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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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Cryolipolysis for Excess Fat


Treatment Options


Learn more about treatment options for excess fat


Cryolipolysis, also known as "fat freezing" or by the product name CoolSculpting, is a new procedure that involves the non-invasive cooling of body fat to break down fat cells, resulting in a reduction of body fat without damage to other tissues. The effect takes several months to be seen.

During the procedure:

A vacuum applicator is placed on the skin to bring it into contact with cooling panels.Patients feel a cold sensation for a few minutes, as it produces an anesthetic effect.The fat is cooled for up to an hour. 

Before (left) and two months after (right) CoolSculpting to the back.

Photos Courtesy by Jennifer Peterson, MD - Houston, Texas  






Why choose cryolipolysis for excess fat

  • Ideal candidates are relatively fit but have small amounts of stubborn body fat that cannot be easily reduced by diet or exercise.
  • The procedure is non-invasive.
  • There are no long-term or significant side effects.
  • Anesthesia and pain medication are not needed.
  • The procedure is ideal for the abdomen, love handles and the back.

Possible risks

Redness in the treated area lasting no more than a few hours.Localized bruising that usually clears within a few hours.  

Estimated cost

The average cost for a cryolipolysis is about $1,500. Since most medical insurance companies consider cryolipolysis a cosmetic procedure, it is usually not covered. 

How to prepare for the procedure

  • Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the patient's medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure.

What to expect after the procedure

  • Cryolipolysis has no recovery time; patients can resume their normal activities the same day.
  • Cryolipolysis therapy typically requires multiple treatment sessions.
  • Patients will observes a visible decrease in fat bulges in two to four months.
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Before and two months after CoolSculpting to the abdomen. 

Photos Courtesy by Jennifer Peterson, MD Houston, TX  









Find a doctor for your crolipolysis prodcedure

Visit "Find a dermatologic surgeon" and choose "Cryolipolysis" from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 89,000 cryolipolysis procedures, up from 82,000 in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient's condition.


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