CoolSculpting San Diego

Reducing unwanted bulges or fat deposits can be very frustrating. Despite having a healthy diet and exercising regularly, stubborn areas of fat often frustrate the best of efforts. There are many factors such as genetics and body anatomy that can be challenging to overcome despite one’s level of overall fitness. At times, it seems like it is impossible to get rid of these isolated pockets of fat.

Dr. William Umansky and Dr. Jeffrey Umansky are renowned San Diego board-certified plastic surgeons, who offer a broad range of body sculpting procedures for patients with stubborn fat deposits that have proven resistant to traditional weight loss methods. In addition to liposuction and SmartLipo™ laser-assisted liposuction, they are proud to provide patients with the revolutionary nonsurgical body contouring treatment known as CoolSculpting™ to help patients achieve tighter and firmer bodies with no downtime and minimal discomfort. Their practice has been providing this service for nearly a decade and they were one of the first practices in San Diego to perform CoolSculpting, providing a wealth of experience.

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What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an innovative fat reduction procedure that utilizes controlled and targeted cooling to gently and effectively reduce fat cells from a specific area on the body that carries excess fat. Fat cells are more sensitive to cold and with targeted freezing, they can be selectively eliminated while not damaging surrounding tissue. The revolutionary technology of CoolSculpting does just this – it targets fat cells under the skin’s surface and uses precision-cooling to irreparably damage these fat cells without harming the surrounding tissues.

The fat cells treated by CoolSculpting are then gradually and naturally eliminated over the course of several months providing a trimmer and more defined figure. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared, and backed by numerous clinical studies confirming its’ safety and effectiveness at reducing fat from the body without the need for surgery, incisions or downtime. This minimally-invasive body contouring procedure has quickly become the number one fat reduction treatment worldwide with many millions of CoolSculpting procedures having been performed.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

Many years ago, scientists at Harvard University discovered that some children who sucked on popsicles would later develop dimples in their cheeks. It was observed that the cooling from the popsicles was freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells in their cheeks, which resulted in dimpling. This breakthrough observation was the inspiration behind the idea of cryolipolysis— the scientific term for CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting is a fat reduction procedure, not a weight loss procedure. This means that while you won’t see the numbers drastically drop on the scale after a CoolSculpting procedure, you will be reducing the total amount of fat from your designated treatment areas. Studies have shown that a single CoolSculpting session can reduce the volume of the treated site by 20 to 25 percent per treatment. While you may require multiple treatments of CoolSculpting to meet your cosmetic goals, the gained improvements will be maintained as long as there is not weight gain. CoolSculpting also has the added benefit of being a minimally-invasive, nonsurgical procedure, meaning there is no downtime required after your treatment.

What Areas Can CoolSculpting Treat?

CoolSculpting is an incredibly versatile body contouring treatment that can address a wide range of common problem areas of the body that are prone to storing excess fat. Each treatment will utilize a specially designed hand-piece with unique shape to effectively fit and sculpt the specific trouble spot that is being targeted. CoolSculpting can reduce the amount of stubborn fat in the following areas with beautiful, natural results:
Abdomen
Side flanks
Inner and outer thighs
Under the buttocks or “banana rolls”
Upper arms
Submental fullness or “double chin”
Back or bra bulges
Waist and hips

CoolSculpting may also be combined with other body contouring or cosmetic procedures in order to achieve the best possible results. Dr. William Umansky and Dr. Jeffrey Umansky are highly skilled when it comes to developing effective, individually tailored treatment plans for their La Jolla and San Diego plastic surgery patients who wish to achieve a more aesthetically-pleasing physique without the need for surgery or downtime.

Am I a Candidate for CoolSculpting?

Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are those who are unhappy with the appearance of their figure due to stubborn, isolated pockets of fat. It is essential to understand, however, that CoolSculpting is not a treatment designed for significant weight loss or addressing obesity. Patients who are already dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and are at or within a reasonable range of their target weight will see the most optimal results from this body-shaping procedure. If you are within 20 pounds of your ideal weight, CoolSculpting may be right for you.

CoolSculpting may not be the right treatment for you if you plan on becoming pregnant in the near future or have difficulty maintaining a stable weight. Pregnancy or weight gain after your CoolSculpting treatment can reverse the effects of the procedure. Ideal patients should also have good skin quality and elasticity, as CoolSculpting will not address excess or loose skin.

