CoolSculpting, a liposuction alternative, is a non-surgical way to reduce unwanted body fat using a patented cooling technique called cryolipolysis. Unlike liposuction, the CoolSculpting procedure is non-invasive, and does not require incisions or injections. No anesthesia is required for the CoolSculpting procedure.
The CoolSculpting procedure works by cooling a specific area of the skin, which induces fat cells beneath the skin in the treatment area to die. The result is a visible reduction of the fat layer in the treated area, which is typically seen within a couple of months. The technology behind CoolSculpting was inspired by the observation that children who habitually sucked on popsicles developed cheek dimples, presumably due to loss of fatty tissue from their cheeks.
Fat tissue is more sensitive to cold than other tissues. Exposing fat cells to extreme cold for a certain time period can kill fat cells, thus reducing the thickness of fat under the skin. The fat cells that are destroyed by CoolSculpting are not replaced with new fat cells.
CoolSculpting is safe because the treated region is carefully monitored for precise temperature. Extensive testing has shown that cooling only damages fat cells, and other tissues at the treatment site are not affected. The dead fat cells are swept away and discarded by the body's normal metabolic processes.
CoolSculpting requires no incisions, needles or anesthesia. Since cooling is a superb way to produce skin numbness, CoolSculpting provides is own anesthetic by numbing the skin as it cools. The CoolSculpting device utilizes a suction cup that uses a constant vacuum to suck in a fold of fat. Each fold of fat is cooled for a 60-minute cycle. During the treatment, you can relax, read, use a computer, or watch a movie while the CoolSculpting device gently cools your treatment area.
You may wish to browse through this gallery of representative before and after photos of CoolSculpting treatment results. Click on any of the thumbnails to enter the slide show.
Results following a CoolSculpting treatment take a few weeks to evolve. In most patients, a noticeable and measurable result is fully developed 2-4 months after treatment.
CoolSculpting is ideal for isolated fatty regions of the abdomen (tummy), flanks (love handles) and back roll (muffin top). Patients who are close to their ideal body weights, but have problem areas of excess fat, are excellent candidates for the CoolSculpting procedure.
CoolSculpting will not tighten loose folds of skin. Regions of excess skin along the abdomen and flanks are best treated with techniques that allow removal of skin, such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or non-surgical treatments such as Thermage.
The CoolSculpting procedure is intended for patients with mild to moderate fatty deposits. For patients with more significant fatty deposits, surgical techniques such as liposuction are much more effective.
Treatments with CoolSculpting take 60 minutes per treatment cycle. Since no sedation or anesthesia is required for the CoolSculpting procedure, patients can drive themselves home on the day of the procedure. There is no 'down time' associated with the procedure. Patients can return to work immediately. No compression garment is needed after the CoolSculpting procedure. Patients are able to resume their exercise routines immediately after the CoolSculpting treatment.
If you are considering this procedure we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gottlieb. During this visit he will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. He will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the potential risks of the procedure. Other surgical options for abdominal and flank contouring, such as liposuction or abdominoplasty, will also be discussed. You will also have a chance to view before and after photo albums of his patients who have undergone procedures similar to what you are considering.