Many people are satisfied when they step on the scale, yet frustrated when they look in the mirror. That’s because despite a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and good eating habits, stubborn areas of fat may still remain. For those individuals, Associated Plastic Surgeons offers CoolSculpting® Elite at our Leawood practice near Kansas City. This breakthrough, non-surgical body contouring treatment shrinks love handles, back fat, thighs, and other areas of unwanted fat.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of CoolSculpting® Elite, request a consultation online or call our office at (913) 451-3722 to schedule an appointment.

Images courtesy of CoolSculpting®. Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Is CoolSculpting® Elite?

Developed by a pair of renowned Harvard researchers, CoolSculpting uses the science of cryolipolysis, or “fat freezing,” to target areas of fat on patients who are otherwise fit. Fat cells are less tolerant of cool temperatures than surrounding tissue, so the CoolSculpting procedure works by freezing the fat cells without damaging the skin or other cells. As the fat cells gradually die, they are harmlessly absorbed and flushed away by the body.

The updates to the CoolSculpting® Elite are:

  • Dual applicators. Treat 2 areas at once!
  • Applicators have up to an 18% larger cooling area than the previous generation.
  • Only treatment FDA-cleared to eliminate fat in 9 different areas of the body.

Benefits of CoolSculpting® Elite Treatment

Many patients who want a more toned physique choose CoolSculpting® Elite treatment as an alternative to liposuction at our suburban Kansas City clinic. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat, whereas CoolSculpting® Elite requires no incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.

A CoolSculpting® Elite treatment isn’t for weight reduction; it is designed for those who want to:

  • Reduce fat in localized areas such as the abdomen, flanks, back, and thighs
  • Address that last bit of flab that diet and exercise can’t fix
  • Get a trimmer physique without surgery

Preparing for CoolSculpting® Elite Treatment

Before undergoing CoolSculpting® Elite treatment, you’ll have a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. He or she will help you determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for the procedure, and which areas will be treated.

Unlike surgical body contouring procedures, there are few pre-treatment instructions to follow before coming in for your CoolSculpting® Elite treatment. You can relax once the one-hour treatment begins. Some of our patients browse on their mobile devices or even take a nap.

CoolSculpting® Elite: Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if I’m a good candidate for a CoolSculpting® Elite treatment?

You’re a good candidate for the CoolSculpting® Elite fat reduction procedure if you are in generally good health, but have bulges of unwanted fat that resists exercise and healthy nutrition. The best way to find out if CoolSculpting® Elite is an appropriate treatment is to consult with a plastic surgeon.

What is the cost of a CoolSculpting® Elite treatment?

Like most cosmetic procedures, a CoolSculpting® Elite treatment is customized for your specific needs. The cost will depend on the number of areas treated and the number of sessions needed to meet your cosmetic goals.

Will I notice immediate results?

Cryolipolysis is a process that causes the gradual death of fat cells. While results cannot be guaranteed, patients usually see some changes within 3 weeks of the first treatment, with more dramatic results after 2 months. In some cases, fat cells continue to die and be absorbed by the body even 6 months later.

Can I return to work after a treatment?

Yes. Because the FDA-cleared treatment is performed using a hand-held device and doesn’t require an incision, there is no downtime associated with the procedure. You can return to work or your typical daily activities immediately after your appointment.

If I gain weight, can I have additional CoolSculpting® Elite treatments?

Most of our patients are motivated to continue exercising and following good dietary habits after seeing the results of their CoolSculpting® Elite procedures. If you do gain weight, it will probably be evenly distributed on your body and not just in the treated areas. CoolSculpting® Elite procedures are not meant to be used as an overall weight-reduction plan.