Additionally, it is also vital that you have enough fat present within your problem areas to undergo a CoolSculpting treatment. Generally speaking, if you are able to pinch or grab the fat in the problem areas, there should be enough fat present for the applicator to adhere to. Your surgeon will help you to determine whether CoolSculpting is the treatment for you during your initial consultation with us. So long as you have realistic expectations for the procedure and are otherwise healthy, CoolSculpting can help you to sculpt the fit body you’ve been working for.

What to Expect From Your CoolSculpting Procedure

Once your candidacy for the procedure has been determined and your treatment areas have been selected, your CoolSculpting appointment will take place in the comfort of a treatment room at U Laser Med Spa. First, our experienced and certified CoolSculpting technician will place a gel pad directly over the skin of your treatment area to provide a protective barrier between the CoolSculpting device and your skin. Next, the CoolSculpting applicator will be placed over the protective pads, and the controlled-cooling will begin.

As the applicator suctions and adheres to your fat, you will feel the temperature start to drop and mild sensations of pulling or tugging on your skin. These sensations are generally well-tolerated and should subside after about ten minutes when the treatment areas have become numb from the cold. Each CoolSculpting session ranges from about 30 minutes to an hour, and during this time you are free to relax, catch up on work or even take a nap for the duration of your treatment.

Once your CoolSculpting session is complete, the applicator device will be detached, and your CoolSculpting technician will perform a short tissue massage on your treatment areas to enhance your overall results. As soon as your appointment is complete, you will be free to continue with your normal day-to-day activities— including working out. Since there no incisions or anesthesia required for CoolSculpting, there is zero downtime during the recovery period.

What to Expect From Your CoolSculpting Results

Immediately following your treatment session, you may experience some mild redness, bruising, soreness or numbness in your treatment areas; however, these side effects are normal and should resolve in several hours or days depending on the extent of your procedure. The results of your treatment will not be immediately apparent, but will gradually improve over six to 12 weeks as your body works to eliminate the targeted fat cells.

While you may begin to see visible improvements to your problem areas in as little as a few weeks, the most dramatic results are usually observed two to three months after your CoolSculpting procedure. Your body will continue to eliminate the treated fat cells and improve in appearance for four to six months after your treatment. Some patients may require two or three treatment sessions in the same area to achieve optimal results.

The results you achieve with CoolSculpting will be long-lasting, though it is essential to understand that any future weight fluctuations will still have an impact on the remaining fat cells in your body. To ensure lasting results, it is critical that patients stay committed to a healthy diet and lifestyle after their CoolSculpting treatments.

CoolSculpting VS. SculpSure

While CoolSculpting works by using cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells, SculpSure is another nonsurgical fat reduction procedure that takes the opposite approach to sculpt and slim the body. SculpSure is the world’s first FDA-approved and non-invasive body contouring treatment to utilize laser-lipolysis; meaning it uses laser energy to heat fat cells under the skin and damage their structural integrity without harming the surrounding tissues. So while CoolSculpting is freezing fat cells to death, SculpSure is heating them to death.

Similar to CoolSculpting, a SculpSure procedure does not require incisions, anesthesia or downtime. During a SculpSure treatment session, light-based energy wavelengths will cycle on and off to intermittently raise the temperature of your fat cells while the surface of your skin is kept cool for your comfort. The treated fat cells will be broken down and eliminated by the body over the course of several months in a manner similar to CoolSculpting. As with CoolSculpting, SculpSure offers short and convenient treatments and in some cases may require several treatment sessions to reach your aesthetic goals.

The candidates for SculpSure are also patients who are troubled by the appearance of stubborn fat pockets. While CoolSculpting requires you to have enough fat in your treatment area for the applicator to suction and adhere, SculpSure has flat applicators that are secured with straps to stay in place, so that treatment areas don’t have to be “pinchable.”

Clinical studies have shown that SculpSure reduces fat cells up to 24 percent from a designated area. As with CoolSculpting, the results will last indefinitely so long as you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. SculpSure may even help with the appearance of excess skin, as heat triggers a healing-response from your body and promotes new collagen production. During your initial consultation, Dr. Umansky will help you to determine which non-invasive fat reduction procedure is right for you and your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an innovative new fat reduction procedure that utilizes controlled-cooling energy to gently and effectively reduce the number of fat cells from a specific area on the body that carries excess fat. Your fat cells are sensitive to cold and will freeze and die off at much lower temperatures than any other cells in the body. The revolutionary technology of CoolSculpting targets fat cells under the skin’s surface and uses precision-cooling to irreparably damage these fat cells without harming the surrounding tissues in the area.

