CoolSculpting – A Non-Surgical Solution to Removing Stubborn Fat

cool-sculp2tHave you heard the logo “Freeze the Fat!”? If you have, you may know that it is in reference to CoolSculpting, a non-surgical treatment to remove fat from trouble spots on your body like love handles, muffin tops and the dreaded tummy pooch. First, let me tell you, it works! And second, we offer the treatment here at the Emory Aesthetic Center. Before you decide if this is the right treatment for you, let me answer some questions that I am frequently asked by my patients.

How does it actually work? CoolSculpting uses a fat freezing technology to safely and effectively kill unwanted fat cells. The FDA-approved procedure provides targeted cooling to your fat cells in the chosen trouble area. Just the fat cells are damaged without harming surrounding skin or soft tissue. During the weeks after your procedure, your body will naturally remove the damaged fat cells, leaving you slimmer. The great thing about the procedure, besides the eventual outcome, is that no anesthetic is needed, and no incisions are made. And you can return to normal activities right after your treatment.

Can anyone have it done anywhere on their body? CoolSculpting is not for everyone. Ideal candidates should have discrete bulges of fat. Obese individuals are not typically good candidates, and CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure. The anatomic regions that the device is able to treat most effectively include the abdomen, flanks (love handles), and back (below the bra strap area). Arms and inner thighs can be treated in select cases. The Emory Aesthetic Center just introduced a new hand piece that can treat other areas like the outer thighs.

How many treatments will I need? Depending on the amount of excess tissue to be reduced, one or more treatments per area may be necessary. Many patients are satisfied after one treatment. The process begins with a consultation with one of our physicians. During this appointment, your areas of concern will be evaluated for their appropriateness for treatment. CoolSculpting does not remove the same degree of fat as liposuction so this evaluation will ensure your expectations can be met. You will also meet with an aesthetician at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa to further define a treatment plan.

What can I expect during the procedure? CoolSculpting treatments are performed in the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa without sedation, pain medications, anesthesia or numbing cream. To initiate the treatment, a protective gel pad is applied and then the device is positioned on your targeted area of concern. There is minimal discomfort as the vacuum applicator is applied and cooled. A typical session to treat a single area on both sides takes 1 to 2 hours. The Emory Aesthetic Center Spa has two CoolSculpting machines to reduce your treatment time. Patients are encouraged to bring a book, computer, or other activity to pass the time during a treatment.

Are there any side effects after the treatment? Some patients experience redness, tingling, and numbness. Bruising of the treated area is not uncommon after the procedure. This resolves over a period of days to weeks like any other bruise. There are no special instructions or limitations of activity after a CoolSculpting treatment and often patients return to work or other activity after the session is over.

How soon after treatment will I begin seeing the results? You will start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic improvement after one to three months. Even at that point, your body is still flushing fat cells and will continue to do so for up to four to six months. If additional treatments are recommended to facilitate your transformation, these are typically spaced three months apart.

If you have trouble areas that have not responded to diet and exercise, CoolSculpting may be right for you. Come meet with one of our physicians at the Emory Aesthetic Center for an evaluation and say goodbye to that stubborn fat.

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  • Krin P.

    How much does a treatment cost?

    • Pricing for CoolSculpting varies based upon the treatment area, the number of treatments required and our package pricing. Please call us at 404-778-7261, and we can provide you a quote based on your needs.