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 Los Gatos, these fat deposits can be frozen away during a brief, comfortable treatment that doesn't 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 don't need as extensive fat reduction.
To learn more about CoolSculpting, request your consultation today with Dr. Hoffman or call us at (650) 325-1118 (Palo Alto) or (408) 292-1118 (Los Gatos) to schedule an appointment.
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 doesn't 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.
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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'd like to treat and makes a recommendation based on your needs.
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.