Coolsculpting Specialist

Providence Plastic Surgery

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery located in Charlotte, NC

If you have pockets of unwanted body fat in problem areas such as the abdomen and love handles, CoolSculpting® may be the solution. Dr. Andrew Gear of Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center offers CoolSculpting noninvasive fat reduction in Charlotte, North Carolina. To find out if CoolSculpting is right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Coolsculpting Q & A

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, patented system that eliminates unwanted body fat through freezing. This system uses cryolipolysis, which involves targeting fat cells with controlled cooling technology.

Your fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other cells in your body. This means CoolSculpting can destroy fat without damaging your skin or other healthy tissues.

After the fat cells break down, your body naturally flushes them out over the course of four to six months. This leads to gradual, natural-looking fat reduction without scars or other evidence of treatment.

For adults who want to get rid of fat bulges that resist diet and exercise, CoolSculpting is a noninvasive alternative to liposuction. This body-contouring system reduces fat without incisions, anesthesia, or significant downtime for recovery.

What areas does CoolSculpting treat?

CoolSculpting targets pockets of fat that accumulate in specific parts of the body. Dr. Gear uses CoolSculpting to treat the following areas:

  • Submental fat (double chin)
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Abdomen and flanks
  • Bra fat and back fat
  • Underneath the buttocks
  • Upper arms

Although this procedure may help sculpt your ideal physique, fat reduction is not the same as weight loss.

How effective is CoolSculpting at removing fat?

Studies find that CoolSculpting reduces fat in the treated areas by about 20% in most adults. Of course, individual results may vary. Lifestyle factors such as getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet may contribute to additional fat loss.

What should I expect from a CoolSculpting treatment?

First, Dr. Gear performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to make sure CoolSculpting is right for you. Then, he develops an individualized treatment plan that targets your particular areas of concern.

The CoolSculpting session may last 35-60 minutes, depending on the size of your treatment area. Treatment isn’t painful, but you may feel a deep cooling sensation. Many people read, nap, or simply relax during treatment.

Afterward, you can resume normal activities the same day. You may feel sore or notice swelling, but this fades within a couple days or weeks.

Results can appear as quickly as two weeks after treatment with continued improvement over the next four to six months.

To learn more about CoolSculpting, call  Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center or schedule an appointment online today.