If you have stubborn fat deposits, but do not want to undergo surgery for fat removal, we have the answer. Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates provides CoolSculpting® at our state-of-the-art practice in Missoula, MT. With CoolSculpting® fat reduction technology, specific areas of fat tissue are targeted with gentle, precise cooling. The cells are frozen and destroyed, while the surrounding areas are left unaffected. The treatment has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is safe, comfortable, and effective. While all CoolSculpting® procedures are performed at our main Missoula office, Dr. Stephen P. Hardy offers consultations at each of our locations. To learn more about how you can permanently eliminate fat with no surgery and minimal downtime, schedule a consultation today.
CoolSculpting® cannot take the place of diet and exercise. Patients should be within 30 pounds of their target weight and able to maintain a stable weight by following a healthy lifestyle. The ideal CoolSculpting® candidate:
Has stubborn fat deposits on the abdomen, inner or outer thighs, or flanks (sometimes called love handles, muffin tops, or spare tires) that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Prefers not to take time off work or other obligations to recover from surgery.
Has realistic expectations.
CoolSculpting® is not designed for use on the face or neck, nor to eliminate large deposits of fat. CoolSculpting® can be used as a supplement to other more dramatic body contouring procedures, such as liposuction or post weight loss surgery. Results can be further enhanced with multiple CoolSculpting® sessions, or with regular exercise and a healthy diet. Our expert team can evaluate your candidacy during a personal consultation, and make expert recommendations based on your goals and aesthetic vision.
CoolSculpting® uses controlled cooling to destroy fat cells. Once the cells are frozen, they die, and are subsequently flushed out of the body naturally. Because fat freezes more quickly than other cells, the CoolSculpting® device can treat the target area without damaging the skin, muscle, nerves, or other surrounding tissue.
For the right candidate, CoolSculpting® can provide many important benefits:
Prior to treatment, you will meet with Dr. Hardy. He will ask about your treatment goals, including what areas you are hoping to slim, and how much fat tissue you would like to remove. To ensure that your expectations are realistic, he will thoroughly explain the steps and timeline of the procedure, as well as the limitations of the CoolSculpting® device.
Next, you will work with Dr. Hardy to develop a plan for each treatment site. The amount of tissue to be eliminated, its location on the body, and how well it responds to treatment will determine the number of sessions you will need, and what type of device applicators will be used.
The applicators come in two sizes: the smaller purple sculptors and the larger yellow debulkers. The sculptors are designed to treat relatively small sites while the debulkers are better suited to more extensive areas. We may recommend both, using debulkers to remove the majority of the fat tissue and sculptors to shape the remaining areas more precisely.
Once the treatment plan has been finalized, you can then schedule your first treatment session.
During the procedure, you will rest comfortably while the CoolSculpting® device is applied to the treatment areas. A cold, wet pad will be placed over the treatment area to protect the skin from direct contact with the device. The applicator cup of the CoolSculpting® machine is set directly on top of the pad. Shaped like a bowl, the device uses suction to pull the treatment area up between two panels. These panels cool the tissue, freezing the fat cells while leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed.
You may initially find the suction component of the procedure causes a pulling or pinching sensation, numbness, or general discomfort, but it quickly diminishes to a gentle tugging sensation. Similarly, the target area often feels very cold at first, but usually goes numb within a few minutes.
Once accustomed to the sensation of the device, most patients are comfortable enough to focus on other tasks. Depending on your preference, you can read, watch a video, use a mobile device, or simply rest during treatment.
The length of a session depends on the size and number of areas being treated, but most sessions last about one hour per treatment site. Once complete, we will gently remove the applicator cup and massage the area until it is completely unfrozen. Since the procedure is non-invasive, you may return to your regular activities immediately afterward.
CoolSculpting® is a low-risk procedure. The safety and effectiveness have been thoroughly demonstrated with more than one million procedures successfully performed worldwide. In the days after treatment, there is a chance of temporary swelling, bruising, redness, numbness, itching, cramping, bloating, or discomfort.
The persistence of these after effects usually depends on the extent of treatment. Dr. Hardy is a qualified, board-certified provider CoolSculpting® services. Choosing a credentialed practitioner is the best way for patients themselves to minimize risks.
You will begin to see the results of your CoolSculpting® procedure over the next few weeks, as your body naturally eliminates the fat. Many patients notice significant improvement approximately two months after the procedure. With a single session of treatment, most patients can experience as much as a 20 to 30 percent reduction of fat in all treated areas. Over the next four to six months, your body will continue to gradually flush out the remaining fat. Best of all, results are permanent; once the fat is gone, it will not return.
At Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates, we recognize that each patient has their own unique needs. Dr. Hardy will provide you with an individualized assessment and treatment plan that can help you reach your aesthetic goals. Contact us today to schedule your CoolSculpting® consultation.
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