CoolSculpting

What Is CoolSculpting?

Dr. Terri Morris at glowMD Laser MedSpa at The Dermatology Center offers CoolSculpting. It is nationally recognized as the best non-invasive technology for fat removal. It is a revolutionary body sculpting procedure that effectively reduces fatty bulges using a controlled cooling method. CoolSculpting is FDA approved for non-surgical fat removal by freezing the fatty areas of your body for body sculpting, such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms and even the chin with the new CoolMini and is completely noninvasive. The innovative fat-freezing technology makes it one of the most effective and state-of-the-art fat reduction options available today for men and women! CoolSculpting is, by far, the leading noninvasive fat reducing technology worldwide, with over 4 million treatments safely delivered.


Twice the Ice, Half the Time!

Exclusively at glowMD Laser MedSpa, we now have an additional CoolSculpting® machine, so we can treat more than one area at a time – known as Dual-Sculpting! Now, you can get twice the fat-reduction results you would in just one treatment time. For example, if you’re undergoing CoolSculpting® of the flanks or arms, we can treat both flanks or arms at the same time rather than treating only one area and then the other. Dual-Sculpting cuts your treatment time in half, letting you get back to your busy life and saving you valuable time while still receiving all the benefits of CoolSculpting®. We are the only certified center in Fredericksburg to offer Dual- Sculpting. This allows for maximal body contouring to be performed in one session.

 

 

Is CoolSculpting Effective?

The answer is yes and here’s why! The CoolSculpting procedure is the world’s # 1 non-surgical fat reduction treatment. Our bodies convert excess calories into fat, which is then stored in fat cells. Fat cells are basically microscopic storage containers for fat. Fat cells do not divide, regenerate or move from one spot on the body to another. CoolSculpting results in a decrease of the amount of perky fat cells in the body, resulting in an improved contour (although individual results may vary).

When we gain or lose weight, our fat cells grow and shrink depending on the amount of fat being stored.  A fatty bulge exists because it is an area where there are relatively more fat cells.  (This is genetically predetermined.  Ugh. Thank you mom and dad.) It is for the reasons above that it is simply not possible to spot reduce fatty bulges with diet or exercise. Weight gain will increase the size of the remaining cells throughout the body, but the contour change produced by the treatment will remain the same.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting treatment sessions involve the placement of an applicator over the treatment area. There are multiple types of applicators that ‘pinch’ the area and, using suction, hold the bulge of skin and fat in place while freezing the tissues for a certain length of time depending on the applicator and location. These applicators come in different shapes and sizes to conform to the different body areas to be treated, including the waist, abdomen, arms, and inner thighs.

It’s easy to sit back, relax and say goodbye to stubborn fat. After we select the area(s) to be treated, the device is positioned on your body and controlled cooling is applied. During your procedure, you may choose to read, check email, or even take a nap. A single CoolSculpting treatment typically results in a 20-25% reduction in the fatty area treated. A slimmer contour is generally noticeable as soon as 4 weeks following treatment. Total results noticed in 12 weeks.

What Areas Can Be Treated With CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting can effectively reduce fatty bulges in the following areas on appropriate candidates:

  • Waist (love handles)
  • Lower abdomen
  • Upper abdomen
  • Inner thighs
  • Outer thighs
  • Areas above and below the bra
  • Hips
  • Arms
  • Fat under the chin (submental fat)
  • Knees, including inner knees and bulges above the knees
  • Area in front of underarms

What Can I Expect After a CoolSculpting Treatment?

There are absolutely no restrictions on activities following treatment. One may expect the treated area to feel numb to touch for a period of 2-4 weeks. This will go away on its own. Occasionally, the pinching type of applicator might create a small bruise (because of the suction, like a hickey) which will go away within days. A small minority of patients will experience discomfort and/or some swelling in the treated area; this too resolves within 7-14 days and generally requires no treatment at all.  Best of all, a reduction in fatty bulges is typically seen in just 4-6 weeks after your CoolSculpting treatment.

Get The Skinny on CoolSculpting!

CoolSculpting was initially developed by two Harvard scientists, Dr. Dieter Manstein and Dr. Rox Anderson. They observed the basic biological fact that fat cells are more vulnerable and sensitive to cold injury than the other cells around them (skin, muscle, nerve, blood vessels). The two doctors were both familiar with a strange phenomenon known as “popsicle panniculitis”, which has to do with the loss of cheek fat that occurs while sucking on a frozen Popsicle. Their observations led to the development of CoolSculpting technology, now owned and produced by the publicly owned company, Zeltiq, based in Pleasanton, CA.

If You Are Interested in CoolSculpting, What is the Next Step?

The next step is to call glowMD Laser MedSpa at 540-371-9098 and schedule an evaluation. At that time we will advise you whether you are a candidate for this procedure, and what other possibilities exist for improving your appearance. We are committed to ensuring your satisfaction, your comfort, your privacy, and your safety!

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