What is CoolSculpting?
Say Goodbye to Stubborn, Unwanted Fat and Hello to the Body You’ve Always Wanted!
If you’ve thought about having a fat loss surgery, you are not alone. Especially in South Florida, we are pressured into having the perfect body. Four out of five adults say they would like to lose weight but would like to avoid surgery. Dr. Longwill and her staff understand this dilemma and have provided patients with a safe, effective way to shed unwanted fat through CoolSculpting. Dr. Longwill and her staff will guide you through the Fat Freezing Procedure and how it works.
An Alternative To Surgery
The CoolSculpting procedure is the only procedure that freezes stubborn fat and is FDA approved. You no longer have to go through surgery, needles, and the recovery period that comes after surgery. The treatment only takes about an hour with no downtime. Fat cells are targeted during the Fat Freezing Procedure. Once the fat cells are frozen ,they drain from the body naturally. You may begin to see results from 6 to 12 weeks, however, this will vary with each patient. This procedure is rising in popularity because it is noninvasive, it does not require any type of surgery or injections.
Dr. Deborah Longwill of Miami Center for Dermatology is certified to perform Dermatologist and Cosmetic procedures. She has served the South Florida community since 1992 and is one of the few doctors who perform the CoolSculpting Procedure in Miami.
How does the CoolSculpting Procedure work?
There are several steps to expect during the CoolSculpting Fat Freezing Procedure:
- Fat from a specifically targeted area will be marked and your CoolSculpting specialist will apply a protective gel to the surface of the skin. The fat from the selected area is then placed between cooling panels and frozen.
- After about an hour, the cold temperature of the plates crystallizes the fat cells, and cells begin to die out naturally through a process called cryolipolysis. During this phase of the treatment, it is normal to feel some initial discomfort as the excess fat is gently vacuumed, however, after the initial few minutes, the pressure and numbness should dissipate.
Once the fat cells are frozen and die, they are GONE FOR GOOD. Unlike other fat removal procedures, the fat cells will be gone forever.
More About The CoolSculpting Procedure
The unwanted fat is covered with extremely cold cooling plates. Naturally, the fat is crystallized and discarded. The time needed to complete the procedure depends on the amount of fat you want to lose and where you would like to lose it. The CoolSculpting technology uses cryolipolysis, it is a non-invasive system that cools off adipose tissue. It targets specific areas with stubborn fat and breaks down the cells without causing damage to other tissues. The CoolSculpting procedure was invented by Dr. Manstein and Anderson. Once the fat cells are revealed by the cooling system, the thickness of the fat begins to lessen throughout the following months. Patients will be comfortably seated throughout the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions About CoolSculpting
What happens to the crystallized fat cells?
Fat cells that become crystallized through the CoolSculpting Procedure are reduced naturally through the functions of the immune system. The cooling panels “injure” the fats which then leads to the death of these fat cells through a process called apoptosis. The apoptotic bodies that are formed are removed by the immune system.
You may be asking yourself, why not just throw a bag of ice on top of my stubborn fat? The answer is, putting a bag of ice on top of your lower abdomen, for example, is not a controlled process, while the Cooling System is. Using ice can also damage the surface tissue but the CoolSculpting procedure is safe and effective.
Can I have more than one CoolSculpting Procedure?
You can find out if you will benefit from further CoolSculpting procedures through a follow up visit. Our doctors will prompt you to schedule an appointment four months after your procedure to evaluate your progress and assess whether an additional procedure will benefit you or if it would not be needed.
The fat cells that are broken down and eliminated through our CoolSculpting technology do not re-appear or grow back. This does not mean that you cannot gain weight in that area again, what this means is, that if you do not keep good eating and exercise habits, you will gain fat and the fat can move to the treated areas as well as the untreated areas. This is why it is important to keep a long-term healthy eating and exercise plan.
Can I Undergo Additional Procedures With CoolSculpting
If you have loose skin or are not within a healthy weight area, you may need to have a different procedure before having the CoolSculpting procedure. Since CoolSculpting works for those who only have a little of stubborn fat to lose, if you have dangling skin a tummy tuck may be needed first and after a complete healing, a CoolSculpting Procedure may be followed. Liposuction may be recommended for patients that have thick tissue and cannot be vacuumed by the CoolSculpting head. Once the patient has fully recovered from the liposuction, the CoolSculpting Procedure can proceed. Recovery time between Liposuction and beginning the Fat Freezing Procedure usually takes 4 to 6 months. In addition, if a patient would like to lose more fat and receive more contouring to a certain area even after one session, they can make a second appointment with the Miami Center for Dermatology at (305) 901-5777, around two months after their first session.