Non-Surgical Body Contouring with CoolSculpting
Dr. Elisa Burgess is proud to offer CoolSculpting®, a non-invasive and non-surgical method of fat reduction in the Portland, Oregon area. This treatment decreases the amount of fat cells and has very little, to no, downtime. CoolSculpting® is FDA approved for fat reduction to any pinchable area of fat on the abdomen, flanks, inner/outer thigh, under the chin, and upper arms. So if you have a problem spot you can’t get rid of, CoolSculpting® is your answer!
How does CoolSculpting® work?
CoolSculpting® works by a process called Cryolipolysis®. This process occurs by applying a targeted cooling process to the fat cells in a specific area on the body. The fat cells exposed to this cooling process begin to die over the next few weeks and are absorbed through the body’s own immune response. It is reported that over 20% of fat cells are decreased after a treatment.
Dr. Elisa Burgess, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and her trained staff will guide you toward the treatment that will be best for your body.
What Happens During a CoolSculpting® Treatment?
During CoolSculpting treatments, you will find yourself comfortable and relaxed as your fat cells are treated. A gel pad is placed on the treatment area to protect your skin from the suction/cooling handpiece. The provider will apply the handpiece to the desired area and then select the correct treatment. For the first 5-10 minutes there will be a strong sensation of suction to the treatment area. This sensation will subside as the cooling process begins and the area becomes numb from the cooling. Each treatment area will differ in length. On average, each area is about 1 hour and several treatment areas may be necessary.
Once the treatment is initiated and the cooling process begins, patients are welcome to read, listen to music, or take a relaxing nap. You may even have other treatments provided at the same time, such as Ultherapy®, the only FDA non-surgical brow, face, and neck lift, as well as any aesthetic treatment such as a facial or chemical peel.
How Long Until I see the Results of CoolSculpting?
To see the complete results of your CoolSculpting treatment can take up to 3 months due to the time it takes your body to process the frozen fat cells in the treatment area. After your treatment, you may have some swelling, but this will subside within the following days and weeks after treatment. As time progresses, you will begin to notice your treatment area change shape and your clothes may even begin to fit differently.
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CoolSculpting is a fairly new procedure and when people hear that it is a procedure that non-surgically reduces fat by freezing it, they often have plenty of questions for Dr. Burgess. Here are some frequently asked questions about CoolSculpting that should help to clear up any confusion you may have about the procedure.
How does freezing fat help to slim down my body?
The process that CoolSculpting uses is known as Cryolipolysis. When fat is cooled to extremely low temperatures, the fat cells begin to die. Over time, your body naturally absorbs these dead fat cells, resulting in a gradual slimming of the treated area.
Will CoolSculpting work for me?
CoolSculpting is best for men and women suffering from problems with unwanted fat that cannot be improved with just diet and exercise. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure or an answer to obesity. It can provide patients with up to a 20 percent reduction in fat in the treated area.
Can CoolSculpting be used as an alternative to liposuction?
CoolSculpting can be a great alternative to liposuction and with no recovery necessary can be more easily fit into a busy schedule. However, CoolSculpting may not be the best option for everyone. Dr. Burgess will discuss your expectations during your consultation to determine the right body contouring treatment for you.
How long does the CoolSculpting treatment last?
CoolSculpting with Dr. Burgess will last typically one hour per treated area. Most patients are able to fit treatment into their lunch break and return to work after just a couple of hours or less.
Is CoolSculpting painful?
During the initial cooling portion of your procedure, you will likely feel some pressure and an intense cold sensation. However, this will fade fairly quickly and you should be able to relax while reading, watching videos, napping or even getting some work done on a tablet while you’re away from the office.
When will I see the results of my CoolSculpting procedure?
Most patients notice improvements in their body’s shape in just three weeks. After about two months, you will begin noticing more significant results, which will continue to improve for about 4-6 months following your treatment with Dr. Burgess.
Will the fat come back after CoolSculpting?
No! Once the fat cells are frozen and gone, they are gone for good. However, it is still possible for you to gain weight if you don’t continue to make healthy lifestyle decisions. Just because you have had a CoolSculpting procedure doesn’t mean you can sit on the couch and watch television all day. Many men are women are more inspired to remain active and eat right once seeing the results of their CoolSculpting treatment.
If you have any other questions or would like to talk to Dr. Burgess personally about your CoolSculpting options in Portland, please give our office a call today.
*Testimonials found on Burgess Plastic Surgery have been sent to us by customers and may not reflect the typical customer’s experience and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. The testimonials are meant to be a showcase of the best results, and should not be taken as the results a typical user may get.
If you’re trying to slim down in time for a big event with CoolSculpting, it is important to allow for some time to achieve the final results. Don’t expect to drop a few pant sizes the day after your CoolSculpting procedure with Dr. Burgess. It will take some time for your body to absorb the frozen fat cells, but as long as you remain patient, CoolSculpting can provide you with life-changing results.
A single CoolSculpting treatment can eliminate up to 20 percent of the problem fat cells. Once they are gone, they’re gone for good. Just be sure to continue a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and proper nutrition to avoid gaining new weight. There is no procedure that can be used as an alternative to diet and exercise.
CoolSculpting Risks and Recovery
The great thing about CoolSculpting is that there are very few risks or recovery time involved. Most patients are able to even come in for treatment during their lunch break and return to work after just one to two hours. You may experience some minor side effects such as redness or swelling. Other rare potential side effects can include but are not limited to indentation, discoloration, need for further treatment, loose skin, late onset pain, and paradoxical hyperplasia.
Feel Confident in Your New Body with CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting can help to bring out the washboard abs or that hourglass figure that is hiding behind those stubborn lumps and bumps of fat. Many of our Portland CoolSculpting patients feel more confident with their new bodies and are excited when that old shirt or dress that was once too tight now fits like a dream.
Ready for Your CoolSculpting Treatment? Contact our Lake Oswego office to schedule your consultation!