There are two types of people in this world: people who can tell you all about the difficulties of getting rid of stubborn fat, and people who never had any of it. If you’re in the first category and have been battling fat that seems to have a mind of its own, this spring might be a good time to look into CoolSculpting from DermSurgery Associates of Houston.
CoolSculpting is a patented procedure that targets stubborn fat from all the areas of your body where excess fat often is found. It’s cool in the figurative sense of the word, and also literally as the process actually freezes and kills fat cells. Once dead, the cells are naturally eliminated from your body.
Is CoolSculpting an operation?
Unlike other procedures that lead to less fat on the body (like gastric bypass surgery), CoolSculpting is in no way surgical. It involves no needles, requires no anesthesia and won’t call for down-time following the procedure. CoolSculpting is FDA-approved not as a weight-loss tool but rather as a method of removing fatty deposits in specified areas of the body.
When the treatment begins, patients report a brief period of pressure and intense cold in the area being worked on. After the pressure and cold go away, most patients relax comfortably and pull out a book or their phone to occupy themselves until the treatment is finished.
Does this take a long time?
Your dermatologist will put together a treatment plan for your specific needs. The length of a treatment session will depend on the number of body areas you’ll be addressing during that session. Several sessions may be scheduled. But regardless of treatment time and number of sessions, the great thing is that you should begin to see the effects of CoolSculpting in as early as three weeks, with the most pronounced results showing up between one and three months.
What about side effects?
As with many dermatological procedures, you’ll probably notice some side effects. However, they will be relatively minor and won’t keep you from getting back to your day following treatment. Common side effects may include a short period of numbness, swelling, bruising, tingling and stinging in the treatment area. Again – for most patients these are minor side effects that do not hamper normal activities.
Will the fat return?
If your lifestyle and diet are conducive to gaining weight, some new stubborn fat may appear in the “problem” areas. But the fat that CoolSculpting freezes and removes is gone forever. After your treatment is finished, we definitely recommend that you adopt better eating and exercise habits, which will keep new fat from appearing.
CoolSculpting for spring. It’s a great idea, and a great way to get rid of the fat that’s been bothering you in time for summer. Give us a call to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
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DermSurgery Associates is a Greater Houston area dermatology practice offering cosmetic, surgical and non-invasive dermatology treatments and procedures with industry-leading physicians trained and experienced with the most current dermatology technologies and procedures. For more information, contact
7515 Main, Suite 240
Houston, TX 77030