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How Effective Is CoolSculpting®?

When it comes to dieting and weight loss, a number of factors can keep you from reaching your target weight. However hard you push yourself to shed those pounds, some weight may be difficult to lose due to genetics, hormones, or a slowing metabolic rate.

Whatever the reason for your weight loss problems, if you’ve put in the work and are just down to the last few pounds that won’t go away, CoolSculpting® is a noninvasive, safe way to shed that weight and get the look you’ve worked so hard to get.

If you’re looking to rid yourself of those last few pesky pounds, Dr. Javier Zelaya and our experienced team at Skinworks Dermatology can help. For over 25 years, we’ve used medical and cosmetic treatments to help New Yorkers look their best.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a method of fat reduction known as cryolipolysis, which essentially freezes fat cells. The procedure gained FDA approval in 2010. The CoolSculpting device brings fat cells to a temperature that destroys them without damaging your skin or other surrounding tissue. 

CoolSculpting can be used to destroy fat in your thighs, belly, back, hips, upper arm, under your buttocks, and under your bra line. It’s an outpatient method of body contouring without surgery or injections.

Is CoolSculpting effective?

Since its approval over 10 years ago, cryolipolysis treatments have become popular as a way to target stubborn weight, and studies show its effectiveness.

Going back to 2009, studies show the clinical effectiveness of cryolipolysis for reducing fat is as much as 25%, lasting for months after treatment was finished. Further research in 2014 and 2015 supports the effectiveness of this method with no health risks.

CoolSculpting is a safe way to reduce fat with far lower chances of complications than with liposuction or surgery.

How does CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting is performed with a hand-held device that holds the body part to be treated between two paddles. The device vacuums the treated area while cooling the fat cells. The cold numbs the area, leaving a cooling sensation.

The paddles are left in place for about an hour as the cold destroys the fat cells. You may experience soreness in the treatment area similar to how you feel after an intense workout, but there’s no recovery time, meaning you can get back to your day once you’re done. 

It can take 4-6 months for the fat cells in the treated area to completely leave your body through your lymphatic system.

Is CoolSculpting right for you?

CoolSculpting is designed for people who are already working hard at losing weight and just need that extra boost to finally be rid of fat cells that won’t go away. CoolSculpting isn’t used to treat obesity.

Also, avoid using CoolSculpting if you have loose skin, poor skin tone, or a condition where your blood or skin reacts negatively to cold weather, for example, cryoglobulinemia, cold urticaria, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.

If you’ve put in the work and just need to lose those last few pounds, contact Dr. Zelaya today to see what CoolSculpting can do for you. Call one of our Skinworks Dermatology locations in Maspeth, Chelsea, or Park Slope today, or book your appointment online.

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