CoolSculpting® is an exciting new treatment that destroys fat cells with advanced cooling technology. Instead of manually extracting the fat, this procedure weakens the fat cells so that your immune system naturally attacks and expels them. It can be carried out on many areas of the body, and it might be just what you need to finally sculpt the silhouette of your dreams. Here is a quick look at just a few of the reasons why you should consider this treatment at our center in OKC instead of traditional liposuction.
The Pros and Cons of Liposuction
Liposuction has remained one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world for over three decades, and it can be very effective when done correctly. During this type of surgery, a doctor will physically withdraw pockets of fat with a small rod known as a cannula.
Even though the results are often eye-catching, going under the knife is very hard on an individual’s body. Patients can spend weeks recovering from liposuction, and there is no guarantee that the fat will stay off. There is also a very good chance that the patient will have to deal with large surgery scars near the treatment site.
Quite a few years ago, a group of doctors began to notice a unique phenomenon in children who regularly ate cold treats. After eating ice cream and popsicles for a few weeks, the children started to lose fat in their cheeks. This biological reaction is known as panniculitis, and it is the driving force behind CoolSculpting®. When a pocket of fat is exposed to cold temperatures for a short period of time, the cells begin to call apart. Once they are damaged, the patient’s immune system will flush them out of the area and expel them from the body.
The Average CoolSculpting® Appointment
Patients don’t need to do anything to prepare for their treatment other than wear loose clothing. Once you are at the office, you will relax in a comfortable chair while one of our trained professionals prepares the treatment site. The CoolSculpting® machine has handheld applicators that are placed near the pockets of stubborn body fat. After the device is turned on, you will feel some pressure but no discomfort on the surface of your skin. Most treatment sessions take around one hour to complete, and patients often schedule multiple appointments to treat other areas of the body or improve their results.
Following Your Treatment
The most common side effect of CoolSculpting® is bruising on the surface of the skin, which will quickly dissipate. Patients can minimize any bruising by drinking plenty of water and avoiding pain relievers such as aspirin. In the weeks following your session, the treatment site should begin to shrink. You have the option of scheduling ongoing appointments for the same area, but many patients are completely satisfied after the first three or four treatments.
CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure, and that means it can be combined with a variety of other products to treat cellulite, scars, hyperpigmentation and other cosmetic issues. We are pleased to offer this popular treatment with care and expertise at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center in OKC. Contact our office in OKC to book your first appointment and learn more!