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 cleared 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 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.
What areas can I treat with CoolSculpting?
Coolsculpting is FDA-cleared to treat stubborn fat in 8 areas of the body. These areas are the abdomen, back fat, bra fat, love handles (or flanks), upper arms, under the chin, underneath the buttocks (banana roll), as well as the inner and outer thighs. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue under the chin.
How many CoolSculpting treatments have you done?
We hit the 1,000 treatment club with Coolsculpting in February 2018 so we have treated well over 1,000 patients in our office!
Is CoolSculpting safe?
Yes, Coolsculpting is a safe and effective non-surgical way to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat with little to no downtime. There have been over 6 million treatments of Coolsculpting performed worldwide. What I love about Coolsculpting is that the machine is very smart. There are sensors embedded in the applicator that continuously monitor the skin and temperature during the treatment. These sensors send feedback to the machine to adjust the cooling throughout the treatment and give feedback to the provider through a paging system. So if for some reason the temperature isn’t perfect or the applicator moves off the treatment area, the provider will be notified and the treatment will stop. It will also notify the provider when the treatment is complete.
Is CoolSculpting the same as Liposuction?
No. Coolsculpting uses controlled cooling to gently target fat cells and cool these cells causing them to freeze and then die. In the weeks that follow, your body will slowly and naturally process out these dead fat cells and eliminate them out of the body. Liposuction is typically performed in the hospital under general anesthesia and involves making small incisions over the area of concern, injecting a diluted anesthetic fluid, and inserting a narrow suction tube into the fat layer to carefully remove the fat. Liposuction does have some down time while Coolsculpting does not. However, the results of Coolsculpting are not as fast or dramatic as liposuction but for many patients this is ideal as they would like to avoid the recovery time and pain that is associated with surgical procedures.
How long will a CoolSculpting treatment take?
This depends on the area that is being treated and how many applications we are doing that day. Smaller applicators are 35 minute per application and the larger applicator is 45 minutes per application. The outer thigh applicator is 2 hours per thigh. A typical abdomen may have four applicators placed during one treatment. We also do a two minute manual massage after each applicator as well as acoustic massage which can take anywhere from 5-7 minutes per area.
How many CoolSculpting Sessions will I need?
This depends on the area of treatment and how much excess fatty tissue there is as everyone’s body is unique. Each application will reduce the treated area by 20-25%. Some patients may desire more reduction and can retreat these areas as long as there is enough pinchable fat.
How long will it take to see the results of CoolSculpting?
It can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks to see the results of Coolsculpting with some patients continuing to see reduction up to 16 weeks after treatment. Occasionally, we have some patients that report noticing results as early as 6 weeks after treatment.
What does it feel like?
You will feel a gentle tugging or pulling sensation when the applicator is applied and then the tissue will get cold and go numb. The massage after the treatment can feel similar to the sensation when your foot falls asleep.
What happens during the CoolSculpting treatment?
You will have photos and your weight taken. We will have you change into a comfy pair of shorts and a gown as the gel is very sticky and we don’t want to get it on your clothing. We will then mark the area to be treated with a sharpie and then apply a pre-treatment wipe. Then we will apply the gel pad and place the vacuum applicator on the treatment area which will gently draw the tissue in. We will then get you into a comfortable position covering you with a blanket and give you a call light. Then, the cooling will start. After the treatment, we will remove the applicator and gel pad and do a quick two minute manual massage. After this, we will apply a sweet almond oil to the treatment area and do acoustic massage which may help to further increase your reduction.
How much fat can I lose?
You can expect around a 20-25% reduction of fat cells in the area treated. You will not lose weight from this treatment as fat cells do not weigh much.
What happens to the fat?
As the cooling is applied it will target the fat cells causing them to undergo a natural cell death called apoptosis. The body will then send in macrophages to eat up the fat cells that have died and slowly process them out through the liver and into your waste over the coming weeks. This is a natural removal as the fat cells are gently eliminated through the body’s normal metabolism process.
How long will the results last?
Coolsculpting results are long term. The treated fat cells are gone for good and the elimination of fat cells as a result of Coolsculpting is expected to last as long as fat cells removed by invasive procedures like liposuction.
Who makes a good candidate for CoolSculpting?
Ideal candidates are patients who maintain a healthy weight and are relatively fit but have modest-size stubborn pockets of fat that area not easily reduced through diet and exercise. These patients are looking for spot treatment of specific areas of fat but are not considering a surgical procedure. They understand that Coolsculpting is not intended for weight loss or obesity.
Are there risks and complications associated with my procedure?
Coolsculpting is completely non-invasive treatment with no downtime which allows patients to return to normal activities such as work and exercise immediately after treatment. Patients can expect to see redness in the treatment area which may last from a few minutes to a few hours. There can also be swelling and/or bruising in the treatment area which typically resolves within a few weeks after treatment. Many patients will experience a temporary dulling of sensation (numbness) in the treatment area that can last anywhere from a week to a couple months.
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 25 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.
Why choose Burgess Plastic Surgery for CoolSculpting?
We offer a team of highly trained Registered Nurses who are all graduates of Coolsculpting University. Coolsculpting University is an elite program designed to fully immerse practitioners in the theory and practice of Coolsculpting procedures. Through both lectures and hands-on education, our providers have gone over every aspect of the procedure from consults, to 360 degree patient assessment, to treatment at Coolsculpting University. We have been performing Coolsculpting at Burgess Plastic Surgery for over 5 years which means that we have long term outcomes and results for our patients. We are also in the prestigious Coolsculpting Club 1,000! This means we have done over 1,000 Coolsculpting treatments. Working for a plastic surgeon, we are trained with an eye for body contouring and attention to detail. We customize treatments plans based on a patient’s individual goals.
We also address skin laxity at our office. While Coolsculpting does a great job at getting rid of stubborn fat bulges, some patients may choose to layer their treatment with another device that can help tighten the skin. We offer a treatment called Fire and Ice in which a patient will have ThermiSmooth radiofrequency to the treatment area first for skin tightening and at the same appointment we will then apply the Coolsculpting applicator to the area of concern to address the fat. We also have ThermiTight radiofrequency treatments that we may recommend to further improve skin laxity. Finally, we include acoustic massage using Slimspec with all of our Coolsculpting treatments to further improve your results.
We are professional, caring, experienced, and most of all we love what we do. We are constantly keeping up with the latest developments in body contouring. Several of us have had Coolsculpting done and we believe in this machine because we have had nice results. This treatment not only provides results, but we are with you every step of the way.
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!