Getting rid of excess fat should be easy, right? Well, we all know it isn’t. This is especially true when the fat deposits are in areas such as the belly, thighs or upper arms. Liposuction is rather scary for some people, and it can leave a big scar as well as a not-so-pleasantly contoured skin surface. CoolSculpting® is a newer form of fat removal, and it’s gaining fans every day.
CoolSculpting® works to remove fat by literally freezing it. The technology was developed by doctors who realized that fat cells constrict and eventually burst when subjected to low temperatures. If enough energy can be drawn from the fat cells without affecting the adjacent tissues and the skin, the body will flush the disrupted fat cells as waste. We have performed this treatment on a number of our clients, and the results are often amazing.
Freezing Fat Cells
Many of the body’s tissues will constrict when cooled. If you put a popsicle in your mouth, your cheeks quickly pucker. This is the idea behind CoolSculpting®.
The device used during this treatment works much like an ice pack, but instead of the ice pack getting cold when two different compounds are mixed, the device actually draws energy from tissues that lie far beneath the surface. It draws heat from the tissues, and the tissues lose energy very quickly.
Targeted areas of treatment include typical stubborn areas such as the belly, upper thighs and arms. As a result, the fat dissolved is gone for good.
What to Expect
We consult with the client prior to agreeing to perform this treatment. We want to let our client know that the procedure is intended as a body contouring treatment that works by removing a percentage of fat from a particular area. It is not intended as a weight loss procedure.
The device is placed directly on the skin surface. The client will feet a cold blast, which is quickly replaced by a feeling of numbness. The device is used to draw away heat in small amounts, and several placements of the device tip are necessary before another targeted area is treated. A typical treatment session can last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour depending on the targeted areas.
After treatment, the frozen fat cells begin to crystallize. They soon die and are recognized by the body as a waste product. Since the cells are now dead, they cannot simply be relocated by the bloodstream or lymphatic system. They are flushed along with other waste material.
The results are quite dramatic, with visual signs of contouring improvement for the next month or so. Many of our clients find that they need not undergo a second treatment for as long as a year.
Get a Better Body Contour Without Surgery
CoolSculpting® is one of the most effective fat reduction techniques available, and we are pleased to offer it at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center in Cincinnati. Contact us today to learn what this innovative treatment can do for you.