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Whenever the weather gets warmer, buzz about CoolSculpting, also known as “fat freezing”, begins to fly around. For many patients, wearing tank tops or swimsuits can point out stubborn areas of unwanted fat on the body in places like the abdomen, upper arms, thighs, or along the upper back (often referred to as “bra fat”). For patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle, but who have areas of the body that would benefit from body contouring, fat freezing treatment offers a solution.

Fat freezing, better known as CoolSculpting, is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that targets stubborn fat in order to optimize body sculpting.  CoolSculpting procedures are able to freeze fat cells within the treatment area, triggering cell death, and these dead fat cells are then metabolized naturally in the body, never to return. Through this method, patients are able to permanently eliminate subcutaneous fat (the soft fat stored right underneath the skin) through safe and effective non-surgical body contouring. Though CoolSculpting is not a substitute for a balanced diet and exercise routine, it can be an excellent way to remove unwanted fat in targeted areas, without the need for invasive plastic surgeries like liposuction that a plastic surgeon might offer.

If you’re frustrated by the appearance of stubborn fat, such as love handles or belly fat, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green is an expert in non-invasive fat removal, and works with patients to create a treatment plan that best fits their lifestyle. Dr. Michele Green was one of the first dermatologists in NYC to use CoolSculpting in her private Upper East side office. An expert in non-invasive cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Green utilizes the most cutting edge technology in cellulite and fat reduction, such as QWO and Kybella injections, Velashape and CoolSculpting. If there are areas of stubborn fat that you have been unable to lose despite weight loss and dieting, then this method of fat freezing may be the best option for you.

What is fat freezing?

Fat freezing is a process by which fat cells are eliminated through the application of cold temperatures. Fat cells naturally freeze at a higher temperature than other cells in the body, which means that fat freezing can effectively eliminate fat cells without the need for downtime. The most popular and effective fat freezing technique is that of CoolSculpting, which was FDA approved in 2010 to eliminate stubborn fat and is delivered through an in-office applicator. CoolSculpting delivers cold temperatures to the treatment area, causing the fat cells in the targeted area to go through apoptosis, which is the phase were fat cells are destroyed and metabolized by the body. Though results along the treated area are not immediate, patients can see the fat layer in the targeted area continue to decrease for several weeks post-treatment, as the body metabolizes the dead fat cells.

What is cryolipolysis?

Cryolipolysis is the scientific term for the elimination of fat cells through cold temperature application. The process of cryolipolysis was first discovered by two medical researchers at Harvard, who noticed that when children consumed a good amount of popsicle, they would experience fat degradation–as evidenced by the appearance of dimples. It was then that fat freezing was explored in earnest as a way to eliminate stubborn body fat. As cryolipolysis was further explored, CoolSculpting was developed as a means to apply fat freezing safely and effectively without the need for invasive procedures. Though cryolipolysis is not a replacement for weight loss or routine wellness habits, it can be an excellent approach for fat loss in targeted areas of the body.

CoolSculpting patient before and after – 10 months post treatment

How does fat freezing work?

The process for in-office fat freezing procedures, such as CoolSculpting, is both simple and convenient. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green for an initial consultation where you’ll discuss your medical history, as well as your individual needs and goals. From there, Dr. Green will develop a body sculpting treatment plan that’s right for you. The CoolSculpting procedure itself typically takes between 35 to 75 minutes, depending on the size of the applicator and the treated area.

The procedure itself is painless–patients typically experience a sensation akin to being out in cold temperatures along the treatment area. This sensation typically subsides after the first five minutes of the procedure, and there is no downtime needed after the session is completed. Over the course of the next few weeks, these dead fat cells are eliminated through the body’s natural metabolic processes, and patients can expect cosmetic results to continue to improve for up to six months after their CoolSculpting procedure.

What does fat freezing do?

Fat freezing is an effective tool for non-surgical fat reduction that requires no downtime. It’s an excellent solution for patients with pockets of stubborn, unwanted fat, and it can also temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, recent study suggests that CoolSculpting may have a firming effect on loose skin.

CoolScupting is an exciting body contouring treatment, as it can also be used in combination with a variety of other cosmetic treatments. Dr. Green often combines CoolSculpting with injectables like Kybella and Botox and Thermage in order to rejuvenate the neck and jawline. In addition, Dr. Green can pair CoolSculpting with Thermage FLX skin tightening treatment and other skin care procedures in order to further rejuvenate the look and feel of the treated area.

It’s important to note that CoolSculpting is not a replacement for weight loss, and patients should be within 30lbs of their ideal weight before engaging in CoolSculpting treatment. CoolSculpting is a great tool for patients who have an area on the body that they want to contour more effectively, but should not be considered a replacement for regular exercise, a balanced diet, or any other wellness habits.

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Does fat freezing really work?

