We interviewed Dr. Sera Balderston regarding the CoolSculpting procedure available at Point Lumineux in Sarasota.
What is CoolSculpting and how does it work?
CoolSculpting is a FDA-cleared non-surgical and non-invasive procedure developed by two physicians at Harvard Medical School. It eliminates fat safely with no downtime by targeting precise parts of the body with excess fat. The targeted cells are crystallized (frozen) and then die. The human body eliminates the dead cells naturally resulting in a more sculpted area such as your chin, abdomen, thigh, and flank (love handles).
What is the underlying science?
Fat is more temperature-sensitive than your skin and it goes through the cell death process more quickly. CoolSculpting reduces the thickness of the fat layer.
Is it like gastric bypass surgery or liposuction?
CoolSculpting involves no surgery and it’s not a weight loss solution for severe obesity. It’s a non-invasive alternative to liposuction.
Is the procedure safe?
CoolSculpting is cleared by the FDA. More than one million CoolSculpting treatments have been performed worldwide in more than 70 countries.
How many treatments are necessary?
It depends on the part of the body being targeted and the specific goals of the patient. Most patients do a series of treatments over multiple months to get the best results.
Are there any side effects?
Patient feel the suction on their skin and the cooling sensation. The targeted area eventually goes numb. Some patients experience pulling, tugging, pinching, redness, and swelling, but few report any level of pain. The procedure is not a treatment for obesity and it’s not appropriate if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.
Does the treatment result in a loss of weight?
CoolSculpting is not a weight loss program. It’s focused entirely on destroying fat cells in target areas. The best way to lose body weight is through good nutrition and regular exercise like walking, jogging, swimming or other healthy activities.
When will I see results?
You may see changes as quickly as three weeks after your first treatment and the more dramatic results are evident after two or three months. It’s helpful to schedule your sessions three to six months in advance of planned vacations or special events like a family wedding.
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*Disclaimer: Patient results and experience may vary. Results are not guaranteed.
In the U.S., the CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, upper arms, and underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll). In Taiwan, the CoolSculpting procedure is cleared for the breakdown of fat in the flank (love handle), abdomen, and thigh. Outside the U.S. and Taiwan, the CoolSculpting procedure for non-invasive fat reduction is available worldwide. ZELTIQ, CoolSculpting, the CoolSculpting logo, the Snowflake design are registered trademarks of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. © 2017. CoolSculpting is the treatment doctors use most for non-invasive fat removal.