If you work hard at your fitness routine and are basically happy with your overall weight and fitness level, but still have that little “muffin-top”, “love-handles” or back fat that resist your best efforts, Coolsculpting® offers a unique, non-surgical option for eliminating what diet and exercise alone cannot.
Dr. Ringler is the first board-certified plastic surgeon in Michigan to be able to offer Coolsculpting to his patients. As the first Coolsculpting® Certified Practice in West Michigan, our medical aesthetician, Terri Miller, has the most extensive experience in the use of Coolsculpting in Grand Rapids and has been helping patients reach their goals of reducing those “love handles” and “muffin tops” since 2010. Terri’s knowledge, experience and expertise ensure that your Coolsculpting experience at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery will give you the best possible results.
What is Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is a new, FDA cleared fat reduction alternative to liposuction for people with a small amount of fat that resists diet and exercise. Coolsculpting is a totally non-invasive, in office procedure that uses Cryolipolysis™ to target, freeze, and eradicate fat cells.
How does Coolsculpting work?
This fat reduction technique works through a method called Cryolipolysis™ for the selective targeting and freezing of the fat cells in the treatment area. The procedure is performed in our office using a small cooling device that is placed on the area to be treated for 1 hour.
After feeling some tightening and pressure on the treatment area initially, the area then becomes numb and nearly unnoticeable to the patient. Patients may work on their laptop, read, listen to music or even nap while the procedure takes place. The Coolsculpting system targets and freezes the fat cells in the area being treated, thereby, destroying the fat cells which are then absorbed and eliminated naturally through the body. There is little to no downtime and patients typically return to their daily routine immediately, including work or their normal fitness routine.
Is Coolsculpting a replacement for liposuction?
CoolSculpting is not a replacement for liposuction or other surgical fat reducing procedures. Studies indicate that the typical amount of fat lost through CoolSculpting in a given area is about 20-25% per area treated. CoolSculpting is best for those who are already close to their ideal body weight but have small isolated areas of fat such as “love handles”,”muffin top” or back fat that they cannot lose through diet and exercise. Results with CoolSculpting take about 2-4 months to be fully realized. The results will not be as dramatic as with liposuction.
Is anesthesia required for Coolsculpting treatment?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure, so needles, surgical incisions, and anesthesia won’t be necessary.
Who is a good candidate for Coolsculpting?
The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting are men and women who are close to their ideal body weight with small areas of fat they wish to lose that are resistant to diet and exercise. These are typically individuals who are not surgical candidates or those who opt not to have cosmetic surgery procedures. Patients who are emotionally stable and fully understand what CoolSculpting can and cannot accomplish will be the happiest with their results.
Is there downtime after Coolsculpting?
After the CoolSculpting procedure, most patients resume normal their activities the same day.
When can I expect to see the effects of Coolsculpting?
With each Coolsculpting procedure, you can see an average of 20-25% fat reduction in the treated area. After just 3-4 weeks, most patients begin to see results. After 3 months you’ll see the most dramatic improvement. Through your body’s natural metabolic processes, the fat cells in the treated area are gradually eliminated.
Are there any new Coolsculpting technologies or techniques?
As CoolSculpting technology has advanced, there are new application devices that are contoured for various areas of the body such as the flanks and thighs. In addition, recent research has shown that multiple treatments with CoolSculpting have resulted in quite dramatic results, some of them on par with liposuction. For those individuals who have more than one area that requires treatment and for those who do not want liposuction, the new treatment to transformation protocol of treating multiple areas, often more than once, have demonstrated very positive results.
Do you have questions about Coolsculpting? We would be happy to answer your questions during a consultation. Call 616.328.8800 to contact the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids, Michigan to learn more about Coolsculpting, non-invasive fat reduction.
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