Stubborn fat can be discouraging, especially when you have tried extensive dieting and exercise. Instead of giving up on your goals, get your desired results much quicker with CoolSculpting® at Miami Plastic Surgery®.
Our patient care team is here to support you in attaining the contoured body you deserve. Come see why we are the best CoolSculpting providers in the Miami area.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared non-surgical treatment that freezes stubborn fat, which is eliminated naturally by the body over the next several weeks. Unlike other fat reduction methods, CoolSculpting involves no needles, surgery or downtime. Results look natural and can be seen as early as four weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results after 12 weeks. With CoolSculpting, your body will look flawless in no time.
Am I a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting®?
Good candidates for CoolSculpting will have noticeable bulges of fat that they are able to pinch. While eliminating stubborn fat, CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction. Scheduling a consultation is the best way to find out if you are a candidate for treatment.
What Different Areas Can You Treat with CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting has been around for many years now and has undergone advances that have extended the possible treatment areas. Today, we often use the CoolSculpting device to reduce unwanted fat in the following areas:
- Love handles/muffin top
- Inner and outer thighs
- Banana roll fat under the buttocks
- Back/bra area
- Bra/underarm fat
- Upper arms
- Double chin
What to Expect During the CoolSculpting® Procedure
The CoolSculpting procedure is done in our relaxing offices. This simple procedure should take around 35 to 75 minutes, depending on the area treated. Most patients are recommended to complete two or more treatment sessions to reach their desired results.
While you are sitting in your CoolSculpting session, feel free to multitask! We encourage patients to read, take a nap or whatever feels most comfortable to pass the time.
The Science Behind CoolSculpting®
In short, CoolSculpting is a procedure that uses cold temperatures to destroy fat cells while protecting the outer skin from frostbite. Years of research have gone into creating seamless technology to help people achieve their desired results.
CoolSculpting — also known as cryolipolysis — was created based on the discovery that fat tissue is damageable by cold temperatures. Of course, these temperatures must be safe for surrounding skin, nerves, muscle tissue and blood vessels.
This treatment works best when performed in multiple sessions over time, giving the frozen fat cells time to be flushed out by natural body processes. Research studies have shown that fat in the treated areas of over 1,000 people was reduced by 25% on average.
How is CoolSculpting Performed?
CoolSculpting is a powerful non-surgical, non-invasive body contouring procedure performed in a comfortable, private treatment room. Before the treatment begins, your provider will apply a gel sheet over the treatment area. This prevents harm to the skin. Next, you may have one or more cooling panels applied based on your treatment plan. The cooling panels are applicators attached to the main device platform via a flexible hose. When applied over the skin, the platform is adjusted for suction to pull the target area of unwanted fat into the applicator. Suction holds tissue in place while the applicator panels are cooled to the precise temperature at which fat cells are destroyed. After approximately half an hour, the applicator is removed. Your provider may gently massage the treated area for a few minutes to facilitate the destruction of fat cells.
What Happens During The Coolsculpting® Treatment?
Once preparation steps have been completed, your CoolSculpting provider will begin the process of placing the applicator on the patient. The device will then suction the bulge onto a cooling plate. Over the next 35-50 minutes the patient will experience cold sensations but will be comfortable and relaxed while watching their favorite NetFlix show! Once the treatment is complete the patient is on their way with zero downtime!
What Does Recovery From CoolSculpting® Look Like?
Following the CoolSculpting treatment, there is little to no required downtime. Usually, you will be approved to resume your regularly scheduled activities while giving time for the treatment to take effect. Some minor redness, numbness or soreness from the procedure may occur, but it typically subsides within a few weeks as the fat disappears.
Patients can generally see noticeable results within three weeks of the last session. Most can see full results in two to three months, with the fat-flushing process continuing for up to six months after.
The CoolSculpting process addresses specific areas of the body, so you only need to continue treatment if you would like another focus area treated. Please keep in mind that this procedure does not treat obesity and is not recommended to replace an active lifestyle. Pairing CoolSculpting with a healthy diet and frequent exercise can help ensure the longevity of your results.
Can I Return To Normal Activities After The Coolsculpting® Treatment?
CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical — you can return to normal activities immediately. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising or numbing in the treated area. These sensations are all temporary and will resolve completely. Patients often return to work after the session is over — it’s the perfect treatment to do during lunch hour!
Does CoolSculpting Have Any Noticeable Side Effects?
Most of the common side effects associated with CoolSculpting are not noticeable to the eye. You feel them, but you don't see them. These include numbness, tingling, tenderness or itchiness. Visible side effects may include redness, swelling and bruising. The treatment area may look and feel firm as the body begins to metabolize the destroyed fat. Post-treatment side effects are generally mild enough for you to go about your day as normal without significant limitations or noticeable effects. Those that do occur are expected to resolve in a matter of days.
