What Is CoolSculpting®?
Sometimes even the most intense workouts or the strictest diets cannot get rid of stubborn fat. Luckily, problem areas that won’t shrink no matter how hard you try can now be reduced through CoolSculpting®.
CoolSculpting® is a revolutionary body contouring treatment that makes use of controlled cooling to eliminate fat that resists both diet and exercise. This FDA-cleared fat reduction treatment does not involve surgery or downtime. It is also safe and effective and offers noticeable and long-lasting results.
Dr. Shondra Smith offers CoolSculpting® to patients in Lake Charles, Jennings, Westlake LA, and surrounding areas. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith today!
Who Is A Good Candidate For CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is designed for people who have unwanted fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. The procedure is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction, but should not be considered a weight-loss solution for obesity. A good candidate has noticeable bulges of fat in certain areas of the body. Only a consultation with our team can determine if CoolSculpting® is right for you.
CoolSculpting® Fat Freezing Procedure
Dr. Smith will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs and specific goals. The length of your treatment will depend on the number of areas that require treatment. Additional sessions may also be scheduled to achieve your goals.
During the first couple of minutes, you will feel pressure on the treated area. You will also feel intense cold, which will soon dissipate. Most of our patients read, check emails, or take naps during treatments.
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“Beautiful office and a great caring staff. Everyone is friendly and efficient. I have been going to Dr. Smith’s office for several years. Highly recommend!” -Janie
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Is CoolSculpting® Safe?
The procedure is FDA-cleared for the abdomen, thigh, and love handles. It is the number 1 body contouring procedure and has been performed millions of times all over the world. It is considered safe and effective when it comes to the non-surgical reduction of fat.
Does CoolSculpting® Have Side Effects?
After the procedure, there may be swelling, redness, bruising, firmness, temporary numbness, and pain in the treated areas. The procedure is not for everyone, and it is best to ask your doctor if it is right for you.
How Long Is A CoolSculpting® Session?
A CoolSculpting® session at Dr. Smith’s office takes anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Changes can be seen as early as three weeks after the procedure, and the most dramatic results can be seen after two months. However, your body will still continue to eliminate treated fat cells for the next four to six months. Once the fat cells are gone, they are gone for good.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Many patients have a single session, others more. The CoolSculpting® process kills 30-35 percent of the fat in the area, but this amount decreases with subsequent sessions. So, whereas you could think that repeatedly treating the same area could remove most or all of the fat, that really isn’t possible or even desirable.
Can CoolSculpting® Reduce Fat On Any Part Of My Body?
You need to remember that this isn’t a weight-loss procedure; it is a body-contouring procedure. It is not meant for weight loss across your body, but for stubborn pockets of fat that are almost impossible to target with dietary changes and exercise.
The FDA has approved CoolSculpting® for treatment of these areas:
- Back fat
- Bra line fat
- Underneath the buttocks
- Double chin
Where Does The Fat Go With CoolSculpting®?
When CoolSculpting® freezes the fat cells and they begin to die, the body goes about the process of getting rid of these dead fat cells, as it does with any waste products. The lymphatic system has this job. It removes waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, toxins, and cancer cells from the body. The dead fat cells are included and are flushed from the body.
What Is Recovery Like After A CoolSculpting® Session?
CoolSculpting® is entirely non-invasive. There are no needles, no scalpels, and no downtime. Immediately after your treatment, we massage the treatment area for two to three minutes. This alleviates any numbness from the cold temperatures. Then, you can get right back to your normal activities..
Are My CoolSculpting® Results Permanent?
The fat cells frozen and killed with CoolSculpting® are gone forever. This reduction in fat is permanent. That doesn’t mean, however, that if you put on a good deal of weight, other fat cells won’t expand. Still, the fat tends to build elsewhere first, before it would return to the treated areas. The best bet is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat a good, balanced diet. If you do this, your results will be for the duration.