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Coolsculpting®

Say Goodbye to Stubborn Fat

It’s called stubborn fat for a reason: no matter how much you eat healthy and exercise, it’s virtually impossible to lose that annoying muffin top, those love handles, saddlebags, or that belly pooch. Only CoolSculpting® targets fat cells in stubborn areas, and eliminates them in a way that diet and exercise can’t match.

CoolSculpting® is non-invasive. The procedure uses a cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. This process takes some time, and continues working over months. Results typically can be seen anytime from 6 weeks to 6 months.

During the treatment, only fat cells are affected, because they freeze at a different temperature than skin cells. Your healthy skin cells remain healthy and unharmed. Since CoolSculpting® doesn’t affect other types of cells, there is less risk than other available treatments and no downtime.

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The CoolSculpting Consultation and Procedure

So, you’re likely wondering how exactly these fat cells are frozen, and what to expect with a CoolSculpting® procedure.

First, you would schedule an appointment with Michele Ayans for a CoolSculpting® consultation. Michele has extensive training in the procedure, and even completed training at Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting® University. You’ll see all of our certificates hung proudly on the walls of the CoolSculpting® room in our office when you come for your consultation.

During the consultation, Michele will assess the areas you’re concerned about. She will feel the area to determine things like whether it’s fat or excess skin, and how the fat in the area “falls” or “lays.” This assessment will not only help determine if you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting, but also which applicator should be used.

Michele will plan the area(s) and number of treatments needed to treat the area to completion. We recommend starting with the area or areas which you can commit to treating to completion. If the fat in that area is stubborn, it may require 2 – 3 treatments to achieve the desired results. During the consultation, Michele will explain her assessment, estimate the number of treatments needed, and make sure that you understand the treatment plan. Then you’ll be ready to schedule your first treatment!

On the day of treatment, you should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, in case you’re tender afterward. You might also want to bring something to read or do that doesn’t require movement. When you arrive, we’ll take a series of photos. This is important for you and Michele to be able to reference later when you review your results. Your photos will not be used unless you sign a specific consent.

After photos are taken, Michele will mark the treatment area, and prepare the applicator and your skin. Most areas will be treated with a suction-type applicator. The suction is turned on, the applicator is lined up with the markings, and it is placed to your skin.

You will feel a tugging sensation as the fat is pulled into the applicator. Once Michele confirms correct placement of the applicator and your comfort, she will turn on the cooling plates inside the applicator that will cool down until the desired temperature is reached. This may be uncomfortable or painful for about 5 minutes, while you can feel the suctioning and cooling.

The actual treatment takes between 45 and 75 minutes, depending on the applicator type. During that time, you can read, use your phone or tablet, or even nap. You will be given a page button if you need anything, but otherwise, our staff will come back in at the end of the treatment, remove the applicator, and then begin a vigorous 3-minute massage to the treated area. This is a very important step, as this is when it is believed that the frozen fat cells are damaged to the point that your body will get rid of them! Most patients experience pain during the massage, but once it is over, there should only be some soreness in the area, and you will be ready to go about the rest of your day.

Minimal Downtime and Lasting Results

Unlike a lot of other procedures, CoolSculpting® takes very little time and is pretty simple to fit into your daily life. After your CoolSculpting® treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day. Each treatment takes about an hour – the same time you might spend at the gym. So you can easily fit your appointment into a lunch break. After one visit, you’ll typically see a noticeable reduction of fat. It takes a few months to fully realize the effects, mainly because it takes that long for your body to naturally dispose of the fat cells. And yes, you can lose even more with additional appointments if you and Michele decide that it’s necessary. There are no pills or supplements or aftercare restrictions, and as long as you maintain your normal diet and exercise, your results should be long-term and stable.

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