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CoolSculpting® FAQ

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The CoolSculpting procedure is an exciting option for men and women from Sierra Vista, Casas Adobes, and other cities in and around Tucson, Arizona, who want to say goodbye to those troublesome pockets of stubborn fat without surgery. Because the CoolSculpting procedure is fairly new, our patients come to us with a lot of excellent questions. Here are our answers to some of the most common ones.

To learn more about CoolSculpting, an effective liposuction alternative available in Tucson, Arizona at Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery, request a consultation online or call (520) 731-1110.

How was the CoolSculpting treatment developed?

The process for the CoolSculpting procedure, called Cryolipolysis®, was originally developed by Harvard scientists Dr. Dieter Manstein and Dr. Rox Anderson. Their ideas were based on research that showed children sucking on popsicles would lose cheek fat. Over the course of several years, they refined Cryolipolysis to effectively freeze and destroy body fat cells without affecting the surrounding tissue. The FDA cleared the process for fat reduction in 2010.

The CoolSculpting device, manufactured by ZELTIQ®, is the only device to use true Cryolipolysis. Other counterfeit and impostor devices in use around the world can be dangerous. At Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery, we use only a genuine CoolSculpting device.

Who is the ideal candidate for a CoolSculpting procedure?

Many different types of people are eligible for a CoolSculpting treatment. The best candidates are adults who are at or near their ideal weights but are still bothered by small, localized pockets of fat that are difficult to reduce with diet and exercise alone. During your CoolSculpting consultation, your doctor evaluates the areas you'd like to treat and helps you decide whether a CoolSculpting treatment is the best match for you.

How much does a CoolSculpting treatment cost?

The cost of a CoolSculpting treatment at our Tucson practice is determined by several factors, including which area you'd like to treat and the amount of fat. Because each patient is different, it's not possible to provide an exact estimate on our website. At Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery, we strive to keep our fees competitive with those of other practices in the area. A CoolSculpting procedure may cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000. During your consultation, we provide you with a written quote that reflects the specifics of your desired procedure.

How long does a CoolSculpting procedure last?

Treatment of a single part of the body takes about 1 hour to complete. During your consultation, we'll give you a better idea of how long your particular procedure is likely to last so that you can plan your day accordingly. Because the treatment is typically fairly brief, many patients choose to schedule other procedures, such as injectable fillers or laser hair removal on the same day.

Will a CoolSculpting treatment get rid of cellulite?

No. Although most people think of cellulite as a fat-related concern, it's actually a bit more complex. Cellulite is caused by bands of connective, fibrous tissue that pull on skin from below, causing those telltale dimples to form. Fat can protrude through these bands, exacerbating the appearance of cellulite. Although fat reduction through weight loss or a procedure such as CoolSculpting may help reduce the look of cellulite, it's unlikely to completely eliminate it.

When can I get back to my usual activities after a CoolSculpting session?

One of the great things about the CoolSculpting procedure is that it doesn't require any sort of recuperation. The overwhelming majority of patients who undergo a CoolSculpting treatment resume their typical activities as soon as their appointments are over. You can get back to work, head to the gym, or run errands just as you normally would. Although the procedure can leave behind some soreness, redness, and swelling, these symptoms are temporary and aren't typically severe enough to hamper you from your everyday activities.

Is a CoolSculpting treatment a replacement for liposuction?

The CoolSculpting procedure and liposuction both have the same objective, which is to remove unwanted fat. However, a CoolSculpting treatment is not a perfect liposuction alternative. At our Tucson, Arizona practice, the CoolSculpting procedure is appropriate for adults who wish to reduce the size of fat deposits in their abdomens and other larger areas of the body. Although the results of a CoolSculpting treatment aren't typically as significant as those of liposuction, a CoolSculpting treatment is a wonderful option for many people in search of targeted fat reduction without downtime or discomfort.

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