No matter how much time and energy you commit to exercising or maintaining a healthy diet, there are certain regions of the body that are simply prone to excess fat accumulation. These natural “fat pockets” often prove difficult to tone with diet and exercise alone, prompting many men and women to seek out a more effective solution to achieve their desired physique. Our plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas are thrilled to offer Charleston patients treatment with CoolSculpting®, a dynamic method of non-surgical fat reduction that is designed to yield up to 30 percent of fat removal in a given area through advanced controlled-cooling technology. This widely popular treatment can allow men and women to gain a slimmer, leaner, and more contoured look in the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, flanks, and other exercise-resistant pockets of fat.

How Does CoolSculpting® Work?

CoolSculpting® is a powerful, FDA-approved non-surgical body contouring treatment that uses Cryolipolysis™ technology to deliver extremely cold temperatures to the subcutaneous fat under the skin. This can permanently destroy fat cells in the targeted regions, allowing fat to be removed by natural metabolic processes. Best of all, CoolSculpting® uses non-invasive techniques, giving patients the opportunity to minimize problem fat and sculpt the targeted areas without needles, anesthesia, or downtime. CoolSculpting® is often used to reduce fat in the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Flanks
  • Upper back
  • “Bra roll”
  • Inner knees
  • Neck

Often considered an alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting® can produce a 20 to 30 percent reduction in fat in just one session. If you are interested in achieving a more toned and sculpted aesthetic with this controlled-cooling treatment, our certified CoolSculpting® specialist can evaluate your concerns and develop a customized treatment plan around your unique needs.

What is Treatment with CoolSculpting® Like?

CoolSculpting® sessions are performed in-office at our Charleston practice and typically last approximately one hour. Before treatment, a clear gel pad is placed on the targeted area to provide a barrier between your skin and the handheld CoolSculpting® applicator. As cold temperatures are delivered to the fatty tissue, you may initially feel a tugging or sucking sensation. Many men and women who undergo CoolSculpting® describe the treatment as causing minimal discomfort, but it is not uncommon to feel pulling, tingling, or stinging before the region goes numb. For the remainder of treatment, patients can relax by watching movies, browsing the Internet, or even falling asleep. After your session is completed and the applicator is detached, your CoolSculpting® specialist will massage the area(s) to break up the fat cells. You may return to work, home, or your normal daily routine immediately after treatment.

What are the Results of CoolSculpting®?

After your CoolSculpting® treatment, the targeted fat will be naturally shed over the course of the next few months. You may notice improvement as quickly as three weeks after your session, but the most dramatic results are usually visible after two months. Fat cells will continue to be flushed out for the next four to six months. If you desire a large amount of fat reduction, or the contouring of multiple regions, multiple CoolSculpting® sessions may be required to achieve the best possible results.

How Much Does CoolSculpting® Cost?

The cost of CoolSculpting® in Charleston starts at $1,000, but each patient is given a personalized cost estimate depending on the details of their treatment plan. While the price of CoolSculpting® is difficult to determine without evaluation of your unique needs, the following factors typically influence the overall expense:

  • The number of sessions in your treatment plan
  • The number of regions to be treated
  • The size of the targeted areas

At Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas, we accept plastic surgery financing through CareCredit®. This healthcare lending company can allow qualified patients to pay for their treatment in smaller installments, with many flexible arrangements including low- to no-interest rates. If you have any questions about the cost of CoolSculpting®, please contact our practice for more information.

Ready to schedule your CoolSculpting® session? To book an appointment, or to speak to a friendly member of our team, please contact Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas today.

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