Cryolipolysis 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.

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.

Before and after CoolSculpting to the back.

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

Photos Courtesy by Jennifer Peterson, MD - Houston, Texas

 

Before and two months after CoolSculpting to the abdomen

Before and two months after CoolSculpting to the abdomen.

Photos Courtesy by Jennifer Peterson, MD Houston, TX

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.