At some point in their life, up to 90% of all women will experience cellulite along some area of their body. Diet and exercise alone do very little to get rid of these lumpy, fatty deposits. Until recently, the only option to restore smooth, taut skin was a surgical procedure, which included both discomfort and a lengthy recovery. CoolSculpting is a new, innovative treatment designed to reduce these areas of ugly fat deposits, without the recovery time of a more invasive procedure. CoolSculpting utilizes Cryolipolysis, a technique using extremely cold temperatures to destroy the layers of fat cells. The surrounding, healthy tissues are unaffected during the treatment, remaining completely safe. Over the weeks following a CoolSculpting procedure, the body will naturally metabolize the lifeless cells.
This treatment can be used to treat many different areas including the abdomen (Muffin Top), flanks (Love Handles), upper back (Bra Rolls), lower back, arms, double chin and male breasts. Six different size applicators are available, allowing each CoolSculpting treatment to precisely address the individual target area. *
Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting:
CoolSculpting can be a beneficial treatment for anyone frustrated with stubborn fat along the arms, legs, double chin or trunk. Potential patients should be in relatively good health, understand the CoolSculpting process, and hold reasonable expectations for the results. CoolSculpting is safe for men and women of any skin type or ethnicity. The procedure is not an alternative to weight loss, however. The ideal candidate will have isolated areas of bulging fat that are resistant to exercise and diet.
Prior to scheduling a CoolSculpting treatment, a consultation with one of our CoolSculpting Specialists will be scheduled. At this time, we will perform a quick physical evaluation, and discuss the individual’s aesthetic needs. If CoolSculpting is determined to be the best way to achieve the desired results, a unique treatment plan will be created. Our beauty experts can also recommend complementary procedures, both surgical and noninvasive, to reach optimum physical rejuvenation.
The CoolSculpting Procedure:
Is performed in one of Mirror Mirror’s private, comfortable procedure rooms. The provider will begin by determining the exact area to be addressed. Two CoolSculpting paddles are placed, one either side of the treatment location. Using light suction, the skin is gently pulled up between the applicators. The paddles will then begin chilling staying in place for 35-45 minutes (depending on treatment).
CoolSculpting treatments are not painful and therefore require no anesthesia. As the procedure begins, a deep cool and mild pulling sensation will occur, but these will only last a few moments before the area becomes numb. At Mirror Mirror, we take every extra step to make sure our patients are comfortable during their treatment. While waiting on the procedure to complete, patients can relax enough to enjoy a cup of coffee, talk on the phone, browse the Internet, or even take a short nap.
Each CoolSculpting treatment will target one area per 35-45 minutes (depending on treatment). Mirror Mirror is one of the only aesthetic providers in Houston with more than three CoolSculpting machines available. Two areas can be treated at one time, such as both upper arms, or both the right and left flanks. Double the treatment in half the time means a more efficient and worthwhile procedure. *
Once this procedure is finished, patients are free to return to their normal activities. Work, school, even exercise, can be resumed immediately. Initially, mild redness, swelling, and bruising may occur; these will resolve over the next several weeks. Itching and tenderness are not uncommon, but will also resolve quickly. CoolSculpting holds little risk for complications. The treatment is completely safe for the surrounding tissue and skin. *
The final results from this procedure are not immediately noticeable. It will take between two and four months for the body to completely absorbed the excess fatty tissue. Final CoolSculpting results are not immediately noticeable. After about 16 weeks, the full results of a CoolSculpting treatment can be appreciated. It will take between two and four months for the body to reabsorb excess fatty tissue.
Other areas of fatty tissue may still develop, however. To maintain their results, patients should eat a healthy diet and incorporate a regular exercise routine.
To find out more about the CoolSculpting procedure at Mirror Mirror, or to schedule a private consultation, contact our Houston office at 281.810.9083. Our experienced patient coordinators can explain the treatment and answer any questions you may have. If you are traveling from outside of the Houston area, let your patient coordinator know you may need assistance with travel arrangements or accommodations. *
What is CoolSculpting?
Is a noninvasive procedure designed to rid the body of unsightly deposits of fat and fatty tissue. This procedure uses Cryolipolysis (concentrated cold temperatures) to target and destroy layers of fat cells; reducing the appearance of fat and bulges.
