With no surgery, no needles, and even no anesthesia, CoolSculpting is completely changing the way we think about fat reduction. Our CoolSculpting patients in Las Vegas love how easily it fits into their busy lifestyles. Our surgeons love its proven science and safety record. Here, learn more about how it works and what it can do for your body.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is completely unique in the world of nonsurgical fat reduction procedures. That's because it freezes away fat cells for lasting, targeted results exactly where you want them. Although the science is advanced, the concept is relatively simple. Fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than skin or muscle, so CoolSculpting doesn't cause any damage to surrounding tissues. Once the targeted cells are frozen, they die in a programmed way called apoptosis. The dead fat cells are then removed from your body via its natural cleansing process.
Is CoolSculpting Right for Me?
CoolSculpting may be an effective treatment for you if you're in generally good shape but you're bothered by small, localized areas of unwanted fat. Here at Anson, Edwards & Higgins, we're able to effectively reduce fat in the following areas:
- Inner and outer thighs
- "Banana roll" below the buttocks
- Above the knees
- Beneath the chin
- Armpits/bra strap area
During your initial consultation, your provider helps determine whether CoolSculpting is right for you. Because it's noninvasive and doesn't require anesthesia, it's typically well tolerated. However, it's not always the appropriate solution for everyone. In some cases, you may be better served by liposuction.
How Are CoolSculpting Treatments Performed?
CoolSculpting is performed in our office as an outpatient procedure. It begins with your practitioner applying a gel pad to the area of your body being treated. The pad feels cool and moist. The CoolSculpting applicator is then attached to your skin with suction, so you can expect to feel a pulling sensation as the device starts working. The entire treatment takes about an hour for a single area, and during this time you can relax, read, or browse the internet on your phone. The procedure is not painful and the initial sensation of intense cold quickly goes away.
After your visit, you can return to your usual activities as soon as you like, although your treated area may appear red and inflamed, and may feel a bit sore for a day or so. The results of CoolSculpting take some time to appear. You can expect to see your initial results after a couple of weeks, and they'll further develop for several months after that.
Your results are likely to be quite long lasting, especially if you work to maintain a steady weight in the years following your treatment.