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CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ - Fat Freezing by Dr. Steven Williams at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery
CoolSculpting improves your contour with no downtime, surgery, or needles.
Length of Surgery 1 hour
In/Outpatient Outpatient
Anesthesia None needed
Duration of results Permanent

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Freezing your fat away

Don't get mad at your stubborn fat - FREEZE IT! CoolSculpting is a new method of targeting and eliminating body fat through controlled cooling. The treatment is non-invasive and requires no down time, no surgery, and no anesthesia. People in the San Francisco area are amazed at how CoolSculpting works on those areas of the body that have bothered them for years or they have tried so hard to get rid of the fat by working out, but the fat just wouldn't budge!

Is CoolSculpting right for me?

Many of us have pockets of unwanted fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. If you are close to your ideal weight but want to target specific areas of the body, CoolSculpting may be the ideal solution for you. CoolSculpting is not a weightloss solution for people who are obese. Good candidates have noticable bulges in certain areas they'd like to get rid of. Our experts will determine if the treatment is right for you during a one-on-one cosmetic consultation at Tri-Valley Plastic Surgery.

How CoolSculpting Works

CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis, a specialized technique that freezes fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissues. The problem areas are isolated and a gel pad is placed around them for comfort. An applicator gently pulls and performs the cooling of the fat just above freezing. Different sized applications are used to treat different areas.

The cryolipolysis causes fat cells to crystallize without harming other cells. These cells are then broken down by the body's own metabolic processes over a period of two to four months. With each treatment, typically you will see a noticeable reduction of fat from the treated area.

What can I expect during treatment?

CoolSculpting is a comfortable, low-risk procedure. It is completely non-invasive so there is no surgery, no needles, and no anasthesia. It will feel very cold at first, but this sensation will dissipate over a few minutes. Application time depends on the size of and numer of areas being treated, but, as a guide, one area takes approximately one hour. Patients typically read a book, listen to music, browse on their iPads, or just relax.

How soon will I see results?

Some patients notice a difference within a few weeks of treatment; however, the final results will not be visible for two to four months.

Are the results permanent?

This treatment permanently removes fat in the treated areas. As long as you maintain your current weight through diet and exercise, you will have long-lasting results. Multiple sessions may be required to get the desired result.

Is it safe?

CoolSculpting has been approved by the FDA for treating fat on the flanks (love handles), abdomen, back and thighs.

What happens after treatment?

You may resume regular day-to-day activities immediately after the treatment. It is normal to see some redness or some bruising, which will clear within a few hours. There may be some numbness from the cooling, which may last several weeks. Additionally, there may be some mild discomfort which will decrease after a few days to a few weeks. Overall, there is no down time for the procedure.


The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) American Board of Plastic Surgery Yale University Plastic Surgery Yale School of Medicine American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Expert Reviewer of California Medical Board

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) American Board of Plastic Surgery Yale University Plastic Surgery Yale School of Medicine American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Expert Reviewer of California Medical Board
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