Many men and women eat well and exercise regularly only to discover that their problem areas don’t improve. If this sounds like your situation, you may feel frustrated and unsure of how to achieve the toned and slim look that you desire.
The truth is that your age, genetics, and other factors can result in stubborn pockets of fat that seem resistant to your healthy lifestyle. CoolSculpting® is an innovative solution to this problem, freezing away excess fat cells for good — without surgery or downtime!
At Indiana Plastic Surgery, we proudly offer non-surgical treatments that can help you achieve your body contouring goals. Call today to schedule a consultation or treatment session with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Robinson. We have offices in Munster and Valparaiso for the convenience of our Northwest Indiana patients.
- What Is CoolSculpting?
- What Areas Can CoolSculpting Treat?
- Am I a Candidate for CoolSculpting?
- What to Expect During Your CoolSculpting Treatment
- Resuming Normal Activities after CoolSculpting
- How Long Does it Take to See CoolSculpting Results?
- Are CoolSculpting Results Permanent?
- How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?
- Coolsculpting vs. Liposuction
- CoolSculpting FAQ
- Schedule Your Valparaiso or Munster CoolSculpting Consultation
Also known as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction device that utilizes cooling energy. The idea to treat fat this way emerged when Harvard scientists noticed that some children got dimples in their cheeks after eating popsicles. It turns out that fat cells are highly susceptible to the cold, meaning they freeze and die when exposed to certain temperatures.
FDA-cleared CoolSculpting technology is one-of-a-kind. It has the ability to crystallize unwanted fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue. Once frozen during treatment, the cells are gradually eliminated by your body. This process slims and sculpts your trouble areas over several months.
There’s a good chance that you’ve already heard about CoolSculpting. It’s the #1 non-surgical fat reduction treatment in the world. Since the release of this safe and effective device, more than 7 million treatments have been performed around the globe.
The benefits of CoolSculpting include:
- It is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that doesn’t involve incisions or scars
- The treatment is tolerable and the sessions are short
- It can be used on many areas of the body
- One treatment reduces up to 20-25% of fat cells in the treatment area
- The results are long lasting
- Your clothes may fit better and look more flattering
- It can improve your confidence and self-image
- It can support your current lifestyle to help you achieve your ultimate body goals
CoolSculpting works best on stubborn areas of localized fat. If you have bumps or bulges that are bothering you, there’s a chance that CoolSculpting can help slim down those problem spots.
FDA-cleared CoolSculpting treatment areas include:
- Under the chin and jawline (“double chin”)
- Abdomen and flank (“muffin top” or “love handles”)
- Bra fat
- Back fat
- Below the buttocks (“banana roll”)
- Upper arms
Dr. Robinson will customize your treatment plan based on the areas that you want to address. Men and women tend to retain fat in different parts of the body, and everyone has unique treatment goals.
It’s possible to focus your plan around one area or multiple problematic spots. Keep in mind that some patients see excellent results from one session, while others see the best outcomes from a series.
CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment. It’s ideal for patients who are at or near their ideal body weight and want to reduce fat in certain areas. If that sounds like you, you’re probably an excellent candidate for CoolSculpting!
To find out for sure if CoolSculpting is the most appropriate option, schedule a consultation with Dr. Robinson. He will perform a physical examination and discuss the medical conditions that may prevent you from being an ideal candidate.
In general, CoolSculpting might be right for you if you are:
- Generally healthy
- Bothered by stubborn pockets of fat
- Looking for a non-surgical way to achieve your aesthetic goals
CoolSculpting treatments aren’t painful. The session begins when the CoolSculpting applicator and protective gel pad barrier are applied to the treatment area. It’s normal to feel a mild sucking sensation as the applicator adheres to your skin.
After that, you may feel an intense but tolerable cold sensation, along with potential pulling, tugging, and tingling that will fade after several minutes. Patients are free to multitask during their treatment session. You’re welcome to read a book or respond to emails while the device is hard at work.
