CoolSculpting® is a major breakthrough in noninvasive body contouring designed to reduce fat layer thickness in a safe, effective way with no anesthesia, sedation or injections. It is ideal for patients with stubborn fat such as bulges in the abdomen, flanks (love handles), back, around the bra line, and under the chin. CoolSculpting® has been used for more than 7 years and millions of cycles have been performed worldwide. It is the leading technology used to achieve non-invasive body contouring because of its efficacy, reproducibility, and safety.
The Back Story for the CoolSculpting® Procedure
Many approaches have been employed in an effort to achieve the goal of non-invasive fat reduction. Lasers, light-based devices, radio-frequency devices, ultrasound, and a variety of other techniques were used in an attempt to reduce unwanted fat without surgery. Research performed at Massachusetts General Hospital demonstrated that cold therapy is more effective and consistent at achieving non-invasive destruction of fat without injury to other structures than any other technology. This is possible because fat cells are more susceptible to reduced temperature than skin, so when fat and skin are cooled simultaneously, fat can be injured while the skin remains unharmed. We are very proud to have been among the first sites in the United States to offer this exciting technology.
Where Does the Fat Go?
When the injured fat cells die, they are removed by the body’s natural repair mechanisms. Careful testing demonstrates no detectable increase in cholesterol, triglycerides, or other potentially harmful byproducts of the fat breakdown process.
Who is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?
Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting treatment typically have discrete bulges of fat and are somewhat near their ideal body weight (within 25-30 lbs). Generally, obese individuals are not good candidates as CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure. The regions of body fat that we are able to treat most effectively include the abdomen, flanks (“love handles”), inner thighs, outer thighs, back (the fat pads located just below the bra-strap area), male breasts, and the area below the chin. Other areas, such as the arms, can be treated in select cases. A wide variety of applicators for the CoolSculpting device including the CoolCurve +, the CoolCore, CoolMax, CoolFit, CoolSmooth and CoolMini provide versatility to allow almost any area of the body to be treated.
What is Actually Involved in a CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Treatment?
CoolSculpting treatments are performed in our Nashville, TN office without the need of sedation, pain medications, anesthesia, or numbing creams. There is minimal discomfort as the applicator is applied and the cooling process is started. There is no pain for the remainder of the treatment. A typical session will take approximately an hour depending on the number of areas being treated. We are proud to offer two CoolSculpting devices which may be used simultaneously to enhance the efficiency of a treatment. Some visits will be longer while others may be shorter. Patients can relax, watch TV, or get caught up on work during their treatment.
There are no special instructions or physical limitations after a CoolSculpting treatment. Patients may resume their normal activities, return to work, and exercise as usual. Bruising in the treated area may occur and resolves over a period of days. If bruising does develop and is of aesthetic concern, we do offer complimentary laser treatment to help bruising resolve more quickly. This is rarely necessary.
Further Enhancing CoolSculpting Results with Z Wave Standardized “Massage”
It has been scientifically demonstrated that mechanical “massage” of the treated fat at the conclusion of a CoolSculpting treatment cycle enhances the end results. In an effort to maximize the efficiency of the “massage” process a device known as the “Z Wave,” which uses sound waves to disrupt treated fat cells, was developed. Scientific studies have proven that use of the Z Wave device to the treated area immediately after CoolSculpting dramatically improves final outcomes; our experiences strongly support this finding. Our practice is the only in middle Tennessee to offer this important additional step to CoolSculpting treatments.
How Much Improvement Can I Anticipate after CoolSculpting Treatment?
CoolSculpting treatment should not be considered a replacement for surgical liposuction. Carefully performed studies demonstrate an average 20% reduction in fat layer thickness with each CoolSculpting® treatment. This has proven to be true in all areas of the body and in patients of all ethnic backgrounds and skin color. The amount of improvement after a treatment can vary with some patients achieving more dramatic changes than others. Additional CoolSculpting treatments in a given part of the body lead to further reduction in fat layer thickness. This means that if you liked your results from one treatment but are wondering if additional treatment can produce even better outcomes, the answer is yes! Ongoing improvement in fat reduction can be measured for up to four months after a single CoolSculpting treatment.
Is the CoolSculpting Treatment FDA Approved?
CoolSculpting treatments are now indicated for non-invasive fat reduction in the United States. This means that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has carefully reviewed scientific studies performed to FDA-prescribed standards and has concluded that CoolSculpting is both safe and effective.
Dr. Biesman has served as an advisor to the company that developed the CoolSculpting technology for many years and remains a member of the company’s Medical Advisory Board. This not only allows Dr. Biesman to have access to cutting edge information about CoolSculpting treatments performed around the world, but also to help guide the development of new applications of CoolSculpting technology. The benefits of CoolSculpting continue to expand as new applicators are developed to both reduce the duration of treatments and to expand the potential uses of this remarkable technology. Call today to learn if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting treatment.
CoolSculpting Patient Testimonials
- Completely noninvasive way to reduce fat layer thickness
- Scientifically proven to be safe and effective
- Does not require anesthesia, sedation, injections, or recovery time
- Ideal for those with localized “bulges” of fat in the abdomen (belly), flanks (love handles), inner thighs, outer thighs, back, “puffs” around the bra line, and under the chin
- Requires no special preparations or anesthesia and normal activities may be resumed immediately
- Results tend to be first noticeable after 3-4 weeks and maximum improvement appears after 3-4 months
- On average, 20% reduction in fat layer thickness is achieved with each CoolSculpting treatment; additional treatments maximize results
- CoolSculpting® is highly technique dependent; excellent results can only be achieved by an experienced practitioner.