CoolSculpting is a FDA approved, completely non-invasive way to get rid stubborn areas of fat. That means no downtime, no scalpel, not even a needle, just a couple hours in a comfortable chair attached to a machine.
How Does It Work:
CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling technology to freeze fat cells without affecting the overlying skin.
Targeted fat cells are cooled to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit for about half an hour. During which time, these cells are frozen, crystallized and permanently destroyed. Over the next eight weeks, the body gradually absorbs the fat. It is ultimately filtered by the kidney and eliminated via the urine.
The technology has been around for approximately 10 years but recent changes have made it far more effective. It all started when a couple doctors noticed that children that eat a lot of popsicles have very little cheek fat- “popsicle panniculitis”. Since we cannot place a popsicle under the skin anywhere other than the mouth, the doctors devised a machine that would deliver cold temperature to the deeper layers of our body. They came up with CoolSculpting.
What to expect:
SDBotox provides complimentary consultations at which we design an individual treatment plan based on your goals.
Treatment time and cost vary depending on desired number of areas to be treated. Common areas include the lower abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, and below the chin. Each area costs $600 and patients average about 4 areas. Keep in mind, the right flank is considered one area and the left flank is considered another.
During the procedure itself, the machine is attached to the desired site. You then spend the next 30 minutes relaxing, watching TV, reading, or even taking a nap. Afterwhich, treated areas are massaged for a few minutes to disperse the crystallized fat cells and aid the body in absorbing them. The machine is then reapplied to the next desired area.
Some patients may experience pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort during the procedure, but most report they are quite comfortable.
CoolSculpting requires no downtime, and many patients return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. In the following weeks and months, the body progressively absorbs the dead fat cells. The fat is ultimately filtered through the kidneys and eliminated in the urine.
Results can be seen as soon as two weeks post treatment, but the most noticeable changes will occur at about 2 month mark. The body can take up to 4 to 6 months to completely eliminate the destroyed fat cells.
Overall, most patients experience a 20% decrease in fat after each CoolSculpting treatment.
Post treatment, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain.
The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone, nor is it a treatment for obesity. Ideal patients are people that take good care of themselves but have lingering areas of stubborn fat despite their healthy lifestyle. Please remember, although Coolsculpting is a very effective tool, there is no substitute for good choices that include eating right and exercising.
After a thorough assessment, our providers can help you decide if CoolSculpting is the appropriate treatment to achieve your desired results.
Normal Price: $750 per area.
SDBotox Prime: $700 per area.