An unfortunate fact of life is that body fat doesn’t always care about how much you exercise and make healthy decisions. Sometimes it won’t go away no matter what you try. For healthy men and women who are struggling to excise those last stubborn fat deposits on their way to their ideal figure, there’s now a non-surgical, non-invasive alternative to liposuction.
CoolSculpting is a revolutionary procedure that allows people to eliminate fat without anesthesia, incisions, or downtime. At the Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery, we know that if you live in one of America’s most active cities, you want a body you can show off. That’s why he’s proud to offer CoolSculpting to his patients in Seattle and nearby areas of Washington. Call (206) 386-3550 today to schedule a consultation.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is based on the science of cryolipolysis, which uses cold temperatures to freeze and destroy fat cells. The treatment can remove up to 25 percent of the fat cells in a given part of your body. The FDA approved it in 2012, and nearly 4 million procedures have been performed to date.
CoolSculpting can help remove fat deposits in areas such as the:
- Upper arms
It’s also important to note what CoolSculpting is not. CoolSculpting isn’t a weight-loss procedure. You should have a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and be at or near your target weight before you get CoolSculpting.
What is the CoolSculpting Procedure?
Dr. Larrabee will perform your procedure using the handheld CoolSculpting device. He’ll apply a gel pad and the applicator to the intended areas. After he’s administered the treatment, our master esthetician will gently massage the target areas to help break up the frozen fat tissue. This will begin the process of your body filtering the fat cells through your lymphatic system and disposing of them.
CoolSculpting treatments usually last one to three hours. Many of our patients read, listen to music, or even work on their laptop during the procedure. Once we’re finished, you’ll be free to go.
Does CoolSculpting Have a Recovery Period?
There is no recovery associated with CoolSculpting. Most patients resume their regular daily routine immediately after their procedure. You may experience some mild redness and soreness, but it should dissipate within a few days.
Your results will become apparent within three weeks of your procedure, and they’ll continue to improve up to six months after your treatment. It takes time for your body to break down the dead fat cells and expunge them.
Once fat cells are removed, they never come back. However, you can still gain weight in other areas of your body, which could lead to a disproportionate figure. Because of that, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help you maximize your CoolSculpting results.
What’s the Difference Between CoolSculpting and Liposuction?
Unlike CoolSculpting, liposuction is a surgical procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. During liposuction, your surgeon will make incisions near the areas of fat you want to be removed, then insert a thin tube called a cannula to suck the fat out.
Liposuction is usually an outpatient procedure that lasts one to two hours. You will need to take a few days off work to recover and wait about two to four weeks before you resume exercise or other strenuous activities. You’ll also experience post-operative swelling that may persist for several months. Your results will become apparent as your swelling decreases.
Schedule Your Seattle CoolSculpting Consultation Today
We have seen firsthand the positive effects CoolSculpting can have on a person’s appearance and self-confidence. You could attain the same benefits in as little as one treatment. We serve Seattle and surrounding areas of Washington. Call (206) 386-3550 today to set up a free consultation.