Cutting-edge CoolSculpting is a fat-cell minimizing procedure created to sculpt and shape the body by freezing difficult fat without going under the knife. The procedure employs the application of monitored cooling, also known as cryolipolysis, to freeze fat cells so that they may be organically removed from your body to create a smaller silhouette. At St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL led by plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr., we use advanced CoolSculpting to help you realize your plastic surgery goals. Schedule an appointment for more information about CoolSculpting and find out if this procedure is the right one for you.
While this treatment has shown to be beneficial for both women and men of all age groups, those most likely to benefit from CoolSculpting:
- Are at or near their ideal weight
- Deal with difficult areas of fat that don't respond to diet and exercise
- Are intimidated by or are not ideal candidates for surgery
- Understand realistic goals for the results of their procedure
Following your initial appointment with Dr. O'Brien to design your treatment plan, your first procedure will be arranged. At your appointment, a specialized gel pad and the CoolSculpting handpiece is used on the chosen area and cryolipolysis will be initiated. The cooling technology, delivered through the handpiece, will target and freeze the fat. It is not uncommon to experience a cold sensation while receiving the procedure, but this should not create pain. Since the handpiece uses suction to move the targeted fat cells toward the area to be treated, you will likely experience a minor pulling or stinging, but these will be completely normal sensations.
What to Expect
As CoolSculpting is noninvasive, you can return to daily activities after your procedure. In most circumstances, patients can return to school or work immediately after their procedure. Symptoms of the treatment can include bruising, stinging, redness, swelling, and soreness of the treatment area. These symptoms are short lived and typically fade in the hours after your treatment. You should expect to enjoy results within three weeks, with the most impressive results appearing 1 – 3 months following your CoolSculpting procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Just how much will CoolSculpting cost?
The cost of CoolSculpting depends upon the number of sessions required and the quantity of fat that will be removed. At your consultation, we'll discuss your aesthetic goals to determine the most appropriate course of action to attain those results. We'll also speak with you regarding any anticipated out-of-pocket expenses.
How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting involves using a monitored temperature to address fat cells in predetermined regions for treatment. Basically, it cools the cells while they die. The cells are subsequently broken up by your body and dispersed through natural bodily functions.
Is CoolSculpting safe?
CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical, topical procedure where the apparatus is applied simply to your skin’s surface. With this therapy, there's no need for a healing period. You might notice some minor swelling and redness immediately following the session, but that generally subsides in approximately one week.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required to attain your desired outcome will be determined during your consultation. For many patients, just one treatment is sufficient, while others might require more therapy sessions dependent on their goals and the quantity of fat being treated.
Can the fat cells grow back?
While the affected fat cells can't regrow, brand new fat cells may form. Furthermore, considerable weight gain can greatly impact your results. So in order to keep your desired effects, it's necessary to stick to a proper diet plan and workout regimen.
There is no such thing as the perfect body and each of us has things we would love to change, such as specific deposits of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Thanks to technological advances, it is no longer necessary to decide between dealing with the unwanted fat and surgical fat removal. St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery is proud to offer St. Petersburg, FL men and women CoolSculpting procedures to reduce sections of difficult fat without surgical procedures for a slimmer, smoother body. Schedule a consultation with Dr. O'Brien to decide if you qualify for CoolSculpting or whether a different treatment would be more appropriate for your circumstance.