Whether it’s your neck, flanks, tummy, or thighs that trouble you, CoolSculpting® is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical method of freezing fat. If excess skin is not an issue, and you are only concerned with excess fat, then CoolSculpting® may be an excellent option!

CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical body sculpting treatment that works using cryolypolisis. Cryolipolysis is the scientific term for the technique of freezing fat cells. CoolSculpting® is non-invasive and requires no anesthesia or downtime. 

At NorCal Plastic Surgery, we will use a handheld applicator to deliver the cooling technology. We will place a gel pad on the treatment area to have a protective barrier during the session. 

You will feel light pressure as well as an intense cold sensation for about 10 minutes or so until the skin becomes temporarily numb. While there will be some discomfort from the intense cold, CoolSculpting® is not painful. Many patients can do other activities while their CoolSculpting® treatment is progressing, including checking their phone, reading, or even napping. 

After the treatment, we will massage the area to break up the targeted fat cells. Each treatment can take aroundone to three hours, depending on the extent of the treatment area.

CoolSculpting® works by freezing the fat cells in the subcutaneous layer of fat that is just under the skin. The frozen fat cells gradually break down over time and are eventually processed and filtered out through the body’s lymphatic system. 

Because CoolSculpting® only targets the fat cells, the skin, muscles, and nerves are not affected. 

CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared to target nine areas of fat, including:

  • Submental fat (double chin fat) 
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Stomach 
  • Upper and lower thighs
  • Back/bra fat
  • Upper arms
  • Banana roll (roll of fat just under the buttocks)

The results of CoolSculpting® take some time to see visibly. This is because the targeted area’s fat cells need to be processed and filtered out of the body by the lymphatic system. You will start to see results after an average of three weeks, but full results will be seen after twelve weeks. Sometimes, you may need more than one CoolSculpting® treatment for an area to achieve optimal results. 

If you want a CoolSculpting® treatment before a big event, we advise you have CoolSculpting® done twelve to sixteen weeks before. We want you to look your best, so you should give yourself time to see those desirable results.

There is no downtime after CoolSculpting®. You can return to your daily activities after your treatment session. Some minor side effects are redness or soreness of the treatment area. These side effects can be present for up to a couple of weeks, but that is rare.

Regardless of the minimal downtime with CoolSculpting®, we always emphasize taking care of yourself after a treatment session. Drinking plenty of fluids and maintaining a healthy diet can help with side effects.

Many people can be good candidates for CoolSculpting®. Ideal candidates are close to their target weight with only stubborn pockets of excess fat, as the treatment is not ideal for people with a BMI higher than 30. 

If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, have a certain autoimmune disease or have a skin condition on the desired treatment area, you may not be a candidate for CoolSculpting®.

The cost of CoolSculpting® can depend on several factors, such as the extent of the treatment area, or if you need more than one session. The average cost is $3,200 but prices can vary by provider. We will discuss the final cost of your CoolSculpting® treatment plan during your initial consultation.

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