Have you been working hard to achieve a slimmer shape but haven’t quite met your goals? While plastic surgery is an effective way to eliminate fat and tighten the body, noninvasive options can help you get the shape you want without incisions. Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Portland, OR, offers CoolSculpting at our state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery clinic. The CoolSculpting process freezes and destroys fat cells in specific areas with the use of controlled cooling.
Each treatment plan for CoolSculpting is personalized, with patients targeting different areas of the body for contouring. It’s ideal for fat reduction in the stomach, back, thighs, flanks, and more. Best of all, a CoolSculpting session can be completed in a relatively short amount of time with no lasting side effects. Here is what you should know if you are considering this nationally recognized fat-reduction procedure.
The science behind CoolSculpting
Some people have pockets of fat that are difficult to reduce despite a healthy diet and frequent exercise. Fat distribution can vary greatly from person to person, since we all carry it in different areas of the body. CoolSculpting uses a procedure known as cryolipolysis, which works by cooling pockets of fat to a freezing temperature. In the weeks following a CoolSculpting session, the treated fat cells die and the body will naturally dispel them. The cells will not regrow or be replaced by other fat cells in the same area. The procedure is cleared by the FDA as a noninvasive alternative to plastic surgery.
Once we determine that you’re a qualified candidate for CoolSculpting, we help you prepare for the 30 – 60-minute body contouring treatment session. We begin treatment with an applicator that freezes and damages fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue. At this time, you may feel mild discomfort or a numb sensation. The system is designed with built-in safety measures to prevent the skin from becoming too cold.
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive body contouring procedure that requires no incisions, needles, or need for anesthesia. It’s an excellent alternative to liposuction for eliminating fat without the risks or downtime associated with invasive surgery. After your appointment, you can resume your day as normal. Results are long-lasting and clinically proven to reduce fat in the abdomen, flanks, and thigh areas.
CoolSculpting side effects
As with any cosmetic procedure, you should be aware of the benefits as well as the risks of body contouring treatment. Though you may return to normal activities immediately after a CoolSculpting appointment, you may experience some tenderness in the treated areas for a few days. Other side effects include temporary numbness and mild soreness. When side effects do occur, they are generally so mild that they don’t require medication or time off from work. If you are concerned about potential side effects, we welcome you to reach out to our cosmetic surgery clinic for more information.
What will my results look like?
Your CoolSculpting provider will create and implement a noninvasive body contouring plan tailored to your problem areas and goals. Additional sessions can be scheduled as needed to achieve the desired results. You will begin to notice the enhanced results as your body processes the treated cells over the next few weeks. The most dramatic changes, however, are seen between 2 – 6 months after the final CoolSculpting session as the fat cells continue to leave your system.
Once the targeted fat is eliminated with the CoolSculpting device, those fat cells are unable to return. However, it’s important to note that while the eliminated fat cells won’t return, you can still gain weight in that area due to the remaining cells expanding. As long as patients maintain their ideal weight and continue to exercise, they can enjoy their new results for years to come.
Should I get CoolSculpting?
Since CoolSculpting requires no surgery, it is appropriate for most adults with stubborn areas of fat in the body. At Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Portland, we encourage individuals to be at a healthy weight before seeking treatment. Since CoolSculpting is classified as a noninvasive body contouring procedure, it should not be considered a weight-loss replacement and is not recommended for those who are significantly overweight. CoolSculpting is a safe and effective way to reduce targeted pockets of fat in the body.
Ideal candidates should also know that CoolSculpting is not an immediate solution for fat reduction, as it takes up to a few months for real results to show. Individuals should be willing to maintain their results with an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits. CoolSculpting is not suitable for pregnant women or people who suffer from certain chronic health conditions.
Schedule your consultation today
If you live in the Lake Oswego, Beaverton, or Greater Portland, OR, areas, contact Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa for an evaluation and consultation today. Our cosmetic surgery clinic offers noninvasive body contouring plans and more for patients who desire a fitter, more toned appearance. If a slimmer physique is what you’re after, we can help. Our staff understands that weight loss takes time and effort, and stubborn areas of fat can’t always be eliminated on your own. It’s time to get the body you want with CoolSculpting!