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Bay Area CoolSculpting in Marin County

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is the newest way to remove fat from your body and benefit from no scarring. You also get other advantages, such as not having to go through a surgical procedure, such as the case with liposuction. Here is some helpful information about what CoolSculpting is, how it works and other things you should be aware of.

The CoolSculpting Process

CoolSculpting works by using a type of cold energy to remove your fat cells permanently. CoolSculpting is done in our Novato, CA office by using a machine that pulls your problem areas between two cooling plates, hence the name CoolSculpting. A very high-powered vacuum holds your fat in place while the plates get activated to a low enough temperature for them to die. During this process, only your fat cells are destroyed. Your skin, nerves and blood vessels are perfectly fine. For each problem area, the process takes about an hour and you can sometimes do more than one area at any given time.

How Does Fat Disappear?

One of the most common questions in regards to CoolSculpting is: where exactly does the fat disappear to? In actuality, the fat is the same size after the procedure, but over the new few weeks, it begins shrinking on its own. Since your fat is inside of fat cells, the CoolSculpting process kills those fat cells, which then shrinks the size of the fat in your body. Approximately 20 percent of your fat cells are killed permanently, so it will take 2-3 weeks before you start seeing the results. It is important that you understand this isn't a weight loss procedure or type of weight loss surgery. It is shrinking or sculpting certain areas of your body. So you do still need to stick to a regular diet and exercise routine for losing weight.

Are There Any Risks?

As with all types of medical procedures, CoolSculpting does have some minor side effects, though the risks are extremely minimal. The more common side effects are soreness, bruising and numbness that is temporary. Most people who get this done feel nothing during and after the procedure is complete. Other side effects are rare, but they include numbness lasting a week or longer in that area, increased pain and soreness. Though it is still significantly less than if you got liposuction done.

Is This the Same as Liposuction?

No it is definitely not the same thing. There are a lot of people who have gotten CoolSculpting and millions who have gotten liposuction. In the end, the decision is based on personal preference. Liposuction is considered a type of surgery, while CoolSculpting is more minimally invasive. Though these procedures get rid of fat in slightly different way. Liposuction is killing the fat itself, while CoolSculpting instead is killing the fat cells. The benefit of CoolSculpting over liposuction is much less pain, bruising and soreness, no swelling and no compression garments to be worn.

Is it Permanent?

CoolSculpting is a way to permanently kill your fat cells in the area you choose. Approximately 20 percent of your fat cells are destroyed, but keep in mind, they can grow back. Only if you keep off the weight, will it be truly a permanent way of sculpting that area. If you gain weight again, then the fat cells will grow again. Of course, you can get it done more than once, but proper diet and fitness is recommended to avoid doing this. However, another reason for getting repeat sessions done is to return 2-3 months later for more of the fat cells to be destroyed with the CoolSculpting process. CoolSculpting may just be the next best thing for shrinking and sculpting your problem areas. Contact Dr. Delgado to find out if this is the right option for you.

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