Freezing The Fat Away (Coolsculpting by Zeltiq)

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Coolsculpting (Cryolipolysis) by Zeltiq is here, The newest non-surgical fat reduction method: No scalpel, numbing, needle, or incision. This is truly a lunch time procedure with minimal discomfort and no surgery to get rid of that fat pad you always wanted gone. It works by freezing the fat cells under the skin and gradually killing them over days. This is the ONLY FDA approved device for this purpose. This is a proven way to trim the unwanted bulges with consistent  results that target and destroy only fat.

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What’s new: As of September 2016, we are among very few practices in the Northwest that have added CoolAdvantage applicator to our technology to cut the treatment time to only 35 minutes for an area. We also offer Coolmini for treatment of the fullness under the chin.

Who is a good candidate for this treatment with CoolSculpting?

Just like liposuction, the ideal candidate is a person close to normal body mass index, and with local fat deposits that are hard to get rid of despite diet and exercise. Coolsculpting can be done on any area of the body except for the face.

How long does it take? Each  session (cycle) takes about an hour  for a given body area.

How soon do I see the results? The results take time. Usually between day 30 and 90 after the treatment you should start seeing the result.

How many treatments do I need? It depends on how much trimming in a certain area of the body you would want to achieve, which is typically 1-2 sessions on the same area. Some persistent fat pads may need a second treatment.

Does this replace liposuction? Depending on the individual and skin laxity, it may or may not be a replacement for liposuction. Each person is evaluated thoroughly to see if they are a good candidate for this procedure.

Does it hurt? What should I do before and after the procedure? The procedure has some mild discomfort in the first few minutes due to the sensation of tugging and chilling the skin, but it goes away quickly and is very tolerable. No special preparation is needed before the procedure, but if you have medical conditions such as cryoglobulinemia, PNH, or cold urticaria, you will need to notify your practitioner. You will also best need to avoid anticoagulants to avoid bruising or bleeding into the skin. No special instruction is needed for after the treatment, but wearing a compression garment may provide support while  you are recovering. There may be some slight fleeting bruising after the procedure.