Developed by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital scientists, CoolSculpting eliminates unwanted fat by a specialized cooling technology known as cryolipolysis. CoolSculpting involves the use of small, paddle-like applicators that provide extreme cold to targeted areas. During the treatment, patients may feel a tingling, pulling or pinching sensation that subsides as the tissue becomes numb. After the session, crystallized fat cells break down and are naturally eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system over the course of several months.
This non-surgical procedure generally takes one hour, though longer sessions are needed for multiple treatment areas. Wearing loose, comfortable clothing is the only preparation needed. Most patients can comfortably watch TV, read or listen to music during the treatment.
Unlike other body shaping procedures such as liposuction, CoolSculpting is not intended for large accumulations of excess fat, and is more appropriate for people in good health who are within a few pounds of their “ideal weight.”
CoolSculpting provides discreet fat removal for areas including:
- Upper and lower abdomen
- Flank/love handles
- Bra area
- Under chin
Most patients see a 20 to 25 percent reduction in fat after the first CoolSculpting treatment, but additional sessions can maximize results. Dr. B. Aviva Preminger designs an individualized treatment plan for each patient that takes into account aesthetic goals.