Does Coolsculpting work?
- Coolsculpting is one of the most peer-reviewed devices for minimally invasive body contouring.
- It has shown significant results in thousands of people over the years.
- Self Care LA is one of the busiest Coolsculpting practices in Santa Monica and the greater Los Angeles area.
- It is permanent fat reduction. The fat doesn’t ‘come back’
- Clinical trials and the literature document that Coolsculpting provides about 25% fat reduction with each round of treatment. While it is not documented to tighten the skin, we do see that the skin does ‘bounce back’ in those with good skin laxity.
- It is not a proven treatment for skin laxity or cellulite. These concerns can be addressed with services like Morpheus 8 or Evolve X, which we offer at Self Care LA.
- Very often, we combine these treatment modalities to address our clients’ concerns and achieve the best results possible.
How much is Coolsculpting?
- The price can vary extensively. It will depend on how many treatment applicators are required to treat your targeted areas.
- The cost can also vary depending on how many rounds of treatment you require.
- For example, at Self Care LA, it takes about 6-8 treatment applicators to effectively treat someone’s abdomen. But we’ve successfully treated someone’s abdomen in as few as two applicators.
- The cost per applicator is $600, which we consider market competitive. The price per applicator goes down the more you purchase.
- Instead of providing such a ‘broad and vague’ cost to you over the phone, we at Self Care LA would prefer to schedule you for a free consultation, where we can map out your treatment plan and provide you with an accurate quote.
What is Coolsculpting?
- Coolsculpting targets stubborn fat pockets by freezing them and killing the fat cells while sparing other tissue.
- Coolsculpting is one of the most recognizable and well-studied minimally invasive body contouring devices on the market.
- There is no downtime, and people are able to resume normal activity the same day.
- Coolsculpting is FDA-approved to treat several areas on the body, including the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, bra fat, arms, the chin and banana rolls. However, it is commonly used at Self Care LA to treat other areas.
- It provides excellent results on its own or in conjunction with other devices used to tone the muscles and tighten the skin.
- Coolsculpting should not be considered a ‘weight loss solution’. It should be thought of as a body contouring device. We still recommend a proper diet and exercise regimen to help optimize your results with Coolsculpting.
How does Coolsculpting work?
- The targeted treatment area is ‘pulled’ into a treatment applicator that uses vacuum technology, where it is then cooled to a targeted temperature (-10 degrees C). This will cause the fat cells to undergo ‘cryo lipolysis’ and die.
- ultimately, the killed fat cells are then removed from the body through the lymphatic channels.
- it takes approximately eight weeks to start seeing the results. The best results are seen between months 3 and 4.
- on average, it takes two rounds of treatment to a targeted area to see the desired results. Certain areas, like the outer and inner thighs, may even require the 3rd round of treatment.
- Ideally, we prefer to treat at the 8-week mark, as that is when the client will start seeing results from the first treatment.
Is Coolsculpting Safe?
- Coolsculpting is an FDA-approved technology used to treat stubborn fat in numerous areas of the body.
- It is considered safe in those who have been evaluated and cleared for treatment.
- There is a rare adverse reaction called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH), which results in an increase in adipose (fat) cells. This is extremely rare (1 in 10,000). There is not enough data to explain why this happens or if it can be screened for or prevented.
- If PAH does, in fact, happen, these findings are closely reviewed with Allergan, and the client will be assisted in correcting this via surgical methods.
Does Coolsculpting hurt?
- At first, the Coolsculpting applicator will feel like an ‘ice pack’. After about 10 minutes, the targeted treatment area will become numb. The remainder of the treatment should remain fairly comfortable.
- After the treatment, we use a Theragun to ‘massage’ the treated area for 2 minutes. This may be ‘uncomfortable’ for most but still tolerable.
- Most do not require anything beyond Tylenol during this procedure.
What happens during my Coolsculpting session?
- Once our trained medical providers have developed a treatment plan, they will mark the areas to treat.
- We start with cleaning the designated area with a cleansing wipe for 60 seconds. Then a gel pad is placed over the treatment area. This provides a barrier of protection for the skin against the cold temperatures achieved by the machine.
- Once the applicator is properly positioned, the vacuum is turned on and sucks the fat pocket into the applicator and starts the cooling process.
- On average, the treatment takes about 35 minutes, but certain areas (i.e the chin or outer thighs) can take longer.
- With proper planning and multiple machines, we can treat multiple areas at once!
Is there any downtime to Coolsculpting?
- No! The beauty of Coolsculpting is that there is no downtime after the procedure. Most of our patients are able to resume normal activity right after.
- Patients may experience some dull discomfort, some numbness and tingling in the treated areas for a few weeks following. But this is all temporary and should not cause any limitations or restrictions.
- Patients have experienced mild swelling after the procedure, most of which see resolution in a few weeks.
Am I a good candidate for Coolsculpting?
- Coolsculpting works best on people with ‘pinchable’ subcutaneous fat.
- While original parameters suggest that a BMI of 25 or less is considered an ideal candidate, Coolsculpting eligibility can be extended to include candidates of a higher BMI if other criteria are being met (like a change in diet and an exercise regimen).
- Higher BMIs should expect to require an increased number of treatments to achieve their desired results.