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By WARRENTON DERMATOLOGY & SKIN THERAPY CENTER
January 02, 2019
Category: Coolsculpting
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This non-invasive treatment could eliminate those stubborn areas of fat.

Losing weight should be as simple as eating right and exercising regularly but we all know it isn’t always that easy. From our stomach to coolsculptingour thighs, many of us deal with problem areas that still carry unwanted fat despite our best efforts. Fortunately, our Warrenton, VA, dermatologist Dr. J.C. Caballero offers a simple, safe and non-surgical way to finally get rid of those unwanted areas of fat and improve the shape and look of your body.

What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is a simple, FDA-cleared treatment that freezes fat cells to improve certain areas of the body that don’t respond to diet and exercise alone. This procedure provides a painless, safe and non-invasive solution for getting rid of unwanted fat without downtime.

As the cooling technology penetrates certain areas of the body it targets, freezes and destroys fat cells. Over time, the destroyed fat cells are then absorbed by the body, which leaves you with a smoother appearance.

How long does the treatment take?

Coolsculpting treatment takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on what area or areas you wish to treat. During your consultation, we will discuss your treatment goals and the results you are looking to achieve with Coolsculpting so we can then create a customized treatment plan that works best for you. From there, our Warrenton, VA, CoolSculpting Specialists will let you know how long your treatment sessions will be. Most patients also benefit from multiple treatment sessions over the course of several months.

Coolsculpting is easy. Most patients choose to watch a movie, read a book or even take a quick nap during their treatment. Since it’s non-invasive and doesn’t require anesthesia, you can enjoy a little R&R while also improving your appearance.

When will I see results?

It will take some time for the body to reabsorb the destroyed fat cells. You may start to see results as early as 3 weeks after treatment; however, most patients see the most visible changes after 4-6 months.

Who is a good candidate for Coolsculpting?

It’s important that patients understand that Coolsculpting is not a type of weight loss surgery and it won’t be able to help those who are severely overweight or obese. A good candidate for Coolsculpting treatment will be someone who is within their target weight but wants to target certain areas of stubborn fat. If you want to reduce the appearance of stomach fat, bulging thighs or love handles, then Coolsculpting may be the best option for you.

If you are interested in what Coolsculpting can offer you then it’s time to call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center today to learn more about this cosmetic body contouring treatment offered right here in Warrenton, VA.

Fat is complicated. It's stubborn, demonized, praised, misunderstood. As the recent wave of body positive conversations has helped to scratch at, everyone's relationship with fat is different. One thing that has remained fairly consistent is a cultural obsession with mastering fat — whether that means embracing it or erasing it.

As far as the latter is concerned, plastic surgery has always had seemingly magical answers. First there was liposuction, which, according to the most recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), has declined in popularity by 30 percent since 2000 (though it still remained one of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2017).

Then came the advent of non-invasive fat-reducing procedures, such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure, which are designed to get rid of the spots that your devotion to Barry's Bootcamp hasn't managed to budge. Given these are pretty much the closest things you can get to a fat-erasing magic wand, it's not surprising the ASPS reported a 7 percent rise in these procedures last year. Here's what the hype is about and what you need to know if you're considering a non-invasive fat-reduction procedure.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting — scientifically known as cryolipolysis — is essentially a procedure to freeze (and thereby kill), fat cells. Here's how the FDA-approved treatment works: An applicator (think of it sort of like a giant vacuum hose) applies suction to the area you want to target. "The applicator then applies carefully regulated cooling plates to bring fat cells down to a temperature at which they are irreversibly damaged," Darren Smith, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, tells Allure. For most areas, the process takes about 35 minutes [per attachment]. After the deep-freeze damage to the fat cells, they will eventually die and be eliminated by the body — a process which takes a little time. You'll start to see results after a few weeks with the final effects revealed in three months.

In theory, CoolSculpting can tackle just about any unwanted bulge — it's FDA-approved for the abdomen, "love handles," thighs, upper arms, "bra fat," back fat, "banana roll" underneath your butt, and "double chin" — but there is one big caveat: you have to have "enough fat for the applicator to adhere to," Stephen Greenberg, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York and Florida, tells Allure. In other words, there has to be enough fat to pinch for the treatment to work.

What Is SculpSure?
"SculpSure essentially tries to arrive at the same end as CoolSculpting but with the opposite approach," explains Smith. Instead of freezing fat cells, heat is used to kill fat cells. "During a SculpSure treatment, applicators are placed over the treatment area, and a laser is used to heat fat in the treatment area to the point of irreversible damage," he says. Once damaged, the fat cells are swept away by the body's lymphatic system. Just like CoolSculpting, it takes about three months to see full results. SculpSure is currently FDA-approved to treat the stomach, "love handles," back, thighs, and the "double chin."

Which One Should I Get?

CoolSculpting and SculpSure are approved to treat almost all the same areas where stubborn fat is common. But there are still a few things to consider when choosing between treatments. First, consider your pain sensitivity. "SculpSure must reach a fairly high temperature, and this can be quite uncomfortable," explains Smith. While the treatment is designed to be safe for skin (it has a cool cycle built in so you don't have to worry about any burns) it heats fat cells to about 107 degrees, according to the ASPS. It can be painful to sit through if you have sensitive skin. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is less uncomfortable, since the cooling action will have a numbing effect, Smith says. Secondly, consider how much fat you're hoping to erase. "For a candidate who has more fat to remove, CoolSculpting would be the better option," says Greenberg, since the treatment needs a solid pinch of fat to latch onto. One of the biggest perks associated with both procedures is that there's no downtime and the risks are minimal — you might expect some light bruising, swelling, or soreness afterwards, says Greenberg.

All things considered, "if someone is seeking a noninvasive body contouring option, I would recommend CoolSculpting over SculpSure," says Smith.

Do They Actually Work?

Neither treatment is a magic bullet. In a clinical trial published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology in 2014, CoolSculpting showed pretty impressive results — up to a 25 percent reduction in subcutaneous fat in the treatment area. However, the same study found that 14 percent of participants didn't see any improvements. There's less data available on SculpSure. One review of non-invasive body-contouring devices published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology found that the treatment reduced fat by about 11 percent.

The good news is, the results of both treatments are theoretically permanent. Bear with us for a brief anatomy lesson: When you lose weight by going to the gym or eating healthier, your fat cells shrink — when you gain weight, they expand. Either way, you maintain the same number. With CoolSculpting or SculpSure, fat cells are actually eliminated, which is a lasting change. That said, if you return to unhealthy habits post-procedure, gaining weight can eclipse the slimming effects. "I always recommend that my patients maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain the results," says Greenberg. Like any procedure, make sure you consult with a physician to weigh your options.