What is it?
The CoolSculpting® procedure is a non-invasive procedure that is intended to break down fat cells that are just beneath the skin by delivering controlled cooling at the surface of the skin. The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment
of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen and
flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll) and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not a treatment for weight loss. It does not replace traditional methods such as diet, exercise, or liposuction.
What does it do?
The CoolSculpting® technology uses controlled cooling to target and freeze a portion of the fat cells under your skin. In the weeks that follow treatment, the body naturally begins to process the fat cells that were frozen during treatment and removes them from
the treatment site thereby affecting the appearance of the treated bulge. You may start to see changes in as early as four weeks after your CoolSculpting® procedure and will experience the most dramatic results after one to three months. Your body will continue to naturally process the injured fat cells for weeks to months after your procedure. Results may take up to 6 months to become visible. Visible results can vary from person to person.
How is it used? What will it feel like?
The CoolSculpting® System is a prescription use only device
and may only be used by or on the order of a physician. Your practitioner will discuss your individual treatment plan and will select the appropriate applicator for your needs. Some applicators use vacuum and others do not. During your treatment, a gel or gelpad and applicator are applied to the targeted area. Applicators that use vacuum will draw the tissue into the applicator cup. You may feel deep pulling, tugging, and mild pinching. With a non-vacuum surface applicator, you may experience sensations of pressure. Controlled cooling is then delivered to the targeted fat so you may feel intense cold, stinging, tingling, aching or cramping as the treatment begins but these sensations typically subside as the area becomes numb.
In some cases you may feel pulsatile massage. Upon removal of the applicator, you may see a frozen bulge at the treatment area (known as a “butterstick”). The physician may apply manual massage to rewarm and smooth out the treated area.
What are possible side effects?
The following effects can happen frequently in the treatment area during and after a treatment. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks.
During a treatment:
Sensations of pulling, tugging, and mild pinching at the treatment site
Intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, cramping. These sensations
lessen as the area becomes numb
Immediately after a treatment:
Redness and firmness
Transient blanching and/or mild bruising around the edges of the
Tingling and stinging
One to two weeks after a treatment:
Redness, bruising, and swelling
Tenderness, cramping, and aching
Itching, skin sensitivity, tingling, and numbness. Numbness can
persist up to several weeks after a treatment
Sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental
There are other side effects that can happen with submental and submandibular area treatments:
Cold exposure to the hypoglossal nerve may cause tongue deviation following treatment of the submental and submandibular areas.
Cold exposure to the marginal mandibular nerve may cause lower lip weakness following treatment of the submental and submandibular areas.
Cold exposure to the submandibular gland may cause dry mouth, or decrease in saliva production, following treatment of the submental and submandibular areas.
How many treatments will I need?
On average our clients have needed 2-3 treatments. This can vary per client as each individual will respond differently.
How do I know if I'm a good candidate?
Come into Sakura and let one of our Registered Nurses assess your areas of concern. We will go over all treatment options with you, including pricing at that appointment.