Few Calgary CoolSculpting providers offer the expertise and patient service that women and men find at Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery. We can treat all areas of the body using CoolSculpting's specially designed applicators and, with 2 CoolSculpting devices, we can complete the procedures in half the time. Our board-certified plastic surgeons supervise a highly trained team of medical professionals who customize treatments to meet the needs of each patient.
Women and men can benefit from CoolSculpting if they're concerned about stubborn areas of fat that prevent them from being completely confident in their bodies. The most common treatment areas include:
CoolSculpting isn't a weight-loss treatment. An ideal CoolSculpting patient is already at the weight they want to maintain, or within a few pounds of their target. Your skin should have good elasticity as well, because CoolSculpting doesn't tighten skin. During your consultation, a physical exam helps determine if CoolSculpting is the appropriate treatment path to address your concerns.
Patients often wonder how a treatment can freeze fat cells without damaging the skin. To begin with, fat cells begin dying at temperatures that aren't harmful to the skin or other cells surrounding the fat. The CoolSculpting platform safely delivers controlled cooling with precision, gently targeting fat cells just below the skin. The system includes built-in safety measure that shuts the procedure down automatically if it detects the skin is getting too cold. CoolSculpting is clinically proven to reduce fat.
One of the things you should look for when choosing a CoolSculpting provider is if the practice offers the complete range of applicators. CoolSculpting applicators are designed for specific treatment areas, but many practices only have 1 or 2 of them. We have the following applicators:
By offering the wide range of applicators, we can customize your CoolSculpting treatment in a way most providers can't match.
We know your time is valuable, which is why we offer DualSculpting. It typically takes about 45 minutes per area for a CoolSculpting treatment. Most patients need 2 areas treated—for example, "love handles" on both sides of the body. Even the abdomen is usually treated as 2 areas; the upper and lower abdomen. So, the total treatment time can be as much as 1.5 hours. With the DualSculpting configuration, we are able to treat both areas at the same time, cutting your treatment time in half.
After deciding CoolSculpting is the best approach to address your concerns, we'll create a personalized treatment plan to produce the optimal results. In many cases, that may require more than a single treatment session. The procedure begins with a gel pad applied to the treatment area. We then attach the applicator and begin the careful cooling process. Some patients experience a bit of discomfort during the initial few moments before the area becomes numb. During the majority of the treatment session, though, patients often read, brows the internet, or even nap.
Because CoolSculpting is a noninvasive treatment, there is no healing afterwards. There's no downtime and patients can return to work or their normal activities immediately after the procedure. Some common side effects include redness and swelling in the treatment area. You won't see results from CoolSculpting right away because the fat cells die gradually. While experiences vary, changes usually begin to appear in 2 to 3 months, with the final results generally visible by 4 months. Some people may choose to have multiple CoolSculpting sessions for more thorough body contouring.
As with most aesthetic procedures, the cost of CoolSculpting varies depending on your specific concerns, the number of treatments required, and your cosmetic goals. Many of our CoolSculpting patients want multiple areas toned to reach their goals. We can quote a specific price after creating a customized treatment plan.
Crystallized, or frozen, fat cells die and the body naturally processes and eliminates them from the body. The process is gradual, which is why your results will take several weeks to appear. Those cells can no longer store fat. It is possible, of course, to gain weight in the future because some fat cells remain in the treatment area.
Whether CoolSculpting or liposuction is the better choice for you depends on many factors. People who choose CoolSculpting typically want a nonsurgical procedure and are satisfied with a modest overall reduction of fat in the treated area. They also understand that the results take time to develop, and multiple treatments may be required. People choose liposuction for more precise sculpting, immediate results, and a singular procedure, albeit one that requires incisions, anesthesia, and recovery time.
The best way to determine if CoolSculpting is right for you is by requesting a consultation online to meet with one of our 3 Royal College-certified plastic surgeons. Or call Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery at (403) 452-7953 to schedule an appointment.