Non-Surgical Fat Reduction: The CoolSculpting™ Overview

Body contouring procedures have evolved. Today, men and women can now eliminate stubborn fat without the need for surgery or long downtime – all thanks to CoolSculpting.

Zeltiq, or CoolSculpting, is a new, revolutionary permanent fat loss procedure that eliminates fat by freezing it off. After a one-hour procedure to each area, your fat cells are shattered and filtered out through your lymphatic system, allowing for fat reduction with no downtime, needles, or incisions. Common areas that are treatable with CoolSculpting are the abdomen, love handles, upper arms, thighs, bra bulge, and more.

In addition to CoolSculpting, we now offer CoolSculpting MINI for the submental fat, also known as the infamous “double chin.” The CoolMini treatment is an FDA-approved nonsurgical solution for patients with excess fat under the chin using the same safety and efficacy of fat freezing.

The CoolMini hand piece is designed to treat smaller areas of the body, namely under the chin. Treatment is performed in the office and requires no downtime. Best results are achieved in two sessions, and each CoolSculpting treatment takes only about an hour to complete. Most patients notice a reduction in the appearance of their double chin in a few weeks’ time.

Double chin treatment with CoolSculpting Mini is effective for many patients with excess fat under the chin, but it is not a solution for loose skin. During your consultation, we will evaluate your needs, and help you determine if treatment with CoolMini is right for you.

Aside from CoolMini, Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is one of the few centers that offer DualSculpting.

Are you ready to schedule a consultation? Contact the professionals at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL today by calling 847-367-8815.

What is DualSculpting?

Also known as “CoolSculpting,” Dual Sculpting is used to treat excess fat bilaterally in areas such as the flank, love handles, arms, thighs, and more. Dual Sculpting can treat theses areas in half the time, as well as simultaneously.

DualSculpting is two CoolSculpting treatments that perform fat freezing at the same time. We understand that our patients have busy schedules, and the luxury of treating two areas with CoolSculpting simultaneously means you can return to your daily activities sooner and with no downtime.

What is the CoolAdvantage Applicator?

The CoolAdvantage applicator will allow you to treat a diverse range of areas through its set of three different interchangeable contours. With the CoolAdvantage applicator, we can deliver superior outcomes with shorter treatment times, greater comfort, and with a larger treatment area that covers more tissue!

CoolAdvantage Improvements

A variety of improvements can be achieved when an individual makes the decision to pursue CoolAdvantage. These improvements include the following:

  • Quicker treatments: Due to its revolutionary cup design and colder temperatures, the treatment time is cut in half to 35 minutes.
  • More comfortable: Patients report that there’s a 45 percent improvement in comfort with the applicator.
  • Larger treatments: The new design allows for the treatment of a larger area than usual.

Your Consultation

Are you interested in pursuing CoolSculpting? The first step to a slimmer figure with the use of CoolSculpting is a consultation with our experienced patient coordinator. Your patient coordinator will also explain what CoolSculpting is, its procedures, results, and potential side effects. At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Spa, we believe in informing our patients of the entire process, and we’re happy to answer any questions or concerns.

Another part of your CoolSculpting consultation will be an assessment of your target areas, which will help us create a customized treatment plan.

The CoolSculpting Procedure

During your CoolSculpting treatment, a target area will be marked for proper placement of the applicator. A cool gel pad is placed on the marked area for skin protection. Next, the Zeltiq or CoolSculpting device is positioned carefully on the body to draw fat tissues into the cooling panels. These panels freeze fat cells, which are then eliminated safely, gradually, and naturally.

You may feel pressure and coolness during the entire CoolSculpting procedure, but the discomfort is normal and eventually disappears. Additionally, the applicator’s temperature is controlled, so it targets fat cells safely.

In general, one CoolSculpting treatment session lasts for one hour. After which, you will experience redness, but this is only temporary, and will disappear within a few minutes. Once the applicator is removed, your provider will massage the treated area to restore blood flow, and to assist in the reduction of fat layers.

Your CoolSculpting Recovery

The recovery period of the procedure is minimal, as Zeltiq or CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive. In fact, this body-contouring procedure is intended for patients who cannot afford any downtime, or do not prefer needles, incisions, or stitches. CoolSculpting is so simple and fast that it can be performed over your lunch hour, and afterwards, you can even return to work and other daily activities.

Some patients may notice results as soon as three weeks. However, the most dramatic outcome will be seen in three months’ time post-procedure. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to six months.

On average, each CoolSculpting procedure results in at least a 20 percent reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment, you can repeat the CoolSculpting procedure spread apart for optimal results of fat loss.

As long as you follow a healthy diet and exercise regime to maintain your weight, you will enjoy the long-term results of CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting Frequently Asked Questions

Do you still have questions or concerns regarding the CoolSculpting procedure? Below, you will find questions frequently asked by potential patients, people who are just like you.

If you do not happen to see your question or concern, please feel free to contact the professionals at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL today by calling 847-367-8815.

Am I a good candidate?
Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

How much does the CoolSculpting procedure cost?
The price for CoolSculpting procedures varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. We will help create a customized treatment plan, in person, that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.

How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?
We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals.

Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

What does it feel like?
As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.

Is the CoolSculpting procedure safe?
The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen, and thigh. With over one million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.

Are there any side effects?
During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Rare side effects may also occur. The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?
Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.

When will I see results?
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?
No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.

What happens if I gain weight down the road?
Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, take even better care of themselves. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.1


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Before and After Pictures

If you are still unsure if CoolSculpting is for you, then take a look at our “before and after” gallery.

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Are you interested in CoolSculpting? You can schedule your consultation at the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL today by calling 847-367-8815