What is CoolSculpting?
Say Goodbye to Stubborn, Unwanted Fat and Hello to the Body You’ve Always Wanted!
If you have unwanted body fat and have thought about undergoing a surgical procedure, you are not alone. In our modern lives, we are often pressured into having the perfect body, especially in an area like South Florida. 4 out of 5 adults say they would like to lose fat weight but without the utilization of an invasive surgery. Dr. Longwill and her team understand this dilemma and provide a safe, effective way to shed unwanted fat through the CoolSculpting treatment. The team at the Miami Center for dermatology will guide you through the Fat Freezing Procedure, and educate you on how it works.
An Alternative To Surgery
The CoolSculpting procedure is the only FDA-approved treatment that freezes stubborn fat. Surgery and its unwanted after-effects are no longer necessary. The CoolSculpting treatment only takes about an hour, with no derivative downtime.
Fat cells that are targeted during the Fat Freezing Procedure are frozen and then drain from the body in a natural process. You may begin to see results in as little as 6 to 12 weeks, though downtime will vary from patient to patient. The procedure is rising in popularity as a noninvasive therapy that requires no surgery, or injection.
Dr. Deborah Longwill of the Miami Center for Dermatology is a board certified to perform dermatological and cosmetic procedures. She has served the South Florida community since 1992 and is one of the few doctors performing the CoolSculpting Procedure in Miami.
How does the CoolSculpting Procedure work?
There are several steps that you can expect during your CoolSculpting Fat Freezing Procedure:
- Fat from a specifically targeted area will be marked, and your CoolSculpting specialist will apply a protective gel on the surface of the skin. The fat from the selected area is placed between cooling panels and frozen.
- After approximately an hour, the cold temperature of the plates crystallizes the fat cells, and the cells begin to die out naturally through a bodily process known as cryolipolysis. During this phase of the CoolSculpting treatment, it is normal to feel some initial discomfort as the excess fat is gently vacuumed. After a few minutes, the pressure and numbness will begin to dissipate.
One the fat cells are frozen and removed from the body, they are GONE FOR GOOD. Unlike other fat treatments and fat removal procedures, the fat cells will be gone forever.
More About The CoolSculpting Procedure
During CoolSculpting fat treatments, the unwanted fat is covered with extremely cold cooling plates. One the fat is frozen, it will crystallize and be discarded. The time needed to complete the CoolSculpting treatment depends on the amount of fat that you would like to lose, and where it is being removed from.
The CoolSculpting technology uses the science behind the natural process of cryolipolysis, with a non-invasive therapy that cools adipose tissue. CoolSculpting targets specific areas of unwanted fat and breaks down the cells without causing harm to the surrounding tissue. Once the fat cells are removed by the cooling therapy, the thickness of the fat begins to lessen throughout the subsequent months.
Frequently Asked Questions About CoolSculpting
What happens to the crystallized fat cells?
Once frozen during the CoolSculpting Procedure, fat cells are removed from the body naturally. The cooling panels create an injury situation within the body that leads to the death and removal of the cells through a natural process referred to as apoptosis.
You may be asking yourself “Why can’t I just throw a bag of ice on my stubborn fat?” Freezing fat in this way is not a controlled process. This method can damage surface tissues, whereas the CoolSculpting procedure is a safe and effective way to remove fat weight.
Can I have more than one CoolSculpting Procedure?
It can be determined if an additional CoolSculpting procedure would be beneficial through a follow-up visit. Our specialists will prompt you to schedule an appointment four months after your initial treatment in order to evaluate the progress you have made.
The fat cells that are broken down and removed through the CoolSculpting technology do not reappear or grow back. This doesn’t mean that you cannot regain fat weight in those areas again. CoolSculpting is best paired with good nutritional eating and a physical fitness plan. Without self-maintained fat treatments centered on diet and exercise, you will gain fat in other regions of your body that can migrate into the treated locations.
Can I Undergo Additional Procedures With CoolSculpting
If you have loose skin or are considered an obese individual, it may be recommended that you undergo a separate procedure before beginning CoolSculpting. Since CoolSculpting was comprised for those who only have a small amount of fat to lose, a tummy tuck or light liposuction may be needed before undergoing the procedure. Liposuction may also be recommended as an option for patients with thick tissue that cannot be vacuumed by the CoolSculpting head.
Once a patient has fully recovered from a supplemental procedure, CoolSculpting can proceed. Recovery time between liposuction and the beginning of a Fat Freezing Procedure usually takes 4 to 6 months. If a patient would like to lose more fat and receive more contouring in a specific area, additional appointments can be made with the Miami Center for Dermatology at (305) 901-5777, approximately two months after the first session.