Created by Harvard scientists, CoolSculpting is a breakthrough, noninvasive treatment that uses freezing technology to permanently eliminate fat cells. It is FDA-approved and uses cutting-edge cooling technology to target fat cells under the skin, freezing and killing them. The fat cells are the only area that is frozen, while surrounding tissues are left unharmed. This noninvasive procedure requires no incisions, no scars, and no downtime.

Am I a good candidate for Coolsculpting?

Good candidates for CoolSculpting in St. Petersburg have apparent bulges in particular areas they’d like to eliminate, and are within 30 lbs. of their ideal weight. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared to eliminate fat in the abdomen, flanks, double chin, inner thighs, and outer thighs. It is important to understand that this procedure is not a way to lose large amounts of weight for those who are obese, and is not a substitute for more invasive methods such as liposuction.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Be healthy
  • Be nonsmokers
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have a positive outlook on their expected results

Dr. O’Brien can help to decide if this treatment is appropriate for you during an in-office consultation.

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

Yes! CoolSculpting technology delivers controlled, precise cooling to effectively target unwanted fat cells. The CoolSculpting systems are also designed with built-in safety measures, to ensure that the cooling is completely controlled. Only trained professionals can perform CoolSculpting treatments, so you can be sure you are experiencing the highest standard of care.

What can I expect after Coolsculpting?

Following your CoolSculpting treatment, you may be able to see changes in as soon as three weeks, with final results after two months. The body flushes out fat cells over time, and will continue to do so for about four to six weeks. Some patients may require more than one treatment to see optimal results. Because CoolSculpting actually destroys fat cells, they cannot regenerate, meaning results are long-lasting.

How long is CoolSculpting recovery?

The CoolSculpting treatment is totally non-surgical, so patients can usually return to their everyday activities right away. Some people may notice some mild redness, bruising, numbness, tingling, or discomfort in the treated areas, but this is completely normal and will resolve on its own with time.

If you are located in the St. Petersburg, FL area and are interested in non-invasive CoolSculpting to eliminate stubborn fat pockets, contact our St. Petersburg office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. O’Brien. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What results can I expect from CoolSculpting?

Following CoolSculpting, you may be able to see changes in your body as soon as three weeks after treatment. More dramatic results can be noticed after 4-6 months. CoolSculpting is a gradual process, and works to eliminate stubborn fat over time for a more youthful appearance.

Frequently asked questions about CoolSculpting

Can I return to normal activities after the procedure?

Yes! Since CoolSculpting is a noninvasive body sculpting treatment, there is no downtime required and, therefore, patients can feel free to return to their normal activities right after treatment.

How long does CoolSculpting last?

When CoolSculpting’s cooling technology freezes fat cells, it can permanently destroy fat cells for long-term results. Overall, fat that has been eliminated in the treatment area will not be able to return.

What is Cryolipolysis?

Cryolipolysis is the proven science that CoolSculpting is based on. The main idea behind it is is that fat cells can be targeted, frozen, and eliminated with cooling technology. After these fat cells are killed, the body will naturally flush them away for long-lasting results.

How does CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting uses revolutionary cryolipolysis technology to freeze stubborn fat cells, ultimately killing them. The treatment works to target specific fat deposits without harming surrounding tissues for optimal results. Once fat cells are killed, they cannot return, so results are long-lasting.

How is the CoolSculpting treatment performed?

During your CoolSculpting treatment, a special gel pad and applicator will be placed on the treatment area. Then, a cooling sensation will occur, and the treatment area will eventually be numbed. There are multiple applicators that can be used during your treatment, including, but not limited to, the CoolAdvantage for the upper arms, and the CoolSmooth for the abdomen and flanks. Following your treatment, the body will begin flushing fat cells for a slimmer appearance over time.

How long does a CoolSculpting treatment take?

Commonly, this no downtime fat reduction takes about 30 minutes per treatment area. Patients usually receive treatment on multiple treatment areas, in which case the treatment time would be extended. You can discuss expected treatment time with your CoolSculpting provider during your initial consultation.

Does CoolSculpting hurt?

Most patients do not feel pain with CoolSculpting, and are even able to relax during treatment. During treatment, patients will feel a cold sensation, and the area usually goes numb within 10 minutes. After treatment, you may feel some tingling when the treatment area is massaged. Overall, CoolSculpting treatments are well tolerated.

What are some benefits of choosing CoolSculpting for fat elimination?

There are many advantages of CoolSculpting. Not only is it a great liposuction alternative, the fat freezing technology can completely deteriorate stubborn fat cells for long-lasting results. It is completely noninvasive, requires no needles, and no anesthetic. CoolSculpting is an easy way to target stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.  What can CoolSculpting do for me

What happens if I gain weight after CoolSculpting?

If you were to gain weight following your CoolSculpoting procedure, you will gain it evenly over your entire body, and not only in the treated areas. Overall, a little weight gain should not significantly affect your CoolSculpting results.

What parts of the body can be treated with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a very versatile treatment and can be used to address stubborn fat in many areas of the body, including:

  • flabby upper arms
  • a double chin
  • bra fat
  • muffin top/handles
  • abdomen inner and outer thighs

When can I expect to notice fat loss results?

Initial signs of fat reduction can often be seen after three weeks, with final results after six months. However, each patient’s body may flush out fat cells at a different pace.

How many sessions will I need for a successful CoolSculpting treatment?

The number of CoolSculpting treatments needed will depend on the amount of fat that you wish to eliminate. Dr. O’Brien can recommend which areas should be treated and the number of treatments needed to achieve your desired results.

Is it true that Coolsculpting is an FDA approved noninvasive fat reduction method?

Yes, CoolSculpting is the first and only FDA approved treatment for fat elimination using cooling technology. It works to eliminate fat cells permanently in a targeted treatment area with no downtime.

What risks and side effects are associated with CoolSculpting?

During the CoolSculpting treatment, mild pulling, tugging, pinching, intense cold, stinging, aching, cramping, and tingling can all occur in the treated area. Following treatment, temporary redness, swelling, bruising, firming, aching, and itching may occur. Do not hesitate to ask your CoolSculpting provider questions regarding CoolSculpting side effects during your consultation, as being informed is a key factor in achieving optimal results.

How much does CoolSculpting Cost?

The cost of CoolSculpting will vary depending on the region and practice. Price may also range due to the size of the treatment area, and the number of areas being treated. Price can be discussed during a consultation with Dr. O’Brien.  For more information, visit our blog

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