Who hasn’t pinched an inch here or grabbed a handful there? How many times have we looked in the mirror and thought “if I could just get rid of this bulge here, I would be happy”? How many of us have worked out, eaten healthy and finally found a good weight only to be stumped by that one area that won’t seem to get any smaller?
Here at Toronto Dermatology Centre we offer CoolSculpting, a non-surgical way of eliminating fat cells in specific areas of your body without affecting other areas. Unlike liposuction this procedure requires no needles or surgery, and there’s no downtime, or potential side effects, CoolSculpting is able to kill fat cells and eliminate them from your body.
Scientists in the 60’s noticed that children that sucked on popsicles frequently lost fat cells in the side of their cheeks. Fortunately children are resilient and they were able to replenish the cells without complication naturally. Over time scientists developed a technique called Cryolipolysis, a way of killing fat cells through slowly freezing the fat and without damage to the surrounding cells.
Cryolipolysis is based on the principle that fat cells are more vulnerable to cooling than surrounding tissues. A non-invasive applicator is attached to the targeted procedure area to slowly freeze the underlying fat tissue, while protecting the skin, nerves, muscles and other tissue. The cooled fat cells undergo apoptosis (controlled cell death) and are gradually eliminated, reducing the thickness of the fat layer.
With Coolsculpting, your initial consultation would include a full explanation of how Coolsculpting works, what you need to know before and after the treatment and a full treatment plan. We may mark the areas to be treated and decide how many sessions would be required for full benefits. For example, if you wanted to target the abdominal area and the love handles, you may want to tackle one area first and come back for the other area. Most areas require 1 session, but 2 may be required for a better sculptured appearance, depending on the amount of fat in the selected areas. As well the assessment will help to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.
(*Images are for informational purpose only. Results may vary from person to person)
Coolsculpting is targeted for the abdomen, upper, low and mid (for women), flanks (love handles), inner and outer thighs, arms and chin fat. Not all types of fat will work with Coolsculpting. For example, visceral fat, found below the muscles, cannot be treated. As well, if there is not enough fat to fit into the Coolsculpting treatment zone, the area won’t freeze properly and results won’t be as effective.
Although there is no downtime, some temporary side effects may include tenderness, swelling, redness, occasional bruising and a “pins and needles” feeling as the nerve endings begin to unfreeze. Results can be seen in as little as 3 weeks and full results seen in 2-3 months. You can resume your daily regime immediately after treatment. A compression garment is not required as it is with liposuction, but if treating the abdominal area, patients found that using one, even a mild form such as Spanx, decreased discomfort post treatment.
Today’s intelligent women and men are opting out of surgical procedures when it comes to improving their appearance. With the cost of liposuction, increased chances of serious side effects, downtime and scars, it doesn’t seem feasible that one would choose this more aggressive procedure over Coolsculpting; today’ s patient knows the best way to treat unwanted fat is only a few hours away.
Come in for a complimentary consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting.
~ Sheri Roselle, Medical Esthetician at Toronto Dermatology Centre