CoolSculpting | Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville
Fat is stubborn. Even if you’re spending hours every week at the gym, eating a balanced diet, and doing your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle, sometimes it isn’t enough. Especially in trouble spots like the thighs, love handles, back, and abdomen, getting rid of that last bit of fat on your own can seem impossible. However, you have options, and we can help.
At the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville, we offer some of the safest, most efficient, and cutting-edge body-slimming and fat removal techniques available. When most people think of cosmetic fat reduction, surgical procedures like liposuction and tummy tucks tend to come to mind. But today, Dr. Gingrass and Dr. Haws are proud to offer CoolSculpting® and DualSculpting as entirely non-surgical methods to get rid of stubborn fat in just 30 minutes. No downtime necessary.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is the only non-invasive, FDA-cleared, fat reduction treatment that uses a cooling technique to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat cells without surgery or downtime. This procedure is an excellent way to reduce stubborn fat that fails to respond to traditional diet and exercise.
The Red Carpet-Approved Benefits of CoolSculpting
Aside from the obvious benefits of a slimmer, sculpted body, CoolSculpting can help boost your confidence and make you feel like your best self wherever you go. Celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Khloé Kardashian swear by CoolSculpting to get them red carpet-ready without needing to spend every day of the week at the gym.
After completing your treatment regimen, you’ll notice sleek curves and see clothing fit better on you. When you feel good about your appearance, you can go about your daily life with improved self-esteem.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting works by harnessing the body’s natural response to cold. Using innovative technology, your doctor can literally freeze away unwanted fat, while leaving the surrounding tissue and skin unharmed. Your body will break down and flush out the frozen, dead cells via your liver over the next two to four weeks. With each treatment, you’ll see an approximate 25 to 30% decrease in overall fat volume. After a few months pass, you can have any particularly problematic areas re-treated to see an additional 25 to 30% reduction.
With the help of CoolSculpting, you can permanently eliminate pesky fat. You’ll just need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to enjoy your results indefinitely.
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The CoolSculpting Procedure
During a CoolSculpting procedure, you’ll arrive at our Nashville, TN, office, where one of our stellar team members will greet you. We’ll meticulously outline your treatment plan and have you relax in a comfortable chair. From there, your expert technician will apply an applicator to the treatment area.
You’ll begin to feel a cooling sensation as we gradually treat the area. Each area requires a 30-minute treatment period, during which you’re free to read, relax, or even work on your laptop. After the fat is frozen, your clinician will remove the pad and will gently massage the area for five minutes. If you’re having any additional areas treated, we’ll move onto those – if not, you’ll be free to return to your regular schedule.
Is CoolSculpting® Right for Me?
CoolSculpting is for fat reduction and is designed for those who have unwanted fat cells that continue to resist diet and exercise. The CoolSculpting treatment is not a weight-loss procedure, but a fat-reduction procedure. In other words, it is not a substitute for surgical solutions that can help obese people lose a dramatic amount of weight. However, it is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
CoolSculpting and liposuction do have some things in common, though. Both procedures are best suited for patients who are close to their goal weight, but struggle to get rid of those last pesky fatty areas. Women commonly come to us, hoping to address problem areas like the abdomen, thighs, and hips. Men, on the other hand, often want to focus on the flanks, chin, and abdomen.
Most people have a genetic predisposition to store fat in specific spots, which can be resistant to typical weight-loss remedies. CoolSculpting can help you overcome these hurdles. Ideally, you should be within 20 to 30 pounds of a maintainable and ideal weight.
CoolSculpting doesn’t require you to make any lifestyle changes, but we strongly encourage regular exercise and a healthy diet. A lot of our patients say that looking their best post-CoolSculpting made staying fit much more manageable.
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Frequently Asked Questions
It’s crucial to understand this question. CoolSculpting uses cutting-edge technology to freeze deep fatty tissue while leaving your overlying skin and muscles unharmed. If you were to apply ice at home in hopes of freezing underlying fat, you could severely hurt yourself. Before you achieved any fat freezing, you’d get frostbite, causing permanent skin damage.
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for safe medical treatment and offers several benefits over more invasive procedures, such as its minimal to no downtime and comfort.
Some patients may experience temporary discomfort lasting three to 10 days after their treatment. This sensation is generally mild, and most people describe it as a slight ache or stinging. For most patients, there are no visible signs of treatment other than fat reduction. However, some patients can experience temporary swelling, bruising, or redness.
In extremely rare cases, CoolSculpting can cause paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, which leads to the fat cells growing larger rather than smaller in the treatment area. There are no medically dangerous side effects associated with this treatment.
As your body naturally flushes out the frozen fat cells, your results will refine. Generally, this takes a minimum of three weeks and continues to improve for at least six months after your treatment.
CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss procedure. It works to reduce fat in the treated area that is resistant to weight-loss efforts. The best way to maximize your results is to stay active and eat a healthy diet. If you want to see a more significant reduction in fat, a repeat treatment can help. Spacing out a second or third treatment six weeks after your initial appointment can refine results and allow your doctor to target deeper layers of fat.
When we exercise, we burn calories, causing fat cells to shrink. However, the cells themselves remain in the body, meaning they can grow larger if caloric intake increases without an equivalent increase in energy expenditure.
For many people, especially those with slow metabolisms, diet and exercise may not sculpt the body quickly or efficiently. Even at your goal weight, you may still have resistant fatty areas. CoolSculpting eliminates these fat cells from the body so they cannot grow again, making this procedure perfect for when your efforts have plateaued.