Even people who are trim, have the healthiest eating habits and exercise regularly can be plagued by stubborn fat deposits. Maybe they show up as a double chin, or flabby upper arms, or those unsightly “muffin tops.” Wherever they are, whatever they are called, they are pockets of fat that defy weight loss and exercise.
Here at Greenwich Dermatology in Greenwich, Connecticut, we can provide you with the sculpted body that has been eluding you. The answer is CoolSculpting.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, nonsurgical, FDA-approved medical procedure that removes fat cells from your body.
The number of fat cells in our bodies remains constant when we become adults. We gain weight and the cells get larger; we lose weight and the cells shrink, but they do not disappear. With CoolSculpting, the cells disappear. The procedure freezes them. They die, are absorbed by the body, and are naturally eliminated. And, best news yet, once they are gone, they are gone forever!
What Is the Science Behind CoolSculpting?
Cryolipolysis (cryo = cold, lipo = fat, lysis = breakdown) is the science behind CoolSculpting. Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and the site of many groundbreaking scientific achievements, developed the technology that targets specific fat cells and subjects them to freezing temperatures that cause their death—without causing harm to any surrounding skin and tissues.
As time goes on, the dead cells are eliminated from the body naturally via digestion, metabolization and the lymphatic drainage system.
What areas can be treated with CoolSculpting?
- Double chin
- Upper arms
- Abdomen and stomach
- Chest (for men)
- Flanks and “love handles”
- Inner and outer thighs
- Back bulge and bra area
- “Spare tires”
- “Muffin tops”
The science of Coolsculpting was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital by Harvard’s world
leaders in laser and light technologies.
Cryo = cold, lipo = fat, lysis = breakdown, is a Greek medical term which literally means fat breakdown through cold.
Research has shown that fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than surrounding tissue. Using advanced cooling (cryo) technology, the device safely targets the fat layer and slowly crystallizes the fat cell contents. This process causes the breakdown of the cells. Fat is gradually eliminated via natural metabolic processes.
What Happens During a CoolSculpting Procedure?
CoolSculpting is a simple, safe procedure. There are no needles or drugs involved, and there is no aftercare required. The procedure generally takes 15-20 minutes per area. The advantage at Greenwich Dermatology is that we have two devices and can treat two areas at one time.
You recline in a comfortable chair and can read, listen to music, work on an iPad, or simply rest.
Your provider marks the target area and covers it with a thin gel pad that works as cushion between the cooling plates and your skin.
Two cooling plates gently lift the target area and act as a vacuum, painlessly drawing the fat cells toward the surface of the skin. You may feel a not-unpleasant tugging sensation.
The fat cells beneath the skin begin to freeze and die, while surrounding skin and tissue are unaffected. There is an intense feeling of cold (think of an ice pack right out of the freezer on your bare skin) that dissipates in a few minutes.
At the end of the procedure, the provider massages the target area for a minute or two to further encourage the breakdown of the fat cells.
And After the Procedure?
As soon as the procedure is finished, you can go about your day as though nothing happened!
You may see results in three weeks or more, but it will take two to three months to enjoy the most significant results. Your body continues to process the dead fat cells for up to six months. With each session, fat cells are reduced by about 20%.
The results are truly remarkable and last indefinitely!
What Is My First Step to CoolSculpting?
The professionalism and experience of the provider is of utmost important. We at Greenwich Dermatology adhere to the highest standards of safety and patient care.
Please contact us with any questions or to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to determine if CoolSculpting is the proper procedure for you. If so, we will customize a treatment plan according to your needs. The first step on your path to a sculpted body is that easy.