Exercise and nutritious eating habits help maintain a trim, youthful appearance, of course. But not even a healthy lifestyle can eliminate pockets of fat in certain areas of the body. At Allura Skin & Laser Center, CoolSculpting offers our San Mateo, Burlingame, and other Bay Area patients clinically proven fat reduction — without surgery.
If you’re interested in an effective procedure with no downtime to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat, request an appointment online to learn more about CoolSculpting by Zeltiq®. You can also call (650) 727-6008 to schedule an appointment.
Am I a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an excellent treatment for men and women who maintain a stable, healthy weight but want to get rid of their “muffin tops” or “spare tires.” CoolSculpting reduces fat in the abdominal area and the thighs — and with the CoolMini™ applicator, the procedure can also address smaller pockets of fat in other areas of the body in a more precise way. Patients looking for a non-invasive alternative to liposuction come to our clinic for CoolSculpting. It is not a solution for people who are moderately to severely overweight. You should be within 10 to 15 pounds of the weight you want to maintain.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting takes advantage of fat cells’ low tolerance for cold temperatures. The FDA-cleared treatment targets fat cells beneath the skin with a cooling process that destroys fat without damaging the skin or other tissue. Unlike other non-surgical procedures that use laser or ultrasound technology, there is no downtime needed after CoolSculpting because your body doesn’t need to heal.
What Can I Expect?
A CoolSculpting treatment is considered a “lunchtime” procedure because it’s typically completed in an hour and requires no downtime. It’s performed in one of our treatment rooms under the supervision of one of our board-certified physicians. Patients can either sit or lie down, depending on the area treated, and some use their laptops, read a book, or even nap during the procedure. It’s a non-invasive treatment that requires no needles or incisions.
The technician performing the treatment secures the targeted bulge between 2 cooling panels, which feels like the skin is being firmly pulled and squeezed. And with the CoolMini™ applicator, we can treat smaller volumes of fat, such as double chin fat and the so-called “bra fat” areas under the armpit.
When Do I See the Results?
The CoolSculpting process involves freezing fat cells. As the fat cells die, they shrink and are naturally absorbed by the body. This means the results appear gradually, starting about 3 weeks after the treatment. The full results usually take about 2 to 4 months to be noticed.
Are the Results Permanent?
Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are gone for good. Your remaining fat cells can still expand, though, so it’s important to stick to a healthy lifestyle. If you continue to exercise, have healthy eating habits, and maintain your weight, the results are long-lasting.
Before & After Photos
A reduction in fat can often be seen soon after just one visit. Best results take several months to become apparent, because it takes your body this long to naturally dispose of the fat cells destroyed by the CoolSculpting procedure.