How does CoolSculpting work?
The CoolSculpting applicators will deliver extreme cold temperatures to the target area. This chill will essentially freeze the fat cells, causing them to perish. The process will also stimulate the body’s removal of these unneeded cells. Over the course of a few weeks, as the body naturally metabolizes these dead fat cells, the appearance will improve. *
Where is the CoolSculpting treatment performed?
This treatment is performed in a comfortable, private treatment room at Mirror Mirror’s Houston office.
What area can benefit from CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting from Mirror Mirror can reduce fat and fatty deposits on the thighs, abdomen, flanks, lower back, upper arms, double chin, and the male breasts. *
How is the CoolSculpting treatment performed?
After the patient is comfortably resting, the aesthetician will place two paddle-type applicators on both sides of the treatment area. Using gentle suction, the targeted tissue will be raised between the applicators, which will begin to chill. This treatment is comfortable and painless. After 35-45 minutes (depending on treatment), the paddles are removed, and the patient can return to all normal activities.
How long does a CoolSculpting treatment take?
This treatment will take 35-45 minutes (depending on treatment) per treatment area. At Mirror Mirror, we have four CoolSculpting machines; this means that more than one area can be treated during the same session. *
Will more than one CoolSculpting treatment be needed?
It is recommended to have this procedure twice on the same area to achieve the best results. Patients can choose to have an additional CoolSculpting procedure, further reducing the fatty cells. This should wait for three to four months to give the body time to completely remove the targeted fatty tissue. *
Is CoolSculpting painful?
No, this procedure is not painful. Initially, as the applicators begin to chill, patients may note cold temperatures and a tingling sensation. This will quickly diminish, however, as the area slowly numbs. *
Is anesthesia used during CoolSculpting?
Since the procedure does not cause discomfort, there is no need for anesthesia to be used.
Will I have to sit still for the entire treatment hour?
Yes, patients will need to remain seated for 35-45 minutes (depending on treatment) of CoolSculpting. Mirror Mirror will make sure the treatment time is extremely relaxing. Patients normally feel comfortable enough to read, surf the Internet, talk on the phone, or even nap while they are waiting.
When can I return to work after my CoolSculpting procedure?
No downtime is required after this procedure. Patients are feeling well enough to return to work the same afternoon. *
What are the risks from CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting procedure at Mirror Mirror is extremely safe. No healthy tissue or cells will be damaged during the treatment. Side effects can include tingling, itching, redness, or bruising; these will diminish over the first several weeks. *
How is the recovery period after CoolSculpting?
Patients are able to comfortably resume all of their usual activities the same afternoon as their procedure. This includes returning to work or school, as well as exercise. The area may be red or have mild bruising; these can last for the first two to three weeks. It is not uncommon for the treatment area to experience temporary numbness, tingling, or tenderness. These too, will diminish quickly. *
When will I see the results from CoolSculpting?
As the body removes the fatty tissue, after this procedure, the results will start to show. Patients may notice these changes in as little as one to two months, however, it will take about four months for the full results to show. *
Who is the ideal candidate for CoolSculpting?
Ideal candidates are happy healthy individuals who are actively looking to look and feel their best. This treatment is a wonderful technology which selectively targets and removes fat cells in order to help patients achieve a more shapely, sculpted appearance. This treatment is not a quick weight loss treatment. Patients are weighed before and after treatment in order to ensure that they have maintained stable weight so that the results can be seen without bias. Generally, the best candidates for this treatment are individuals that have maintained their current weight for some time and are generally displeased with one or more “trouble areas”. *
Are the benefits of CoolSculpting permanent?
The results are long lasting. The removed tissue will not return, however, the body can still add new fat cells. Patients should maintain their results through a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. *
How much does a CoolSculpting treatment cost?
The price for this procedure fluctuates depending on the number of areas, the size of the area, the number of sessions needed, as well as, your individual goals. We will create a customized treatment plan, that is tailored to your physique, your goals, and your budget. Contact our office for specific pricing information.
Can I finance my CoolSculpting procedure?
Yes, Mirror Mirror offers patients the option of financing their treatment through CareCredit. By applying online, patients have the benefit of immediate approval. Visit www.carecredit.com for more information or to apply today.
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