CoolSculpting™ Body Contouring

There is a safe effective alternative to liposuction!

If you've got areas of fat that just don't want to disappear despite diet and execise (and who doesn't?!) you need body contouring. Now you can freeze fat away with CoolSculpting!*

CoolSculpting is the world's #1 non-invasive fat reduction method**.

With 5,000,000 treatments and counting and over 30 scientific studies, CoolSculpting has been shown to be safe and effective*.

No surgery. No needles. No downtime. No effort. No kidding!

 

But don't take our word for it. You can read hundreds of reviews on RealSelf where it gets the highest rating (as of December , 2017) of non-invasive fat reduction methods including Zerona, Liposonix, UltraShape, SculpSure, and Vanquish. While you're on each page, take note not only of the satisfaction ratings, but also the number of ratings. CoolSculpting has way more ratings: about 2.5 times as many as all the others combined. This is the one everyone is talking about! This is the one everyone wants! 

* Results may vary.

** CoolSculpting is used by more doctors for non-invasive fat removal than any other method.

Questions and Answers

 

What is body contouring?

Body contouring refers to any technique that reduces areas of localized fat. These are areas where your body prefers to store fat because they have more receptors on the fat cell surfaces telling them to hold onto fat.

In women, these areas are usually below the waist (hips and inner thighs). In men, the common areas are above the waist ("beer bellies" and love handles). These deposits of fat are more resistant to diet and exercise, because of receptor density.

Body contouring is not a weight-loss technique. It works best in people who are at or near their ideal body weight. Results are measured in inches not pounds.

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What can be done for localized fat deposits?

The old way was with liposuction or mesotherapy (fat melting injections).

Liposuction is still the best method available for the treatment of localized fat deposits. Unfortunately, it is invasive, involves downtime, requires pressure garments, leaves scars, can result in uneven areas etc. 

Mesotherapy uses injections (a lot of them) to melt fat. It works well for some people, but results are quite unpredictable. We know, because we used to offer it. We stopped (and most other clinics did too) because of unpredictable results. The treated area stings for a few hours following every treatment. There can be a lot of bruising, and infection is a risk.

Modern non-invasive fat reduction techniques use the application of ultrasound waves, laser light, radio waves, and cold.  

CoolSculpting uses coldness. 

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How does the CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting uses the application of coldness to reduce fat.
The scientific term is cryolipolysis.  (cryo = cold, lipo = fat, lysis = split or break. The use of cold to break fat cells).

The cold only affects fat cells. Skin, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels in the area are unharmed.

The fat that is released from the damaged cells is metabolized or redistributed.

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What areas can be treated?

CoolSculpting can be done on tummies, love handles, saddle bags, inner thighs, inner knees, banana rolls, bra rolls, and under the chin. 

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Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

The ideal candidate is at or close to his or her ideal body weight, eats well, and is active. As a general guideline, we will treat people up to, and occasionally beyond, 40 pounds over their ideal weight.

This is not a weight loss technique. Results are measured in inches, not pounds. 

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How are treatments done?

There are no special actions required prior to treatment. You just show up.

A gel pad is applied to the skin. The applicator is positioned on the pad and held in place with suction and velcro straps. The device is activated and left in place for about 30 minutes. 

During the treatment, you are quite comfortable, so you can read a magazine, work or play on your laptop or phone, or have a snooze.

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How long do sessions take?

CoolSculping treatments take about 30 minutes per area treated (cycle). Most commonly two areas are done per session (eg. left and right love handlles). So device time is 60 minutes. Add 30 minutes for set-up etc and you can count on 90 minutes total.

Multiple areas can be treated during one visit. Add about 40 minutes for each additional cycle.

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How much does CoolSculpting hurt?

CoolSculpting treatments are generally quite comfortable. For about 3 minutes it feels cold. For the next 2 minutes it's burning/stinging cold. Then the cold makes you numb for the duration of the cycle.  

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What can I expect following treatment?

Immediately after treatment the area will feel hard. It softens in minutes.

Your skin will be white for a few minutes then red for half an hour or so.

You might get some tiny petechiae (little red dots) that are the result of the suction. They will disappear in a few days.

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How long does it take to see results, and how many treatments will be required?

Most people notice a difference about 2-3 weeks after the first treatment, but this is variable. You will continue to improve over the next several weeks with the final result being at 2-3 months.

Sometimes it is hard to see the difference, because it comes on gradually. What most people notice is that their clothes feel looser.

The number of sessions required depends on your condition. Sometimes one area can take 2 or 3 sessions. Mutiple areas require multiple sessions. 

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Are maintenance sessions required?

Generally, no.

You stopped making new fat cells at puberty. The fat cells that are killed by CoolSculpting will not be replaced (unless you gain a lot of weight). There is a loss of fat cells in the treated area, so there are fewer cells available to store fat. Therefore, the shape you achieved with treatment will persist as long as your weight stays stable.

If you gain perhaps 30 pounds or more, your body can make new fat cells, and you might get those localized fat deposits back.

Just maintain a reasonable weight, and your CoolSculpting results will be long-lasting.

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What are the risks of CoolSculpting?

Virtually nothing. 

Bruising, swelling, redness, cramping and pain can occur in the treated area for one to two weeks after treatment.       
 
You may feel a dulling of sensation in the treated area that can last for several weeks after the procedure. Prolonged swelling, itching, tingling, numbness, tenderness, aching, bruising and/or skin sensitivity have been reported.         


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How should I care for my skin following treatment?

There are no special skin care requirements following your CoolSculpting treatments. There is no downtime. 

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What can I do to help the process?

Stay active and eat a low carbohydrate diet.

During treatment, fat is released from dead cells. This fat is slowly taken up by lymphatic system which eventually takes it to the blood stream. The fat that is taken into the bloodstream is available for energy. If it is not used, it will be put into storage by being evenly distributed to all the fat cells of your body. It can't go back where it came from, because those fat cells are dead.

There is a misconception among the general population and even the medical community that the fat that is released is excreted in urine or feces. This is false. Significant amounts of fat in urine or stool is actually an indication of bowel or kidney disease. In healthy people there is very little fat in stool and almost none in urine. As stated above, the released fat is picked up by the lymphatic system and taken via the thoarcic duct to a large vein near the heart. Once in the blood, the body will do one of three things to the fat: use it to build things (like hormones, prostaglandins, cell membranes etc), burn it for energy, or store it. These are the same three things the body does with fat that is absorbed from the intestines after a meal. 

Rather than storing it, why not burn it? By eating fewer carbs and being active every day, your body will look for its second choice for energy after carbs: fat molecules. The fat released from the dead fat cells will be used for energy.

But please note that a low carb diet and exercise aren't necessary for CoolSculpting to work. 

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How do I book a treatment?

Call 905-853-3200. 

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What is your cancellation policy?

We require 7 days notice for cancellation of your consultation or treatment, in order to fill the appointment time.
If sufficient notice is not given, the full value of the treatment to be done may be charged, with the minimum charge being $200 (two hundred dollars). The fee for missed CoolSculpting treatments is higher than our usual fee, because most sessions are booked for 90 minutes or more.

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