Liposuction Alternatives for Long-Term Benefits

Despite our diligent efforts to follow healthy lifestyle habits, many of us still struggle with stubborn areas of body fat. Heredity largely determines how you accumulate fat on your body, which is why it can be so challenging to lose fat from an area where you are genetically predisposed to store it.

If you are frustrated with visible fat bulges, but do not want to commit to invasive liposuction, you may want to consider CoolSculpting® – a groundbreaking technique for permanently removing fat cells from specific areas of the body without surgery.

What Is CoolSculpting?

You never know when inspiration might strike, and that’s certainly the case with CoolSculpting, which originated with a summertime favorite.

Several years ago, researchers at Harvard University noticed some children had dimples in their cheeks after eating popsicles. The scientists figured out the cold from the dessert was freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells in the children’s faces.

The understanding that strategically applied cold can target and remove fat cells without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue is the scientific foundation of CoolSculpting.

Benefits of CoolSculpting

  • CoolSculpting technology uses controlled cooling to remove fat cells from targeted areas of your body.
  • Following your treatment, your body will eliminate the dead fat cells via natural processes.
  • CoolSculpting produces long-term results, because the treated fat cells are gone for good.
  • CoolSculpting is a safe and non-invasive way to address areas of body fat and requires no recovery time.
  • More than a million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed worldwide.

Here are some of the most frequent questions our patients have asked us about CoolSculpting.

Q: Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

A: CoolSculpting is an effective procedure for anyone who wants to remove unwanted fat from targeted areas and prefers a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The best candidates for this treatment are within a healthy weight range, but have pockets of fat that resist diet and exercise.

Q: How many treatment sessions will I need?

A: During your in-person consultation, we will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your problem areas. The number of CoolSculpting sessions you will need will vary depending on what you want to achieve.

Q: Is CoolSculpting safe?

In the U.S., the CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-approved for the treatment of visible fat bulges in areas like the thighs, sides, buttocks, abdomen, back, bra line, neck, and upper arms. Because CoolSculpting is the No. 1 non-surgical fat reduction procedure in the world, you can feel confident it is a safe and effective treatment.

Q: Does CoolSculpting hurt?

A: During the first few minutes of treatment, most patients report a pulling sensation, along with intense cold; however, the area being treated generally goes numb within the first 10 minutes.

Because CoolSculpting is totally non-invasive, many of our patients catch up on emails, listen to music, or even fall asleep during treatment. Patients can return to normal activities, including work, immediately following their appointment. There are no diet or activity restrictions for people who have undergone CoolSculpting.

Q: Are there any side effects of CoolSculpting?

A: Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, numbness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and sensitive skin. These effects generally resolve within the first week or so afterward.

Q: When will I see results?

A: You may start to see changes as early as three weeks after your treatment and will notice the most outstanding results after two months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for as long as six months after treatment.

Q: What should I do to maintain a healthy body weight after CoolSculpting?

A: People who undergo CoolSculpting don’t need to make any substantial lifestyle changes. However, many patients do feel increased motivation to stick to a diet and exercise regimen after enjoying the results from their CoolSculpting treatments.

Call Our Clinic Today

If you’re considering CoolSculpting as an alternative to liposuction, contact our San Francisco office to schedule a consultation. Our friendly staff is looking forward to hearing from you and helping you meet your aesthetic goals.