CoolSculpting has always been an incredibly popular procedure at our Naples plastic surgery office. Patients love the convenience of a no downtime way to contour trouble areas of fat. The treatment has now been on the market over 10 years with over 3 MILLION people treated. Our office has had the device for over a decade, and we consistently hear the same questions from our patients regarding the treatment.
1. How much weight will I lose?
The answer to this question may be surprising – 0 pounds. The fat reduced during a CoolSculpting treatment is light and fluffy and will not result in an appreciable weight loss. But that doesn’t mean you won’t see a better fit to your clothes and smoothing and contouring of the trouble area.
2. How many treatments do I need? My friend had a fat reduction treatment and had to go in every week.
This is truly what sets CoolSculpting apart. A single treatment is FDA cleared for up to a 25% reduction in fat. There is no need to rearrange your life around a time-consuming series of treatments that will not yield results. CoolSculpting is designed to achieve excellent results with a single 35-minute treatment.
3. How does the machine not freeze my organs?
The answer to this question is truly the genius of CoolSculpting. The developers of the procedure realized fat freezes at a different temperature than all the surrounding tissue. Think of putting liquid butter and water in the freezer. They have different freezing points. CoolSculpting is able to target only the fat, leaving skin, nerve, muscle, and all other tissues unharmed.
4. Will CoolSculpting leave me with loose, saggy skin?
As a general rule of thumb, if you start with good skin quality, you will end with good skin quality. Since CoolSculpting gradually reduces the fat over a four-month period, the surrounding tissue has time to tighten in response. This ensures patients are not left with a loose envelope of skin. However, if a patient has significant laxity or stretch marks, these will still be present after treatment. While CoolSculpting may result in some subtle skin tightening, the treatment is intended for fat reduction. It is never recommended a patient have a CoolSculpting treatment with the primary intention of skin tightening.
If you have additional questions about CoolSculpting or are wondering if you are a candidate for treatment, check out our gallery of before and after photos and contact our office to set up a complimentary consultation.