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Dr. Bernstein was the first physician in the Pennsylvania to get CoolSculpting®, served on the CoolSculpting medical advisory board and has published in the peer-reviewed literature on the CoolSculpting® procedure.
Fat Reduction / CoolSculpting® FAQs
WHAT AREAS OF FAT DOES COOLSCULPTING® REMOVE?
CoolSculpting® removes isolated pockets of fat on multiple areas of the body including the abdomen, sides (love handles), inner and outer thighs, upper lower arms (bat wings), lower buttock area, upper back, arms and under chin (submental) areas.
CAN I USE COOLSCUPTING® INSTEAD OF DIETING TO LOSE WEIGHT?
No. CoolSculpting® is for reducing isolated areas of fat that won’t resolve with standard dieting. Even large areas of fat can be reduced on the abdomen, but CoolSculpting® will not accomplish weight loss. Diet and exercise as directed by one’s physician is the best way to lose unwanted pounds.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FAT THAT IS TREATED WITH COOLSCULPTING®?
Fat cells damaged by CoolSculpting® undergo apoptosis, or programmed cell death. This means that they die over time and are removed and excreted from the body the way fat in food is eliminated.They will disappear over time, so results take a minimum of 3 weeks to see.
HOW IS COOLSCULPTING® DIFFERENT FROM LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction removes fat by inserting metal cannula (hollow metal tube) into the fat below the skin and disrupts the fat by being moved back and forth in the fatty layer, while loosened fat is suctioned out of the body through the hollow cannula. Liposuction is invasive as it requires the cannula to be inserted under the skin through an incision. A great deal of fat can be removed by liposuction and healing is accompanied by significant bruising and swelling. Anesthesia is injected into the fatty layer for pain control with liposuction. In contrast, CoolSculpting® is non-invasive and does not require any anesthesia. Patients are treated in the office and have no downtime. Fat disappears gradually over time following treatment.
HOW MANY COOLSCULPTING® TREATMENTS WILL IT TAKE TO REMOVE AN AREA OF UNWANTED FAT?
To remove a single area of fat one or two treatments are usually all that is required in most people. Treatments generally take 35 or 45 minutes.
DOES COOLSCULPTING® HURT?
For the first 5 minutes of a treatment the skin feels cold and after that there is little, if any, discomfort. In the past, applicators that applied greater suction produced some discomfort from pulling on the skin. Newer applicators do not have this issue.
WHAT ARE THE IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF COOLSCULPTING®?
Immediately following treatment the treated area resembles a cool, red stick of butter. Fat gets firm as it is cooled just as butter or oil do. The treated area tingles following treatment, and is massaged for a few minutes to break up fat crystals and increase the amount of fat that is removed, which feels like fingers thawing out after a cold day. For a few days following treatment the treated area is a little swollen due to the inflammation following treatment. This means that after treating the abdomen or love handles that pants can feel a little tighter than normal.
WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF COOLSCULPTING®?
Discomfort following treatment that requires medication for up to a month was a rare complication following CoolSculpting® with the older applicators. Now with the newer applicators that apply less suction, this rare side effect is extremely rare. Paradoxical fat growth in the treated area is a rare side-effect, termed paradoxical fat hypertrophy. This occurs because for reasons we don’t understand fat can get thicker from inflammation rather than shrinking as it usually does. The cause of this side effect is not known, and isolated liposuction has been used to reverse it.
HOW DO I CARE FOR THE TREATED AREA?
No aftercare is required following CoolSculpting®.
WHO ARE NOT CANDIDATES FOR COOLSCULPTING®?
People with known hypersensitivity to cold including those with cryoglobulinemia and poor circulation in the area to be treated should avoid treatment. In addition, those bleeding disorders or on blood thinners should avoid treatment. People with a hernia in or near the area to be treated, or with a recent surgery or scar tissue in the area to be treated should avoid treatment in those areas.