CoolSculpting Targets and Reduces Unwanted Pockets of Fat

CoolSculpting is a new, FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment designed to gently and effectively reduce fat in targeted areas of the body. The CoolSculpting  treatment uses advanced cooling technology to selectively target fat bulges and eliminate fat cells through a gradual process that does not harm the surrounding tissues. Patients typically undergo this process to reduce unwanted abdominal fat or love handles.

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How Does CoolSculpting Work?

During the CoolSculpting treatment, a non-invasive applicator is applied to the skin’s surface to deliver precisely controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat cells in specific areas of the body. As they are exposed to cooling, the fat cells begin a process of natural cell removal. The fat cells in the treated area are gradually eliminated through the body’s normal metabolic processes, similarly to the way that fat from food is eliminated. The result is a reduction in fat bulges that is visible in most patients in about two to four months.

Throughout the hour-long treatment, tissue is drawn into a cup with mild vacuum pressure. Patients may experience slight discomfort with the initial contact of the cold, but this usually dissipates after the first 10 minutes or so. Most patients typically resume their routine activities, including returning to work and exercise regimens, on the same day as the treatment.

With this non-invasive treatment, there is no needle, no incision and no need for anesthesia. For the patient, the CoolSculpting process doesn’t require any effort. Patients typically read, work on their laptop computers, listen to music or just relax while undergoing treatment.

Liposonix vs. CoolSculpting
I think these are both good non-invasive options. Overall I prefer Liposonix for several reasons. Liposonix is much quicker than Coolsculpting. For example, it would take about an hour to treat the average abdomen and love handles with Liposonix, while it would take 3-5 hours (depending on the number of areas treated) with CoolSculpting. We can see some skin tightening with Liposonix, which is generally not seen with CoolSculpting. Given the technical aspects of doing each treatment, we find it easier to customize the areas treated with Liposonix compared to CoolSculpting. Finally, there is a small but definite incidence of severe pain after CoolSculpting, which we haven’t seen after Liposonix.

CoolSculpting Results
After the CoolSculpting treatment, the cooled fat cells begin to undergo “apoptosis,” a process during which they begin to shrink. These damaged fat cells are gradually digested and removed. CoolSculpting has been shown to be highly effective for local areas of fat, such as lovehandles. Typical reductions average between 20 and 25 percent of fat in the area treated.

The side effects of CoolSculpting are typically mild and temporary. The skin is usually red after treatment, but normally clears within a few hours. Other side effects include temporary bruising, tingling, tenderness and temporary numbing in the area. About 1/2500 patients experience significant pain, redness, minor bruising, numbness or discomfort in treated areas, but only temporarily.

Who Is The Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting?
The best candidate for CoolSculpting is someone who is in reasonably good shape, but who is struggling with stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. The treatment is not meant to replace healthy eating or exercise. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment. Want to find out if CoolSculpting is right for you or have questions? Contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Before and After Photos
Before the CoolSculpting® Treatment Results 4 Months
After One CoolSculpting® Treatment
Treatment by Ivan A. Rosales-Berber, MD.
*Individual results may vary
Before After
Treatment by Flor Mayoral, MD.
*Individual results may vary


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I had a coolsculpt proceedure on my stomach at Zimmet Vein and Dermatology and it was unbelievable. I went in for an hour procedure and was greeted by the most friendly and informative staff. Lidja the nurse walked me through everything I should expect about the procedure. It was sort of a cross between a date with a Dyson and a deep freeze. The Coolsculpt procedure sucked up and froze the fat in my abdomen. I was numb for weeks in the treated area but thrilled when I returned 2 months later to a slimmer trimmer waist line. The before and after photos don’t lie. A lttile diet modification after the procedure and the tummy is tighter, flatter and looks as good as it did before my kids were born! Thanks Dr. Zimmet for bringing such an innovative and safe procedure to Austin.
—Ally S., Filtered Yelp Review from a Patient

To learn more about CoolSculpting, or to set up a free consultation with Dr. Zimmet, call us today at (512) 402-6694.