For many years, liposuction has been a common and very effective procedure to help people eliminate pockets of excess fat that has proven resistant to diet and exercise. However, many people are wary of the surgical nature of the procedure and would like to avoid the potential for excessive downtime. CoolSculpting® is an advanced fat removal treatment available at The Plastic Surgery Center of Sarasota & Bradenton that can serve as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction in many cases. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CoolSculpting® involves no surgery whatsoever and can effectively remove isolated pockets of fat in a variety of body areas for both men and women.
CoolSculpting® utilizes a technique called cryolipolysis to target and cool excess fat cells in a specific area. A vacuum-like device is placed over the area of excess fat, which ultimately causes the excess fat cells to break down. The fat cells actually die and are gradually filtered out of the body through natural processes. Most patients see optimal results from CoolSculpting® after two to four months. The CoolSculpting® procedure is designed to target only the fat cells, without harming surrounding tissues.
Common treatment areas for CoolSculpting® include:
- Abdominal area
- Flanks (love handles)
Please take a look through our CoolSculpting® before-and-after photo gallery to see the amazing results achieved by many of our patients.
There is no pre-surgical preparation, needles or anesthesia required for CoolSculpting® treatments. The procedure itself is very gentle – many patients choose to use the time during treatment reading a book or taking a nap. Even better: there is typically no downtime necessary after CoolSculpting®. Individuals return to work or their normal daily routines immediately after treatment.
It may take more than one CoolSculpting® treatment for the best results. Patients who have larger areas of excess fat or skin laxity may benefit more from traditional liposuction and/or other procedures. Dr. Jeffrey Scott will meet with you for an initial consultation to determine if CoolSculpting® is right for your needs.
If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott to talk about your goals, please contact The Plastic Surgery Center today.