We are very pleased to announce the addition of CoolSculpting to our Los Angeles dermatology practice. As many of you know, we always wait for any new procedure to be thoroughly tested and approved by the FDA before we will bring it into our practice. After rigorous testing, CoolSculpting was recently FDA approved. It is a non-invasive procedure which reduces fat deposits without the need for needles, incisions, anesthesia, or pain medication. There is also no recovery time.
The science behind CoolSculpting was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where they discovered that fat cells are naturally more vulnerable to cold than surrounding tissue. This scientific principle is called “cryolipolysis.” During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat cells in specific areas of your body. When fat cells are exposed to cooling, it triggers a process of natural removal, which gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. This results in a reduction of fat bulges that occurs over two to four months.
CoolSculpting Frequently Asked Question
Who is a candidate for CoolSculpting in Los Angeles?
Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are relatively fit, but have modest size fat bulges that are not easily reduced through diet and exercise. They are seeking spot reduction for specific areas of fat, but are not considering a surgical procedure. The Zeltiq Procedure is not a way to lose weight or treat obesity, and it is not a substitute for invasive methods like liposuction.
What happens to the fat cells?
The exposure to cooling causes the fat cells to begin a process of natural removal, which gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. The fat cells in the treated area are gently eliminated through the body’s normal metabolic processes, like fat from food. The result is a gradual reduction in fat bulges that is visible to most patients in two to four months.
What clinical evidence shows that CoolSculpting really works?
Clinical studies involving hundreds of patients show that, for properly selected patients, CoolSculpting is an effective way to reduce fat without the pain, risk, and recovery time of surgical procedures. The result is noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in the treated areas.
How long until I notice results?
In properly selected patients, CoolSculpting results in a noticeable, measurable reduction in fat bulges in two to four months. At that time, you and Dr. Wieder can meet to assess your cosmetic improvement and consider additional CoolSculpting to achieve greater fat reduction.
How do the results compare with invasive procedures like liposuction?
The results of CoolSculpting are not as rapid or dramatic as invasive procedures such as liposuction. However, if you want to avoid the pain, risk and recovery time associated with surgical procedures, CoolSculpting may be the preferred option for you.
How long do CoolSculpting results last?
Patients experiencing fat layer reduction show persistent results at least six months after CoolSculpting. Longer term studies have not been completed. The elimination of fat cells as a result of CoolSculpting in Los Angeles is expected to last about as long as fat cells removed by invasive procedures such as liposuction.
What are common effects after the procedure?
CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive, which allows return to normal activities on the same day as the procedure, such as work or exercise. Redness may appear in the treated area, and may last from a few minutes to a few hours. Some localized bruising may occur, which clears within a few weeks. Many patients experience a temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area lasting one to eight weeks.
How long does the procedure take?
Procedure time can be two hours or more depending on the size of the area to be treated. During your consultation, Dr. Wieder will discuss how long your procedure will take and how much time you should allow for your office visit.
Does CoolSculpting hurt?
CoolSculpting is comfortable for most patients. No anesthesia was needed for any patients in clinical trials. Typically patients are comfortable enough to read, work on their laptop computers, listen to music, or just relax during the procedure.
Is there downtime after CoolSculpting?
There is no recovery time after the procedure. You may resume your normal activities on the same day as your procedure, including work and exercise.
Will I benefit from additional CoolSculpting procedures?
A follow-up visit should be scheduled two to four months after your procedure to assess your cosmetic improvement and consider additional CoolSculpting to achieve greater fat reduction.
How is CoolSculpting different from other procedures?
The controlled cooling of CoolSculpting targets and eliminates only fat cells. Other treatment modalities such as lasers, radiofrequency, and focused ultrasound affect fat cells and may affect other adjacent tissue in a way that is not comparable to the CoolSculpting method of cryolipolysis.
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For more information or to make a CoolSculpting appointment at our Santa Monica office, please call our office.