For some people, stubborn fat can be a nagging concern despite a healthy diet and extra hours at the gym. Heredity, age, and other factors all contribute to those frustrating “trouble spots” on the waist, hips, abdomen, double chin, and other locations. Previously, people had little choice beyond living with the fat or getting a surgical procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Freeman was the first provider to offer CoolSculpting in the state of Idaho, and we’ve been consistently ranked the #1 CoolSculpting provider in southeastern Idaho. He is proud to offer nonsurgical fat reduction with CoolSculpting treatments at both his Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Jackson, Wyoming, cosmetic plastic surgery offices.
Freeze inches away and achieve the slimmer body you want without needles, incisions, or time-consuming treatments. With CoolSculpting’s various applicators, you can comfortably and efficiently treat many of your most stubborn areas of unwanted fat, from a belly “pooch” to a double chin.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, noninvasive procedure that freezes fat in those stubborn trouble spots. To lose fat the conventional way, you have to cut calories and ramp up your fitness routine. But with CoolSculpting, you can sit back, relax, and let advanced cooling technology freeze away fat cells.
CoolSculpting’s targeted cooling process destroys fat cells from outside your body. Because fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other cells, CoolSculpting effectively kills fat without harming the surrounding tissue. Within weeks, these frozen fat cells are naturally eliminated by your body. The results can be dramatic.
CoolSculpting doesn’t require incisions, so there’s nearly no downtime. Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately following the procedure; many even undergo treatments during their lunch hours.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
Fat freezes at a higher temperature than other cells, and CoolSculpting uses that fact to your advantage through a process called cryolipolysis. The treatment blasts fat cells with intense cooling, killing them without damaging skin, muscles, nerves, or blood vessels.1 Your body naturally flushes out the fat cells, shrinking the area over the course of several months.
CoolSculpting technology and Dr. Freeman’s years of cosmetic medical experience ensure an effective, safe procedure. The CoolSculpting device maintains a constant temperature, and the anatomical applicators provide uniform fat reduction for balanced results.
Who Is a Candidate for CoolSculpting?
Ideal CoolSculpting candidates are generally in good health and near their goal weights but are bothered by visible fat deposits. Though CoolSculpting’s results can be dramatic, the treatment is not a substitute for surgical body contouring procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck. It’s important to remember that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution for patients who are very overweight. You can also reduce fat and build muscle by combining CoolSculpting with CoolTone® treatments. CoolTone stimulates thousands of involuntary muscle contractions in a single, 30-minute treatment session targeting the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs.
What Is Dual CoolSculpting?
Dr. Freeman was the first in eastern Idaho to offer Dual CoolSculpting, which means you can have 2 areas treated simultaneously. You’ll get the benefit of 4 to 6 hours of CoolSculpting treatment in as little as 2 to 3 hours.
What Happens During a CoolSculpting Treatment?
When you visit our practice in Idaho Falls or Wilson for your CoolSculpting treatment, we start by discussing your goals and determining whether you’re a candidate for the procedure. If you are a candidate, we take photos before your treatment to track your progress. We then show you to a private treatment room and seat you in a comfortable reclining chair.
After a thin protective gel pad is applied to the treatment area, the CoolSculpting applicator is placed over the gel pad. Once activated, you will feel a pulling sensation or pressure as the applicator carefully pulls your tissue into the suction applicator. The initial cooling may feel slightly uncomfortable, but the area quickly becomes numb.
Most procedures take around an hour, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Many people use the time as an opportunity to read, relax, watch a video, or catch up on work.
What Is CoolSculpting Recovery Like?
After treatment, you can return to work and resume normal activities without restrictions. Some people experience redness, tingling, numbness, minor bruising, or discomfort in the affected area. These side effects are temporary and, in most cases, do not hamper patients from returning to normal activities
What Is the Zimmer ZWave?
Dr. Freeman is pleased to offer the Zimmer ZWave, a device that uses radial pulse technology to replace the manual massage that typically comes after a CoolSculpting treatment at most practices. The noninvasive ZWave device helps to break down the tissue that causes the appearance of cellulite. It also targets the fat cells that may not have been fully frozen by the traditional CoolSculpting process to enhance your results further.
When Will I See My CoolSculpting Results?
Your results will begin to become visible about 3 to 4 weeks after your procedure. They can continue to develop for up to 3 to 4 months as the body breaks down and eliminates fat cells. CoolSculpting is proven to reduce up to 25% of fat in the treated area.2
How Long Will My CoolSculpting Results Last?
If you maintain your weight through diet and exercise, the results of your CoolSculpting treatment can last for years. Once fat cells are treated and flushed out of the body, they are gone for good. If you do gain weight, you will gain it more evenly across your body. Some new fat cells may form, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle will allow you to enjoy your new, slimmer figure indefinitely.
How Many CoolSculpting Treatments Will I Need?
You might reach your goal with a single treatment, but many people return for further fat reduction or to target different areas once they see their results develop.
How Do I Know if CoolSculpting or Liposuction Is Best for Me?
CoolSculpting is ideal for treating small pockets of pinchable fat. For more substantial results across larger areas of the body, liposuction may be a better choice. During your consultation, Dr. Freeman will discuss all available options and recommend the approach he feels will work best for you.
If you live near Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls and would like to learn more about CoolSculpting, please request a consultation online or call (208) 881-5351 to schedule an appointment. People visit us for CoolSculpting from Pocatello, Boise, and throughout Idaho and Wyoming.
1Zelickson B., Egbert B.M., Preciado J., Allison J., Springer K., Manstein D., Cryolipolysis for Noninvasive Fat Cell Destruction: Initial Results from a Pig Model, Dermatologic Surgery: 2009; 35(10):1462-1470. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19614940
2Coleman S.R., Sachdeva K., Egbert B.M. Preciado J., Allison J., Clinical efficacy of noninvasive cryolipolysis and its effects on peripheral nerves, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: 2009; 33(4):482-488. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19296153Back to Top