banff-coolsculpting-blogStubborn areas of fat plague men and women alike, particularly when it appears that no amount of diet and exercise will eliminate the unwanted bulge. At Banff Plastic Surgery, we offer one of the latest body contouring procedures to eliminate those areas of fat without surgery. CoolSculpting is a safe and effective method of body sculpting that uses controlled cooling to freeze those fat cells away.

Freezing Fat

CoolSculpting utilizes cryolipolysis, a technology that crystalizes fat cells so they can be eliminated by natural body processes. Because fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other cells in the body, CoolSculpting targets the areas of fat without damaging surrounding skin and tissue. This procedure is relatively comfortable and the results are permanent in patients that maintain a healthy weight after treatment.

Treatment Options

CoolSculpting is a versatile treatment that can address a variety of problem areas:

  • Upper and lower back
  • Abdomen, hips and flanks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Underneath the buttocks

Thanks to a new applicator known as the CoolMini, the CoolSculpting procedure can now also be used to remove submental fat underneath the chin. The area along the jawline can become fuller over time, even when you haven’t gained a pound. Many of our patients are as disturbed by submental fat as they are about the formation of wrinkles, prompting plastic surgeons to seek a non-surgical solution for this concern. The CoolMini fits the bill, offerings a painless way to remove unwanted fat under the chin and restore youthful definition to the jawline.

Procedure Details

A CoolSculpting treatment generally takes about an hour to complete and does not require any type of anesthesia. The applicator that delivers the controlled cooling is placed on the treatment area. The device does not penetrate the skin in any way, so there are no incisions or needle punctures to worry about. Patients report a sensation of extreme cold as the procedure begins, but this does not last very long. Most of our patients are able to relax, read or watch a video during their treatment session.

After a CoolSculpting treatment, you will be able to return to your regular activities right away. You may feel some temporary numbness or experience mild skin redness after treatment, but these side effects do not typically last long and are not intense enough to keep you from your daily schedule.

Getting Results

The results of your CoolSculpting treatment will not be apparent right away. It takes time for the treated fat cells to be eliminated by the body, creating a smoother, leaner contour in the treatment area. Patients usually find the results develop in the weeks following their procedure, with full results seen within 2-3 months. Some patients may choose to have a second CoolSculpting treatment at that time to further enhance their results.

If you are unhappy with stubborn fat pockets and have not been able to get rid of them on your own, CoolSculpting may be the right choice for you. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Hall-Findlay has extensive experience in a variety of body contouring procedures and will be able to help you determine if CoolSculpting is the safest and most effective option for you. To learn more or schedule your personal consultation with one of our surgeons, contact Banff Plastic Surgery today at 403-762-2055.