As we prepare for bikini season, many of us are concerned with areas of unwanted fat. While body contouring procedures like liposuction or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can eliminate stubborn fat, some patients may not be ready for comprehensive surgery or the downtime associated with these procedures. At Pittman Plastic Surgery, Athens plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Pittman offers FDA-cleared CoolSculpting® non-surgical fat reduction as an alternative to traditional body contouring. CoolSculpting® does not require anesthesia, sutures, compression garments, needles, or any downtime to treat unwanted fat in problem areas like the abdomen, flanks, or lower back.
Using a process called Cryolipolysis™, CoolSculpting® externally applies extreme cold temperatures to targeted areas of fat, freezing and damaging fat cells. After the procedure, the body naturally and safely expels the treated fat cells through the lymphatic system. Performed in-office, many patients bring their laptops, tablets, and books to view as they relax in our private CoolSculpting® room. Patients can immediately return to regular activity afterwards and have reported up to a 40 percent fat reduction within 2-4 months following treatment.
The procedure typically takes about an hour per treatment area. However, for patients treating two areas such as both flanks or both sides of the lower back, Dr. Pittman offers DualSculpting™ to expedite treatment times. DualSculpting™ uses two CoolSculpting applicators to treat both areas simultaneously. While one treatment shows significant fat reduction results, additional treatments can be performed to maximize results.
Dr. Pittman meets with each patient to determine suitable treatment areas and to thoroughly explain the process of CoolSculpting®. While this procedure safely reduces fat, Dr. Pittman reminds patients that CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss solution. If you are interested in CoolSculpting® or any other non-surgical or surgical cosmetic procedure, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more news and updates on plastic surgery.