You've worked hard to achieve a dynamite figure, but in spite of all your diet and exercise efforts, you still have a few stubborn areas of fat that just won't go away. This is quite normal. We're all genetically predisposed to store fat in certain regions of the body, and it can often be difficult to overcome our genetics -- even when we put in the time and hard work at the gym. Fortunately, there are many body contouring solutions to help you put the finishing touches on your fitness efforts and eliminate these areas of fat once and for all.
At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a variety of options to eliminate targeted areas of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise. If you prefer a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, then CoolSculpting® may be right for you.
You can learn about your CoolSculpting® options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Michael Chiaramonte in person. Please call 301-567-6767 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting® is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical body contouring treatment that destroys and eliminates excess fat cells in targeted areas of your body. It is essentially a fat-freezing procedure. The controlled cooling treatments destroy unwanted fat cells, which will then be gradually processed and eliminated by your body.
The CoolSculpting® technology has been specially designed in a way that ensures only the targeted fat cells will be impacted. The top layer of skin and all surrounding tissue will not be affected by your procedure. Since CoolSculpting® is nonsurgical, no incisions will be made. Instead, the CoolSculpting® applicators are placed directly on the treatment area, which will freeze the fat cells in order to deliver the toned, sculpted figure you desire.
Am I a CoolSculpting Candidate?
If you have stubborn areas of fat that have been resistant to your diet and exercise efforts, then you're most likely a good CoolSculpting® candidate. The procedure is highly effective at removing excess fat in the following areas:
- "Love handles" and "muffin tops"
- Upper arms
- Inner and outer thighs
- Rolls of fat below the butt cheeks
- Double chin
The CoolSculpting® applicators come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making it easy to deliver precise results on such a wide range of body regions.
In addition, you should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure. CoolSculpting® is not a tool for weight loss. You should already be near your ideal weight and have tried to tone your body through diet and exercise prior to undergoing your procedure.
Benefits of CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting® offers you many benefits, including:
- Minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment
- No downtime
- Effective, long lasting results
- Destroyed fat cells will not regenerate
While surgical methods such as liposuction are also very effective, they result in more trauma to your body and a significantly longer recovery time. CoolSculpting® offers you a way to achieve the same great results in a much less invasive manner.
Your CoolSculpting Treatment
Your CoolSculpting® treatment can be completed in a relatively short period of time. Dr. Chiaramonte will place the special applicators on the treatment area. These applicators will emit precisely controlled cooling treatments to the region. You may experience a cold sensation during the procedure, and your skin will likely feel numb during the treatment due to the cooling temperatures that are applied to your skin.
After your procedure, you will have a slightly raised, cool pocket of fat in the treatment region. Dr. Chiaramonte will massage the area to warm up the cells and initiate the process of destroying the treated fat cells. Mild swelling and redness in the treatment area is common, but this will subside shortly after your CoolSculpting® session.
While you are free to resume your normal activities right after your procedure, many of our patients prefer to take the rest of the day off from work to relax and recover.
Does CoolSculpting Work?
Keep in mind that your final results will not be noticeable right away. Your frozen fat cells will take time to die and be flushed from your body during natural metabolic processes. It may take about 3 weeks before you start to see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of your treated area. You should see more dramatic results after about 2 months of your CoolSculpting® procedure, and minor improvements in the area may continue for up to 6 months. In some instances, it may take multiple treatment sessions to achieve your desired results.
Once these fat cells are removed, they will not regenerate. However, it is still possible to gain weight after your CoolSculpting® procedure. If this occurs, the new fat will be distributed among your remaining fat cells. In order to avoid an unbalanced figure due to future weight gain, it's important that you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly after your procedure. As long as you can maintain a stable weight and stay relatively fit, your results should last for years.
Contact our Maryland Plastic Surgeon
If you'd like to find out if CoolSculpting® is right for you, please contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery using the form on this page or call 301-567-6767 today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Chiaramonte serves patients in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.