Plastic surgery is a rapidly evolving field that remains at the cutting edge of medical science. New technologies make procedures more convenient and comfortable than ever before, and patients are the ones that benefit. For example, an experienced plastic surgeon like Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, now can freeze away fat through newly available non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures such as CoolSculpting.
This non-surgical fat reduction technique is a good fit for patients who are unwilling to undergo surgery or cannot have surgery due to another pre-existing condition. It is important for patients to remember that no non-surgical fat removing procedure can be a replacement for liposuction.
How it works
CoolSculpting, which is clinically referred to as cryolipolysis, breaks down fat cells through the application of cold temperature. Fat cells have a special vulnerability to the effects of cold. While they freeze, your skin and other structures do not suffer any injury.
CoolSculpting is minimally invasive. It eliminates fat cells without anesthesia, incisions or the recovery time that is required after a surgical procedure such as liposuction. Cryolipolysis is recommended for individuals who have areas of localized fat that have proven resistant to diet and exercise. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting is not a solution for massive weight loss. Instead, it is helpful at eliminating those stubborn pockets of fat around the thighs, waist, neck, “love handles,” back or bra area, and buttocks.
Safe and effective weight loss
CoolSculpting is one of the most popular non-surgical fat reduction procedures used in plastic surgery today; the procedure has been performed almost 500,000 times around the world. The FDA approved CoolSculpting in 2010, and patients typically report noticeable slimming results within eight weeks of undergoing treatment. Results should last indefinite, so long as you maintain a proper weight with diet and exercise.
Who should not undergo CoolSculpting
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you should not receive any type of non-surgical fat reduction treatment. CoolSculpting is also not recommended for patients interested in dramatic weight loss.
Cost of CoolSculpting
Statistics from 2016 released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2016 show that the average cost of a non-surgical fat reduction procedure is $1,681. However, this cost can vary depending on additional expenses such as prescriptions for medication, the surgeon’s fee, and any additional costs related to the surgical facility. When considering a non-surgical fat reduction or any other type of cosmetic procedure, cost should be considered less significant than the skill of the plastic surgeon that you have chosen to perform the procedure and the surgeon’s results performing that procedure on other patients.
Taking the next step
Make sure to do your homework before any plastic surgery procedure, including a non-surgical fat reduction. Choose a plastic surgeon that is board-certified. Ask to see photos of patients before and after procedures; this is the best evidence of the type of results you can expect from a surgeon. All of this can be accomplished during the consultation that takes place before your treatment. During this consultation, you can discuss your aesthetic goals, your medical history, any drug allergies, and current medications. Your plastic surgeon also should evaluate your overall health at this time and discuss all the fat reduction options so that, together, you can determine the best course of treatment.
CoolSculpting is a procedure that only should be performed by a plastic surgeon operating at the forefront of their field. If you want to learn more about non-surgical fat reduction, call the office of Preminger Plastic Surgery at (212) 706-1900 to schedule your initial consultation.
CoolSculpting in NYC
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