It’s So Cool! Learning All About CoolSculpting

It can be frustrating when persistent pockets of fat fail to respond to the effects of diet and exercise. One of the hottest ways for patients in Greater New Jersey to ditch an unwanted belly pooch and smooth their thighs is with CoolSculpting. This revolutionary treatment is considered an alternative to traditional liposuction. It works by freezing the fat, which is shed naturally by the body to reveal a more toned and contoured physique.

Even areas that are difficult to slim with targeted exercise can be transformed with CoolSculpting. One of the biggest benefits to this procedure is that there is no invasive surgery or extensive downtime required! The board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ expertly explain how this innovative procedure can produce such excellent results.

The skinny on CoolSculpting

FDA approved CoolSculpting targets subcutaneous fat cells and crystallizes (or freezes) them in a process called cryolipolysis. This science was discovered years ago by happenstance when a pair of doctors from Massachusetts noticed that the fat inside of the cheeks of young children disappeared as they ate icy-cold popsicles. The rest, as they say, is history!

CoolSculpting is different from other procedures that are designed to remove fat in that it only impacts fat cells below the skin. The top layer of skin, as well as tissues surrounding the treatment area, are not affected. Once frozen, the fat cells die and are liquified before being processed naturally and eliminated by the body. The results are truly remarkable. According to studies, CoolSculpting can work to reduce fat by up to 20%, leaving behind a more sculpted, shapely silhouette in treated areas.

Because there is no surgery involved with CoolSculpting, patients of The Peer Group do not need any type of anesthesia or numbing medication and can resume normal activity following their treatment. Also, the lack of incisions means that no residual scarring will be experienced, so Greater New Jersey patients may discreetly undergo the procedure.

Which areas can be treated?

CoolSculpting treatments are designed to eliminate fat where it has stubbornly hung on even after countless lunges, squats, and sit-ups have been performed. This state-of-the-art system targets areas including the abdomen, flanks, and hips that have proven disappointingly slow or extremely resistant to improvement, despite a strict diet and exercise regimen. Other areas, including the thighs, upper arms, the lower half of the buttocks, the knee,s and even dreaded double chins also may benefit from CoolSculpting treatments. Rolls of fat that form on the back, such as those that appear in front of the underarm area and beneath the bra line, also can be addressed.

Are you a candidate for CoolSculpting?

Physically fit adults in the Greater New Jersey area who can maintain a healthy weight, as well as those who are capable of making wise lifestyle choices, usually are considered ideal candidates for CoolSculpting treatments. They may be fed up with the pesky pockets or bothersome bulges of fat that have accumulated on specific areas of their body.

Women in who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy figure, but who can’t seem to shed a small area of fat on their stomach, may turn to CoolSculpting to help flatten their abs. Meanwhile, men who have had it with the love handles on their hips may also decide to freeze away the fat. Several problem areas can be treated with CoolSculpting so that patients may feel more confident in their appearance and achieve their aesthetic goals.

However, CoolSculpting may not be an option for Greater New Jersey patients who are obese or are considering weight-loss surgery. Also, the procedure does not work to improve skin laxity. Patients who possess substantial amounts of excess skin are not likely to see their condition improve following treatments. It is possible to pair CoolSculpting with other cosmetic procedures that may increase the firmness of the skin. The expert board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group can recommend alternative treatments that may be effective.

What to expect during treatment?

One of the many benefits of CoolSculpting is that it is a quick procedure. It is not unusual for patients to schedule treatments at The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ during their lunch break and return to work and other daily activities immediately afterward. Keeping patients safe, comfortable, and relaxed throughout the procedure is a priority.

A cooling gel pad is placed on the designated treatment area, followed by the revolutionary CoolSculpting applicator, which draws fat and skin up into the device. Patients may feel a slight pinching or pulling sensation, but this is temporary and may cause only minor discomfort. In fact, most Greater New Jersey patients are able to check their phones, read a magazine, or even nap during their CoolSculpting sessions. An intense cold feeling may be experienced as the controlled cooling is applied, but this should subside as the treatment progresses. Following their procedure, men and women may feel temporary numbness or tingling in the treatment, although these should be mild. The treatment area may appear slightly red or bruised but will improve.

Eliminating fat with CoolSculpting

Fat cells that have been frozen with CoolSculpting are transformed into a liquid, which is subsequently flushed out by the body. This usually occurs within 12 weeks following your treatment. The board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group may recommend additional treatments to achieve optimal contoured results. If so, areas that were previously targeted with CoolSculpting will continue to improve even as dramatic results in the newly treated areas emerge.

In general, Greater New Jersey patients can begin to expect to witness the long-lasting results of CoolSculpting treatments about 2-3 months following their treatment session. Once removed, fat cells in areas that were treated are unable to return. Many patients report that their outstanding CoolSculpting results motivate them to exercise regularly and follow a proper diet in order to maintain their sexy, new contours.

When small areas of fat prove difficult to shed, CoolSculpting may be able to help Greater New Jersey patients achieve the slimmer and more shapely hips, abs, and thighs that they long to have. Learn more about this innovative system by scheduling an appointment with the board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ today.

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