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CoolSculpting San Francisco

The CoolSculpting procedure eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, without surgery or downtime.

coolsculpting patient san franciscoSome men and women may discover that even after they reach a healthy weight, isolated areas of fat remain that take away from the slimmer body contour. These stubborn fat deposits often do not respond to diet and exercise alone and require a cosmetic treatment to remove them. In the past, that typically meant a surgical procedure like liposuction, which involves anesthesia, incisions and downtime. While liposuction may still be a good option for some patients, many can avoid the surgery without sacrificing their results with a revolutionary procedure known as CoolSculpting.

While CoolSculpting is now available for our patients at the Appearance Care Center under the medical guidance of Dr. Maas, Dr. Maas did not offer CoolSculpting immediately following its introduction into the U.S. market. He felt the original device was not predictable enough to offer patients consistent results so he waited and watched for improvements before bringing the technology to his own patients. With advancements made in both the applicators and technology, CoolSculpting has now evolved into an effective method of fat reduction involving minimal discomfort and downtime for patients, that Dr. Maas is confident to offer to his patients.

Before introducing it in his own office, Dr. Maas became a patient and had the procedure performed on himself. As an experiment, he treated just one side of his love handles, leaving the other side untreated as a basis of comparison. After seeing how well this device eliminated the treated love handle, he finally added CoolSculpting to his list of treatments offered at the Appearance Care Center.

You can rest assured that the highly qualified team at the Appearance Care Center has since become very experienced at delivering this procedure for our patients, becoming one of the top CoolSculpting destinations for patients in San Francisco. Our techniques ensure that your treatment is a comfortable one, with no downtime, and that it delivers significant and noticeable results.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is the only method of fat reduction in the Bay Area that uses controlled cooling to safely target fat that has previously been resistant to diet and exercise. This FDA-approved body contouring device produces results that are proven, noticeable and long-lasting, offering patients another option in body sculpting without significant discomfort or a recovery period afterward. Cooling is often preferred over methods that heat the fat cells to destroy them, since there are fewer risks and side effects associated with the cooling method.

The art of freezing away fat, a process known as cryolipolysis, actually comes down to science. Fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding tissues. CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are frozen and destroyed. Over time, the body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, resulting in a more sculpted body contour.

CoolSculpting treatment plans can be customized to address the unique needs of each individual patient. Since its inception, new applicators have allowed for even greater versatility of the device. For example, the new CoolMini applicator allows for treatment of smaller areas, such as the submental fat underneath the chin. Standard applicators can be used to address the midsection, muffin top, love handles, saddlebags, hips and thighs. Both sides of the body can be treated at the same time, which allows for greater efficiency of the treatment and convenience for patients.

About the Procedure

CoolSculpting is performed at the Appearance Care Center on an outpatient basis. Patients do not require any anesthesia prior to treatment and most report the procedure to be painless and even relaxing in some cases. After the area of fat to be treated is identified, applicators are placed onto the skin to deliver the concentrated cooling directly into the treatment area. During the one-hour treatment session, patients often check their emails, read or even take a nap.

Dr. Maas and the staff at the Appearance Care Center have added a few refinements to the CoolSculpting procedure to enhance the results of the treatment and speed up the recovery process. When patients come in for their initial consultation, they can learn more about these refinements, which will help to ensure they receive the best possible outcome from their CoolSculpting in San Francisco.

For example, we use a special massage device after CoolSculpting treatments to smooth out the fat reduction and enhance the results of the procedure overall. The massage also reduces the amount of discomfort patients experience in the days following a CoolSculpting procedure.

CoolSculpting results do not appear right away. It takes the body some time to eliminate the treated fat cells, so patients typically will not know what their final results will look like for a number of months. During that time, patients often notice a gradual reduction in fat areas as the cells are removed by the body and the treatment area starts to shrink. One treatment of CoolSculpting eliminates about 25 percent of the fat in the treatment area, according to some studies.

While some patients may see sufficient results after a single treatment session, others may choose to undergo additional treatment sessions to further enhance their results. Treatments are usually spaced 3-4 months apart, since this is the amount of time necessary to see the full results of the previous treatment session. Individualized treatment plans are geared to the patient’s specific body, aesthetic goals and budget.

Post Operative Care

There is no downtime after a CoolSculpting treatment, which means patients can usually return to their regular activities right away. There may be some redness and swelling in the treatment area after the procedure, which some patients may find uncomfortable. In these cases, oral pain medication may be used to manage the discomfort in the first couple of days after the procedure. However, the majority of patients do not require any type of pain medication and are able to return to work and moderate activities the same day or the day after their procedure.

Once results become evident, they are permanent since the fat cells in the treatment area are completely destroyed. However, patients that do not maintain a healthy weight after the procedure could find that remaining fat cells may enlarge, interfering with the results of the initial treatment. Patients can prevent this from occurring by simply adhering to a healthy diet and exercise program after the surgery.

Interested in learning more about CoolSculpting in San Francisco? Please call The Appearance Care Center at (415) 567-7200, or visit their website at

The information about CoolSculpting was reviewed by Dr. Corey Maas. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form on the sidebar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

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. Legal Info here.

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

1. Data on file. ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc.

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