Have you finally achieved your goal weight but still have a few bulges of stubborn fat on your abdomen, back, or thighs that you can’t get rid of? It’s usually impossible to spot reduce these areas because they don’t respond to diet and exercise, but body sculpting can banish stubborn fat for good.
At West Michigan Plastic Surgery, Kalamazoo we offer CoolSculpting® to our patients struggling to lose diet-resistant fat. CoolSculpting® is a unique body sculpting system that slims the body by freezing away unwanted fat.
CoolSculpting® is FDA cleared to treat the abdomen, flanks, thighs, upper arms, back fat, bra fat, under the chin, and beneath the buttocks (banana roll). The system has several applicators and this makes it possible to precisely target stubborn fat in different areas. CoolSculpting® reduces fat in the treated area by 20-25% after a single session.
CoolSculpting® uses a method of controlled cooling known as cryolipolysis, to reduce fat and reshape the body. The science of cryolipolysis was developed by scientists at Harvard University who observed that some children got dimples in their cheeks after eating popsicles. They soon realized that the popsicles were freezing away pockets of fat cells. That discovery became the basis of the technology now known as CoolSculpting®.
CoolSculpting® is a body sculpting treatment that selectively targets fat cells under the skin. Since fat cells are more susceptible to cold temperatures, CoolSculpting® does not harm the surrounding cells, nerves, or tissue, in any way.
When the CoolSculpting® applicator is placed on the treatment area, the cold temperatures cause the fat cells to crystallize and die. The targeted fat cells are naturally processed post-treatment and flushed from the body, resulting in improved body contours.
You are a good candidate for CoolSculpting® if you have a few pockets of stubborn fat that you would like to remove, and you are within 10-20 pounds of your ideal weight. During your consultation, we will address any area of concern and provide a recommended treatment plan. Some areas may respond to a single session, others may require multiple treatment sessions.
A typical CoolSculpting treatment takes about 1 hour to complete.
You can expect to see some improvement in body contours about 3 weeks after treatment. However, the results of CoolSculpting® are not visible immediately because the body takes several weeks to expel the treated fat cells. Depending on the length of this process, it can take up to 3 months to see the final results of CoolSculpting®.
CoolSculpting® is a completely non-surgical treatment so there is no downtime. Patients can generally resume their normal routine immediately after treatment. There may be some swelling and bruising in the treated area, but this should not interfere with day-to-day activities.