Most of us have at least one area where fat collects despite a healthy diet and regular exercise. As an effective, nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, Q the Medical Spa at Lindsay House offers CoolSculpting® in Rochester, NY. CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared technology that reduces areas of unwanted fat without surgery using a patented, controlled cooling process called cryolipolysis.
How It Works
CoolSculpting takes advantage of the fact that fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than most other tissues in the body. This innovative system safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to the area being treated. Fat cells beneath the surface of the skin are crystalized (frozen) and die. Trouble spots shrink gradually as the treated fat cells are naturally flushed out of the body.
The CoolSculpting procedure is specially designed for reducing areas of unwanted fat. It is not an overall weight-loss solution for those who are significantly overweight. Good candidates for the CoolSculpting procedure are at or near their target weight and want to reduce noticeable bulges or fat rolls in certain areas, which commonly include:
- Double chin (submental fat)
- Abdomen (belly)
- Flanks (love handles)
- Inner and outer thighs
- Above the knees
- Upper arms
- Back fat
- Underneath the buttocks (banana roll)
Ultherapy® is a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment that can enhance the results of CoolSculpting under the chin.
Your CoolSculpting Consultation
At Q the Medical Spa at Lindsay House, all CoolSculpting procedures are administered by highly trained professionals who have been certified through the CoolSculpting® University. Prior to scheduling a CoolSculpting treatment, we require a personal consultation with one of our professionals to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. At this time, we will thoroughly review what the procedure can and cannot achieve to ensure you have realistic expectations for your results and a full understanding of what to expect.
What to Expect
On the day of your procedure, the technician marks the areas to be treated. After cleansing, a suction applicator is placed on the skin. As the system is activated, it begins to apply pressure, which may cause a sensation of deep pulling, tugging, and/or pinching. Once the cooling begins, you may experience intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and possibly cramping at the treatment site; however, these sensations typically dissipate to numbness over the first 5 to 7 minutes of the application and remain that way for the rest of the session. During the treatment, you are free to read, listen to music, work on a laptop or cell phone, take a nap, or simply relax.
After a CoolSculpting treatment, many providers massage the area treated to help spread out treated fat cells and create a smooth, even result. Because this type of massage is often done manually, there are limitations and variability to how each provider applies pressure with their hands. At Q the Medical Spa, we use a device called the Zimmer ZWave to massage the treated area, which offers the following advantages over manual massage:
- More even fat reduction across the treated area
- Enhanced results with radial pulse technology
- More comfortable for the patient
Recovery After CoolSculpting
Experiences vary following the CoolSculpting procedure; however, typical side-effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity. Some clients have reported a sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after treatment of a double chin. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within a few days to weeks. Though rare, some additional side effects may occur. Most of our clients are able to return to their normal daily routines immediately after the procedure.
The results of the CoolSculpting procedure vary between individuals based on different factors, which include:
- Treatment areas
- Body type
- Number of treatments received
Most clients see results within 1 to 2 months of treatment, while some see results sooner. Typically, 1 to 3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results.
To learn more about CoolSculpting treatments and find out if they can help you have the slimmer contours you want, schedule an appointment using our online form or call (585) 244-1010.