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CoolSculpting Santa Monica


CoolSculpting is the #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure available.
Results can be seen in as little as 3 weeks and final results 1-3 months post treatment.

Understanding the Benefits of CoolSculpting

No matter what kind of shape you’re in, it’s likely you still have some stubborn pockets of fat here and there. Certain areas of the body, such as the lower abdomen, love handles, and outer thighs accumulate fat that is very resistant to changes in diet or exercise. It can seem impossible to do anything about it.

But you could give that fat the deep freeze at the Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center with CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting uses controlled freezing to kill fat cells non-invasively and without any downtime.

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What is CoolSculpting?

Two Harvard scientists were the inventors of CoolSculpting. Their revolutionary idea came as a byproduct of research they were conducting on the development of dimples in children who ate lots of popsicles. They theorized that the cold of the popsicles was somehow limiting or damaging the fat in the kids’ cheeks, creating the dimples. If cold affected fat in the cheeks, maybe it would do so elsewhere, such as the fat pockets that form on the abdomen. CoolSculpting was the result.

In their research, they discovered that fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other tissue cells. So, CoolSculpting delivers temperatures low enough to freeze the fat cells in the treatment area, leaving the adjacent non-fat tissue cells unharmed. This freezing crystallizes and kills 20 to 25 percent of the fat cells in the treated area. The body then flushes the dead cells from the body over the following weeks.

CoolSculpting 101 – What CoolSculpting Is

How does a CoolSculpting session go?

When you come to our office for a CoolSculpting session, there’s no need for any local anesthetic or pain relief. You simply sit in our angled treatment chair and we position the CoolSculpting panels over the treatment area. The panels produce light suction that draws the skin, underlying tissue, and fat up between the two cooling panels. We then set the temperature to the freezing point of the fat cells and deliver that cooling down into the drawn up skin and tissue. The fat cells freeze and the body begins the process of eliminating them. As the session progresses, we repeat this process several times across the treatment area. A total session takes from one to three hours, depending on the size of the treatment areas.

Over time, once 20-25 percent of the fat in the area is gone, the remaining fat cells condense down into a thinner layer and your contour slims.

Would CoolSculpting work for me?

First things first — CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss procedure. CoolSculpting is meant for people who are at or very near their ideal weight, but have some isolated pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise.

What Areas Can I Treat

These are the body areas the FDA has approved for treatment with CoolSculpting:

  • Abdomen area
  • Love-handles (or flanks)
  • Inner / Outer Thighs
  • Above the Knee (distal thighs)
  • Double Chin (submental area)
  • Back fat (including bra fat)
  • Banana roll (fat underneath buttocks)

Is CoolSculpting painful?

You won’t feel pain during your session. You’ll feel a pulling sensation as the suction draws your tissues up to the cooling panels. Once the cooling is delivered, at first you’ll feel an intense cooling sensation for a few minutes. Most people don’t describe this is painful, just very cold. Then the area becomes numb and the sensation passes. From there, you’ll feel little. You can read a book, answer emails, watch videos on your laptop, or take a nap during the procedure.

Is there downtime with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is entirely non-invasive — no needles, no scalpels…and best of all, no downtime! When we remove the cooling panels, we massage the area for two to three minutes to alleviate the numbness. After that, you’re out the door and back to work or to all the fun Santa Monica has to offer.

Is more than one CoolSculpting session needed?

Many patients have a single session, others more. Each area treated with CoolSculpting requires about one hour. The freezing kills 20-25 percent of the fat in the area, but this amount decreases with subsequent sessions.

How long before my results will show?

This isn’t an immediate process. The CoolSculpting process freezes your fat cells, but it then takes some time to flush those dead cells from the body. Some patients begin to see changes after about three weeks, but the most dramatic results can be seen after two months or so. The cool thing about CoolSculpting is that your results continue to improve for up to six months!

Is CoolSculpting permanent?

The fat cells that are frozen and die are gone for good. That fat reduction is permanent. If you don’t gain a large amount of weight, your results should last forever. If you do put on weight, it tends to build elsewhere before returning to the sites where you’ve had CoolSculpting.

How does CoolSculpting compare with Kybella for double chins?

Both CoolSculpting Mini, which uses an applicator to address smaller areas such as under the chin, and Kybella, which is an injectable that kills fat cells under the chin, attack and kill fat cells. In that way, they are the same. Both methods will probably also require more than one treatment session to adequately address the patient’s double chin.

The difference is the method. If you don’t care for injections, you would prefer CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting may also be more effective if the patient has a large amount of fat under his or her chin.

Kybella is given in up to six total treatments; each treatment session involves multiple injections with a very tiny needle. Kybella, which is basically deoxycholic acid, then breaks down fat cells and dramatically slims the profile. Kybella is superior for very targeted pockets of fat. Kybella seems to create a more defined profile under the chin than CoolSculpting.

At the Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center, we offer both CoolSculpting and Kybella to address your double chin. Talk to us about the pros and cons of each at 310-829-4104.