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A Patient’s CoolSculpting Journey – What Can You Expect?

coolsculpting logocoolsculpting3 The following is a testimonial from a CoolSculpting patient in our office.  She was asked to detail her experience with this exciting new non-surgical fat reduction treatment, and she was kind enough to pass along to others her thoughts and feelings about CoolSculpting! “I wanted to describe my personal journey with post CoolSculpting treatment recovery, as each individual may experience something different. The treated site felt like nothing I had ever felt before. Immediately after the treatment, it was very cold of course, and a couple hours later, it felt numb, then sun-burnt. It helped me for the next 7 days to wear an abdominal binder to feel more secure, rather than my tummy feeling,”like it was all hanging out”. During that first week of recovery, the treatment site felt tender, but not extremely sore. When taking a shower, it felt better to use my hand lightly to soap, rather than using a sponge. Being a life-long athlete, I was happy the treatment did not prohibit me from my regular work out schedule!” How does CoolSculpting work?  The following diagram provides some information about the science behind cold-induced fat cell reduction:

How does CoolSculpting work?  Fat cells are cooled to a temperature where 25% of them will not recover, and the body will naturally clear them.  The skin is unaffected, and downtime is essentially nonexistent.

How does CoolSculpting work? Fat cells are cooled to a temperature where 25% of them will not recover, and the body will naturally clear them. The skin is unaffected, and downtime is essentially nonexistent.

This patient provided an update to her initial experience further on in her recovery: “During the second week of recovery after my CoolSculpting treatment, I felt some occasional dings of pins and needles of my nerve endings coming back to life. I didn’t feel the need for the abdominal binder security because honestly, it was feeling uncomfortable at that point. The area is still a little tender, but feeling more normal with each day that goes by. Now into my 3rd week of recovery, I am still happy to have tried the treatment, look forward to the next one, and can’t wait to see the results!” This patient is now 4 months post-treatment, and she recently provided us with her reflections on her CoolSculpting outcome: “add additional short quote here and before-after photos – how long the area was tender and/or numb, whether she would recommend to a friend or loved one (i.e. spouse), additional treatments planned?” We thank our patient for sharing her story, and for allowing us to show her before and after images in an upcoming blog post.  Follow our blog to stay on top of the latest information and receive ongoing education about Plastic Surgery, Mommy Makeovers, non-surgical rejuvenation procedures such as CoolSculpting and HortonSPA procedures!  Read our CoolSculpting blog posts and learn about this exciting procedure that involves NO surgery, NO downtime and PERMANENT fat reduction!  Our office is the ONLY all-woman Plastic Surgery practice that offers CoolSculpting in an environment where we each have tried this procedure ourselves, and we can tell you firsthand about the treatment and its results – just ask us! To learn more about CoolSculpting non-surgical fat reduction in the San Francisco Bay Area, and to SCHEDULE YOUR CoolSculpting CONSULTATION in our office to learn whether this treatment can help contour your body, complete our online form or call 415-923-3067 today!



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Dr. Karen M. Horton, M.D. - Plastic Surgery, Physicians & Surgeons - Medical-M.D., San Francisco, CA