CoolSculpting is the hot new procedure that freezes fat away. It is an advanced cosmetic fat reduction treatment that thousands of New Jersey area men and women are having done to slim down and enhance certain body parts that have proven to be hard to shape with exercise and diet alone. So hot is CoolSculpting in fact, it has been featured all over the media, from the Today show and commercials, to ads on billboards.

Since its FDA approval in 2010, CoolSculpting has been on the fast track as a popular treatment in the cosmetic world to eliminate fat or improve the appearance of unsightly areas that need a little extra help. It is great for individuals who are at a healthy weight, but have that annoying, pesky bulge they just want gone. Coolsculpting has become so popular because it works. In addition, it doesn’t require surgery or a lengthy recovery.

So what is all the buzz about? Learn the basics about CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting: What makes it so cool?

The CoolSculpting procedure is an innovative in-office treatment that safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to effectively target fat cells that reside under the skin. The treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen and then turned to liquid). Over time, in a matter of a few short weeks, your body will naturally process the fat and eliminate these dead cells through the body’s natural elimination process, leaving a more sculpted look. CoolSculpting has risen in popularity because of its non-invasive nature. It can be performed on your lunch hour in a quick office visit that does not require sedation, surgery, sutures, a lengthy recovery, or scars. Unlike traditional liposuction, CoolSculpting treats the fat under the skin while leaving the top layer unaffected. In about 2-3 months patients see noticeable results and a slimmer contour.

What areas can I target?

Coolsculpting is a cosmetic procedure that requires no surgery for areas of the body that just won’t change or improve with diet and exercise. It is extremely popular for slimming the abdomen, flanks, and lower back. Individuals that are close to their ideal body weight but are needing a little extra help in the following areas could consider Coolsculpting.

  • Under the chin (double chin)

  • Bra fat or the area in front of the armpit

  • Underneath the upper part of the arms

  • Back fat

  • Flank area (above the hips)

  • Abdomen

  • Bottom half of the gluts or buttock (also known as the banana roll)

  • Thighs

  • Knees

Coolsculpting can target these areas to rid unwanted fat and create a slimmer look. You can start seeing results 12 weeks after your treatment and the good news is CoolSculpting results are long term!

The Procedure explained

When patients come to our New Jersey area plastic surgery center for their CoolSculpting treatment, they are made to feel relaxed in a treatment chair. A gel pad and applicator is then applied to the treatment area. The applicator uses a vacuum to draw the skin and underlying fat tissue into the device. Patients may feel a mild pulling or pinching sensation but there is minimal discomfort associated with CoolSculpting. The controlled cooling is then applied to the target areas, which will cause an intense feeling of cold that subsides during treatment. Patients typically browse their phones, read, relax or nap during the procedure.

Natural fat elimination

Once the the targeted area(s) are treated, the frozen fat cells turn to liquid and over time are naturally eliminated by the body over about a 12-week timeframe. If more than one treatment is necessary, you will still see contouring results in the target area(s) after this timeframe and then even more amazing results in 2-3 months after your last treatment. It can be determined at a consultation appointment, with a trained professional, if you need one or several CoolSculpting treatments to get you the best end result.

Maintaining your slim results

Coolsculpting “destroys” the fat in those target areas with the freezing process therefore permanently eliminating the fat cells but if an individual gains weight after the treatments then the remaining fat cells may enlarge as they absorb the extra fat. Most patients of CoolSculpting are so pleased with their end results that research has shown they are more likely to continue taking care of themselves with a healthy diet and regular exercise in order to maintain their results.

Is CoolSculpting right for me?

Anyone is a candidate for Coolsculpting who is at their ideal body weight. Since stubborn fat can affect anyone (men or women) it can be a cosmetic treatment for any gender. For example, a mom who has had children but still struggles with a small pooch on her stomach, or a man struggling to get rid of those “love handles” but no amount of exercising is changing the way they look. These are just some examples of ideal candidates who can get results with Coolsculpting.

Throughout the greater New Jersey area, Coolsculpting has proven to be a great non-invasive cosmetic treatment to get great slimming results. No downtime, no surgery, and no scars are several reasons why both men and women turn to this fat reduction treatment over traditional liposuction. It can be customized to the areas you want to target and more than one area can be done leaving you feeling better about what you see in the mirror! Let’s face it, in some cases exercise and diet can only do so much, especially as we age, so finding a non-invasive cosmetic treatment like Coolsculpting with lasting results can be the answer!

If you would like to know more about CoolSculpting and the benefits it can offer you, we invite you to call the board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ for more information.