July-August 2012 | COOL TECHNOLOGY




Drs. Lorriane Jarrah and Rob Branton of the MedSpa have a great new way to get rid of those stubborn, unwanted pounds without invasive procedures or extended downtime: It's called CoolSculpting

What is CoolSculpting? 
CoolSculpting is a breakthrough, noninvasive procedure that uses cooling technology to noticeably eliminate fat without surgery.
How does it work?
Developed by Harvard scientists, this FDA-approved, patented procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain intact. No knives. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body.
Who is this treatment intended for?
CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss solution for people who are obese or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Your doctor will determine if treatment is right for you during a one-on-one consultation.
What are the risks and/or side-effects of the procedure?
After the treatment some patients may experience temporary pain or discomfort. Side-effects can include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness to the touch, cramping, itching, tingling, and numbness. Numbness can persist up to several weeks after a procedure.
Is there anyone for whom this treatment is contraindicated?
There are very few contraindications for this procedure, and your doctor will determine if treatment is right for you during a one-on-one consultation. Known contraindications include paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, cold urticaria, cryoglobulinemia, and Raynaud’s phenomenon or syndrome. Pregnancy is a relative contraindication.
What's the downtime following a procedure?
Unlike a lot of other procedures, CoolSculpting takes very little time and is pretty simple to fit into your daily life. After your CoolSculpting treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day. Each treatment lasts one hour – the same time you might spend at the gym — so, you can easily fit your appointment into a lunch break.
How permanent are the results?
CoolSculpting will eliminate 20-25% of the fat cells in the treated areas permanently. Noticeable, natural results of fat reduction in just 6 to 8 weeks. As long as you maintain your weight with your normal diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable.
What's the procedure's success rate?
Typically, each CoolSculpting treatment results in a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment is complete, you can attain further reductions with additional treatments, resulting in even more fat loss. Some patients find that just one treatment fully addresses their goals. You and your doctor will discuss and design a plan that suits you best.
Does CoolSculpting completely supplant liposuction, or are there situations/circumstances in which liposuction remains a viable option?
CoolSculpting is a viable alternative to Liposuction for individuals who have small areas of stubborn fat pockets such as belly bulges, love handles or back fat that won’t budge with diet and exercise and who also want to avoid an invasive surgical procedure and considerable downtime. Liposuction remains an option for individuals seeking considerably more that the anticipated 20-25% reduction in fat that CoolSculpting offers.
How many treatments are typically necessary?
After one visit, you’ll typically see a noticeable reduction of fat. It takes a few months to fully realize the effects, mainly because it takes that long for your body to naturally dispose of the fat cells. And yes, you can lose even more with additional appointments if you and your doctor deem it necessary.
How expensive are the treatments?
The price for CoolSculpting varies, depending on your areas of concern, the number of treatments needed and your ultimate goals. Your doctor would need to assess you in person to help estimate the cost.
Does the practitioner need special training or certification, or can anybody perform this procedure?
Once you are determined by the physician to be a good candidate for the procedure, the applicator is applied to the treatment area and the CoolSculpting device does the rest. 
What is the discomfort level of the procedure, especially as compared with liposuction?
The procedure is completely nonsurgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely. Often times, patients return to work the same day they've had a treatment session.

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