If you’re like us, you’re wondering why your stubborn fat has not budged with your “new year, new me” healthy lifestyle plans.
One of the hardest pills to swallow? Recognizing that that stubborn fat isn’t going away, regardless of how diligently you followed through with dieting and exercising. Womp.
But, we aren’t doomed! CoolSculpting® Elite in DFW is a gentle FDA-cleared procedure that freezes those fat cells that are holding on for dear life. At least we know it’s because these cells want to make sure we survive, right?
At Southlake Plastic Surgery, we stay on the cutting-edge of industry technology. That’s why we have the most up-to-date technology and our providers are vigorously trained. What does this mean for you? More fat reduction in half the treatment time!
There’s much more where that came from; consider this your guide to the newest CoolSculpting Elite treatment!
What is CoolSculpting Elite?
CoolSculpting Elite is an FDA-cleared non-surgical fat reduction treatment in which your provider uses an applicator to deliver targeted low temperatures to your concern area(s). These low temperatures freeze the stubborn fat cells, which then die a natural death and are processed by your kidneys.
What does CoolSculpting Elite in DFW treat?
- Unwanted body fat
- Muffin top
- Love handles
- Inner thighs
- Outer thighs
- Pectoral area on men
- Upper arms
- Double chin (submental fat)
- Back fat
- Bra fat
- Fat underneath buttocks (banana rolls)
What CoolSculpting Elite isn’t
A common misconception about CoolSculpting Elite is that it will help them lose weight. CoolSculpting Elite is not a weight loss treatment, it’s a fat reduction treatment. You’re a great candidate for CoolSculpting Elite if you aren’t coming in to lose weight, but you’re coming in to get rid of that relentless fat that diet and exercise can’t kick!
Many people consider CoolSculpting Elite a great non-surgical alternative to liposuction, a different fat removal procedure that involves surgery. Learn more in our video about CoolSculpting:
How does CoolSculpting Elite in DFW work?
CoolSculpting Elite uses cryolipolysis (fat freezing technique) to kill fat cells that haven’t budged from exercise.
During your initial consultation, your CoolSculpting Elite specialist will chat with you about your treatment goals and take a look at your concern areas. This will help us determine how we can best customize your treatment plan! We’ll also answer any questions you have.
Mark and measure
Your trained CoolSculpting Elite specialist will mark and measure your treatment areas. This helps your specialist determine which applicators to use on each area and guides the specialist during the procedure.
Our new CoolSculpting Elite technology includes several applicators of various shapes and sizes to fit different parts of the body. 2 applicators can be placed at the same time, cutting treatment time in half! The technology’s versatility allows your specialist to further customize your treatment.
Place gel sheets
After you’re marked and measured, your specialist will place gel sheets on your treatment areas. This protects your skin from the cooling technology.
Your specialist will apply the appropriate 2 applicators and start targeting your treatment areas. The applicator will use gentle suction to isolate and freeze the fat. Your treatment time will depend on your areas. The average time for treatment is about 35 minutes.
Massage the areas
Once your specialist has completed your CoolSculpting Elite treatment, they will gently massage your treatment areas to break up the frozen tissue. At Southlake Plastic Surgery Med Spa, we use an advanced technique—the Zimmer Z-wave (radial pulse therapy)—to massage the treated areas, which helps to break down the fat cells more consistently. This technique is more effective than massaging the areas by hand and even results in more fat loss and less post-procedure discomfort.
Your body removes fat
Your body will continue to process your frozen, dead fat cells over the course of a few weeks. Eventually you will see a reduction in body fat in your treatment areas!
Am I a candidate for CoolSculpting Elite in DFW?
You are a good candidate for CoolSculpting Elite if you:
- Lead a generally healthy lifestyle
- Weigh within 25 pounds of your ideal weight based on your height
- Have small, pinchable pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise
- Want a non-surgical fat reduction treatment
Who is not a good candidate?
You are likely not a good candidate for CoolSculpting Elite if you:
- Want to see immediate results (CoolSculpting Elite is a treatment with gradual results!)
- Do not have pinchable pockets of fat
- Are looking for a weight loss treatment
- Are pregnant
- Have a cold-sensitivity disorder
How many sessions of CoolSculpting Elite in DFW will I need?
The number of sessions you will need varies depending on the amount of fat in the treatment area, the size of the area, and how many areas we’re treating. At Southlake Plastic Surgery, we typically recommend somewhere between 4 to 8 sessions for best results.
How long does a treatment session last?
Your session time will depend on your treatment area(s). With our newest CoolSculpting Elite technology, treatment time is much shorter! Expect it to take around 2 hours or less. It could take a little longer; it all depends on the number of areas you want treated. goals.
