CoolSculpting (Fat Freezing) in South Florida


What is CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting ® is a new, non-invasive procedure that has been clinically proven to reduce fat by exposing fat cells to cool temperatures. It is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical procedure that uses controlled cooling to gently eliminate fat. CoolSculpting® uses state-of-the-art technology and is performed only by doctors who have been trained in the procedure. The advanced technology is able to target precise areas of fat and eliminate the cells for good—without causing harm to any other cells in your body.

Hollywood Dermatology is a certified CoolSculpting® provider, offering treatment from our experienced, board-certified specialists at several office locations.

CoolSculpting® Treatment Areas

Many find it difficult to reduce fat in certain areas without the use of cosmetic surgery, such as liposuction. Now, CoolSculpting ® offers a safe, non-surgical alternative to remove stubborn fat that does not go away with diet and exercise alone.

CoolSculpting® is used to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Sides (“love handles” or “muffin top”)
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Below the chin (“double chin”)
  • Under the buttocks (“banana roll”)
  • Back

Who is a Candidate for CoolSculpting®?

Most adults who want to spot-reduce one or more areas of stubborn fat without undergoing surgery are good candidates for CoolSculpting treatment. CoolSculpting works on areas where you have "pinchable fat." Though effective and safe, CoolSculpting is not viewed as a weight-loss treatment. To get your ideal results, you may need to reach a healthier weight before scheduling your body contouring. The device manufacturer has stated that CoolSculpting gets the best results on people whose BMI is no higher than 30. The exception is the use of CoolSculpting as a double-chin treatment. In this situation, a BMI of up to 43 may be acceptable. To decide if you are a good candidate for this powerful fat-freezing treatment, we suggest that you consult with an experienced provider. Your consultation will help you understand what you can expect from the CoolSculpting process so you can determine whether or not this approach will achieve your desired results.

woman measuring her thighs with a measuring tape

What Are The Advantages of CoolSculpting®?

The benefits of undergoing the CoolSculpting® procedure at one of our Hollywood Dermatology locations include:

  • Non-surgical and non-invasive fat removal treatment
  • Safe (FDA-cleared)
  • Effective
  • No anesthesia needed
  • No needles
  • No downtime

How Does CoolSculpting® Work?

Before beginning CoolSculpting®, an expert physician at Hollywood Dermatology will consult with you to determine whether the procedure is right for you. If you decide to undergo CoolSculpting®, an appointment for the in-office procedure will be scheduled by one of our friendly staff members.

During the fat freezing procedure, a gentle tissue-cooling applicator is attached to the targeted area and then is guided by a monitoring system. Your physician will monitor the entire process to ensure precision and accuracy.

How Long is Each CoolSculpting® Treatment Session?

There are a few factors that may influence how long your CoolSculpting treatment sessions take. Examples include the volume of fat in the treatment area and the thickness of your skin. Usually, a treatment session takes no more than an hour. For smaller target areas, treatment may take just over 30 minutes. During your consultation for CoolSculpting body contouring treatment, your provider will supply you with all of the information you need to plan accordingly, including how long you can expect to be in the office for each of your appointments.

Can I Combine CoolSculpting® with Other Treatments?

Yes. CoolSculpting works on unwanted fat cells in a very precise way. Often, pockets of unwanted fat are just one of the problems affecting a person's feelings about their appearance. If you have unwanted fat as well as cellulite, you may want to combine your CoolSculpting sessions with QWO cellulite treatment. CoolSculpting may also be combined with Kybella as a follow-up, depending on the treatment area, to pick up any persistent fatty tissue that was not destroyed in the primary treatment program. The Hollywood Dermatology facilities in South Florida are equipped with multiple modalities for facial and body rejuvenation. When you visit us, you can explore your options for achieving your desired results with an experienced, board-certified provider.

How Effective is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting technology has been studied extensively over the years as a part of the expansion of this treatment platform. Originally, CoolSculpting applicators were designed to treat larger areas such as the abdomen, flanks, and thighs. Now, we have applicators that can treat small areas like the fat above the knees, the backs of the arms, bra rolls, a double-chin, and more. This is to say that the device and its applicators have been through multiple clinical investigations. Multiple research studies have concluded that CooSculpting can effectively eliminate up to 25% of the fat in a targeted area. As a non-surgical body contouring treatment, CoolSculpting has maintained a high success and satisfaction rate.

