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Considering CoolSculpting? We Answer All Your Questions

You committed yourself to exercise and eating right. You gave up chocolate and go to the gym four times a week. You’ve lost a good amount of weight and have seen a few fatty areas contract. But even after weeks and months of work, some parts of your body just won’t slim down. You’ve hit a plateau just short of your goal and can’t seem to lose those last few pounds of fat.

Sound familiar? You may be a candidate for CoolSculpting. This non-invasive fat reduction treatment can help you achieve the body you desire.

If you’re considering CoolSculpting, come see us at Brooks Plastic Surgery. Christopher Brooks, MD and the rest of our team are ready to help you get your dream body. In addition to his expertise in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Brooks is also a craniofacial surgical specialist and a pediatric plastic surgeon. He’ll work with you to create a custom treatment plan that will yield terrific results.

What is CoolSculpting?

A lot of weight loss and fat elimination products do a bad job of explaining exactly how fat loss and gain work. By the time you finish puberty, the amount of fat cells in your body has been set. The number of cells varies little in adulthood and is unique to you and you alone. You have a different amount of fat cells that your parents, siblings, or significant other. 

When you gain weight, these cells expand. This expansion, in turn, expands the area the cells are in, like your stomach or chin. When you eat healthy and exercise regularly, those fat cells shrink, and the expanded parts of your body do the same. If you stop participating in healthy habits, the cells expand again. This is the reason some people seem to fluctuate in size like a yo-yo depending on their current habits.

How does CoolSculpting eliminate fat cells?

CoolSculpting is the commercial name for cryolipolysis, which translates to fat-freezing. Your fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than the other cells in your body. CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to freeze and kill 20-25% of the fat cells in a certain area. Your body processes the dead cells over a period of a few weeks or months, resulting in fewer fat accumulations on your body. The fat cells are gone forever and the space they leave won’t be refilled.

What areas can be treated?

CoolSculpting is FDA-approved to treat nine different parts of the body, including:

Multiple areas can be treated in a single session but you may need more than one session to achieve your desired level of results. You’ll typically start to notice a difference a couple of months after your treatment. The results will continue to get better in the next four to six months.

What does a treatment feel like?

During a session, you may initially feel a pulling or tugging sensation under your skin. That feeling typically dissipates after a few minutes. Most patients feel comfortable enough to read, play on their phones, or nap. After treatment you may notice redness, swelling, bruising or pain over the treated areas – this is normal and can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.

Ready to see what CoolSculpting can do for you? We’ll use a no-obligation appointment with one of our physicians to determine if you’re a good candidate. Visit us here to call or request an appointment at our Hollywood office today.

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