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, upper arms or neck and jowls. 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 our physicians were part of the clinical trials that led to the approval of CoolSculpting in the U.S.
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+ and CoolMini enable effective treatment in an expanded set of areas, such as saddle bags or submental fat (the fat under the neck). Please remember that CoolScultping is not a way to lose weight or treat obesity.
Why choose Union Square Laser Dermatology for CoolSculpting?
Our physicians have extensive clinical experience possible with CoolSculpting, as they participated in 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, applicators, treatment areas 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. We have extensive experience obtaining the best results in areas such as saddle bags, arms, hands or submental fat; we also have the understanding of the underlying anatomy and physiology achieve the best results while preserving patient safety.
The FDA recently cleared the CoolSculpting Mini Applicator for use in the submental area, i.e., to reduce the fat under the neck. The applicator was cleared for specific use in that area, but as physicians gain experience with the applicator, we are likely to see it used in additional areas. This type of treatment in the patients’ face should be performed only by experienced physicians that are familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the neck and jowls. At Union Square Laser Dermatology we have experience with several approaches treating the neck area, including our comprehensive range of body contouring and skin tightening treatments, as well as injectable alternatives.
How Cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting) works
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.