Should I Wear Compression After CoolSculpting®?
You can wear compression garments after receiving CoolSculpting treatment, but you don’t have to. The main benefit of wearing compression after CoolSculpting is that you may feel more comfortable. Doing so does not accelerate our results.
How Effective is CoolSculpting®?
Studies have indicated that the vast majority of people who undergo CoolSculpting treatment achieve approximately 25% fat reduction in the treated area after each session. The results can be very long-lasting when treatment is accompanied by healthy lifestyle habits.
Each CoolSculpting treatment eliminates up to 25% of fat in a certain area. While some patients are happy after one treatment, many see the best results after their second or third treatment. During your one on one consultation, we will discuss a treatment plan that will achieve your desired aesthetic goals for treatment.
Why Choose Miami Plastic Surgery® for CoolSculpting®?
Miami Plastic Surgery® has been performing CoolSculpting treatments since 2014, with a 90% satisfaction rate with treated patients. Miami Plastic Surgery® focuses on a full transformation to achieve the patient’s specific goals. When you choose us, you can expect:
- High-quality services: Our services are performed by top surgeons and cosmetic providers in the area who are experts in their specific fields.
- Advanced technology: We stay up to date on the latest equipment and training to ensure you receive the best care.
- Experienced care teams: Our patient care teams are passionate about helping individuals achieve their cosmetic goals and will guide you through this journey with compassion and individualized attention.
- Personalized care: Upon your initial consultation, we will work with you to create a care plan tuned to your needs.
- The best possible outcomes: You sought us out for a reason, and we are determined to help you get the results you deserve.
Everyone should have the ability to reach their cosmetic goals. Patient financing options are available at Miami Plastic Surgery® and can be discussed in more detail during your consultation.
Request A Consultation
If you have areas of stubborn fat that do not go away despite diet and exercise, you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting®. To learn more about CoolSculpting®, please call us at 305.595.2969 to schedule a consultation at Miami Plastic Surgery® or visit our contact page for information about our South Florida locations.
Read on to learn more about CoolSculpting with some frequently asked client questions.
Will I Lose Weight with CoolSculpting®?
We advise against using CoolSculpting as a form of weight loss. The treatment does reduce fat by targeting a percentage of the fat cells in a small area. That said, the “treatment area” is not as large as it is for plastic surgery like liposuction. The goal of CoolSculpting treatment is not to reduce weight but to contour your body, so you look and feel better whatever you wear!
How Long Should You Wait Between Treatments?
CoolSculpting works with your body. For this reason, we want to allow sufficient time for you to naturally process the fat cells destroyed during your session. It can take about a month for your body to complete this process. You can also give yourself a bit more time in between your CoolSculpting treatments to maximize the effects of healthy lifestyle choices like moving more and consuming whole, nourishing foods. During your consultation, we can discuss the schedule that may be ideal for you.
Can CoolSculpting® be Done on the Face?
The CoolSculpting technology has evolved to treat small areas of unwanted fat near the face. We perform treatments just beneath the chin to improve jawline contours. That said, facial fat is different. The primary area where fatty tissue affects facial contours, aside from the submental area, is the cheeks. In this instance, the fatty tissue is quite dense. It is referred to as buccal fat and is contained in small, solid sacs. At this time, CoolSculpting is not devised to address facial fat, but stay tuned for new developments as they occur!
Is CoolSculpting® Painful?
No. When the applicator panels switch on to suction the area of focus, you may feel tugging or slight pinching. This is temporary. You will also experience various sensations while your fatty tissue is cooling to the target temperature. As this occurs, you may feel cold, then aching or cramping, then tingling, then numbness. Don't worry, though — each sensation lasts only a few moments before it changes, and within a few minutes, you won't feel anything in the target area at all. CoolSculpting may be mildly uncomfortable for a brief moment, but it is not described as painful.
Does CoolSculpting® Reduce Cellulite?
CoolSculpting is a body contouring treatment that can improve your shape by eliminating excess fatty tissue. It does not reduce the appearance of cellulite. This is because cellulite dimples stem from the fibrous connective tissue that tethers the skin to the underlying tissue. Fat only presses against the fibrous bands, but it is the pattern of the bands that is most influential. Our experienced team offers two proven cellulite treatments that you may combine with CoolSculpting for even better results. These include Cellfina . We're happy to provide you with information about either!
When Will I See Results From My Coolsculpting® Procedure?
You may start to see changes as quickly as four weeks after your CoolSculpting treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after 12 weeks. Your body is still flushing fat cells and will continue doing so for up to six months after treatment.
Are The Coolsculpting® Results Permanent?
CoolSculpting eliminates treated fat cells. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, long-term results should remain stable.