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How Does Coolsculpting Work?

/ Dr. Aric Aghayan

Many people consider plastic surgery to improve their looks, whether it’s a Portland tummy tuck, Portland breast augmentation, or Portland mommy makeover.

And if you’ve wanted to get rid of stubborn fat on your body that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, you may have thought about liposuction. But did you know that there are non-invasive cosmetic procedures that can get rid of that stubborn fat without surgery?

That’s where Coolsculpting comes in. Below is more information so you can decide if this procedure is right for you.

Coolsculpting Overview

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive fat removal cosmetic procedure that can freeze fat cells and give you the contours and shape you want. This procedure can target stubborn fat pockets on your belly, flanks, thighs, chin, and more to shape your body without surgery.

Many Americans turn to Coolsculpting to get the look they want without the recovery and potential complications associated with Portland liposuction. Extra fat can be challenging to remove from some body areas, even if you eat right and exercise daily.

As a result, those unwanted fat deposits are often concerns for patients who take care of themselves with a good diet and exercise.

Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis (cooling technology) to freeze fat cells and slim the body without invasive procedures. After the fat cells are frozen, they are slowly absorbed by the body, leaving you with a slimmer profile.

During the procedure, the Coolsculpting device is placed over the desired area. Cooling energy from the applicator is targeted to the fat cells you want to be removed. Patients may feel a cool sensation over the area for a few minutes before it goes numb for the rest of the session. But the numbness fades a few minutes after the procedure is over.

Additional considerations about Coolsculpting:

  • Can treat several areas in one non-invasive procedure
  • Can give you long-lasting body sculpting results
  • Uses cryolipolysis technology to freeze your unwanted fat cells, which the body then removes through natural metabolic processes
  • Each treatment lasts between 35 and 60 minutes
  • Patients can go back to their normal activities right away after a Coolsculpting session

How Many Coolsculpting Treatments Are Needed?

Coolsculpting can remove a large amount of fat with a single treatment. Some patients like to treat several problem areas during one session. Sometimes, more than one session will be needed to achieve the results you want.

Your plastic surgeon can review your case during a free consultation to determine how many Coolsculpting sessions you may need.

How Does Coolsculpting Compare To Liposuction?

Unlike liposuction, Coolsculpting requires no surgery or incisions. Traditional liposuction uses small cannulas to suck fat cells from the body, Coolsculpting freezes fat cells through the skin. There is almost no healing time required for this procedure, while liposuction patients usually need a week or two to recover.

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Coolsculpting?

Ideal candidates are those who want to remove difficult fat pockets from the flanks, abdomen, thighs, or below the chin. You should be in good overall health and near your ideal body weight to undergo Coolsculpting.

Remember that Coolsculpting is not intended for weight loss. Losing weight causes your fat cells to shrink; Coolsculpting removes those cells. But this procedure is intended to improve your shape and contours, not help you to lose weight.

Many patients find that Coolsculpting is an especially desirable treatment for a double chin. You may be able to have your chin markedly improve with just one or two treatments, and there is no surgery, stitches, or bandages required.

Does Coolsculpting Require Anesthesia?

No. One of the benefits of this procedure is no anesthesia or surgery is needed. The cooling technology from the Coolsculpting device numbs the treatment area, which can reduce any mild discomfort during the procedure.

After Coolsculpting, you may feel some mild numbness and see minor bruising or swelling for a day or two. But you can go back to your regular routine after your procedure, as no recovery period is required.

How Long Do The Results Last?

Current clinical studies show that patients experience fat reduction results up to six months after a Coolsculpting session. Coolsculpting freezes the fat cells, which are slowly removed by the body over time. This slow removal gradually reduces the fat layer in that particular body area.

It is expected that the fat cells that are removed with Coolsculpting will last as long as fat cells that are taken out with liposuction.

But remember that if you begin to overeat or become sedentary, you can still gain weight in other parts of your body. No cosmetic treatment is ever a replacement for a healthy diet and physical activity.

Request A Coolsculpting Consultation

Interested in Coolsculpting ? Dr. Aric Aghayan is proud to serve Portland area patients at his practice, Après Plastic Surgery. He’ll go over the options, your goals, and more to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for Coolsculpting.


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