CoolSculpting for Non-Surgical Body Contouring in Atlanta & Alpharetta | The Spa at NAPS

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, body-slimming procedure; anesthesia, needles, and incisions aren’t necessary during this treatment. The effectiveness of CoolSculpting is based on the principle of cooling subcutaneous fat to the point that the cooling process destroys the fat cells, which the body then processes naturally.

 

If you want a slimmer and smoother physique, contact The Spa at NAPS today to learn more about what CoolSculpting can do for you!

CoolSculpting 101 – What You Need to Know About Non-Surgical Body Contouring

CoolSculpting technology uses controlled cooling to affect only the targeted fat cells. In the weeks to follow, your body eliminates dead cells through natural metabolic processes. CoolSculpting results are long-term; treated fat cells are gone for good.

Patients experience increased confidence in their appearance after CoolSculpting. After a series of treatments, you should notice sleek curves and better-fitting clothing, and when you feel good about your appearance, you can go about your daily life with improved self-esteem.

CoolSculpting, like liposuction, is best for patients close to their ideal body weight, but who have trouble spots that won’t change with diet and exercise. For women, common problem areas are the abdomen, hips, and thighs. For men, troublesome spots are usually the lower abdomen, flanks, and chin. Most of us are genetically prone to store fat in certain areas, and these areas tend to be resistant to diet and exercise. That is where CoolSculpting can help!

 

To see best results with CoolSculpting, you will want to be within 20 to 30 pounds of your ideal and maintainable weight. While you don’t have to make drastic changes to your lifestyle after treatment, we encourage our patients to stay active and eat a balanced diet. Finally, having achieved their ideal body, many men and women are motivated to live out an increasingly healthy lifestyle.

 

For CoolSculpting to work, the device must be able to latch on to the fat. Thus, for your CoolSculpting treatment to be successful, you must have enough pinchable fat. While not exact, you should have no less or no more than a couple of inches of thickness for optimal results. 

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Zeltiq CoolSculpting – Pain, Bruising, Risks?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved CoolSculpting as a safe medical treatment, and it has many advantages over more invasive treatments such as liposuction. CoolSculpting is a relatively painless procedure with little to no downtime.  

Potential side effects include the following:

How Soon After Having CoolSculpting Will I See Measurable Results?

You will start to see the results of CoolSculpting emerging gradually, as your body naturally starts to eliminate the dead fat cells. In most cases, you will see a reduction in fat within three weeks of the procedure. However, in some cases, the final outcomes won’t appear for six months.

Meet Dr. Joiner

“Dr. Aida Joiner is an extremely experienced, board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in providing anesthetic services for outpatient, cosmetic surgery here at our Atlanta and Alpharetta offices. What sets her apart from her peers is her attention to detail, concern for patient safety, and desire to provide the most advanced anesthetic techniques currently available.  And she is always available to discuss our patient’s concerns prior to surgery.  She completes the surgical team! No one gives a better anesthesia experience than Dr. Joiner. “

How Can I Maximize and Improve My CoolSculpting Results?

It is essential to realize that CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss procedure. It reduces up to 25% of fat in the treatment area with each application. The goal is to reduce fat in a limited area that is resistant to weight-loss options. The ideal candidates for the procedure are patients at a stable body weight who have isolated areas of fatty tissue. The best way to improve the results of CoolSculpting is to live a healthy lifestyle with clean eating and regular exercise.

 

Recent studies have shown that massage to the area treated by CoolSculpting improves fat reduction for the first two to four months after treatment. Vibration therapy also helps enhance circulation and improve lymphatic drainage, which increases the elimination of waste and may facilitate your body’s natural removal of the dead fat cells.

 

Lastly, it is crucial to follow up with Dr. Alderman, as repeat treatment is often necessary to provide optimal results. A second or third treatment six weeks after the initial procedure can maximize results by targeting deeper layers of fatty tissue.

Why Does CoolSculpting Work When Diet and Exercise Do Not?

Fat cells can shrink when you consume fewer calories than you burn. The cells remain in your body, and therefore, can grow larger again if your caloric intake increases without a corresponding increase in energy expenditure. For some, diet and exercise are difficult ways to sculpt the body, especially for individuals who may have a slow metabolism. And some people can be at their ideal body weight and still have fatty areas on their body that are resistant to further weight loss. 

 

CoolSculpting will eliminate 25% of the fatty tissue in a targeted area permanently. The cells are no longer in the body and, thus, cannot hypertrophy again. CoolSculpting is an ideal add-on to body sculpting when the results of a balanced diet and regular exercise regimen have plateaued. 

What Is a CoolSculpting Treatment Like?

Our health care professional will meet with you and discuss your concerns and goals. We will determine the areas of treatment and discuss the expected number of sessions. 