Not only does fat freezing work, but it also is one of the most popular non-invasive fat reduction techniques available today. CoolSculpting is FDA-approved to permanently remove fat cells from a variety of areas on the body, including under the chin and along the upper back, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and knees. Typically, patients can expect a decrease in fat cells in the treated area by 25%, and repeat treatments in the same area can produce an up to a 30% decrease in fat cells. Dr. Green was one of the first dermatologists to incorporate CoolSculpting into her practice, and is an expert in providing optimal results for each patient.

Coolsculpting for fat freezing

CoolSculpting offers a variety of different applicators to successfully reduce stubborn fat all over the body. In her boutique Upper East Side doctor’s office, Dr. Green offers the CoolCore, CoolCurve, CoolFit, CoolMini, CoolPetite, CoolSmooth, and CoolAdvantage Plus applicators for CoolSculpting procedures.

The CoolCore applicator is designed to treat the flank area, as well as specific fat bulges in the abdomen, and can be used for bra fat in some cases. The CoolCurve applicator has a larger curve than the CoolCore, and can easily treat love handles or flanks. The CoolFit applicator is tailored to treat the inner thighs and upper arms. The CoolMini is a uniquely small applicator that is excellent for treating small pockets of fat, and is particularly effective in treating submental fat (double chin). The CoolPetite applicator that can be applied to small areas of stubborn fat on the back, flanks, stomach, inner knees, or banana rolls. The CoolSmooth applicator is custom-made to treat the outer thighs. Lastly, the CoolAdvantage applicator combines the poser of the CoolFit, CoolCurve, and CoolCore in order to treat a larger surface area in record time, and can be used to treat the abdomen, banana rolls, flanks, inner thighs, hips, love handles, and upper arms.

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Does at-home fat freezing work?

As fat freezing is a medical procedure, it is not recommended that patients engage with fat freezing at home. Only an expert healthcare professional can offer the safe and desired results from a fat freezing procedure. Additionally, at home fat freezing–such as applying ice or purchasing an “at home” applicator–is not effective, as the only FDA-approved technique for fat freezing is that of CoolSculpting. When you work with Dr. Green, she will be able to assess the targeted treatment areas of the body to determine which applicator, session amount, and approach will best meet your needs.

Do fat freezing belts work?

Currently, there are a variety of fat freezing belts and at-home applicators that are advertised as an inexpensive method for cryolipolysis. However, CoolSculpting is the only technology FDA-approved for fat loss. Though at-home devices may tout incredible results, they are not proven to work, and most cooling devices really only chill the outer layer of the skin, unable to engage with freezing subcutaneous fat. When it comes to applying fat freezing technology, it’s best to stick with what works: CoolSculpting with Dr. Green.

Is Freezing Fat Safe?

When offered in-office by an expert dermatologist, fat freezing is an extremely safe method to reduce fat and improve body contouring. CoolSculpting is a safe option for a variety of patients with stubborn fat, though there are some who are contraindicated for the procedure. CoolSculpting is contraindicated for patients who have cold agglutinin disease, cryoglobulinemia, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. In addition, those who are pregnant should avoid CoolSculpting treatment.

Are there any side effects to CoolSculpting?

Side effects to CoolSculpting are typically minimal and mild. During the procedure, patients may experience some discomfort with the cooling sensation, though this typically resolves within the first five minutes of a session. After a CoolSculpting procedure, patients may experience mild bruising numbness, redness, swelling, or tingling, which should dissipate shortly after the treatment. A rare size effect of CoolSculpting has been reported called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.

How long does fat freezing last?

As fat freezing destroys fat cells in a targeted area, the results of fat freezing are truly permanent; the fat cells that are eliminated cannot regrow. However, patients with vast weight fluctuation may experience a return of stubborn fat that consists of other fat cells that remain in the body. We recommend that patients continue to practice good wellness behaviors before, during, and after CoolSculpting treatment in order to enjoy the best possible treatment results.

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3 Months Before and After Coolsculpting in Lower Abdomen / Flanks 

How much does fat freezing cost?

The cost of CoolSculpting varies widely depending on the area of the body being treated, the amount of fat in the treatment area, and the expertise of your provider. Generally, the cost of a CoolSculpting procedure varies per treatment area and starts at $750 per area, and multiple applicators may be needed to treat certain areas of the body. Dr. Green’s office may be running specials and is best to contact them directly for pricing. For many of our patients, permanent fat reduction and body contouring without any need for downtime is well worth the cost.

If you’re frustrated by areas of unwanted fat, CoolSculpting may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Dr. Michele Green is a board certified dermatologist in New York, and one of the leaders in NYC in non-invasive cosmetic dermatology. She has been voted consistently as one of the best dermatologists in NYC by Super Doctors, Castle Connolly Best Doctors, New York Magazine, and the New York Times. Please contact our office today to develop your custom treatment plan with Dr. Green to get rod the stubborn fat and get ready for Summer!

If you would like to find out more about ‘fat freezing’ or about treatments such as CoolSculpting then contact us online today or call our NYC office at 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether these treatments may be right for you.

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