CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure for the reduction of unwanted fat tissue, utilizing a patented method known as cryolipolysis, or the use of cooling to break down fat. CoolSculpting® employs precisely controlled cooling to naturally reduce unwanted fat in areas such as the abdomen, flanks or upper arms. Only fat cells are frozen and once crystallized, these fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. During the hour-long in-office procedure, patients wear a special device attachment around their mid-section or other treated areas and can comfortably read a newspaper or book while their “bulges” are frozen away. We have extensive experience with CoolSculpting as both Dr. Chapas and Dr. MacGregor were part of the clinical trials that led to the approval of CoolSculpting in the U.S.
Here are the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Coolsculpting.
Our verdict: In properly selected patients, Coolsculpting results in a noticeable, natural-looking reduction of fat bulges without the pain, risk, and recovery time of invasive procedures. When targeting areas we recommend as appropriate for treatment, we have seen excellent results in more than 90% of our treatments. Results appear over the course of 2-4 months after as little as one treatment. Significant reduction in the fat layer may result in some skin laxity; if needed that can typically be addressed with appropriate skin tightening treatments. We have found that the new applicators such as Coolcurve+ enable effective treatment in an expanded set of areas, such as saddle bags. Please remember that CoolScultping is not a way to lose weight or treat obesity.
Why choose Union Square Laser Dermatology for CoolSculpting?
Dr. Chapas and Dr. MacGregor have the most extensive clinical experience with CoolSculpting, and both were part of the clinical trials that led to the approval of CoolSculpting in the U.S. We continue to work with Zeltiq, CoolSculpting’s manufacturer, on refining treatment protocols, and thus our patients get the benefit of the latest treatment protocols, CoolSculpting applicators and software upgrades. In many situations CoolSculpting works best in combination with other treatments to address undesirable fat areas or as follow up treatments to tighten the skin, and our comprehensive range of non-surgical body contouring and skin tightening devices and our expertise in administering these treatments allows us to design the best personalized non-surgical body contouring plan for each patient.
How Cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting) works
Coolsculpting in flanks and abdominal area, female patient, before treatment and after 8 weeks:
Coolsculpting in flanks and abdominal area, male patient, before treatment and after 12 weeks:
In the video below, you can watch Dr. Chapas explain and demonstrate CoolScuplting (at the time known as Zeltiq) on the Rachael Ray show in 2010, shortly after the device was approved by the FDA.