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Remove unwanted fat for a slimmer physique with Zeltiq CoolSculpting in Algonquin, IL
Posted by Dr. Vikram Khanna
Many people can relate to that annoying area of unwanted fat that doesn’t seem to respond to diet and exercise. For some, it may be around the abdomen, for others it may be around the hips, or thighs. While liposuction used to be one of the only effective methods for removing this fat, there is now a non-invasive option that is quick, easy, and effective. Zeltiq CoolSculpting is a cosmetic procedure that will eliminate pockets of unwanted fat with no incisions or long recovery. If you are ready for slimmer body contours, but aren’t interested in an invasive medical procedure, CoolSculpting from Dermatology Specialists of Illinois in Algonquin may be the answer for you.
What is CoolSculpting and How does it work?
CoolSculpting delivers controlled cooling to target and destroy fat cells. Once the fat cells have been destroyed, the body processes them and eliminates them as waste. The entire CoolSculpting process will permanently reduce the number of fat cells in the treated area, leading to improved body contours.
CoolSculpting is so effective because fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other cells. The unique CoolSculpting applicator is programed to cool at a specific temperature that will destroy fat cells, but leave healthy cells and tissue unharmed. After CoolSculpting, patients will enjoy a trimmer, more sculpted appearance.
We see many patients who are trying to decide between liposuction and CoolSculpting, so how do you choose? One CoolSculpting session typically removes up to 20 percent of the fat cells in the treated area, whereas liposuction can remove up to 40%. The main difference is that liposuction is an invasive procedure that has more risks and a longer recovery time (one to two weeks). CoolSculpting has no down-time, is non-invasive, and does not require anesthetic.
Candidates for CoolSculpting
While CoolSculpting is very effective at eliminating fat, it is not a weight loss method. CoolSculpting is intended for use in small, targeted areas. Patients who are 30 lbs. or more overweight are generally not good candidates for CoolSculpting. In addition, individuals with Donath-Landsteiner syndrome which causes hemoglobin in the urine after exposure to cold temperatures, are not suitable for CoolSculpting treatment.
In general, if you are close to your ideal weight and are tired of stubborn pockets of fat such as a muffin top or love handles, you will do well with CoolSculpting.
The CoolSculpting Procedure
Before having a CoolSculpting treatment, you will meet with Dr. Khanna for a consultation. During this appointment you should share your goals for treatment and which areas of the body you want to have fat removed from. During this appointment, Dr. Khanna will decide if CoolSculpting is right for you and from there, a treatment plan will be developed.
The plan will include:
The area(s) where fat will be removed
How much fat will be removed
How many sessions are needed (multiple areas will require more sessions).
During treatment, you will be sitting down, and the gel pad and applicator will be placed on top of the area that is to be treated. This specialized applicator delivers highly controlled cooling to target the fat cells in that area. Most sessions last about an hour. During the session you may feel some pressure, but no pain. Many patients relax during their treatment while others opt to read, watch a show, or check emails.
Once the session is complete, the gel pad and applicator will be removed, and the area will be massaged. There is no downtime with CoolSculpting, so you are free to return to work or continue with your regular daily activities.
The most common side effects from CoolSculpting are redness, bruising, swelling, or numbness in the treated area. These are typically short-lived; however, the entire area may be swollen for a few weeks.
Results from CoolSculpting
Most individuals will see noticeable improvement in the treated area within three weeks, and the full fat reduction will be visible after about two months. This is because it takes time for the body to process and eliminate the fat cells. Some patients may see continued improvement for up to six months.
If you’re excited about a slimmer and more toned physique, we can’t wait to meet you. Call Dermatology Specialists of Illinois today to schedule your CoolSculpting consultation.