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CoolSculpting Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate?
Stubborn fat? Time to say good-bye. Good candidates have unwanted, stubborn fat that resists diet and exercise. Treat your abdomen, love handles, arms, muffin top, inner thighs, outer thighs, saddlebags, bra line, back, and sub-mental (double chin). Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with a CoolSculpting expert to determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?
We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated and type of applicator being used during your visit. For example, the most common applicators take 35-45 minutes of treatment time. The majority of areas can be “dual-sculpted”, which means two areas treated at the same time. At Babcock Dermatology we have two CoolSculpting systems exclusively dedicated to your body contouring, reducing treatment time in half compared to being treated at other centers with only one CoolSculpting system. During your one on one consultation with your CoolSculpting expert we will discuss the length of time your treatment will take. Our office has invested in the latest CoolSculpting Systems that have a wide variety of applicators to customize your treatment plan more than ever before.
Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good. The process starts right away but the best results are seen a few months after treatment.
What does it feel like?
As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates as the area becomes numb. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.
Is the CoolSculpting procedure safe?
The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for nine areas of the body. With over 8 million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction. Our office is unique because you will receive your treatment in a Board-Certified Dermatologist’s office, as opposed to a MedSpa. All of our treatments are overseen by a CoolSculpting technician and Dr. Babcock personally.
Are there any side effects?
During the CoolSculpting procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Rare side effects may also occur. The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. Since the CoolSculpting procedure is not an invasive procedure like liposuction, there are fewer side effects and faster recovery time. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?
Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.
When will I see results?
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment. Some patients need a second treatment to achieve more dramatic results.
Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?
No supplements or pills are required to see real CoolSculpting results. You do not have to adopt new diet or exercise habits. However, many patients feel motivated to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle after their CoolSculpting treatment when they see a slimmer, sculpted body and feel better about themselves.
What happens if I gain weight down the road?
The fat cells treated by CoolSculpting are eliminated permanently. However, if you do gain weight down the road, the remaining fat cells are capable of expanding to compensate. Because CoolSculpting applicators are specifically designed for even fat reduction, if you gain weight it is evenly distributed as well. Some of our patients who have gained several pounds after their treatment stated that even though they gained weight, they noticed it wasn’t as noticeable in the treated area.