 

We have two CoolSculpting units, allowing us to provide service at double the speed, since we can treat two areas simultaneously. We’ll begin by meticulously outlining each treatment area to create the best contour, then placing the cooling device on the skin. You will then be able to sit back and relax in a comfortable chair while the procedure takes place. Most people initially feel intense cold, and the treated area will eventually go numb. Each area takes about 30 minutes to freeze. We will then remove the device from your skin and massage the treatment area for about five minutes. You’re then free to go home, or begin the next area of treatment as desired.

Can I Have Any Area of My Body Treated?

Common treatment areas for CoolSculpting are:

 

  • Stomach/abdomen
  • Love handles/flanks
  • Hips
  • Under the neck (double chin)
  • Back/bra area
  • Thighs (outer and inner)
  • Knees
  • Arms
  • Male chest
  • Under buttocks (banana roll)

How Long Does CoolSculpting Take?

The time required for CoolSculpting depends on how many areas you are getting treated. It can take as little as 30 minutes if we are only targeting one area. However, most people have a few trouble spots that they want addressed, so the time can vary. At The Spa at NAPS, we have a dual CoolSculpting machine, allowing us to work on two body parts at the same time to expedite your treatment process.

What Happens to the Treated Fat?

The patented CoolSculpting technology freezes the fatty tissue under the skin. The freezing process kills the fat cells, and your body naturally flushes them out through your liver. The fat cells cannot return, thus making the results of CoolSculpting permanent.

How Much Downtime Can I Expect?

There is no downtime with CoolSculpting. The treatment area may be sore to the touch for up to two weeks, but the discomfort is minimal and does not impact regular activities of daily living. There are also no restrictions after the treatment. Patients may engage in any type of physical exercise and lifting as desired.

Meet Dr. Alderman

Dr. Amy Alderman is a nationally known, board-certified plastic surgeon located in Buckhead near Atlanta.  As a female surgeon and mother of two children, she provides a unique perspective to patient care.  Each surgical plan is individually tailored to each patient’s needs and lifestyles and is aimed at enhancing her patient’s natural beauty and restoring confidence. She is known for her personal approach to patient care and has unparalleled commitment to patient safety, which can be attributed to years of education, professional experience and involvement in national patient safety initiatives.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

You generally can expect a 25% reduction in the volume of fat in the treatment area per session. The number of treatments will depend on the amount of fat you have and your desired results. In general, patients will see the best results with at least two treatment sessions for a targeted area.

Does CoolSculpting Involve Incisions or Injections?

CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive procedure. There are no needles and no incisions required for the process of cryolipolysis to work. You won’t need to take any anesthetic or pain medications afterward. You can come in for treatment on your lunch break and return to work immediately thereafter.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting?

Just like any other body contouring procedure, the best candidates are patients near their ideal body weight that have stubborn areas of fat resistant to diet and exercise. CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss procedure. But it is an ideal procedure for patients who desire a more sculpted figure or physique with little to no downtime.

Can CoolSculpting Remove a “Beer Belly?”

A beer belly is usually an indication of visceral fat, which is deep in the abdomen near your intestines and other organs. CoolSculpting and liposuction cannot remove this visceral fat due to its location. Procedures such as CoolSculpting can only target fat cells that are in a more superficial location under the skin.

What Happens to the Skin After CoolSculpting?

There are some data to suggest that the skin at the treatment area tightens after CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting preserves the skin tone and texture, and is often a better option for fat removal in patients with less-than-ideal skin tone compared to liposuction. Liposuction is a more drastic method of fat removal and can result in skin laxity in patients with less-than-ideal skin tone. CoolSculpting removes the underlying fat more gradually than liposuction, and as a result, is often better at preserving the appearance of the overlying skin.

Medical Considerations and Restrictions for CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is not a treatment for weight loss. In addition, you should not have the procedure if you have any of the following:

 

  • Open wounds in the treated area
  • Recent surgery in the treated area
  • Cryoglobinemia
  • Known sensitivity to cold (i.e., cold urticarial or Raynaud’s disease)
  • Cold agglutinin disease
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
  • Impaired peripheral circulation in the treated area (diabetic neuropathy)
  • A hernia in the treated area
  • An implanted device in the treated area
  • Pregnancy

 

CoolSculpting is also FDA-approved for treating visible fat pockets under the chin (submental) and jawline (submandibular) areas.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is the most advanced, effective method to remove fat without surgery. The technology is one of a kind, working to freeze the fat without harming the overlying skin. The in-office procedure does not use any type of anesthetic or pain medications. After the treatment, which takes only a few hours, you can resume normal daily activities.

