Integrated Aesthetics

CoolSculpting

If you would like to eliminate fat from targeted areas on your body, CoolSculpting can offer a solution. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body-slimming procedure that requires no needles, no incisions and no surgery. This non-invasive treatment is FDA-cleared to target fat in specific areas with no pain and no downtime.

Avg Cost: $1000+
Avg Recovery: No Downtime
Discomfort Level:
Anesthesia: None

CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive body-slimming procedure that requires no needles, incisions or surgery. Using a temperature controlled cooling method called Cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting® penetrates beneath your skin to chill and eliminate fat cells. Your aesthetician will use the device to penetrate and chill the intended tissue to eliminate fat cells in a targeted area. Your CoolSculpting treatment will take 1-3 hours, depending on the size and the number of areas that are being treated. The treatment works best on patients who are at a stable weight, follow a consistent diet and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Freeze away your fat with CoolSculpting.

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CoolSculpting targets, freezes, and eliminates fat cells for good.

FDA-CLEARED FOR 9 AREAS OF THE BODY

CoolSculpting is cleared to eliminate stubborn fat under the jawline, under the chin, the upper arms, back fat, bra fat, the flank area (love handles), abdomen, thighs, and under the buttocks (banana roll).

During your CoolSculpting treatment you are free to read, work, listen to music or watch tv. For comfort, you will be sitting at an incline position while your aesthetician applies the gel liner and CoolSculpting applicator to the treatment area. Patients have reported minimal to no discomfort associated with the treatment. As the applicator chills to the preset temperature, mild burning or stinging sensation are experienced in the first 5-7 minutes. Once the treatment is complete in an area, the applicator is then removed along with the gel liner followed by a 2-3 minute massage to the area. The massage is performed with our Z-wave device to increase blood circulation, warm the tissue back to normal and optimize reduction in fat cells to achieve a smooth contour. Because CoolSculpting only treats small areas at a time, we use the Dualsculpting method to cut the treatment time in half to help you get back to your busy schedule.

Some people opt to include cellulite and/or skin tightening treatments with their CoolSculpting procedure. Multi-modal approach is determined based on the your goals and expectations.

Non-surgical alternative treatment options include BTL Vanquish to heat and kill fat cells, and BTL Exilis that uses a combination approach of radiofrequency and ultrasound energy. The BodyTite radiofrequency treatment tightens sagging skin and is usually paired with liposuction for fat removal. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat permanently.

PROS

CONS

  • CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that requires no anesthesia, incisions or downtime.
  • You should be comfortable with minimal discomfort during the treatment.
  • Most patients are pleased with the results that last over time.
  • You might need an additional 2+ treatments up to 20 weeks apart depending on your baseline.
  • Older patients with less skin elasticity may see sagging skin after losing fat.
  • Indentations or frostbite can occur if the procedure is done incorrectly.

Side effects such as swelling, bruising, numbness, tingling, itching and redness can last a few days to several weeks. There is a small risk of PAH, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, where the fat cells expand in response to the extreme cold. Patients who have CoolSculpting procedures in FDA-approved treatment areas have less of a risk.

What to Expect

Frequently Asked Questions

CoolSculpting has many benefits over other fat removal procedures, like liposuction. It’s non-surgical, non-invasive, and requires no recovery time. Following a procedure, injured fat cells may take 4-6 months to leave the body. Cryolipolysis reduces fat in the treatment area by 20 percent on average. 

Fat in the body is unique to each person but CoolSculpting has been shown to have excellent results. There are no particular areas of fat that are more resistant than other areas. 

CoolSculpting and other forms of cryolipolysis have a high success and satisfaction rate. However, people should note that the effects of the treatment only apply to the targeted areas. It also does not tighten the skin. Moreover, the procedure doesn’t work for everyone. 

  • You’re near your target weight 
  • You’re looking to get rid of stubborn fat areas 
  • Generally healthy 
  • Not pregnant or thinking about pregnancy 
  • You have enough fat to treat 
  • Not interested in liposuction 

CoolSculpting is a great way to help remove a small bulge after liposuction. However, if you have recently had surgery such as a Tummy Tuck, we recommend you consult with Dr. Cho as to the length of time that you should wait before doing CoolSculpting.  

Non-surgical alternative treatment options include BTL Vanquish to heat and kill fat cells, and BTL Exilis that uses a combination approach of radiofrequency and ultrasound energy. Minimally invasive options include BodyTite radiofrequency treatment that tightens sagging skin and is usually paired with liposuction for fat removal. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat permanently. At Integrated Aesthetics, we offer several body contouring procedures that can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

In addition to fat layer reduction, CoolSculpting can noticeably reduce skin laxity. The mechanism by which CoolSculpting induces skin tightening is not known. The improved appearance in the skin may not actually be skin tightening but perhaps dermal thickening, resulting in an improved appearance to thin, crepey skin. We recommend Emtone and Exilis for skin tightening and CoolSculpting for stubborn fat reduction.

During your CoolSculpting treatment you are free to read, work, listen to music or watch tv. For comfort, you will be sitting at an incline position while your aesthetician applies the gel liner and CoolSculpting applicator to the treatment area. Patients have reported minimal to no discomfort associated with the treatment. As the applicator chills to the preset temperature, mild burning or stinging sensation are experienced in the first 5-7 minutes. Once the treatment is complete in an area, the applicator is then removed along with the gel liner followed by a 2-3 minute massage to the area. The massage is performed with our Z-wave device to increase blood circulation, warm the tissue back to normal and optimize reduction in fat cells to achieve a smooth contour. Because CoolSculpting only treats small areas at a time, we use the Dualsculpting method to cut the treatment time in half to help you get back to your busy schedule. 

Side effects such as swelling, bruising, numbness, tingling, itching and redness can last a few days to several weeks. There is a small risk of PAH, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, where the fat cells expand in response to the extreme cold. Patients who have CoolSculpting procedures in FDA-approved treatment areas have less of a risk. 

Your CoolSculpting treatment will take 1-3 hours, depending on the size and the number of areas that are being treated. While every patient is different, most patients benefit from one to three sessions for each area of concern. We recommend that patients wait at least 60 days before re-treating any area. 

  • Over time, your fat cells shrink and are naturally metabolized by the liver. They are then naturally eliminated by your body. The painless process means it is perfect for those unable to shift those last stubborn pockets of fat from their body. 
  • The fat cells that are destroyed through CoolSculpting are eliminated and will not return to the body. However, new fat cells can be generated, and the remaining fat cells can still swell with subsequent weight gain. 

When you are treated, the fat cells in the target area are destroyed and your lymphatic system naturally removes the cells from the body. This means that the fat will be removed slowly, so you can expect to see the results one to three months after your treatment.  

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