If you struggle with stubborn fat in specific areas despite healthy diet and exercise habits, you're not alone. Developed by Harvard scientists, CoolSculpting meets the demands of millions of men and women by effectively reducing unwanted areas of fat without surgery, anesthesia, or needles. Dr. Thomas Hubbard is pleased to offer FDA-cleared CoolSculpting services to Virginia Beach patients who want to "spot reduce" when diet and exercise fall short.
It's important to consult with a qualified plastic surgery practice such as Hubbard Plastic Surgery when considering CoolSculpting in Virginia Beach. Request a consultation online or contact our office by calling (757) 687-1900 to discuss your options.
Our Master Aesthetician, Allison, decided to undergo CoolSculpting to freeze away some of her own stubborn fat cells. She shares her story and explains why it's such an effective, easy fix for all our patients.
CoolSculpting is an excellent, proven option for helping many people reduce the bulges that bother them most, but it's better for some people than others. You may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting if you are at or near your ideal weight and bothered by smaller areas of excess fat. Because the CoolSculpting device uses specially shaped treatment heads, it can be used to target fat on the:
CoolSculpting is not a replacement for diet and exercise, nor does it create results as significant as those of surgical liposuction. But for Virginia Beach-area patients interested in selectively reducing areas of unwanted fat, CoolSculpting at Hubbard Plastic Surgery can be an ideal solution.
CoolSculpting is also often sought by military members looking to pass the mandatory "tape test." Often, despite being in good health and at an acceptable level of physical fitness, military members cannot reduce excess fat around their abdomens. This is often due to genetic predisposition, hormonal imbalances, or even age. In fact, many unpreventable factors can contribute to the localized accumulation of excess fat without having any marked effect on a person's overall level of fitness. Regardless, the military still requires waist measurements as part of their routine physical fitness evaluations, and it's important to adhere to their guidelines. Because CoolSculpting can result in a fat loss of about 25%, it's a workable solution for many military members.
Excess fat below the chin — usually called a double chin — can be an inherited trait. It often isn't related to being overweight, which makes it especially frustrating for men and women who are otherwise in good shape. In the past, liposuction was the only option for patients who wanted to reduce the fat that caused a double chin.
The CoolMini applicator has now been specifically cleared by the FDA to minimize submental fat. CoolMini is designed to fit under the chin, and it uses the same patented Cryolipolysis® process as all CoolSculpting treatments.
Early in 2015, the FDA approved KYBELLA® for the treatment of full neck and submental fullness. KYBELLA is also a nonsurgical treatment to minimize the appearance of a double chin.
The CoolMini is the most advanced noninvasive fat reduction treatment dedicated to smaller areas, such as the chin.
CoolSculpting is an comfortable and straightforward procedure and doesn't require any special preparation or aftercare. In a private treatment area, a qualified member of our medical team places a cooling gel pad over the area to be treated. This gel pad helps regulate the temperature of the device and improve conduction to the targeted fat cells.
Your practitioner then places the CoolSculpting treatment head over the gelpad. Depending on the area you want to target, different treatment heads may be used. For areas of bulging, "pinchable" fat, such as on the abdomen, the treatment head uses suction to pull the bulge between cooling plates. For "non-pinchable" areas, such as on the thighs, the treatment head is strapped on and a cooling plate presses firmly against your skin. Once the device is turned on, you feel an intense coldness as it begins freezing your fat cells. This sensation is typically short-lived as your body adjusts to the temperature. Most describe the numbing sensation as similar to using an icepack.
There is little discomfort, minimal swelling and there could be possible bruising and some redness which lasts a matter of minutes, occasional numbness, and a bit of tenderness afterwards.
All these side effects are mild and short-lived. CoolMini treatments are effective in men and women of all skin colors and types, and a variety of ages. Each CoolMini treatment lasts 45 minutes.
With the new technology represented in the CoolAdvantage applicator, which is used primarily for the abdomen, flanks, and inner thighs, the treatment time is down to 35 minutes per area. During your treatment, you're free to browse the Internet on your tablet or phone, read a book, catch up on work, or simply use the opportunity to relax.
Immediately following your CoolSculpting procedure, you're free to get back to your daily life, whether that means hitting the gym for a workout, heading back to the office, or running errands around town. Your treated areas will likely be swollen and red but can be easily concealed beneath your clothing. You may also feel some soreness, similar to the discomfort you'd experience the day after a thorough workout. These symptoms usually subside over the course of a few days.
The results of your CoolSculpting treatment take some time to develop. As the damaged fat cells are filtered out of the body, a process that can take 2 to 4 months to complete, you'll notice a gradual fat loss in your treated areas. If you adhere to healthy diet and exercise habits, you can maintain the results of your CoolSculpting treatment for many years.
CoolSculpting uses a controlled cooling technique called Cryolipolysis® to selectively freeze unwanted fat cells. Because fat freezes at a higher temperature than other tissues, Cryolipolysis doesn't harm skin or muscle. Only fat is targeted by a CoolSculpting treatment. Once the fat cells are frozen, they die in a natural process called apoptosis. They are then filtered out of the body by its natural lymphatic processes.
No, not directly. Although excess fat can exacerbate the appearance of cellulite, it's not solely to blame — which is why the condition can be so tricky to treat effectively. Cellulite is the product of bands of connective tissue pulling on skin from below, causing a dimpled appearance. CoolSculpting can reduce fat that bulges through the bands to alleviate the dimples a bit, but these results are often negligible.
Some patients are satisfied with their results after just a single CoolSculpting procedure, although you're free to pursue additional treatments if you'd like further fat reduction. Keep in mind that your results can take up to 4 months to completely develop. If, at that time, you wish to undergo an additional treatment, Our staff can help you understand the results you can expect.
With the CoolMini applicator, CoolSculpting can reduce the neck fat that can cause the appearance of a double chin. Patients considering neck lifts, however, are likely bothered by loose, sagging skin in addition to excess neck fat. A good candidate for CoolSculpting — under the chin or anywhere else — has skin that retains most of its elasticity, so that it can retract to fit the new, toned contours. Our trained staff will discuss all of your options during your consultation.