CoolSculpting uses very innovative technology that freezes unwanted fat without harming the overlying skin. Your body will naturally break down the dead fat cells and flush them out of your body through your liver over the next two to four weeks. Approximately 25 to 30% of fat gets removed with each treatment. You can retreat problematic areas after a couple of months and expect to have a 25 to 30% reduction of fat each time. Once your body has processed and eliminated the frozen fat, it is permanently gone. Fat cells cannot regrow once removed from your body. 

That’s an excellent question, and one it’s essential to understand. You will harm your skin if you apply ice to yourself in hopes of freezing the underlying fat. You could get frostbite and can have permanent damage to your skin. CoolSculpting uses innovative technology that works to freeze the deep fatty tissue without impacting the overlying skin. The FDA has approved it as a safe procedure.

The results of CoolSculpting and liposuction are very similar in that they both permanently remove fat from specific areas of your body, such as your abdomen, hips, flanks, legs, and chin. CoolSculpting is a more gradual process for fat removal, with a 25% reduction with each treatment, compared to liposuction, which removes the majority of fat in the specific area with just one treatment. The advantages of CoolSculpting over liposuction is that it is non-invasive, does not require incisions or needles, has no downtime, and can be better for the skin in patients with less skin elasticity. However, CoolSculpting often requires more than one treatment.

CoolSculpting and SculpSure® are both FDA-approved devices for fat removal, but work in different ways. CoolSculpting eliminates the fat cells by precise, controlled freezing of the fat, whereas SculpSure® uses laser technology to melt fat cells. When considering the two treatment options, the first thing to think about is your pain threshold. SculpSure® much reach fairly high temperatures for treatment effectiveness, which can be quite painful. Temperatures need to reach about 107 degrees. CoolSculpting is easier to tolerate, since the cooling action will have a numbing effect. Also, consider the amount of fat to be removed. Patients who wish to remove more fat would be better off with CoolSculpting.

 

VelaShape is a FDA-approved device uses a combination of suction, massage, radiofrequency energy, and infrared light to shape the body. It may be more effective for cellulite than CoolSculpting; however, CoolSculpting is more effective for fat removal.

 

Venus Freeze uses magnetic fields and radio frequency to tighten skin by heating the underlying tissue, stimulating the production of fibrin and elastin. It is not a fat reduction procedure and does not remove fat cells like CoolSculpting. However, compared to CoolSculpting, it is technology aimed to stimulate collagen and promote skin tightening.

The cost ranges from $2,000 to $4,000 per session. The smaller the area, the lower the cost. The total cost varies by the amount of areas treated and the number of sessions required for optimal results.

CoolSculpting can help eliminate stubborn fat pockets. Once those fat cells are gone, they are gone for good. But, this doesn’t mean your body’s natural process of regulating weight stops. If you stop exercising or discontinue a balanced diet, you will see weight gain. However, even in this case, you will gain weight in an even distribution pattern throughout your body, not focused on treatment areas. 

As CoolSculpting is a voluntary and cosmetic procedure, most insurance providers and FSA companies do not cover it. However, for the most accurate answer, you should check with your insurer directly to see what your plan covers. We also offer several financing options to ensure our treatments can accommodate any budget.

Over 70 peer-reviewed clinical publications have found CoolSculpting to be safe and effective. ZELTIQ™ themselves have performed controlled studies and shown that CoolSculpting is effective in reducing fat bulges for properly selected patients. Since CoolSculpting’s commercial debut, over 6 million people have seen these results repeated worldwide.

Cryolipolysis works based on the principle that fat cells are more vulnerable to cooling than surrounding skin and tissue. Thus, we can target fat while protecting the nearby nerves, skin, muscles, bones, and other tissue. Cooling fat cells leads to a process called apoptosis, or controlled cell death. The body gradually eliminates the dead cells via normal metabolic processes over time, resulting in thinner layers of surface fat. 

Absolutely! Men can benefit from CoolSculpting throughout their bodies. Some of the most common procedures work to:

 

  • Create a cut, V-shaped torso/abdominal muscles
  • Accentuate and build broad, wide shoulders and pecs
  • Sculpt a slender waist
  • Shape the chest and abs (external oblique, internal oblique, and the transversus abdominis muscle)

If you’re hoping for the best results, you need to work with a board-certified clinician with the training and experience to ensure treatment safety and success. CoolSculpting is both a highly precise science and a fine art. At North Atlanta Plastic Surgery, we understand how to contour each individual area of the body and will create a result that complements your natural curvature and figure. 

 

Working with someone who only understands the science of CoolSculpting can leave with you a lumpy end appearance. As for clinicians who only understand the aesthetic side, you may miss out on the perfect, natural appearance you want and deserve. 

 

Finally, our entire team at North Atlanta Plastic Surgery are experts in their field, here to help you feel comfortable and confident from your first phone call to your last follow-up appointment. Here, we take a personalized approach to every treatment, focused on your aesthetic taste and desires. Contact us to schedule an appointment.