What can I do during my treatment session?
After your CoolSculpting Elite specialist applies your device, you can sit or lie back and relax! We have a TV in our treatment rooms and you are welcome to watch a show or a movie on any of our streaming platforms.
Other patients read, use their phone, work on their computers, and even snack.
Does CoolSculpting Elite in DFW hurt?
Discomfort is minimal and varies from patient to patient. Many describe it as a light to mild discomfort that’s very tolerable.
Some patients have described the sensation as light tugging, pulling or pinching. We compare the feeling at the beginning of the procedure to the feeling of putting your hand in ice cold water. Initially it’s uncomfortable, but then it becomes numb. This is what happens when the applicator is placed and freezes the treatment area; since the cold is numbing the area, there is no need for anesthesia.
Pro-Nox: A pain anxiety solution
If you are worried about pain, we offer an anxiety management solution for all non-surgical treatments. Pro-Nox provides relief from anxiety, allowing you to handle pain and keep calm.
Pro-Nox is 50% Nitrous Oxide and 50% Oxygen and does not affect consciousness at all. You are able to control your own intake throughout the procedure by breathing through the mouthpiece as much as you need.
The effects of Pro-Nox wear off after a few breaths of normal air.
Is there downtime after CoolSculpting Elite in DFW?
Nope! You will be able to continue on with your day as usual without treatment. Your body takes care of recovery for you by processing the dead fat cells.
Are there side effects?
You may experience some mild swelling, bruising, increased skin sensitivity, or minor numbness. These effects will subside within a few days!
CoolSculpting Elite aftercare
Follow these aftercare tips for optimal results and comfort:
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing
- Try gentle exercise, such as walking or stretching to get your blood circulating
- Apply a warm-compress to the treatment area as needed
- Take ibuprofen if needed
When will I see results?
Because your body is continuing to remove the dead fat cells after treatment, results from CoolSculpting Elite in DFW are gradual. Results time varies, but it can take between 4 and 6 months to see full results. But once the body removes those fat cells, they’re gone for good!
Can I gain weight back in the treated area?
If you gain weight, your remaining fat cells may get larger in the treated area, but you will not regain more fat cells.
Our process for CoolSculpting Elite in DFW
If you’re interested in CoolSculpting Elite treatment at Southlake Plastic Surgery, here’s what you can expect!
During your initial consultation, your CoolSculpting Elite specialist will chat with you about your treatment area(s), goals, and expectations. Your specialist will then lightly pinch your areas of unwanted fat to determine whether they can be targeted with CoolSculpting.
If you’re a candidate for treatment, we will take your “before” photos.
CoolSculpting Elite treatment session
Let the treatment begin! With the latest technology, the treatment is quicker than ever before.
Your specialist will mark and measure, place the gel sheet(s), freeze your fat, and then massage the treatment area(s).
After your treatment session, we will schedule your follow-up session and provide you with aftercare instructions. You’ll be able to return to your normal activities immediately after treatment!
Liposuction: a complementary treatment
Liposuction is a surgical fat removal procedure and is performed under general anesthesia. Just like CoolSculpting Elite, it targets fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise, and it is also not a weight loss procedure.
Many people opt for liposuction because due to its surgical nature, it provides quicker and more dramatic contouring results.
Related: CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction
At Southlake, you’ll never have to choose one or the other. Liposuction and CoolSculpting Elite can work together beautifully to provide you with amazing results! CoolSculpting is perfect to contour small remaining areas of fat that cannot be liposuctioned. Many patients will receive liposuction first, and then complete a series of CoolSculpting Elite treatments to get their desired results.
Start by using our Virtual Consultation Tool to see which treatments are best for your goals.
Why doesn’t diet and exercise do the trick?
If your diet and exercise isn’t doing the trick for your extra fat, know that it’s not your fault! When you’re doing fat burning exercises, you’re shrinking your fat cells—not destroying them.
Our fat cells increase in our bodies until we hit about 25 years old, and then the number generally stays the same. With diet and exercise alone, there’s no getting rid of those fat cells.
That’s why we have specific treatments that target them! CoolSculpting Elite in DFW will actually destroy the fat cells as opposed to shrinking them.
Come see our CoolSculpting Elite graduates
All of our CoolSculpting Elite specialists attended CoolSculpting University—yes, it’s true! It’s a 3-day training program where our specialists undergo intensive training on the latest CoolSculpting technologies.
It’s safe to say, you can trust Southlake Plastic Surgery to get rid of your stubborn fat once and for all.
Schedule your consultation
We’d love to meet you and learn about your Coolsculpting Elite goals.
If you have questions about CoolSculpting Elite or Liposuction, contact us!