Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS
Megan J. Goff, PA-C
Rachel M. Duke, NP, CANS
Short Pump Office
11934 W Broad Street, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23233

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CoolSculpting® Overview

One of the latest FDA-cleared treatments to arrive at our Richmond plastic surgery office is designed to help patients reduce fat and contour the body without the need for surgery. CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive treatment that can target stubborn fat pockets that have been resistant to a healthy diet and exercise regimen. The innovative CoolSculpting® device uses controlled cooling technology to sculpt and define areas of the body, such as the abdomen, love handles, thighs, and chin.

*Individual Results May Vary

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How CoolSculpting® Works

CoolSculpting® uses cold temperatures to target fat cells under the skin’s surface on virtually any area of the body. First, the fat cells must be broken down. This is done through a process called Cryolipolysis®, which freezes the targeted fat cells. Over time, these damaged cells are metabolized and eliminated by the lymphatic system. After being eliminated, those fat cells cannot regenerate.

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CoolSculpting® Candidates

The most important requirement for a CoolSculpting® treatment is that patients are near their ideal weight, but are experiencing isolated areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas of excess fat are commonly found in the:

  • Love handles (flanks)
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Stomach
  • Hips
  • chin

Patients who are in reasonably good overall health are often candidates for this treatment. In your initial consultation, we will talk with you about your needs and goals and answer any questions you may have.

If it is determined that CoolSculpting® is not the best option to help you achieve your goals, we can work with you to find an alternative treatment.

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The CoolSculpting® Treatment

At your appointment, our skilled medical staff will take you to a treatment room. Depending on which area of the body you are treating, you might be asked to sit or lie down in a comfortable position. This treatment is non-invasive, and therefore requires no anesthesia or recovery time.

To begin the process, the CoolSculpting® applicator will be placed on the treatment area, which will then initiate suction and start delivering the controlled cooling. Patients will feel an intense cold sensation at first, gradually fading as the area becomes numb after about 5 to 10 minutes. Since CoolSculpting® technology is specifically designed to target fat cells, the skin and surrounding tissues remain unharmed. The entire CoolSculpting® treatment takes about 35 to 60 minutes. Once complete, the area is massaged for about 2 to 3 minutes, during which time patients may feel a tingling sensation. Patients can typically resume their daily activities immediately without the need for any downtime.

To target more than one area of the body, patients can have multiple treatments in one day, or return to the office at a later time. Results can begin to be seen at about 3 weeks after treatment, with the full effect of a session being noticeable after 2 months.
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CoolSculpting® Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive fat reduction and body contouring treatment that is designed to cause the expulsion of excess fat cells from the body via cooling technology.

Is CoolSculpting® treatment right for me?

During a consultation at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery and the Dermlounge, a member of our medical staff will determine your candidacy for CoolSculpting® treatment. Usually, patients who undergo this treatment are already at or near their optimal weight; however, they are looking for solutions to address stubborn fat pockets located on the thighs, hips, buttocks, stomach, and/or flanks.

What if I am not a CoolSculpting® candidate?

If we determine that a treatment with CoolSculpting® would not be beneficial to you, we can discuss potential alternative treatments that can meet your needs. In some cases, liposuction may be a better option, particularly for areas that are affected by more significant amounts of excess fat.

How long is the CoolSculpting® treatment?

CoolSculpting® treatment is about 35 to 60 minutes in length for each area of the body that is being targeted.

How many CoolSculpting® treatment sessions will I need?

The number of treatment sessions needed will vary greatly from person to person. This can be determined by our medical staff during the initial consultation and will ultimately depend on the amount of excess fat in the target area, along with other factors. Once you have been evaluated, we can talk with you about how many treatment sessions may be necessary to achieve the results you desire.

What results from CoolSculpting® can I expect?

After the targeted fat cells are damaged, destroyed, and filtered from the body, they will not regenerate. This process can take up to 4 to 6 months to finish. During this time, you should begin to notice signs of improvement in the treatment area.

Final results will vary based on how many treatment sessions you completed and how responsive the fat pockets were to the cooling technology.

Photos courtesy of CoolSculpting®

Photos courtesy of CoolSculpting®

*Individual Results May Vary

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CoolSculpting® Patient Testimonials

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Contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery

To learn more about CoolSculpting® or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office today.
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