CoolSculpting® for Men
Men who struggle with unwanted deposits of fat can feel self-conscious about their physique and even appear older and less healthy than they really are. While liposuction can be a highly effective fat removal method, not everyone wants or needs surgery to achieve their goal appearance. CoolSculpting® uses innovative technology to freeze away fat without surgery or downtime, helping you achieve a fitter, younger look.
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands the concerns that men can have about the way they look. During your consultation, she’ll take the time to discuss your goals for your appearance and map out a plan customized to your specific concerns.
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 pricing. You can also learn more by visiting our dedicated CoolSculpting® site, Cool and Sculpt.
Who Is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting®?
Almost any man who wishes to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat can be a good candidate for CoolSculpting®. Some of the most common reasons men consider CoolSculpting® include:
- Stubborn bulges of fat in the abdomen, hips, thighs or buttocks prevent clothes from fitting comfortably
- The male breasts or arms store more fat than desired, creating a pudgy or overweight appearance
- 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® uses a process called cryolipolysis, which freezes and destroys fat cells without surgery. The process uses an applicator to cool select areas of the body, targeting the layer of subcutaneous fat with freezing technology without harming the surrounding tissue. Once the fat cells are frozen, they will die off and gradually become destroyed by the body’s natural elimination systems, revealing your true body shape underneath.
Your CoolSculpting® treatment will be performed by our certified physician assistant or certified plastic surgery nurse. The treatment itself can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size and number of the treated areas. Once the applicator is snugly fit on the area of the body to be treated, you will start to feel coolness on your skin, but for most patients, this sensation fades 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 suggest additional treatments to complement your CoolSculpting® results. Men with “man boobs” (gynecomastia) may achieve their best results from male breast reduction, which can use CoolSculpting® or another treatment to create the desired outcome. Men interested in better jawline definition can also benefit from Kybella™ injections to diminish a double chin.
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.
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.
CoolSculpting® is an effective method of fat removal that requires no downtime or surgery. 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.