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Innovative CoolSculpting is a fat cell diminishing treatment created to sculpt and mold the body by freezing tough fat without resorting to more invasive procedures. The technique employs the application of regulated cooling, also known as cryolipolysis, to freeze fat cells so they may be organically expelled from your body to create a slimmer silhouette. At our San Francisco practice led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony, we offer advanced CoolSculpting to help you realize your aesthetic goals. Schedule an appointment for more information about CoolSculpting and find out if this treatment is the right one for you.

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Procedure Technique

Following your initial appointment with Dr. Anthony to organize your CoolSculpting treatments, your first procedure will be planned. During your procedure, a gel pad and CoolSculpting applicator is used on the treatment area and cryolipolysis will start. The cooling technology, delivered by the applicator, will begin to attack and paralyze the fat. You will likely experience a cold sensation at the time of your procedure, but this does not typically create pain. Since the CoolSculpting applicator uses suction to pull the targeted fat toward the predetermined treatment area, you may experience a small amount of pulling or stinging, but these will be completely normal sensations.

Ideal Candidates

Although this noninvasive procedure has shown to be beneficial with both men and women of different age groups, those who will benefit the most from CoolSculpting:

  • Are at or near their ideal weight
  • Struggle with difficult areas of fat that don't respond to exercise and diet efforts
  • Don't want or are not good candidates for more invasive procedures
  • Understand realistic goals for the results of their procedure

What To Expect

Since CoolSculpting is noninvasive, you can expect to return to your daily activities following your procedure. In most cases, patients can return to school or work immediately after their treatment. Symptoms of the treatment can include redness, swelling, bruising, stinging, and discomfort of the treated site. These symptoms are short lived and usually fade in the days after your treatment. Expect to notice results within three weeks, while you will see the most obvious and dramatic results 1 – 3 months following your CoolSculpting procedure.

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Slimmer Contour

No body is perfect and each of us has things we wish to change, such as specific areas of fat that will not respond to exercise and a healthy diet. Due to technological advances, it is no longer necessary to decide between dealing with the undesired fat and undergoing liposuction. Our San Francisco practice is excited to offer area residents CoolSculpting procedures to minimize sections of difficult fat without invasive procedures for a smaller, tauter body contour. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Anthony to find out if you qualify for CoolSculpting or whether a different treatment would better help you meet your aesthetic goals.

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How much does CoolSculpting cost?

The price of CoolSculpting is dependent on the number of treatments needed and the amount of fat being removed. During your consultation, we will discuss your desired outcome to decide the best course of treatment to reach optimal results. We will also talk with you about your expected out-of-pocket costs.

How does CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting works by applying a controlled temperature to target fat cells in selected areas for treatment. Essentially, it freezes the fat cells until they die. The cells are then broken down by the body and released through natural functions.

Is CoolSculpting safe?

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, external treatment in which the device is applied only to the skin’s surface. With this treatment, there is no need for a recovery period. You may experience some slight redness and swelling immediately after treatment, but this typically only lasts for about a week.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The number of treatments needed to achieve your wanted results will be decided during your initial consultation. For some patients, only one treatment is enough, but other patients may need more treatment sessions based on the amount of fat being removed. The total number of treatments is dependent on your aesthetic goals and if there are thicker layers of fat in target areas.

Do the fat cells grow back?

While the destroyed fat cells cannot regenerate, new fat cells can form. Additionally, significant weight gain will greatly affect your results. Therefore, in order to maintain optimal results, it is important to adhere to a healthy diet and exercise routine.

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