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The skinny on CoolSculpting


Liposuction has been the gold standard for removing unwanted, stubborn fat from your body. In recent years, technology has advanced and nonsurgical options for ridding yourself of stubborn body fat have come to the forefront. The leader in nonsurgical fat reduction has emerged, and it is known as CoolSculpting.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a technique that uses controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat cells without surgery. It is FDA-cleared, safe, effective and is the world's #1 noninvasive fat reduction procedure.

Who are the ideal candidates for the procedure?

The procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas of concern such as belly, love handles, arms, thighs, as well as under the chin.

How does it work and what can I expect during the procedure?

The procedure is a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction and works by crystallizing (freezing) fat cells which then die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. As the cooling begins, you will feel pressure and intense cold that quickly dissipates. During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. The length of your session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during your visit.

Is there any down time?

There are no needles, surgery, or downtime. Typical side effects following the procedure include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain.

What are typical results?

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to four to six months after treatment. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they're gone for good. However, additional sessions may be required in order to meet your goals.

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