A Non-Surgical Alternative to Liposuction

CoolSculpting, Before & After - 12 weeks. Dr. Michael Fiorillo

Summer is right around the corner, and many people are doing their best to get their bodies slimmer, trimmer, and beach-ready. However, it’s not as easy for some to lose all of the fat on their bodies as it is for others. Many men and women spend hours working out at the gym and follow special diets religiously, and still have nothing to show for all of their hard work; they continue to struggle with pockets of fat that are resistant to their efforts.

Of course, there are ways that plastic surgeons can successfully tackle this stubborn issue, such as liposuction. While liposuction (or "lipo") effectively treats stubborn fat deposits in many areas of the body, there are some aspects of the procedure that make it undesirable for some. For example, liposuction requires either local or general anesthesia, and an incision is made in order to perform the procedure. A liposuction treatment can last anywhere from one to five hours. After liposuction surgery, drainage tubes, compression garments and antibiotics may be needed to facilitate the healing process, and it's recommended that you rest at home for a few days afterward. Strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month. Liposuction also carries with it some risks, including infection, delays in healing, fat clots or blood clots, shock, fluid accumulation, burns, perforation injury, lidocaine toxicity, and unfavorable drug or anesthesia reactions.


If liposuction isn't in the cards for you, yet you still struggle with stubborn fat pockets, the good news is that the answer doesn’t always have to be plastic surgery. There is a new, painless, non-invasive approach to weight loss called CoolSculpting, or noninvasive body contouring. Developed by Harvard scientist, CoolSculpting is an FDA approved alternative to liposuction and other invasive surgeries.

It has been proven to be a safe and effective procedure. There is no incision required with CoolSculpting, like there is for liposuction, and you can continue on with your day right after the procedure is complete. You can even relax and read a magazine while you're having the procedure done. 

The procedure, which primarily targets very limited volumes of fat of the flanks, back and thighs, non-invasively eliminates stubborn fat deposits. It is a procedure that is performed on both men and women. CoolSculpting is NOT a weight loss solution for people who are obese or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction. Ideal candidates for this procedure are in relatively good shape and are also in good general health. 

Lasting around 45 minutes per treatment, the CoolSculpting procedure is quick and very straightforward. No incision is required. The device is placed on the target area, which then draws up the bulge between two cooling panels. The sensation is likened to a firm pulling sensation. The area is then cooled to a point where the underlying fat freezes and the fat cells die. The results of CoolSculpting, for most, are visible after the first treatment. Fat gradually disappears over time.

Dead fat cells will be eliminated from your body through natural processes, with no damage to the overlying skin. It's important to note that multiple treatments may be required to achieve optimal results.

The fact that CoolSculpting is noninvasive means that there is no recovery or healing time after a session. Some patients experience pain or discomfort, but this is very rare. Side effects can include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness to the touch, cramping, itching, tingling, and numbness. If numbness occurs it can persist up to several weeks after a procedure.

If you think that CoolSculpting is the right procedure for you, make an appointment with a reputable plastic surgeon to discuss the pros and cons.

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