Sessions are short, averaging between 30 and 60 minutes. The exact duration can vary depending on the number of areas that you want to improve.
After your session, a quick massage will be provided to help enhance the treatment process. Massaging the area helps break up treated fat cells, boosting fat reduction.
Since CoolSculpting is non-surgical and non-invasive, there is little to no downtime after a session. This aspect is what makes the treatment so popular. It’s one of the reasons why so many of our Munster and Valparaiso patients love CoolSculpting.
Most patients can resume their normal activities after their appointment. Typically, our patients return to work right after their CoolSculpting session is complete. This treatment is much easier to fit into your normal routine than a surgical procedure.
CoolSculpting does not provide immediate results. It takes time for your body to eliminate the crystallized fat cells through natural processes. However, you could see a positive improvement in as little as three weeks!
The most impressive results are usually visible after about two months. Typically, the body continues to flush out fat cells over the course of four to six months.
CoolSculpting results are long-lasting if you maintain healthy habits. Fat cells can’t come back after they’ve been removed. However, weight gain after CoolSculpting can affect your results. To understand this, it’s important to understand how body fat works.
You have a fixed number of fat cells in your body. Losing weight makes fat cells smaller, but it doesn’t make them go away. That’s why it can be difficult to slim down with a healthy lifestyle alone. CoolSculpting helps by permanently removing fat cells from your problem areas.
Weight gain can affect your contours because the remaining fat cells in the treatment area are still able to expand. This isn’t a problem for many people, as it’s common to experience an increased motivation to stay fit after CoolSculpting. You can maintain the results of your procedure through normal diet and exercise.
CoolSculpting treatment plans vary from patient to patient. For that reason, you will receive an estimated treatment cost during your consultation. A few of the factors that can affect the total cost of your treatment include:
- The number of sessions that you choose to undergo in consultation with Dr. Robinson
- The areas that you want to treat
- The way that your body responds to the session
There are several ways to afford CoolSculpting on any budget. We periodically offer CoolSculpting discounts and events on our specials page, so keep an eye out for those opportunities. Our rewards program also features 10% off initial CoolSculpting treatments. Our staff will happily discuss these options with you.
CoolSculpting and liposuction are both used to reduce fat. Both of these methods permanently remove excess fat from targeted areas. However, there are several notable differences between these two body contouring services.
Unlike CoolSculpting, liposuction is a surgical procedure that is performed while you are under anesthesia. The process typically involves making an incision in the treatment area and removing excess fat through a suction tube. Liposuction also involves recovery time.
However, liposuction is a time-tested fat removal procedure and is still an excellent option for the right patient. Most patients only need one procedure to see results, compared to multiple CoolSculpting sessions. Liposuction is often capable of removing more fat than CoolSculpting. Dr. Robinson will help determine the appropriate treatment for your body.
Is CoolSculpting safe?
CoolSculpting was first cleared by the FDA back in 2010. It’s a safe way to reduce excess fat; there have been numerous clinical studies performed and more than 100 clinical publications written about the device.
Does CoolSculpting cause any side effects?
After your session, you may experience mild side effects such as redness, swelling, bruising, or cramping at the treatment site. With treatments under the chin, there may be a slight sensation in the back of your throat. These temporary effects are normal and generally resolve on their own. Dr. Robinson will discuss these and other considerations with you during your consultation.
Can CoolSculpting help with lax tissue?
The primary goal of CoolSculpting is to reduce excess fat. However, studies have that CoolSculpting can help improve lax tissue beneath the chin. It is currently FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments.
If you want to reduce stubborn areas of fat without surgery, call 219-513-2100 to schedule a CoolSculpting consultation or treatment session at our Munster or Valparaiso office. At Indiana Plastic Surgery, we happily serve patients across Northwest Indiana. Our goal is to help you achieve the beautiful, natural-looking results of your dreams.