Is CoolSculpting Permanent?

CoolSculpting might just be better than weight loss! Like liposuction (but without the downtime), CoolSculpting eliminates fat cells for good. When you lose weight through diet and exercise, your fat cells merely shrink. After CoolSculpting, you have fewer fat cells in the area we've targeted. In this way, the results of CoolSculpting are permanent. The fat cells that your body has eliminated will not come back. However, how long you maintain a more sculpted shape is up to you. If you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly after CoolSculpting, there is reason to expect prolonged results.

Will I Lose Weight from the Treatment?

The CoolSculpting process has been devised as a form of body contouring, not as a weight-loss treatment. You may notice a slight change in your weight a few months after you have gone through the CoolSculpting process, but we do not expect this to be significant.

Can Men get CoolSculpting?

Yes! Men can achieve remarkable results from CoolSculpting treatments. Common treatment areas include the flanks, abdomen, chest, and neck. Because men's musculature can be obscured by a layer of stubborn fat, CoolSculpting may serve as an excellent modality to reveal that six-pack.

Is CoolSculpting® Painful?

The first generation of CoolSculpting treatments were said to be relatively painful. This gives us a few points to discuss. First, CoolSculpting technology has evolved over the many years this treatment has been performed. Newer CoolSculpting devices are known for being more comfortable and also more efficient; treatment times may be reduced in some instances, while treatment areas have expanded. Generally, patients do not describe CoolSculpting treatment as painful. They feel a tugging sensation as the applicator applies suction to the target area. They may feel tingling, mild cramping, or aching while the device cools tissue to the target temperature. Within a few minutes of beginning, the target area is numb. This lasts for the duration of the process. The post-treatment massage is also only mildly uncomfortable. Due to tissue numbness, the massage usually feels itchy or ticklish, not painful.

Discomfort can develop a day or two after CoolSculpting treatment. The skin can feel tender to the touch or the area may exhibit deep-tissue soreness. Patients sometimes develop bruising, but this does not hurt. To reduce post-treatment discomfort, patients may want to wear a compression garment around the treatment area. Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen can also support optimal comfort.

Is CoolSculpting® Safe?

According to multiple bodies of research,  CoolSculpting is a relatively safe and effective treatment for the elimination of localized areas of fat. There is a risk of a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, but it is very low. When you consult with an experienced provider about CoolSculpting body contouring treatment, they can discuss how this risk may relate to you based on your medical history. While it would be ideal if we could say there are absolutely no risks involved with any treatment, that isn't possible. What is possible is having viable solutions for unexpected complications. In the rare occurrence of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, in which the targeted fat cells expand and harden, a doctor may perform minimally-invasive liposuction to remove the affected fat cells.

Side Effects of CoolSculpting®

During the procedure, you may experience any of the following temporary side effects in the treatment area:

  • Intense cold
  • Tingling
  • Mild pinching
  • Pulling
  • Stinging

After treatment, patients often experience one or more of the following side effects, all of which usually subside within one week:

  • Cramping
  • Aching
  • Itching
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling

How Long Do CoolSculpting® Results Last?

The effects of CoolSculpting have been shown to be long-lasting, and even last indefinitely, barring weight gain. It is a very effective treatment for getting rid of excess and unwanted fat in stubborn areas. The effects are generally able to be fully seen two to three weeks after treatment.

image of woman's flat stomach after coolsculpting procedure

How Long is Recovery after CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive treatment for unwanted fat. The process may incur some side effects, but these are generally mild enough to manage without extensive downtime. In fact, many CoolSculpting patients work out the same day they have their treatment done. The vast majority of our CoolSculpting patients are back to work the day of or the day after their session. While normal activities can resume immediately after CoolSculpting treatment, it may take a day or two to feel back to 100 percent.

What Our Patients Have to Say

"Dr. Mandel is great. She gave me a thorough skin screening and is patient and courteous. She took the time to answer all my questions. Great staff and they have more than one location for patient convenience."

Schedule a Consultation

If you have areas of stubborn fat that do not go away despite diet and exercise, you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting®. To learn more about CoolSculpting®, please call us at 954.961.1200 to schedule a consultation at Hollywood Dermatology or visit our contact page for information about our South Florida locations.




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