The fat cells treated by CoolSculpting will gradually and naturally be eliminated over the course of several months to reveal your sleeker and trimmer new physique. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared and backed by numerous clinical studies to safely reduce fat from the body without the need for surgery, incisions or downtime. This minimally-invasive body contouring procedure has quickly become the number one fat reduction treatment worldwide with over seven million CoolSculpting procedures performed.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

Years ago, scientists at Harvard University discovered that some children who ate popsicles would later develop dimples in their cheeks. It was observed that the cold temperatures from the popsicles were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells in their cheeks, which resulted in dimpling. This breakthrough was the inspiration behind the idea of cryolipolysis— the scientific term for CoolSculpting.

Each individual has a set number of fat cells in their body that becomes fixed during their childhood or adolescence. Contrary to popular belief, when you lose or gain weight, you are not actually altering the total number of fat cells in your body. Instead, your existing fat cells will shrink or expand as you lose or gain weight, causing your body to shrink or expand as well. That’s why those pesky trouble spots love to keep returning when you start to put on weight, as the total number of fat cells in those regions does not change through diet and exercise alone.

CoolSculpting is a fat reduction procedure, not a weight loss procedure. This means that while you won’t see the numbers drastically drop on the scale after a CoolSculpting procedure, you will be reducing the total amount of fat cells from your designated treatment areas. Studies have shown that a single CoolSculpting session can reduce the number of fat cells in your problem areas by 20 to 25 percent per treatment. While you may require multiple treatments of CoolSculpting to meet your cosmetic goals, the fat cells treated in each session will not return to the area. CoolSculpting also has the added benefit of being a minimally-invasive, nonsurgical procedure, meaning there is no downtime required after your treatment—only results.

What Areas Can CoolSculpting Treat?

CoolSculpting is an incredibly versatile body contouring treatment that can address a wide range of common problem areas on the body prone to storing excess fat. Each treatment will utilize a specially designed hand-piece with unique curvatures to effectively adhere to and sculpt a wide range of trouble spots on your body. CoolSculpting has been FDA-approved to reduce the amount of stubborn fat in the following areas with beautiful, natural results:

  • Abdomen
  • Side flanks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Under the buttocks or “banana rolls”
  • Upper arms
  • Submental fullness or “double chin”
  • Back or bra bulges
  • Waist and hips

CoolSculpting may also be combined with other body contouring or cosmetic procedures in order to achieve the best possible results. Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky are highly skilled when it comes to developing effective, individually tailored treatment plans for their La Jolla and San Diego plastic surgery patients who wish to achieve a more aesthetically-pleasing physique without the need for surgery or downtime. In addition to body contouring procedures, Drs. Umansky also offers Cellulaze, a unique technology for patients seeking to eliminate the unsightly appearance of cellulite from their figure.

Am I a Candidate for CoolSculpting?

Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are those who are unhappy with the appearance of their figure due to stubborn, isolated pockets of fat. It is essential to understand, however, that CoolSculpting is not a treatment designed for significant weight loss or addressing obesity. Patients who are already dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and are at or within a reasonable range of their target weight will see the most optimal results from this body-shaping procedure. If you are within 20 pounds of your ideal weight, CoolSculpting may be right for you.

CoolSculpting may not be the right treatment for you if you plan on becoming pregnant in the near future or have difficulty maintaining a stable weight. Pregnancy or weight gain after your CoolSculpting treatment can reverse the effects of the procedure by causing the remaining fat cells in the body to expand. Ideal patients should also have good skin quality and elasticity, as CoolSculpting will not address excess, loose skin that may result from your procedure.

Additionally, it is also vital that you have enough fat present within your problem areas to undergo a CoolSculpting treatment. Generally speaking, if you are able to pinch or grab the fat in your treatment areas, there should be enough fat present for the applicator to adhere to. Your surgeon will help you to determine whether CoolSculpting is the treatment for you during your initial consultation at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery. So long as you have realistic expectations for the procedure and are otherwise healthy, CoolSculpting can help you to sculpt the fit body you’ve been working for.

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CoolSculpting isn’t the right option for everyone, so it is essential that you schedule a one-on-one consultation with our board-certified experts at Umansky Plastic Surgery and U Laser Med Spa to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Dr. William Umansky and Dr. Jeffrey Umansky can provide you with an expert opinion and offer you the most effective treatment plan after carefully examining your desired treatment areas and discussing your aesthetic goals.

Achieving your dream body doesn’t have to be impossible. If stubborn fat is standing between you and a slimmer, sleeker physique, CoolSculpting can precisely target your troublesome spots without surgery or downtime. If you’re ready to learn if CoolSculpting is right for you, contact us today at 858-281-4560 to bo your consultation.