thigh), thighs, bra fat, upper arms, back, the submental area (typically for double chin), and the submandibular area (below the jaw). CoolSculpting is also approved by the FDA to improve the appearance of loose tissue under the chin.

It’s important to note that CoolSculpting is not a replacement for weight loss, and any fat cell reduction that occurs can be compromised by weight fluctuation. However, if you lead a healthy lifestyle and are dealing with stubborn fat, you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting treatment.

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How does CoolSculpting treatment work?

The process of cryolipolysis is simple. An applicator is applied to the treatment area which targets fat cells with cold temperatures. Cryolipolysis is founded on the understanding that fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than other cells, meaning that a CoolSculpting applicator can freeze only excess fat on the target area, without affecting the surrounding skin cells. Unwanted fat in the treatment area is frozen, which kills the fat cells. Then, over time, targeted fat cells are broken down, and the dead cells are metabolized by the body, permanently eliminating excess fat.

The CoolSculpting process is simple and noninvasive. Before your procedure, you’ll work with Dr. Green to develop a personalized treatment plan via an in-person or virtual consultation. Dr. Green will make an honest assessment of the treatment area and discuss your desired outcome, and photos will be taken of the target areas. For your CoolSculpting procedure, you’ll be able to schedule a time at your convenience to come in to the office. Typically, each treatment area lasts between 35 minutes to 1 hour, and you’ll immediately be able to go back to normal activity once the  procedure ends.

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The CoolSculpting procedure is pain-free, though some patients experience a sensation of pinching or tugging for the first five minutes, while the skin acclimates to the “freezing” of the applicator. Likewise, after treatment, some patients experience tenderness as the treatment area “thaws”. Occasionally, patients will experience side effects such as bruising, redness, or swelling, but these side effects dissipate over the next few days. Most patients find the process to be somewhat relaxing, and will bring an iPad or book to enjoy while the treatment is taking place.

Over the course of the next few months, your maximized CoolSculpting results will appear, and you’ll experience visibly notable, permanent fat removal in the treated area.

Does CoolSculpting work on men’s jawline?

CoolSculpting is an incredibly popular treatment for helping men sharpen their jawline, and is designed to target stubborn fat under the chin (double chin).  CoolSculpting can also be combined with other body sculpting treatments in order to rejuvenate the neck and jawline. As Dr. Green describes in her interview with Forbes magazine, “Many men are bothered by the appearance of their necks. I rely on the ‘trifecta’ of Thermage/CoolSculpting/ Kybella to treat the neck area.  Thermage produces new collagen and tightens the skin through radiofrequency heat, and CoolSculpting and Kybella permanently treat the fat under the neck to give a more youthful appearance with little or no downtime.  Men are also coming in for CoolSculpting for other areas of the body such as the abdomen, and flanks and CoolSculpting has become one of the most popular treatments in my office.”

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Does CoolSculpting work on men’s belly fat?

As a general rule, men demonstrate the most visible change in weight gain and weight loss in their abdomen and, over time, these weight changes can lead to the appearance of fat bulges on the stomach, around the hips, or on the chest. This unwanted fat can leave male patients feeling self-conscious about their bodies, perpetuating a cycle of baggy clothing and weight gain, when in fact these areas of excess fat are entirely treatable through CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting can eliminate unwanted belly fat in any patient, sometimes through a single treatment. Though CoolSculpting is not designed to be a replacement for weight loss, it can be an excellent option for those who have attempted weight loss but who are left with stubborn fat on their stomachs and other areas.

Does CoolSculpting work on men’s love handles?

Like with men’s belly fat, CoolSculpting treatment is effective and safe as a fat removal treatment for love handles. Men often are left feeling uncomfortable when they face stubborn fat around the waistband of their jeans, but CoolSculpting is an entirely effective fat reduction treatment that will leave your hips feeling sculpted and renewed.

