CoolSculpting® is an emerging, nonsurgical body-contouring treatment that offers a minimally invasive alternative to liposuction. The treatment uses a process called cryolipolysis to eradicate targeted areas of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise. Unwanted fat cells are destroyed by cooling treatments, then gradually processed and eliminated by your body.
Dr. Michael Chiaramonte of Bella Cosmetic Surgery has performed numerous CoolSculpting® treatments on patients throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. If you're interested in CoolSculpting®, here's a quick guide for what to expect out of your treatment.
What Areas Of My Body Can CoolSculpting® Remove Fat From?
CoolSculpting® is highly effective at removing excess fat from areas such as your:
- "Love handles"
- Upper arms
It's important to remember that CoolSculpting®, like liposuction, is not a weight-loss procedure. You should be near your target weight, have a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and be capable of maintaining a stable weight before you undergo CoolSculpting®.
How Does CoolSculpting® Treatment Work?
At the time of treatment, Dr. Chiaramonte will place CoolSculpting® applicators over the treatment area. The applicators will emit precise cooling treatments to the targeted region. You may feel cold and experience some mild numbness during the procedure, but you shouldn't feel any pain.
Afterward, you'll have a raised, cool pocket of fat in the treatment area. Dr. Chiaramonte will massage this to start the process of destroying the fat cells. You may experience mild swelling and redness near the treatment area, but it will quickly subside.
What Is The Recovery Period For CoolSculpting®?
The beauty of CoolSculpting® is that there is no recovery time. You can resume all your normal activities immediately after your procedure. This is because CoolSculpting®, unlike liposuction, is a nonsurgical treatment and your body doesn’t need to heal after your procedure. This benefit is one of the many reasons why people choose CoolSculpting®.
How Soon Will I See Results?
Because CoolSculpting® removes fat from your body using your natural metabolic processes, it may take some time before results become visible. Patients usually see a noticeable improvement after about three weeks, with dramatic results after about two months. Some patients continue losing fat for up to six months after treatment. It may also take multiple treatments to achieve your desired results.
How Long Does CoolSculpting® Last?
Fat cells removed by CoolSculpting® will never come back. If you gain weight, it will be elsewhere on your body. To avoid an unbalanced figure from future weight gain, it's important to maintain your diet and exercise routine after treatment. If you do that, your results could last a lifetime. Since CoolSculpting® allows you to get back into your normal activities immediately, you won't need to take any time off from exercising.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte at Bella Cosmetic Surgery has offered high-quality and compassionate body-contouring services to patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. If you're interested in CoolSculpting®, call (301) 567-6767 today to set up a consultation.