If you’ve been working hard to shed excess inches with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, good for you! If you’re like most people, you probably have pockets of fat that just won’t go, no matter what you do. If that’s the case, make a New Year’s resolution to add CoolSculpting® to your efforts.
At Adult and Pediatric Dermatology, located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York, Dr. Michael Paltiel understands your frustration with stubborn fat pockets. That’s why they offer CoolSculpting to their patients looking to take the final step in their journey.
If you want to remove stubborn fat, you have many options. Liposuction and tummy tucks are two popular procedures that address the issue, but they’re both invasive and have long recovery times. CoolSculpting can remove the fat and tone your silhouette without scalpels or injections.
This type of fat removal is called cryolipolysis, which means “breakdown of fat by freezing.” Your doctor uses a handheld device that freezes your fat cells below the skin’s surface without affecting your skin or supporting structures.
When you lose weight, fat cells normally shrink, but CoolSculpting actually destroys up to 20-25% of treated cells completely. That means there’s no chance of them growing larger again over time. In the weeks and months following your procedure, your lymphatic system flushes the dead cells out of your system. You’re left with a slimmer and more toned body.
CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared treatment that addresses visible fat bulges in the following areas:
We use different types of applicators for different areas. Good candidates should be no more than 30 pounds from their target weight, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, and have stubborn fat pockets that resist their efforts.
When you come in for a CoolSculpting treatment, your doctor places a gel pad on the treatment area, then applies the applicator over the pad. You may experience some pressure, a “sucking” feeling as the machine pulls up your tissue, and intense cold.
The cold might sting, tingle, or ache a bit, but these feelings go away as your skin becomes numb. We leave the applicator in place for about 35 minutes.
Immediately following your treatment, expect your skin to be red and firm, because the fat cells are frozen and crystallized. Your doctor massages the treatment area to break down the fat cells, which will help flush them out of your system. It’s a bit uncomfortable, but it’s an important part of the fat-reduction process.
Your skin may remain red for several hours, and you might experience some blanching or bruising. This is completely normal, but if you’re uncomfortable, you can take acetaminophen for pain and ibuprofen for swelling. We strongly recommend you continue to eat a healthy diet and exercise while you wait to see your results.
You may start to see results from your CoolSculpting treatment in as little as three weeks, but expect the major changes to begin appearing at around the two-month mark. Since your lymphatic system continues to flush out the dead cells for about six months, you can see continuing improvements over that amount of time.
While some people need only one treatment, most people need several sessions, spaced a month apart, to achieve their aesthetic goals.
Remember that the results you see from your CoolSculpting treatment are permanent, because the system destroys your fat cells instead of just shrinking them. The only way you’ll gain fat in the treated area(s) is if you gain a substantial amount of weight. That’s why it’s important to continue with a healthy diet and exercise even after treatment.
If you’re frustrated by stubborn fat pockets, make your New Year’s resolution to banish them with CoolSculpting. To learn more and to schedule a consultation with one of our providers, call Adult and Pediatric Dermatology at 917-781-3224, or book online with us today.