CoolSculpting® in Atlanta, GA
Have you tried everything there is to lose fat, including changing your diet and adding exercise? Are you still waiting to see results? If so, CoolSculpting® might be the treatment for you. Board-certified Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Cristen Catignani, are now offering CoolSculpting® at their Atlanta office. In as little as one treatment session, CoolSculpting® can reduce fat with results lasting for weeks.
Common CoolSculpting® Questions
- What is CoolSculpting®?
- What are the benefits of CoolSculpting®?
- Are you a candidate for CoolSculpting®?
- What are the results from CoolSculpting®?
- Can I return to normal activities after CoolSculpting®?
- When will I see results of CoolSculpting®?
- Are the results permanent from CoolSculpting®?
- What is the Cost of CoolSculpting®?
- What Can I expect from using Cryolipolysis?
Many people suffer from areas of stubborn fat that will just not go away, even with clean eating and regular exercise. These problem areas are attributed to fat cells under the skin that do not respond to traditional methods of weight loss. But, there is now a way to deal with these areas to achieve the body shape and appearance you have always wanted: CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting® eliminates these stubborn pockets of fat through a non-surgical, non-invasive method called cryolipolysis in which fat cells are broken down from being exposed to extremely cold temperatures.
CoolSculpting® has been FDA-approved for the decomposition and removal of stubborn fat. The process involves using a handheld device to draw the skin into a C-shaped part of the CoolSculpting® machine lined with metal plates. When the machine is turned on, the plates begin to cool to 4 degrees Celsius. The freezing temperatures are just enough to crystallize the subcutaneous fat tissue without causing damage to the outermost layers of the skin. The body’s own immune system rids itself of the fat cells through dissolution and absorption.
CoolSculpting® is a great alternative to traditional liposuction or other surgical, fat reduction procedures. When desiring a change in their body shape, a patient should consider the following benefits of cryolipolysis:
- Has been shown to effectively reduce stubborn fat buildup in localized areas.
- Is non-surgical, so no anesthesia is required.
- Involves no needles or injections.
- Is a non-invasive procedure.
- Carries no risk of infection.
- No downtime needed after the treatment session.
- Has no serious side effects.
Everyone may not be a suitable candidate for CoolSculpting®. It was not designed as a treatment or cure for obesity. The treatments are done in localized areas and, therefore, are most suitable for helping to minimize the appearance of dimples, bulges, or cellulite that is not corrected by healthy diet and exercise. Those areas of the body best suited for treatment are those where the skin is easily pinched between the fingers, including around the hips, abdomen, back and thighs.
In order to determine if CoolSculpting® is appropriate for you, Dr. Killingsworth or Dr. Catignani will provide a consultation and physical assessment before beginning any treatment. The number of required treatment sessions will vary per patient and are determined by the patient’s personal goals and desired results, budget, and personal schedule availability. A patient who is only a few pounds over their ideal weight goal and has few areas of concern may only need one or two treatments. Those patients with greater body mass often require a higher number of treatments to see results, however, CoolSculpting® is not designed for the removal of large fat deposits associated with obesity. It is also not designed for the correction of problems associated with loose or sagging skin.
Many patients are able to see a change after a single treatment, but in the majority of cases, a second treatment is needed to reach the desired result. It is important to remember that visible results come gradually as the body’s natural processes are responsible for removing the fat cells from the treated area. CoolSculpting® has been found to be principally effective in correcting areas of stubborn fat in the abdomen and waist.
There is little to no recovery or downtime associated with CoolSculpting® as any effects the patient experiences following the procedure are minimal, lasting only 24 to 48 hours, and do not interfere with daily activity. Common side effects of cryolipolysis include redness or slight bruising of the treatment area. Numbness or tingling sensations in the area may also occur. There are no physical limitations following treatment and patients may resume all normal daily functions immediately post-treatment. Some patients choose to receive treatments during their lunch break and return to work immediately afterward with no unpleasant after effects.
Depending on the size of the treatment area, patients may experience visible results in as little as three weeks post-treatment. As the body disposes of the dead fat cells, continued changes may continue over months and results usually peak at around six months post-treatment.
The results achieved through CoolSculpting® can be permanent as long as the patient adopts a healthy diet and practices regular physical activity and exercise after treatment. This healthy lifestyle must be maintained so that the remaining fat cells do not enlarge and new fat cells are not produced.
The cost associated with CoolSculpting® treatment will depend on the patient’s individual treatment plan. Because most health insurance plans generally do not help cover the cost of cosmetic procedures, Atlanta Aesthetics is proud to accept financing via CareCredit®.
Each treatment session is geared toward targeting a specific area of the body and lasts about an hour. The number of treatment sessions required to achieve a patient’s desired results depends on the number of areas needing attention, the size of each of those areas, and the amount of fat tissue in the area. Side effects of treatment may include slight bruising of the treatment site for up to 24 hours post-treatment. Results are typically visible two to three months after treatment as the body breaks down and gets rid of the fat. Studies performed on the results of CoolSculpting® show that subcutaneous fat is visibly reduced by 25 percent on average. If the patient follows their treatment up with practicing daily exercise and a diet of clean, healthy eating, the results of the CoolSculpting® are permanent as long as they maintain those good habits.
Contact Atlanta Aesthetics in Johns Creek today for your CoolSculpting® consultation with Dr. Killingsworth or Dr. Catignani! If you live in Atlanta or Forsyth County and have always wanted to be rid of that stubborn extra fat that won’t seem to go away, Dr. Killingsworth and Dr. Catignani can help you achieve your dreams with the help of CoolSculpting®.