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How Does CoolSculpting Work?

Coolsculpting freezes the fat cells through a method called cryolipolysis. This procedure will help you shed 20 to 25 percent of the fat cells in the area treated with each session. Once treated, the frozen, dead cells are then pushed through the lymphatic system and gone for good. The procedure is nonsurgical, comfortable, and safe, while producing reliable results. Stubborn fatty areas are gone forever, without any need for dietary changes or exercise.

Who is a Good Candidate For CoolSculpting?

Our Kirkland CoolSculpting treatment works for both women and men, removing stubborn bulges in the front and the back of the body by reducing the number of fat cells in the treated areas. You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you have healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle, are within 30 lbs. of your ideal weight and want to reduce fat deposits under the chin, in the upper arms, on the abdomen or flanks, or the upper or outer thighs.

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What Can I Expect With a CoolSculpting Treatment?

At Skintegrity MedSpa, we will work with you to customize a treatment plan based on your issues and goals. One CoolSculpting treatment can reduce fat cells in the treatment area significantly. You may need more than one treatment to reach your goals.

  • Before your CoolSculpting treatment, we will apply a clear gel pad to the targeted area to create a barrier between your skin and the cooling panel.
  • When the treatment applicator adheres to your body, you will feel a slight sucking sensation.
  • During the procedure, you may feel sensations such as pulling, tugging, mild pinching, stinging, or intense cold. These sensations subside in a few minutes when the treatment area becomes numb.
  • You are free to read, chat on the phone, or answer emails while the chilling process is ongoing.
  • After the prescribed treatment time, the applicator is detached, and the area is briefly massaged to break up treated fat cells and enhance fat reduction.

Is There Any Downtime After CoolSculpting?

Unlike surgical procedures such as liposuction, CoolSculpting in Bellevue requires little to no downtime. You can go about your normal activities after your treatment is completed.

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What areas can be treated with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is indicated for the treatment of subcutaneous (under the skin) fat in the following areas of the body:

  • Love handles, flanks, aka the spare tire
  • Upper and lower abdomen
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Arms
  • Under the chin
  • Bra fat
  • Banana roll or back of the thigh
  • Knees

How long do CoolSculpting treatments take?

Each CoolSculpting treatment plan is different. The length of the procedure will depend on which and how many areas of the body are receiving treatment. In some cases, treatment can be done in as little as 35 minutes. Multiple treatments in a single session can extend your treatment time.

When will I see results with CoolSculpting?

Visible results will begin to appear in approximately one to three months after treatment. The final results may take six months or more to appear.

What happens to the fat cells that are frozen in the treatment?

Fat cells frozen in a CoolSculpting procedure are destroyed. They die and are gradually removed through the body’s natural process.

What happens if I gain weight after a CoolSculpting treatment?

CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment, and it is possible to gain weight after your procedure. If this happens, the weight will likely be more evenly distributed throughout your body, not concentrated in pockets of excess fat.

Will health insurance cover CoolSculpting?

As CoolSculpting is an elective cosmetic treatment, it is not covered by health insurance providers or flexible spending account (FSA) companies. At Skintegrity MedSpa, financing is available through CareCredit.

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