CoolSculpting can also be an invigorating and motivating experience for patients. Once stubborn fat is renewed, patients are often even more motivated to continue a healthy lifestyle and to sculpt their bodies naturally–it can provide a whole new perspective about the skin you’re in.

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Does CoolSculpting work on Gynecomastia (man boobs)?

Gynecomastia, or “man boobs”, is an incredibly common condition typically found in male patients, where increased estrogen and decreased testosterone lead to a swelling of the breast tissue. This condition is found amongst 30% of male patients, and is quite common in adolescent males while puberty is contributing to hormone changes. As men age, this condition can recur due to additional hormone shifts. This can leave patients feeling self-conscious about their appearance, and studies have shown that gynecomastia can increase a male patient’s risk of depression and/or anxiety.

Gynecomastia can be caused by a variety of other conditions, including alcohol and drug abuse, hyperthyroidism, malnutrition, and failure of the kidneys or liver. Due to this, It’s important to work with a board-certified medical professional when considering CoolSculpting for gynecomastia, so that they can determine any underlying causes of the swollen tissue aside from hormone changes. However, as the majority of cases of gynecomastia are caused by hormone changes, CoolSculpting for gynecomastia is quite common and effective when done with an expert in CoolSculpting like Dr. Green.

How long do CoolSculpting results last?

CoolSculpting was developed as a way to permanently eliminate fat cells, which means that, amazingly, CoolSculpting results are permanent, provided the treated patient does not have any large fluctuation in weight post-treatment. Typically, a patient will not see results immediately after the treatment, as the effectiveness of CoolSculpting treatment continues for several weeks after the initial procedure. After 3-4 months post-procedure, Dr. Green will meet with you to discuss your CoolSculpting results, and if there are remaining fat cells that you would like to address, a second treatment can be added. Each CoolSculpting procedure will target unwanted fat in a designated area, and treatment can be repeated in the same area within 1-4 months after your initial treatment.

How is CoolSculpting different from liposuction?

CoolSculpting and Liposuction are both fat reduction treatments, but the difference between the two is vast. The primary distinction is that liposuction is an invasive cosmetic procedure offered by plastic surgeons, which requires considerable recovery time. Further, liposuction procedures redistribute fat, rather than eliminating it, which often leads to a return of fat cells after a few month’s time. Additionally, because CoolSculpting allows the fat cells to be eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system, there is a lower risk of skin laxity or skin folds developing, which can occur with liposuction and other plastic surgery procedures.

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Why choose CoolSculpting rather than plastic surgery?

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive approach to eliminating fat bulges on the body, which requires zero downtime, needles, or anesthesia. Plastic surgery, is invasive with a long recovery time, simply cannot provide the comfort and flexibility that CoolSculpting provides. Plus, CoolSculpting is designed to target fat cells and metabolize them within the body, something that plastic surgery does not offer.

Why should I get CoolSculpting with Dr. Green?

When researching CoolSculpting treatment options, many patients will consider a medical spa or “med spa” for their treatment, but it’s important to know exactly who you will be working with when it comes to your personalized CoolSculpting treatment. A med spa may have flashy testimonials or offer a free consultation to entice new patients, but oftentimes these consultations are not supervised by a medical professional. Occasionally, there won’t even be medical professional in the same building during a CoolSculpting treatment, which can have damaging effects on a patient’s CoolSculpting results.

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As CoolSculpting can occasionally have side effects such as tenderness or pain, and as it has permanent results, it’s imperative that you work with a board-certified medical professional for your treatment. Dr. Green is an expert in non-invasive body contouring procedures, skin care, and uses state-of-the-art medical and cosmetic lasers and procedures. Dr. Green was one of the first dermatologists to use all of the CoolSculpting applicators in NYC and has over a decade of experience in CoolSculpting.

If you are interested in CoolSculpting treatment to get rid of unwanted fat and experience a whole new level of body contouring, Dr. Green will work with you to find the best treatment plan that’s right for you. To learn more about CoolSculpting in NYC, patients can contact us online today or call 212-535-3088.

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