Do you have stubborn pockets of fat that don’t seem to get smaller no matter how much you diet or exercise? Due to aging, pregnancy and childbirth, or genetics, many of us have areas that we cannot slim down no matter what methods we try. The more frustrated we get, the more we consider surgeries such as liposuction to get rid of our unwanted fat. However, before you resort to surgery, you should know there is an alternative that can be very effective in getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat with absolutely no downtime. CoolSculpting® is a cutting-edge treatment that freezes fat cells and passes them safely out of your body. The procedure is non-invasive, pain-free, and best yet—permanent! If you’re interested in treating your areas of fat without surgery, here is what you need to know about CoolSculpting®.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® works by using revolutionary technology to freeze and crystallize fat cells in designated treatment areas. When fat cells are crystallized, they are destroyed, and the body safely flushes them out through the lymphatic system. After a cycle of CoolSculpting® treatments, many patients see a 20-25% reduction of fat in the treatment area after approximately three months. They can continue to have treatments until they achieve the results they want. Patients of Dr. Sara Yegiyants have experienced amazing results from CoolSculpting® treatments on areas such as the knees, upper back, under the buttocks, on inner and outer thighs, and even in the ‘double chin’ area.
How Does the CoolSculpting® Process Work?
The CoolSculpting® process takes place in Dr. Yegiyants’ clinic, and many patients describe it as a pleasant and relaxing experience. After sitting or lying down to give the doctor the best access to the treatment area, the patient will be able to read, watch a movie, or use a smartphone while the doctor passes the CoolSculpting® device over the treatment area. Most patients report a tugging and cooling sensation in the treated area, but no discomfort or pain. The treatment usually takes around 35 minutes to an hour depending on how large the treatment area is. Once treatment finishes, you can go back to work or continue your daily routine. There is no downtime or recovery needed with a CoolSculpting® treatment!
Achieving Your Goals with CoolSculpting®
Unlike liposuction, your results will not be instant with CoolSculpting®. It will take six weeks to three months to see initial results, as it takes time for the body to pass the crystallized fat cells out of the body. Many patients continue to see results for up to six months after a treatment cycle. Dr. Yegiyants usually finds that anywhere from one to five treatment cycles are needed for her patients to achieve their desired results. If you are targeting just a small pocket of fat under the chin, for example, you may get results with just one treatment cycle. Elimination of belly or buttocks fat could take several cycles. When you consult with Dr. Yegiyants, she will examine the area you want to be treated with CoolSculpting® and advise you how many cycles she estimates it will take for you to achieve the results you want.
Is CoolSculpting® Right for You?
How do you know if CoolSculpting® is a good option for you? First, it’s important that you do not view CoolSculpting® as a weight loss procedure. If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, this treatment is not for you. CoolSculpting® is meant to be a non-surgical alternative to liposuction and works best for those who are at a healthy weight and have pockets of fat in certain areas of the body that do not respond to diet or exercise. Those who have realistic expectations of the procedure and understand they will not see instant results are also good candidates. Finally, those who have considered liposuction surgery but would like to explore a non-surgical option for targeting unwanted fat usually make the best candidates for this treatment.
Scheduling Your Consultation with Dr. Yegiyants
If you want to know if CoolSculpting® is right for you, you should schedule a consultation with triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sara Yegiyants. Dr. Yegiyants conducts all of her consultations personally and can tell you more about the process as well as give you an estimate on how many treatments it will take to achieve the results you want.