Daryl Hoffman MD


Despite a commitment to healthy living, many of us are still bothered by unwanted, stubborn fat deposits that seem especially resistant to diet and exercise. Many different factors can contribute to this fat, and some of them, such as heredity or hormones, are outside of our control. Men and women bothered by these issues no longer need to undergo surgery or simply learn to live with them. With CoolSculpting at our San Jose-area clinics in Palo Alto and Campbell, these fat deposits can be frozen away during a brief, comfortable treatment that does not require an incision or downtime.

Developed by Harvard researchers, CoolSculpting has been proven to safely reduce unwanted fat on the abdomen, thighs, hips, and more. Dr. Hoffman offers this treatment as an alternative to liposuction for his San Jose-area patients who do not need as extensive fat reduction.

To learn more about CoolSculpting, request your consultationrequest your consultation today with Dr. Hoffman or call us at (650) 325-1118 (Palo Alto) or (408) 371-1118 (Campbell) to schedule an appointment.

The Procedure

CoolSculpting works based on the principle that fat cells are more vulnerable to low temperatures than skin or other tissues. When we deliver intense cold to the body, the fat cells are harmed and begin to break down while other areas remain untouched.

CoolSculpting is performed in our office and does not require anesthesia. During a treatment, a qualified member of our medical team uses the CoolSculpting applicator to draw an area of bulging fat upward between 2 cooling panels. CoolSculpting's technology quickly and effectively chills the targeted fat without harming skin or nearby tissues. During this time, many patients report an intense sensation of suction and cold that dissipates as the area becomes numb.

Before & After Photos

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Most CoolSculpting procedures last for about an hour, and many patients use the time as an opportunity to read or browse the Internet. Many patients at our San Jose practice who previously considered liposuction find the minimal time commitment required for CoolSculpting to be a distinct advantage.


Recovery and Results

Immediately after a treatment, patients can return to their normal activities. Some mild swelling or redness may occur, but this generally lasts just a few hours and is easily hidden with clothing.

Once the fat cells are effectively frozen, they die and exit the body in a natural process called apoptosis. This process is gradual, and it takes 2 to 3 months for the results of a CoolSculpting treatment to develop. Some patients are satisfied with their results after only a single treatment, and others benefit more from multiple treatments. During your consultation, Dr. Hoffman evaluates the areas you would like to treat and makes a recommendation based on your needs.

CoolSculpting Results

Patients who get CoolSculpting at our practice can expect a fat loss of about 20 to 25%. Although the fat cells destroyed by CoolSculpting will never return, the remaining fat cells can still enlarge, causing weight gain. Sticking to healthy diet and exercise habits after your CoolSculpting procedure can help you maintain your results indefinitely.

CoolSculpting FAQ

Should I have a CoolSculpting procedure or liposuction?

This depends on your preferences, the amount of fat you wish to target, and the areas of your body you would like to treat. The CoolSculpting procedure is well suited to the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. Liposuction is a bit more versatile and can be performed on larger areas of fat, as well as specific parts of the body such as the neck or around the knees. Liposuction can also remove significantly more fat in a single procedure than CoolSculpting. However, the CoolSculpting procedure appeals to many people because it does not require anesthesia or downtime. If you want to target fat beneath the chin, we also offer non-surgical KYBELLA™ injections. If you are unsure which procedure is a better match for you, Dr. Hoffman will help you decide during your consultation.

What does a treatment really feel like?

Once our team applies a gel pad and a treatment head to your skin, you will begin to feel a cold sensation, along with prickling as your skin begins to go numb. This usually fades after about 10 minutes. Many patients say the treatment is quite comfortable and feels a lot like using an icepack. Afterward, you may feel some light soreness for a day or 2, as though you worked out hard. Most patients are surprised at how simple and comfortable the whole process is.

How do I need to prepare for my procedure?

Unlike surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure does not require any special preparation - simply come to your appointment as you are. You do not need to fast, undergo any lab work, or stop using any medications or supplements. However, you may wish to wear loose-fitting clothing on the day of your treatment, since the CoolSculpting procedure can cause a bit of swelling and soreness in the treated areas.

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Palo Alto Office

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
805 El Camino Real, Suite A
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 325-1118

Campbell Office

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
3425 S Bascom Ave #100
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: (408) 371-1118