Anyone who has tried and failed to get rid of love handles, back rolls and other pesky pockets of fat knows that dieting and exercising have their limits. Liposuction, the most popular cosmetic surgery for permanent fat removal, can be highly effective for the right candidates, but not everyone wants or needs surgery to achieve their ideal figure. CoolSculpting® is an innovative, nonsurgical lipo alternative that freezes away fat cells without downtime, helping you look younger and more fit.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington understands that everyone’s body is different and stores fat in different places. During your one-on-one consultation, she’ll carefully listen to your cosmetic goals and map out a plan customized to your needs.

Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped men and women from Minneapolis-St. Paul area and throughout Minnesota achieve their best look with surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about CoolSculpting®, including cost. You can also visit our dedicated CoolSculpting® site, Cool and Sculpt, to learn more.

Who Is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting®?

Most men or women who struggle with persistent bulges of fat can be good candidates for CoolSculpting®. Some of the most common reasons to consider CoolSculpting® include:

  • Stubborn bulges of fat in the abdomen, hips, thighs or buttocks prevent clothes from fitting comfortably
  • Unwanted fat deposits don’t respond to diet or exercise
  • Fat hides underlying muscle tone
  • You are unable to take the downtime associated with surgery
  • You wish to improve upon your results from liposuction or another procedure

Your CoolSculpting® Treatment

CoolSculpting® freezes and destroys fat cells using a process called cryolipolysis. During your treatment, a special applicator will cool specific target areas, directing freezing technology to the layer of subcutaneous fat under the skin without damaging the surrounding tissue. Once the fat cells are frozen, they will dissolve and gradually become eliminated by the body, revealing a slimmer figure.

All CoolSculpting® procedures are performed by our certified CoolSculpting® technicians. The treatment itself usually takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on your individual needs. Once the applicator is fit snugly onto the treatment area, you will start to feel some coolness on the skin, which will fade after a few minutes as the body begins to numb. Most people report very little discomfort during the CoolSculpting® procedure, and many patients bring a magazine or book to read during their treatment.

Depending on your cosmetic goals, Dr. Harrington may recommend additional procedures to complement your CoolSculpting® results. Men who get CoolSculpting® to treat “man boobs” or gynecomastia may achieve their best results from a customized male breast reduction procedure. Many women, on the other hand, include CoolSculpting® as part of their mommy makeovers.

DualSculpting® with the Stacking Technique

Using the “stacking technique” offers an advanced way to achieve more noticeable fat reduction in a single visit. Back-to-back applications to the same area during the same treatment session can be 2 to 3 times more effective, eliminating up to 60 percent of fat in the target area.

Advantages of the stacking technique include:

  • Increased fat cell apoptosis (cell death)
  • Targeted areas are already numb after the first treatment
  • Greater results after only 1 visit versus 2 visits scheduled months apart

We have two CoolSculpting® units to treat both sides of the body at the same time (wherever applicable), such as the love handles, arms or outer thighs. DualSculpting® also cuts down treatment time by 50 percent, making treatment much more convenient.

CoolSculpting® Downtime

One of the major advantages to choosing CoolSculpting® rather than liposuction to remove unwanted fat is that CoolSculpting® does not require downtime. Many patients develop some minor bruising or swelling around the treated area(s), but this should fade within the next few days. In some cases, people experience tingling or temporary numbness.

You may return to your normal routine immediately following your appointment. CoolSculpting® results develop gradually over the course of the following 6 months. Many people begin to notice their results as early as 3 weeks after their treatment. CoolSculpting® can be performed in a series of treatments over the course of several months, allowing you to gradually achieve your best body shape in a way that appears completely natural.

CoolSculpting® complications are uncommon, but it’s still important to discuss any concerns you have about the procedure with Dr. Harrington or an assistant. If you notice any sudden increases in swelling, sharp pain or long-lasting numbness, notify our office immediately.

Next Steps

Fat reduction with CoolSculpting® can help you achieve you goal figure without downtime. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your CoolSculpting® consultation and learn more about how to enhance your natural appearance.